South Korea is a country that is currently attracting a great deal of attention around the world for its K-pop artists such as BTS and BLACKPINK, as well as Korean dramas. Many people yearn to study in Korea not only for its entertainment culture, such as music and dramas, but also for its diverse attractions, such as gourmet food, cafes, trends in fashion and cosmetics.
Studying abroad used to have a strong image of English until a decade ago, but recently, studying abroad in Korea has become popular among people of all ages, from students to working adults.
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Spring from March to May
Summer from June to August
Fall from September to November
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Attraction of Studying in Korea
The most attractive feature of studying in South Korea is the large number of students who are eager to learn! South Korea is a country that places a great deal of emphasis on education and one of the major attractions of studying in South Korea is the stimulation from the students and the environment around them.
There are many schools offering K-pop dance and taekwondo classes allowing students to not only learn the Korean language but also to experience the Korean culture they have always dreamed of. K-pop idol lovers will also be able to enrich their geek activities!
1. SeoulSeoul, the capital of South Korea, is one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, consisting of 25 autonomous districts (gu) and 423 administrative neighborhoods (dong). The city is very popular among young people from all over the world because of its state-of-the-art fashion, authentic Korean cuisine and many trendy cafes.
Although Seoul has a strong urban impression, it is actually a city with quite a long history. Temples, royal palaces and other historical buildings can be seen everywhere, making it a unique city where the metropolitan atmosphere and the buildings from the Korean dynastic era coexist.
Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, Lotte World, Myeongdong, Itaewon, Dongdaemun
[Climate in Seoul]
Seoul has four distinct seasons, with a very large difference in temperature between summer and winter. Winters are especially cold and wearing long down jackets are recommended.
2. BusanBusan is the second most populated city after Seoul and is also the largest port city in South Korea. A popular tourist destination, Busan offers a wide range of scenery unique to a port city and is full of attractions that are different from those of Seoul. Just as each region has its own dialect, Busan also has its own unique phrases and intonations.
Fresh seafood is the most popular gourmet delicacy in the port city of Busan. Visitors can enjoy plenty of seafood at Korea's largest seafood market and restaurants. Busan is also surrounded by mountains and the sea, and is blessed with a rich abundance of nature.
Accommodations and transportation costs are lower than in Seoul, making Busan a great destination for those who are more price-conscious.
Gamcheon Culture Village, Gwangalli Beach, Haeundae Beach, Haedong Yonggung Temple, Busan Tower
[Climate in Busan]
Besides having the four seasons, there is a rainy season and a typhoon season. Summers are hot and humid while winters are a bit colder, although temperatures do not drop as much as they do in Seoul.
Living in South Korea
Located in the mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere, South Korea has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter. Winters can be extremely cold requiring appropriate winter clothing. Due to the long north-south geography, there is a large difference in temperature between the north and south of the country. For example, the temperature in Seoul in the north varies greatly, while Busan in the south has a relatively mild climate. The humidity is low and there is little precipitation, so it is pleasantly cool and dry throughout the year.
Many roads in Korea are not well paved and are bumpy and sometimes caved in. On rainy days and the days following, be cautious as water tends to flood the roads.
Many people may have the impression that prices are low in South Korea but in recent years prices have shown a tendency to skyrocket. Be aware that many household goods such as toilet paper and food items in supermarkets are relatively expensive. Dining out, transportation, fashion items and cosmetics, however, can be purchased relatively inexpensively!
Korea is an advanced credit card society and credit cards are accepted at most stores even for small payments. Carrying only a small amount of cash and using credit cards as the main means of payment is recommended.
Public safety in South Korea is considered relatively safe among Asian countries. However, the incidences of violent crimes tend to be a little higher and it is advisable to be careful when walking alone or going out late at night and to avoid such activities as much as possible.
Traffic in South Korea is on the right side of the road. Use caution when getting in and out of cabs. Be aware of traffic accidents in the center of Seoul, where traffic is very heavy.
Strikes and demonstrations are common in Korea. Tourists are rarely directly affected but it is advisable to avoid going near demonstrations when they are taking place.
Estimated Cost of Study Abroad
|Air Ticket (Round Trip)
|Insurance (Study Abroad Insurance)
|School (Tuition Fee)
* The cost of airline tickets varies depending on the departure and arrival airports.
* Tuition and accommodation fees vary from school to school.
* The costs of living for study abroad vary from person to person.
List of Language Schools
Easy Korean Academy
Realize your dream of studying in Korea at a language school in a “trendy and hip” Korean neighborhood!
Green Korean Language School
Learn Korean in the heart of Seoul!
Great for those who want to learn Korean in a fun and realistic way!
Ganada Korean Language Institute
The first Korean language institute in the country to develop its own teaching materials! Easy access in the Hongdae area!
Lexis Korea Busan
Lexis Korea Busan, located in Korea's second-largest city, is the perfect place to have fun while studying!
Lexis Korea Seoul
Lexis Korea Seoul is the place to learn and have fun in Seoul, the capital of South Korea!
Q: Do I need a visa to study in South Korea?
A: For stays of 90 days or less, students may study in Korea without a visa. For longer stays of 91 days or more, a student visa or a work visa is mandatory.
Q: What documents are required for entry into South Korea?
A: The following documents are required for entry into Korea for study abroad.
Registration for Q-CODE (Quarantine Information Pre-Entry System)
K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorization)
Customs Declaration Form (provided on board the flight)
Visa (for travelers staying in Korea for more than 90 days)
Q: Can I study abroad in Korea even though I am a beginner in Korean?
A: Yes. It is possible for beginners of the Korean language to study in Korea.
Most language schools conduct a placement test in advance and assign students to different classes based on their level of proficiency, allowing even beginners to learn Korean without difficulty, starting from reading and writing Hangul.
Q: Can I have a part-time job during my study abroad in Korea?
A: Only D-4 (general training), D-2 (college student) and H-1 (tourist work) visa holders are permitted to work part-time in Korea. Students may study without a visa for up to 90 days but may not work without a visa.
Foreign students are required to obtain a "Permit to Engage in Activity other than that Permitted" under the Status of Residence in order to work part-time. The "Permit to Engage in Activity other than that Permitted" under the Status of Residence can be applied for at the Korean Immigration Office. With the permit, students can work up to 20 hours on weekdays and unlimited hours on weekends and during long vacations.
Q: What are the types of accommodation available?
A: The main accommodation options for international students include student dormitories (school dormitory), guesthouses, gosiwon (single room occupancy) and hasugjib 하숙집 (lodging house). Hotel accommodation is also recommended for short-term students.
Accommodations can be also be arranged via skyticket. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.