Korea's higher education institutions include universities, industrial universities, junior colleges, universities of education, open universities, technological universities, and other miscellaneous institutions. Korean universities are divided according to the body that established them, ie. into national universities established and run by the Korean Government, public universities established and run by local governments, and private universities established and run by incorporated educational institutions. Regarding the selection of students at universities, the Korean Government only stipulates the minimum basic requirements in order to extend the scope of university autonomy. By allowing the admission department of each university to autonomously set all screening documents and standards such as the national academic aptitude test, essay examinations, qualifications, recommendation letters, etc., the authority to select students of universities has been expanded. As of April 1, 2015, there are 433 colleges and universities in Korea, which includes 189 colleges, 138 junior colleges, 47 graduate schools, 2 colleges of industry, 10 colleges of education, 1 correspondence college, 19 cyber colleges, and 27 other tertiary institutions.
The purpose of college education to research profound academic theory and wide ranging and detailed application methodology necessary for the development of the nation and human society, and to cultivate leadership. The length of the courses are 4~6 years. Medicine, oriental medicine and dentistry each require 6 years of study. There are degree courses in thirty different majors including literature, law, theology, political science, economics, business administration, public administration, pedagogy, library science, science, engineering, dentistry, oriental medicine, pharmacy, nursing, agriculture, veterinary medicine, fishery science, fine arts, music, etc. The total number of credits required for graduation generally is 140 credits. Undergraduate degrees are conferred on those who have completed the course as set out in the school regulations.
Junior colleges aim to polish students’ skills and develop professionals needed for the development of the nation and the society by teaching and conducting research in various disciplines as they relate to the society. They offer majors in social science and the humanities, the natural sciences, engineering, art/music/physical education, and public health. It takes between two to four years for students to earn the 80 credits necessary for a two-year degree or the 140 credits necessary for a four-year degree in order to graduate. Those completing the curriculum in accordance with school regulations earn either an associate or a bachelor’s degree.[ Source : www.studyinkorea.go.kr, www.kess.kedi.re.kr ]
In view of fostering students’ talents and passion while making full use of the vocational focus of education, junior colleges select students using a method that places value on a student’s talents, aptitude, and personality, in addition to their academic achievements, both of which are necessary for employment.
In view of realizing a society that values competence, junior colleges strive to promote vocational education by placing value on students’ human nature, value system, and integrity rather than focusing solely on test-based academic ability.
|Successful applicants||Additional successful applicants|
|Early Admissions||1st||Sep. 8 (Thu.) - Sep. 29,
|By Feb. 16, 2016 (Fri.)||Dec. 19 (Mon.)-
Dec. 21, 2016 (Wed.)
|By Dec. 22 (Thu.) - Dec. 30, 2016 (Fri.)
|2nd||Nov. 9 (Wed) - Nov. 21,
|1st||Jan. 3 (Tue.) - Jan. 13,
|By Feb. 6, 2017 (Mon.)||Feb. 7, (Tue.) -
Feb. 9, 2017 (Thu.)
|Feb. 10 (Fri.) – Feb. 28, 2017 (Tue)|
|2nd||Feb. 10 (Fri.) – Feb. 14,
By Feb. 28, 2017 (Tue.)
※ Applicants already registered to another college are excluded from the Feb. 28 announcement and
registration of successful applicants.
※ Application and selection of Korean nationals residing abroad and foreigners: From July 1, 2016
※ If special admission for Korean nationals residing abroad and foreigners take place at the same time as regular and additional admissions, the same dates apply as those of regular and additional admissions, respectively.
|Years of Education||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13||14||15||16|
|School system in Korea||Elementary school||middle school||High school||College|
|School system in other countries||5-3-4-4 system||5 years||3 years||4 years||4 years|
|6-4-3-3 system||6 years||4 years||3 years||3 years|
|6-3-2-5 system||6 years||3 years||2 years||5 years|
|8-4-4 system||8 years||4 years||4 years|
1. High school diploma or proof of expected graduation
2. Certificate of elementary school enrollment and transcript (only students who have graduated from high school outside of Korea)
3. Certificate of middle and high school enrollment
4. Middle and high school transcripts
5. Student’s family relation certificate
6. Certificate of fact of entry and departure (parents and student)
7. Power of attorney to apply for issuance of proof of fact (parents and student)
8. Copy of passport (parents and student)
9. Register of Korean national residing abroad or certificate proving residence overseas (parents and student)
10. Proof of employment (workers dispatched abroad or those who were locally hired)
11. License of business or certified copy of register of corporation abroad (workers who were locally hired or those who are self-employed)
12. Record showing payment of corporate tax abroad (workers who were locally hired)
13. Certification of tax payment abroad (self-employed)