Detailed information about studying in South Korea for students from Uzbekistan

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  • The education system of South Korea
  • Popular areas of study
  • Period of study
  • List of Higher education institutions
  • Requirements for applicants
  • Tuition fee
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Entertainment and leisure
  • Transport
  • Insurance
  • Grants and scholarships
  • Visa support
  • 3 reasons to study in South Korea

The education system of South Korea

In South Korea, the education system during its development was largely based on the achievements of Americans, Japanese and Germans, Koreans adopted the best qualities of the education systems of these countries, which allowed them to develop their own unique teaching methodology, and what is most interesting, it is very similar to the Uzbek education system. Until the 1940s, South Korea was considered one of the most "uneducated" countries in the world, with a population of 30 million, 2,000-3,000 people had diplomas of higher education, usually these diplomas were obtained outside of South Korea. Currently, Korea holds the leading position in the world in the number of students among the population!

Also, as in Uzbekistan, a large Korean University has from 10 to 20 faculties, in Korean the faculty is called as "taehak", and educational institutions in the country have a smaller number of faculties and areas of study.

Universities in South Korea are divided into:

  • State
  • Private

To enter a state University, you need to pass a test. In private universities, the order of recruitment of students is determined independently, usually testing is not required. They study seriously, because the performance depends not only on the attitude of the future employer. It is considered a shame if expelled or cannot boast of their grades.

Study programs are similar to Uzbek, you can enroll in:

  • Bachelor’s
  • Master’s
  • Postgraduate study
  • Doctoral study
  • MBA (Business administration)

South Korea's University education does not involve a rigorous curriculum. You can choose 2-6 disciplines per semester, some of which are specialized. This approach sharpens the sense of responsibility, and the concept of "serve a couple" is not here. There are no seminars, there are lectures. But they do not imply the monotonous story of the teacher. Classes can take place in the form of presentations prepared by students. The teacher asks questions, encourages the students to discuss the information. The goal is to teach students to speak in front of an audience, to lead a discussion.

Another option is a discussion between students, when the teacher assumes the role of moderator. The evaluation system is based not on memorized material, but on the ability to understand information and apply it.

For example, after the explanation can give half an hour to complete the project. This technique teaches students to apply knowledge. There are also intermediate and final exams.

To get into the category of honors in graduate school, you need to engage in development or research activities. And most importantly, at the same time to go beyond the University, the city and the country. Important publications in international journals.

The education system in Korea allows employers to look after future employees in advance. Sometimes they even pay for students by signing a contract with them. Such graduates undertake to work in the company for a certain period, without having the right to resign.

Popular Fields

You probably would like to ask what field to choose in studying in South Korea? What specialties are the most popular and in demand?

Popular specialties:

  • Economy and business
  • International law
  • Information technology
  • Medicine
  • Pedagogy

There are many applicants who want to study Economics and law. Also, many Koreans (especially males) annually enter technical specialties, where they study physics and computer science in depth. Every year the number of students who see themselves in the future as doctors and healers is growing. Interesting attitude in Korea to teachers, both present and future: their status a priori higher in society than, for example, even a successful lawyer.

Period of study

As in Uzbekistan, as well as almost all over the world, South Korea has both bachelor's degree (4 years) and a master's degree (plus 2 years after receiving a bachelor's degree). To obtain a diploma in medical Sciences requires 6 years of study. 3 years need to study for those who want to get a doctorate (PhD).

For international students who do not know the Korean language, bachelor's and master's programs in English are often available (in this case, of course, a certificate of good English proficiency is required when applying, a language certificate such as IETLS, TOEFL or something similar is required.

Important! Study Year in South Korea begins not in September, as in Uzbekistan, but in March! Winter holidays last three months (exams are possible in December), and summer holidays last two months (July and August). Study continues from Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday-student weekend.

