About South Korea

General Information

Land Mass In Korea – South Korea occupies 98,477 sq kilometers of land mass.

National Holidays In Korea – Korea celebrates 12 Korean national holidays. As an English teacher in Korea you have the benefit of enjoying these days off of work.

Official Language In Korea – The official language of South Korea is Hangul. If you would like to learn more about their official language, or you’re interesting in learning how to read, write and speak Hangul, there are various online courses to help. The language learning program we usually recommend is Beeline.

South Korea Government –South Korea is a republic nation with shared power between the president, legislature and the courts. In 2012 the Korean people elected the first ever female president – Park Geun Hye.

South Korea Sports – South Korean people are very active and many sports that westerners are familiar with are common place. You will find Koreans practicing and playing baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving, fishing, dance, mountain biking, bowling, table tennis and badminton…just to name a few. South Korea also has an active break-dancing and salsa culture

Why South Korea

10 reasons why you should study in South KoreaDeciding where to study is a tricky decision. It can seem overwhelming to pick one country when you have the whole world to explore. There may be countries you haven’t even considered yet. South Korea is one of the most diverse and interesting countries to study in as an international student.Here are ten reasons why it is worth at least considering studying in South Korea:

  1. Cheap cost of living

Living in South Korea, on average, is very cheap. This includes the cost of accommodation, food and transportation. For example, a taxi ride costs roughly ₩1150 (US$1) per kilometre.

  1. Excellent education institutions

South Korea is renowned for its universities. The three largest world-recognised universities are Seoul National UniversityKorea University, and Yonsei University. The universities all have high postgraduate employment rates and excellent reputations. South Korea also boasts the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Sungkyunkwan University which are lesser known but equally impressive institutions.

  1. Incredible food

Students’ top two priorities for food tend to be: a) cheap and b) convenient. It is a bonus if the cheap and convenient food is rather tasty too.

Korean food ticks all three boxes. The culture in South Korea revolves heavily around food, with many social gatherings having food as the focal point.


Hot stone bibimbap, traditional Korean food. Source: Shuttersotck/Bangkokhappiness.

  1. Varied and thriving nightlife

The country has a vibrant nightlife, with a ‘work hard, play hard‘ attitude. Many clubs are themed which can provide an interesting night out and most stay open until the early hours of the morning.

  1. Kind people

Korean students are incredibly welcoming to their international peers. They are often keen to share Korean culture with those unfamiliar with their country so you will learn all the best bits about living in the country from experts.

  1. Opportunity for travel

South Korea is very well located. It is within close proximity to many Asian countries including China and Japan. With the cheap travel costs, it is relatively easy to travel to them.

  1. Stunning scenery

Dongbaek island and Gwangan bridge at sunset in Busan,South Korea. Source: Shutterstock/Guitar photographer.

If you’re looking for scenery, it doesn’t get much better than South Korea.

  1. Perfect balance between traditional and modern

If you want a mix of old traditional buildings and modern complexes and amenities then South Korea is the place for you. The country sports tall glass skyscrapers and traditional temples. It is not uncommon to see the two side by side.

  1. Language

Most universities in South Korea offer language lessons alongside their courses. The classes vary in levels of difficulty so you can go in as near bilingual or a complete beginner.

  1. High standard of living

South Korea is Asia’s fourth-largest economy and one of the world’s leading financial centres. It has remained relatively unscathed during the recession and has rapid economic growth, making it a promising place to live, work and study.

Education System

The Korean public education structure is divided into three parts: six years of primary school, followed by three years of middle school and then three years of high school. In 1996 only about five percent of Korea’s high schools were coeducational. The proportion of coeducational schools has increased by almost ten percent. However, classes in many coeducational high schools are still divided along gender lines. The curriculum is standardized so now both boys and girls study technology and domestic science.

