Selecting the Right Program in South Korea

South Korea has some of the best Universities that offer great academic programmes open to international students. There are many programmes being offered, and to select one right program is a tough job. Through this post, we’ve made your job simple! Read the post to know about ‘Selecting a Right program in South Korea’ 

Steps to follow:

Find out your Interest Area

Know your interest. Find the answer to questions like- what you want to do? Why you want to pursue this? You career goals? and so on. 


Once you figure out what you want to pursue, start researching on the same. Research about the program and Universities offering that program.  Check the official website of the Universities and Colleges and know about their profile, admission requirements-general and specific, dates and deadlines, facilities and other necessary details. Make a list of the Universities and Colleges offering program that you would want to take on. 

Campus Visits

Visit the campus of respective Universities and Colleges. Talk to the professors and current students out there and know about the University and its programmes and other relevant things. Ask questions if any. Experience yourself what it might be like to study there. 


After you have researched about the Universities and programs, make the final decision. Apply on time. Know about the admission requirements and procedure before applying.

General Admission Requirements

For Bachelor Degree Program

The applicant should be a high school graduate or has achieved an equivalent education. At least 12 years of education must be finished by the applicant for admittance to Bachelor degree program. 

For Master Degree Program

The applicant should hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent to gain admittance to a Master degree program

For Doctoral Program

The applicant should hold a Master’s degree or its equivalent to gain admittance to Doctoral/PhD program.

Entrance Examination

College Scholastic Ability Tests-CSAT

CSAT is a standardized test used by the Universities and Colleges in South Korea for admissions.

Language Proficiency Tests

Applicants are required to prove their Korean as well as English language proficiency in order to gain admittance to Universities and Colleges in South Korea.

Korean Language Proficiency

Test of Proficiency in Korea, or TOPIK: TOPIK assess the Korean language skills and is used for admission to Educational Institutions and for job seeking purposes in South Korea. 

English Language Proficiency

If the medium of instruction is English, then the TOEFL iBT and IELTS scores are accepted. TOEFL iBT accepted score is 79 to 80 or IELTS accepted score is 6.0 or more

Test of English as a Foreign Language: TOEFL tests proficiency in English language in academic settings.

International English Language Testing System: IELTS tests the proficiency in English language of non-native speakers.

Test of English Proficiency: TEPS is an English proficiency test established by Seoul National University's Language Education Institute to assess South Korean applicants English language knowledge and skills

Dates and Deadlines

The application deadline for March admissions, i.e. spring semester generally starts from September and continues until November, and for September admissions, i.e. fall semester the application process starts from May and goes on until June. The dates and deadlines vary depending on the Educational Institution, so contact the respective institution to know about the dates and deadlines for applications. 

Apply for Scholarships and Visa

If you’re accepted by the University/College in South Korea, an Enrollment/Acceptance letter would be issued to you by the Institution. Once you receive the acceptance letter, apply for Student Visa depending upon your stay in South Korea. Many of the Korean government ministries, several foundations and institutions provide scholarship programs for international students. Apply for those scholarships before deadline with all the necessary documentation.
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