List of top universities in South Korea

  • Ajou University is a University located in Suwon city. The UNIVERSITY specializes in engineering, medicine and information technology.
  • Wonkwang University - The University is known for its diverse medical courses: Western medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, traditional Korean medicine and traditional Korean pharmacy. Apart from medical courses, the school is well known for its specialized courses such as police administration, fire service administration and school of law
  • Woosong University is a specialized University located in Daejeon, offering specialized training programs with practical application of foreign language and high-tech it education in the main training programs.
  • Yeonse University is the oldest University in Korea, founded in 1885. It would not be a big exaggeration to say that the status and reputation — is Asian Harvard
  • Yongsan University-the Main programs of Yongsan University are aimed at training real professionals in the field of business and law
  • Kongju national University is a state-run institution of higher education, which has been actively engaged in scientific and academic work since the beginning of 1948
  • National Institute of Technology Kumo - the main directions of the University are architecture, engineering, mechanical engineering, electronics and electrical engineering.
  • National University of Gyeongpuk - the strongest areas for studying in this institution are considered: "Engineering and technology", "life Sciences and medicine", "Natural Sciences".
  • Mokwon University – the aim of The University is to provide in-depth knowledge in the fields of art, pedagogy, engineering, Humanities, music and media
  • Korea University of Science and Technology-in addition to law, education, international faculties, the Institute of international relations and The center for computer technology and information security are popular
  • Busan University of Foreign Languages is a linguistic University in Busan. It is one of the leading Korean higher education institutions in the field of international relations and foreign languages. Specializes in teaching foreign languages
  • Jeonbuk national University-engineering and technology is the most popular field of study
  • Chonnam National University – popular specialties: veterinary science, light industry technology, design, earth Sciences, electronics and instrumentation, music, vocal, printing and packaging technology, sociology, political science, history, agriculture, forestry and water management, literature, law, cultural studies, fashion and style, Economics, mathematics, psychology, financial management, food production technology, physics, information technology, architecture and construction, foreign languages, chemistry, geography, painting, pedagogy, medicine, computer science and programming, biology, ecology and environmental protection, telecommunications and communications
  • Chungbuk national University-the University's strengths are the faculties of natural Sciences and Humanities, agriculture and medicine
  • Chunnam University-specialization of the University quality education in agriculture, biotechnology, Economics and business, Arts, Humanities and social Sciences, law
  • Dankook University-the strong point of the University training in IT technologies, biotechnology, medicine and pharmacy
  • Dong-A University - Physical education, Natural Sciences and Engineering, Social Sciences, Law and Medicine. In addition to the comprehensive school, there are eight specialized graduate schools: northeast Asia, Business administration, Education, Industry, Mass communication, Political science, law, Police and Arts.
  • Handong Global University-the main direction of the University is international management, law, psychology and entrepreneurship
  • Hanguk University of foreign languages is a private University in South Korea. faculties of English, French, Chinese, German, Russian languages, faculties of geopolitics, Economics, sociology and culture of other States
  • Incheon national University-architecture, mathematics, languages, electronics and electrical engineering, law, business, mechanical engineering and robotics, political science, psychology, social Sciences and Humanities
  • Inha University - the aim of the University is the development of professional and highly qualified ICT personnel for the development of industries and sectors of the economy
  • Gangwon national University - is one of the 10 major Korean national universities in Korea, the University maintains a high level of quality in education and research, offering almost all different majors
  • Keimyung University-Today the University consists of three campuses located in different parts of the city, as well as 18 faculties, including engineering, music, art, medical and Philology
  • Korea University is the most popular are the faculties of business administration and architecture. It should also be noted the school of medicine: on its basis there are three hospitals, which are among the top ten medical institutions in Korea. Among humanitarian
  • studies, international students have work with the faculty of linguistics, which is firmly in the world's top 50.
  • Korea national University of Arts. The school of drama, School of dance, School of music, School of film, television and multimedia, School of visual arts, School of Korean traditional arts
  • Kyonggi University-according to experts, the best areas can be considered: "Arts and Humanities", "Engineering and technology", "life Sciences and medicine", "Natural Sciences", "Social Sciences and management".
  • Kyungdong University. It strives to meet the educational needs of society such as Regional innovation system (RIS), Commerce, Industry and Energy, deep Water, Recreation and Resort, and Social welfare.
  • Kyungin women's College is a female-only institution.
  • National University of Pukyong - Fisheries, marine and technology faculties are famous all over the world and have a very high rating in Asia. There are excellent conditions for marine and technological research
  • Busan national University is one of the largest universities and the first public University in the Republic of Korea. It is one of the most famous and prestigious national universities along with Seoul University
  • Sejong University is one of the top 10 Universities in Korea for research activities. In addition, the University has scientific ties with more than 76 universities in 20 countries.
  • Seoul national University of Science and Technology is a leading public University located in the capital of South Korea. It is a General University, combining technical, humanitarian and scientific fields
  • Seoul Fashion school-learning fashion and all about it!
  • SolBridge international business school is one of the most renowned international universities in South Korea, which provides internationally recognized business courses in English.
  • University Ulsan – higher education in the field of automotive industry, shipbuilding, petrochemical industry

Have you already decided on the choice of University? Then it's time to find out the requirements and cost of training in South Korea!

Requirements for applicants

Do you need perfect knowledge of the Korean language to study? Not necessarily, but at least you need to know English perfectly (preferably-level with IELTS, TOEFL certificates). Many lectures at universities are given in English, and in it you have to do your homework: presentations, research, essays and other interesting creative tasks.