The primary curriculum consists of nine principal subjects: moral education, Korean language, social studies, mathematics, science, physical education, music, fine arts, and practical arts. English-language instruction now begins in the third grade, so that children can start learning English in a relaxed atmosphere through conversational exchange, rather than through rote learning of grammatical rules as is still the practice in many middle and high schools. The major objectives, as stated in a 1996 background report by the Ministry of Education, are “to improve basic abilities, skills and attitudes; to develop language ability and civic morality needed to live in society; to increase the spirit of cooperation; to foster basic arithmetic skills and scientific observation skills; and to promote the understanding of healthy life and the harmonious development of body and mind.” The seventh annual curriculum, which began implementation in March 2000, kept these basic goals but updated many elements to reflect changes in Korean society.

Upon completion of primary school, students advance to middle school, which comprises grades seven through nine. The curriculum consists of 12 basic or required subjects, electives, and extracurricular activities. While elementary school instructors teach all subjects, middle school teachers, like their colleagues in the United States, are content specialists.

High schools are divided into academic and vocational schools. In 1995, some 62 percent of students were enrolled in academic high schools and 38 percent in vocational high schools. A small number attended specialized high schools concentrating in science, the arts, foreign languages, and other specialized fields. This is still the case.

The aims of education at the high school level are stated as “to foster each student’s personality and ability needed to preserve and strengthen the backbone of the nation; to develop students’ knowledge and skills to prepare them for jobs needed in society; to promote each student’s autonomy, emotional development, and critical thinking abilities to be brought to bear in and out of school; and to improve physical strength and foster a sound mind.”

Study in South Korea Cost

Cost of education per year

The average tuition fee at a private university can cost up to $7,000 U.S., while the average income hovers above the $20,000 mark. South Korea has the third highest tuition among OECD countries but falls behind the average of those in state scholarships and student loans, according to the Ministry of Education.

The school calendar has two semesters, the first extending from March through July and the second from September through February. There are summer and winter breaks, but 10 optional half days at the beginning and end of each break¾which are attended by practically all students¾reduce each of these biennial vacations to the remaining 10 days.

