Why study in South Korea

South Korea has excellent arts, science and technology programs of higher education to offer Indian students. The country has advanced IT and communication technology and is home to attractive electronics employers.

The world's growing fascination with K-pop has created a generation of young people who are interested in studying in South Korea. But there are other reasons why international students, including Indians, are being drawn to South Korea's undergraduate, graduate and research programs.

The country has a number of prestigious universities – 400 to be exact – and the majority of them are located in Seoul. Many of these institutes house state-of-the-art facilities for research in scientific fields. The Republic of Korea (RoK) has modern, advanced cities but also has several cultural similarities with India in its family-oriented society, love of art and culture and pursuit of excellence. Koreans also take higher education very seriously. The country's location in Asia makes it another attractive destination, closer to home that the US, UK or Australia.

Several universities that want to internationalize their student body conduct about 30% of lectures in English. Graduate programs are also more likely to have English lectures than undergraduate courses. The academic year in the country begins in March, and Indians should start preparing a year in advance for their study abroad in South Korea.

Why study in South Korea

Most Popular Fields of Study

Academics are very competitive in the country, and the most popular courses in the country are in the fields of arts and sciences. This is followed closely by business-related programs. The country's expertise in IT and Robotics is well known and the advanced information and communication technology also offers plenty of learning for Indian students interested in the field of technology. Business programs in specializations like Information and Media MBA, MBA in Finance and MBA in Technology attract international students to South Korea.

Overseas education in Korea will open up plenty of job opportunities for Indians, especially if they also pursue a course in the Korean language while they are studying in the country. Graduates from Korea's universities are sought after all over the world. The country's economy is also stable and the student visa process (for student visa D-2) is welcoming of international students.

Applying for Student Visa

To apply for a student visa after acceptance into a Korean university, students must contact the Republic of Korea Embassy in New Delhi or the Republic of Korea Consulate in Mumbai. Documents required for submission include:
  • Certificate of admission from Korean university including decision on financial ability and academic ability
  • Mark sheet and passing certificate of last school or college
  • Letter of personal reference as a financial affidavit
  • Bank statement, if the student is paying the fees
  • Research scholars must additionally provide documents that prove research activity

Top South Korean Universities

The following universities are some that contain the cream of South Korean faculty and students, and many Indians are also studying here. These include:

Scholarships for Indian students

Costs of living in South Korea can be at par with other developed nations. In fact, Seoul is one of the top 10 most expensive cities in the world. Indian students heading overseas to study in Korea will find many scholarships to help them finance their tuition and living expenses, among other costs.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in South Korea offers government scholarships for higher education in the field to Indian students. These scholarships cover tuition, medical insurance, and round trip fare and offer a monthly allowance. More information and announcements can be found on the Ministry of HRD, Government of India website.

Giant multinational Samsung Electronics offers a Global Scholarship Program for talented students in many countries including India, hoping to recruit such talent into their country. The program provides two kinds of scholarships – the GSP (MS) through Seoul National University and the GSP (MBA) through Sung Kyun Kwan University.

The RoK Government also offers generous Master's and doctoral
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