You will need Korean for everyday life in Korea: buy food in the store, pay for transportation, order a dish in a restaurant or cafe, ask to try on a thing in the store, etc. These simple everyday Korean phrases, along with greetings and words of gratitude, learn quickly, and they will not be difficult to master even in a Phrase Book.

If you have already learned Korean, it is even better! If you have a certificate TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean), which is quite high scores, be sure to attach it to all other documents submitted. At a minimum, it will serve in your favor in the selection of international students at the University and, at a maximum, can affect the size of your scholarship.

To enter the a university, a foreign student must speak Korean or English at least at the secondary level and have one of the language certificates with the level of knowledge of the language, such as:

  • TOPIK: 3 (4) level and above;
  • TOEFL (ibt): 80 and above;
  • IELTS 5.5 and above
  • Good grades in the diploma

Important! Depending on the educational institution, the admission Committee may request an additional list of documents! Full information on each Korean University you can get from the coordinators of studies in South Korea in our office.

Tuition fee

Education in Korea is paid in both public and private universities. Only the cost of training and additional services differ.

  • Bachelor degree from 4 000 000 Korean won, it is about about 32 000 000 Uzbek Sums, if you count in us dollars, it is about 3 300 $ for 1 year of study
  • Studying at Master’s degree is slightly more expensive, from 9,000,000 Won or 73,000,000 Soums, or 7600 US Dollars

Tuition does not include food, accommodation, entertainment and personal expenses of the student!

These are all approximate average prices, the cost of training depends on the specific University. Our students from Uzbekistan have a stereotype that the more prestigious the University, the more expensive the education. This rule absolutely does not work in South Korea!

For example, Seoul National University will be cheaper than some provincial private universities!

Also, you can learn for free, how? See Scholarships and Grants in South Korea below.

Accommodation and meals

The cost of living and food depends on the city, as well as on the student's personal preferences in housing and food. Before applying, you should make sure that the University will allocate a place for you in the hostel! Most universities do so, but there are cases when the dormitories are crowded or just far from the place of study (even, sometimes, in another city, if the institution has several branches!).

If finances allow, students can rent housing near the place of study. For rent you can rent both an apartment and a house. Usually, several students can add up and rent a large house with all amenities, it is cheaper than renting an apartment or a house separately.

You can eat in the dining room at the University or on your own, in cafes, restaurants, in shops such as 7Eleven, in each such store you will find a designated place for quick snacks.

In most student dormitories you can not cook, and, accordingly, there is no kitchen in the full sense of the word, but throughout the campus there are vending machines with drinks, ice cream, rolls, some semi-finished products that can be brewed with boiling water. On the other hand, canteens are of several types: those in which national food is served, and those in which students are fed "in a European way". In University canteens of the first kind, you can often get any amount of rice for free, and spicy sauerkraut Kim-Chi, and sometimes even broth. So, hungry you are unlikely to stay!

Entertainment and leisure

There is no problem with this in South Korea! Sports, music and other Hobbies If you can not imagine your life without, say, constant sports training, competitions or, for example, playing the drum or modeling clay, then most likely you will not only be able to continue to engage in your favorite hobby at the University, but also find like-minded people. Interest groups – or, as they are called in Korean, tonari (동아리)-exist in every University in large numbers! Participation is free, and from time to time tonari participants arrange holidays and even travel together. What can be the theme of tonari ? Anything from Brazilian cuisine to mountaineering or Chinese calligraphy. The only problem you may encounter is a possible language barrier, but it is easily overcome in a like-minded environment.


The transport system of South Korea works as a well-established mechanism, everything is clean, comfortable and completely safe to use. The service staff is extremely polite, ready to help with any question and, in addition, at airports and at major railway stations, and in the subway gradually everything becomes English-speaking.


Public transport in Korea is very well developed and also very cheap. City buses are difficult for foreigners to use: all ads and inscriptions are only in Korean, so the main modes of transport for tourists are taxis and metro. The way of organizing bus service in each city has its own characteristics, but almost everywhere there are regular buses and Express buses.


There are metro stations in six cities: Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Incheon, Gwangju and Daejeon. Tickets can be purchased at the regular ticket office, as well as in the vending machines. The names of stations, tables in ticket offices and transition designations are duplicated in English.

The metro map is usually located above the ticket window. Most of the maps are in Korean and in English. Numbers on the side of the station name (for example, 800/900) indicate the fare from this station to the specified one. Also, you can just tell the cashier the name of the desired station, and he will give you the necessary ticket. In the yellow box on the side of the cash register there are maps of the subway, which You can take for free. Some stations do not offer free maps.