Universities in South Korea

No University Homepage
1 Gachon University of Medicine and Science http://eng.gachon.ac.kr/
2 Gangeung- Wonju National University http://www.gwnu.ac.kr/mbs/us/index.jsp
3 Konkuk University http://www.konkuk.ac.kr/eng/
4 Kyonggi University http://www.kyonggi.ac.kr/KyonggiEng.kgu
5 Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology http://cms.gntech.ac.kr/user/gntech/index.action
6 Kyungnam University http://en.kyungnam.ac.kr/main/
7 Gyeongsang National University http://eng.gnu.ac.kr/main/
8 Kyungwon University http://www.gachon.ac.kr/english/
9 Kyongju University http://www.gju.ac.kr/english/index.jsp
10 Kyung Hee University http://www.khu.ac.kr/eng/index.jsp
11 Keimyung University http://www.kmu.ac.kr/english/
12 University of Science & Technology http://www.ust.ac.kr/en/index.do
13 Kwandong University http://eng.kwandong.ac.kr/
14 Kwangwoon University http://www-eng.kw.ac.kr/
15 Gwangju University http://eng.gwangju.ac.kr/
16 Kookmin University http://english.kookmin.ac.kr/
17 Kunsan National University http://en.kunsan.ac.kr/main/main.action
18 Kumoh National Institute of Technology http://eng.kumoh.ac.kr/main.do
19 Dankook University http://www.dankook.ac.kr/web/eng/home
20 Daejeon University http://www.dju.ac.kr/foreign/eng/html/main.htm
21 Duksung Women’s University http://www.duksung.ac.kr/eng/
22 Dongguk University http://www.dongguk.edu/mbs/en/index.jsp
23 Dongduk Women’s University http://www.dongduk.ac.kr/eng/html/index.html
24 Dong-A University http://english.donga.ac.kr/
25 Dong-Eui University http://eng.deu.ac.kr/main.do
26 Myongji University http://www.mju.ac.kr/mbs/mjuen/index.jsp
27 Mokpo National University http://eng.mokpo.ac.kr/english/englishMain.do
28 Pukyong National University http://www.pknu.ac.kr/usrEngIndex.do
29 Pusan National University http://english.pusan.ac.kr/html/00_main/
30 Sahmyook University http://www.syu.ac.kr/web/eng/
31 Sangmyung University http://www.smu.ac.kr/en/
32 Sangji University http://www.sangji.ac.kr/user/indexMain.action?command=&siteId=english
33 Sogang University http://www.sogang.ac.kr/english/
34 Seoul National University of Science and Technology http://english.seoultech.ac.kr/
35 Seoul National University http://www.useoul.edu/
36 University of Seoul http://english.uos.ac.kr/
37 Seoul Women’s University http://www.swu.ac.kr/english/
38 SunMoon University http://tulip.sunmoon.ac.kr/english/main.do
39 Sungkonghoe University http://eng.skhu.ac.kr/
40 SungKyunKwan University http://www.skku.edu/eng/
41 Semyung University http://www.semyung.ac.kr/insite/international/
42 Suwon Catholic University http://www.suwoncatholic.ac.kr/
43 The University of Suwon http://en.suwon.ac.kr/index.html
44 Sookmyung Women’s University http://e.sookmyung.ac.kr/
45 Suncheun National University http://www.sunchon.ac.kr/web/eng/
46 Soonchunhyang University http://home.sch.ac.kr/english/index.jsp
47 Ajou University http://www.ajou.ac.kr/en
48 Andong National University http://eng.andong.ac.kr/
49 Anyang University http://www.anyang.ac.kr/eng/
50 Yonsei University http://www.yonsei.ac.kr/eng/
51 Yeungnam University http://www.yu.ac.kr/_english/main/index.php
52 Youngdong University http://ydueng.youngdong.ac.kr/
53 Youngsan University http://www.ysu.ac.kr/eng/01_wel/index.asp
54 Yong In University http://www1.yongin.ac.kr/
55 Woosuk University http://www.woosuk.ac.kr/WoosukEnglish.do
56 Woosong University http://english.wsu.ac.kr/
57 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST) http://www.unist.ac.kr/index.sko
58 University of Ulsan http://global.ulsan.ac.kr/contents/main/
59 Wonkwang University http://www.wku.ac.kr/english/
60 Eulji University http://www.eulji.ac.kr/
61 Ewha Womans University http://www.ewha.ac.kr/english/
62 Inje University http://www.inje.ac.kr/english/
63 Inha University http://eng.inha.ac.kr/
64 Jeonju University http://www.jj.ac.kr/eng/
65 Chosun University http://eng.chosun.ac.kr/
66 Joongbu University http://eng.joongbu.ac.kr/
67 Chungang University http://neweng.cau.ac.kr/
68 Changwon National University http://eng.changwon.ac.kr/eng/html/00_main/index.php
69 Cheongju University http://www.chongju.ac.kr/web/eng/home
70 Chodang University http://www.chodang.ac.kr/en/
71 Chungnam National University http://plus.cnu.ac.kr/english/index.jsp
72 Chungbuk National University http://www.chungbuk.ac.kr/eng/index.jsp
73 Chung-Ju National University http://genglish.ut.ac.kr/
74 The Catholic University of Korea http://www.catholic.ac.kr/
75 Pyeongtaek University http://english.ptu.ac.kr/
76 Pohang University of Science & Technology http://www.postech.ac.kr/
77 Korea Polytechnic University(KPU) http://www.kpu.ac.kr/mainEng/index.do
78 Hankuk University of Foreign Studies http://www.hufs.ac.kr/user/hufsenglish/
79 Korea Aerospace Universit http://www.kau.ac.kr/page/english/main.jsp
80 Korea Maritime University http://english.hhu.ac.kr/english/main/
81 Hannam University http://www.hannam.ac.kr/eng/html/main/main.html
82 Handong Global University http://www.handong.edu/
83 Hallym University http://english.hallym.ac.kr/
84 Hanbat National University http://new.hanbat.ac.kr/html/en/
85 Hansung University http://www.hansung.ac.kr/web/english/home
86 Hanyang University http://www.hanyang.ac.kr/english/
87 Hoseo University http://eng.hoseo.ac.kr/
88 Hongik University http://en.hongik.ac.kr/
89 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology http://ewww.gist.ac.kr/
90 Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology(KAIST) http://www.kaist.edu/english

