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University Education

Korea has both four-year universities and two to three-year colleges. Four-year universitiesusually provide major programs for advanced studies, while two-year colleges usuallyprovide training programs focused on vocational ability. To be admitted to a university or acollege, an applicant can apply for the special entrance program focusing on school records,essay writing, and practical tests, or the official entrance program focusing on the universityentrance examination results. Screening systems vary by school, entrance program, andrecruitment quota; thus applicants should carefully read the screening standards andrequirements of each school of their choice. Some universities operate special selectionof students who are ‘children of multicultural families.’ Students 'whose parents are bothforeigners' and overseas Koreans, foreigners, and marriage immigrants 'who completededucation courses that are equivalent to elementary, middle, and high school in Korea,'may apply for a special entrance program for overseas Koreans and foreigners.

01 Types of Higher Education

Colleges are classified into university (4-year course), industrial college, college of education, air &correspondence college, cyber college, and professional and technical college (2-year course).

Types of Higher Education
UniversityOffers a variety of majors and has the highest high school graduate admission rate
Vocational collegesTargets industrial training
College of educationColleges or universities training elementary and middle school teachers
Specialized collegesTrains students to develop expertise in various fields
Broadcast & correspondence college and cyber collegesRemote college education in which students can study anywhere via telecommunication media such as TV and computer
Technical collegeCollege at which industrial workers can learn professional knowledge and skills in an industrial setting

02 Scholarships

Tuition for college varies according to the type of college (national universities, public universitiesand private universities), and students must pay the tuition. The government and individual collegesoperate various scholarship programs to support students facing financial difficulties.
Government-funded scholarship programs include the national scholarship program and the studentworking scholarship program. Korean students who are attending Korean universities may applyfor these national scholarship programs. For more information, please visit the Korea Student AidFoundation ( apply for scholarships provided by universities and external organizations, contact your university’soffice in charge of scholarship affairs and request information on the types of scholarships availableand how to apply.

  • Average tuition in 2019 (4-year universities, based on information disclosed by universities): National/·public universities: KRW 4,160,000/Private universities: KRW 7,460,000

(1) Overview of National Scholarships

Qualifications :
College students who are Korean citizens and are enrolled in Korean colleges, and are in the 8th lower quartile or below of financial aid
  • Financial aid quartile is set according to the recognized monthly income calculated based on the income, properties, debts of the student and members of household (social security information system)
Amount of support :
Graded support by lower quartile of financial aid, targeting students whose income is in the 8th lower quartile or below (up to KRW 5.2 million per year)
Annual Type I National Scholarship by Quartile in 2020
(Unit : KRW 10,000)
Annual Type I National Scholarship by Quartile in 2020
ItemsBasic1st Lower Quartile2nd Lower Quartile3rd Lower Quartile4th Lower Quartile5th Lower Quartile6th Lower Quartile7th Lower Quartile8th Lower Quartile
Supported Amount52052052052039036836812067.5
How to apply :
Korea Student Aid Foundation Website (
Period of application :
Semester-end, before and after the new semester of every year
  • Period of application for the 1st semester of 2020: (1st round) Nov. 19 ~ Dec. 17, 2019 (2nd round) Feb. 3 ~ Mar. 23, 2020
  • Period of application for the 2nd semester of 2020 (tentative) : (1st round) May ~ June, 2020 (2nd round) Aug. ~ Sep., 2020

(2) Overview of student working scholarship program

Qualifications :
College students in the 8th lower quartile or below of financial aid, and who achieve a minimum GPA of a C0 (over 70 out of 100)
Benefits :
Financial support for tuition and living expenses for college students to support stable learning conditions and the development of vocational skills, provided according to working hours
  • Unit amount per hour: (In-college) KRW 9,000, (External) KRW 11,150
  • Maximum working hours acknowledged: (During semesters) 20 hours per week, (During vacations) 40 hours per week
  • Up to 40 hours during semesters for nig
How to apply :
Korea Student Aid Foundation Website (
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