University Education

Korea has both four-year universities and two-year colleges. Four-year universities usually provide major programs for advanced studies, while two-year colleges usually provide training programs focused on vocational ability. Universities are also categorized into regular universities, universities with special purposes, and special universities, according to the purpose behind their establishment. Universities with special purposes include universities of education, open universities, digital universities and universities of science and technology, while special universities include military academies, police academies and tax accountants' academies. To be admitted to a university, students are required to sit the annual university entrance examination, and may apply for the university of their choice based on the examination results. As the candidate screening criteria varies by university, students must meet the specific qualifications announced by each university. Students may apply for special admission for foreign residents if their parents are both foreigners.

Types of Higher Education

Higher education includes 4-year general colleges or universities, vocational colleges, teachers' colleges, broadcast and correspondence colleges, cyber colleges, specialized colleges offering two or three-year courses, and polytechnic colleges.

General Universities/Colleges Offer various majors Have the highest high school graduate admission rate
Vocational Colleges Aim to develop industrial engineers
Teachers'Colleges Train students to become primary school teachers
Specialized Colleges Train students to develop expertise in various fields
Broadcast & Correspondence College and Cyber Colleges Offer remote education through communication media, including TV, radio, and computer
Polytechnic Colleges Train students to become professional technicians in various fields
Multi-Language School Life Information

The guidebook on school life published by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Chungcheongbuk-do Office of Education for migrant parents and their children depicts the school life of Korean students quite well. The guidebook provides easy and detailed information on preparation for school entrance, curriculum, school life, the examination system and advanced studies, looking at primary schools, middle schools and high schools. The guidebook is published in English, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese.

  • Life of a Primary School Student (in four languages: English, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese)
  • Life of a Middle School Student (in four languages: English, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese)
  • Life of a High School Student (in four languages: English, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese)

※ For copies of the guidebooks, contact Chungcheongbuk-do Office of Education (82-43-290-2000), or download printable versions from the website of the Office of Education (www.cbe.go.kr).

Source : Danuri (The multicultural family support portal site)