Test Requirements

  • TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System
  • PTE: Pearson Test of English (Academic)

Work Rights

If you are on a student visa (D-2 or D-4) you are allowed to work while your course is in session. Your primary purpose is to study and work must not interfere with your studies.

Part time employment permission (S-3) of Study Abroad (D-2) or Korean language student (D-4-4) status holders.


● Those with D-2 or D-4-4 status who have been studying at minor college or higher level  education institute:
– who are carrying a D-2 visa.
– who have been studying at least 6 months (D-4-4).
– who are preparing thesis after completion of regular degree.
Allowed time and workplace


Topik level achieved

Allowed Time


Topik 2


Upto 20 hours in week


Upto 10 hours in week


Freshman – Sophomore

Topik 3


Upto 20 hours during weekdays

Unlimited hours during weekend


Upto 10 hours in  week

Junior – Senior

Topik 4


Upto 20 hours during weekdays

Unlimited hours during weekend


Upto 10 hours in week

Documents required for a student visa, including the necessary visa to undertake Korean language courses (more than 90 days)

※ If you are applying for a student visa, you must submit the following:

Documents to be provided by the university and sponsors in Korea (for further information, please refer to the Korean version of the Embassy’s website)

  • Standard Admission Certificate (the original as well as a photocopy)
  • Scholarship certificate (the original as well as a photocopy)
  • Financial affidavit from a professor (if the professor is supporting the applicant’s tuition fees, living expenses, etc.)
  • Professor’s job certificate (if the professor is supporting the applicant’s tuition fees, living expenses, etc.)
  • A photocopy of the university’s business registration certificate

Documents to be provided by applicants

  • One recent passport-size photo of the applicant
  • Original passport and a photocopy thereof
  • Marriage certificate
  • Family relationship certificate
  • Medical Report on Tuberculosis from only 4 designated hospitals by the Embassy; 1. Patan Hospital, Patan, 2. Civil Service Hospital, Newbaneshor, 3. Korea Nepal Friendship Nepal Friendship Hospital (Korea Thimi Hospital), Bhaktapur, 4. Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Teku
  • Other job-related documents such as business registration certificate, Permanent Account Number (PAN) registration certificate, etc.
  • All school documents and certificates (approved by the Nepali Ministry of Education)
  • Secondary-level education transcripts and character certificate (the originals as well as photocopies)
  • Higher secondary-level education transcripts and character certificate (the originals as well as photocopies)
  • University and final education levels’ transcripts (such as master or doctoral degrees) and character certificates (the originals as well as photocopies)
  • Family asset evaluation certificate (certified by a chartered accountant with supporting documents, the originals as well as photocopies)
  • Bank statement for last 6 months (to be accepted only from A level bank)

Documents for a dependent visa (more than 90 days)

※ If you are applying for a dependent visa, you must submit the following:

Documents to be provided by the university and sponsors in Korea (for further information, please refer to the Korean version of the Embassy’s website)

  • Invitation letter (with registered official seal or notarization)
  • Reference letter (with registered official seal or notarization)
  • Official seal certificate
  • Certificate of alien registration and a copy of both sides (if the sponsor is the applicant’s Nepali spouse or other relative studying in Korea)
  • Job document (job certificate, business registration certificate)
  • Financial document (personal bank statement for the last 6 months, bank balance certificate)
  • Lease contract or other (if the sponsor is the applicant’s Korean spouse or an international student)
  • Student certificate (if the sponsor is an international student)
  • Recommendation letter from University (if the sponsor is an international student)