Taxis in South Korea are many, they are inexpensive, clean and safe. Taxi stands are located in almost all busy points of the city, but the car can be caught just on the street. Certain types of taxis can be ordered by phone, but you need to remember that the fare in special custom cars is higher than in conventional taxis, Many taxi drivers speak English.

In Seoul, there is a unified system of payment in taxis with credit cards and travel cards, which are used in the subway and buses.

Railway transport

Railways are one of the main ways of moving people in South Korea. 

Korea national Railways (KORAIL) is the only rail passenger carrier in the country.

Trains of the National railway company connect the main cities of the country. It is better to buy train tickets in advance, especially on Sundays and local holidays (since these days the trains are usually Packed).

The country's main railway line is the Gyeongbu Line, connecting the capital to the country's second largest city, Busan.

Car renting

To rent a car in South Korea, you need to be over 21 years old, have at least a year of driving experience, and present a driver's license and passport with a valid visa. Rental offices are usually located in airports and hotels.

It is recommended to rent a car only if you are traveling in the provinces or on the island of Jeju, in large cities it does not make sense.


Before you travel to another country you need to make health insurance, in case of accidents, so that you can cover the costs of treatment. We make sure to provide medical insurance for each entrant before sending them to study. Do not neglect this important point on the way to your higher education in Korea!

Grants and scholarships

You can study in Korea for free! The scholarship can cover from 20 to 100% of tuition fees, as well as transfer (air ticket), accommodation, research costs. There are several scholarship programs from the Korean government, and various foundations.

Students from Uzbekistan can get one of two scholarships in Korea.

Government scholarship (Korean Government Scholarship), and it is issued to pay for master's and doctoral programs, as well as short-term research internships (from six months to a year). This scholarship fully covers the cost of tuition, accommodation, health insurance. Also, every six months, students receive special amounts "for books".

The scholarship is from the Korea Research Foundation and it is intended to pay for training in master's and doctoral programs. Scholarships of this kind are aimed primarily at undergraduate and graduate students studying exact and engineering Sciences. SKY group universities, as well as some others, provide international students with high academic performance with a discount of 50-70% of the tuition fee.

To receive a grant for training you must meet the necessary requirements of an individual University, full information about grants you can get from our office.

Visa support

Our company provides a full range of services for education in South Korea, we conduct students from the moment of application for training, up to the moment of admission to study, flight, insurance, transfer.

We advise on visa issues, prepare the student to answer the questions of the Consul at the Embassy of South Korea, in order to maximize the chances of obtaining a student visa to Korea.

To obtain a student visa D-2 you need: confirmation from the host University of enrollment, translated (and notarized) copy of the certificate of maturity or diploma of higher education, as well as documents confirming your financial solvency (the amounts often change, so they need to be discussed separately with the host University). Of course, you need a valid passport! Please make sure that it expires at least six months after your intended return.

Come to our office at the address: Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Abay str., 13A. Second floor (Landmark - Abay Korzinka). We also have branches in other cities of Uzbekistan, addresses you can see on the Contact page.

You can also look at the universities of South Korea and fill out an online application for training, and our experts will contact you as soon as possible!

As a bonus, we offer you 3 reasons to study in South Korea!

3 reasons to study in South Korea

  • South Korea needs foreign students

The government of South Korea is doing everything to make it easier for foreign students to come to the country and enroll in one of the local universities. In 2015, South Korea adopted an academic plan to attract 200,000 foreign students to the country by 2023. Today, more than 105,000 foreigners are already educated here.

In South Korea, foreign students can earn extra money while studying, they pay the same amount for education as local students, and they also get access to hundreds of scholarships. In addition, the South Korean government helps foreign graduates in the process of finding an employer after graduation.

The economy of South Korea is developing rapidly today. It has a low unemployment rate and offers high-level public services, including transport services.

  • Unique culture

From "K-pop" music to Korean cinema, Korean culture attracts many international students. The capital of South Korea, Seoul , is a bustling metropolis with huge skyscrapers and a developed transport system, which still has not lost its traditional Korean charm.

Wherever you study in South Korea, you will be able to taste the unique local cuisine and get acquainted with the traditions of the country, which have existed for several millennia.

Thanks to the developed transport system of the country, you will be able to travel to different cities of South Korea, small mountain villages and even volcanic Islands! This country is sure to give you amazing experiences and new experiences.

  • World-class universities

Nowadays, the South Korean government pays more attention to the academic industry. In order to train highly qualified professionals and increase competitiveness at the international level, large investments are made in the development of education.

Local universities provide students with high-quality knowledge and experience, only a few countries in Asia can offer students such opportunities!


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