Documents to be provided by applicants

  • One recent passport-size photo of the applicant
  • Original passport and a photocopy thereof
  • Visa cover letter (applicants should furnish details, including the purpose of the visit, tentative schedule, and sponsor for all expenses for the visit)
  • Medical Report on Tuberculosis from only 4 designated hospitals by the Embassy; 1. Patan Hospital, Patan, 2. Civil Service Hospital, Newbaneshor, 3. Korea Nepal Friendship Nepal Friendship Hospital (Korea Thimi Hospital), Bhaktapur, 4. Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Teku
  • Family relationship certificate
  • Job certificate from a Nepali business entity if the applicant is employed (should state the applicant’s position in the company, the purpose of his or her visit to Korea, etc.)
  • Other documents such as business registration, Permanent Account Number (PAN) registration etc.
  • Personal bank statements for the last six months

Documents required for a marriage visa (up to 90 days)

※ If you are applying for a marriage visa, you must submit the following:

For the documents to be provided by the spouse in Korea, please refer to the Korean version of the Embassy’s website; http://npl.mofa.go.kr/korean/as/npl/main/index.jsp

Documents to be provided by applicants

  • One recent passport-size photo of the applicant
  • Original passport and a photocopy thereof
  • Marriage certificate
  • Family relationship certificate (must include Korean spouse, parents, brothers, and sisters)
  • Medical report (must include screening results for mental disorders, HIV/AIDS, syphilis and other communicable diseases)
  • Police report (criminal record check)
  • Evidence of Korean language proficiency (certificate from Sejong Korean Language Institute; TOPIK results showing Level 1 proficiency or greater; or other Korean language certificates issued by Korean language institutes affiliated with universities in Korea)or passing the Korean Language exam provided by the Embassy※ Even though the marriage visa (F-6) applicant fulfilled the above qualification of Korean language proficiency, the Embassy will interview the visa applicant to see his/her Korean language ability.
  • Personal Detail Form for marriage visa applicant (F-6) (please refer to http://npl.mofa.go.kr/korean/as/npl/main/index.jsp or visit the Embassy to pick up the form)
  • PAN registration certificate copy and Company registration certificate copy of the Nepali Marriage Agency (if the marriage is arranged by the Nepali Marriage Agency)


  • Please note that the visa issuance process can take seven working days or more. Applications should be submitted at least 14 days prior to the scheduled date of departure to allow adequate processing time
  • Visa applications are accepted at the Embassy gate from Monday to Friday, between 09:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Visas and passports are collected from Monday to Friday, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • In principle, applicants must submit their visa applications and pick up their passports in person. However, if you are unable to come to the Embassy in person due to circumstances beyond your control, you can authorize someone to do so on your behalf by means of a signed letter. In that event, the signature on the letter must be identical to the signature in your passport.
  • Handwritten passports are no longer accepted as of March 2, 2015. All visa applications must now be submitted along with Machine Readable Passports (MRP) issued by the Government of Nepal.
  • An applicant’s passport must be valid for at least six months at the time of the application.
  • Please note that a visa does not guarantee entry to the Republic of Korea. The visa holder may be subjected to further inspection at the airport immigration desk by authorized officials in the Republic of Korea.
  • Applicants are requested to use glue, rather than staples, to affix their photographs to their applications.
  • The Embassy of the Republic of Korea informs for all those concerned that in order to facilitate visa application procedures, the Embassy will collect the visa fee (in cash) along with the visa applications at the Embassy counter with effect from December 1, 2016. The Embassy further informs that since the bank account for depositing visa fees will be closed from the same date, the visa fees cannot be deposited in banks.Likewise, the Embassy requests those who pay visa fees by November 30th, to kindly lodge visa application by December 9, 2016.
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Nepal
Address : Ravibhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel : 977-1 -427 -0172/0417/7391 |
(FAX) 977-1 -427-2041/5485
(E-Mail) konepemb@mofa.go.kr
Hours of Operation :
Monday~Friday 09:00 – 12:00, 13:30 – 17:00