According to ‘2011 National Competitiveness Report’ of IMD in Switzerland, the education competitiveness of Korea was 29th among 59 countries that were subjects of the survey. Korea ranked 4th in Asia following Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and higher than Japan and China. Also, in international comparison research of the academic achievements(PISA) by OECD, Korea ranked between third and sixth in the recent years among 65 countries that were subjects of the survey. Especially, Korea was the first place in digital reading knowledge assessment. Based on such education competitiveness, Korea will be able to offer a higher level of education services to the students coming from abroad.
Advanced Country with Applied Science and State-of-the-art Technology
Korea ranked in first place among 152 countries that were subjects of the survey in ICT development index announced by International Telecommunication Union(ITU). The Korea IT sector is renowned internationally for its leading global position along with heavy machinery, chemical, shipbuilding, and automobile sectors, where Korea also leads the world. Over 20 million households have access to ultra high speed internet networks, and most make full usage of the technology.
Rich Culture & Dynamic Life
As a country that preserved its millennia old tradition and culture, Korea has developed many unique cultural heritage and traditions. Various features of Korea’s deep-rooted culture, tangible and intangible, pervade every corner of Korean society to this day. The Korean wave that began with Korean dramas has now developed into a general affection for Korean culture and language, and the recent popularity of K-Pop demonstrates that the Korean wave is not simply a Korean phenomenon but rather a truly global wave. Studying in Korea, a rising cultural hub of Asia where tradition and modernity have joined harmoniously, students will be able to develop the leadership and insight necessary to lead humanity towards a better future.
Low Tuition & Living Cost
Compared to English speaking countries such as the U.S, Canada, and Britain, Korea has relatively lower cost of study considering both tuition and living cost. Korea does not impose additional fees for foreign students, and there are many scholarship programs for foreign students, allowing them to come study in Korea without much economic distress. Especially, as the Korean Government recently announced substantial support and deregulation for foreign students regarding scholarship, dormitory, part time jobs, and employment after graduation, studying in Korea has become more convenient and possible with less cost. Geopolitically, Korea is located in the centre of Northeast Asia, and for Asian students, so it is easy to visit Korea at a low cost, and culturally, as as they belong in the same East Asian cultural bloc, students may adapt it without much trouble emotionally and culturally during their study.
Support for Careers
We are holding Employment Exhibitions every year for foreign students to help them with employment in Korea, as well as through foreign students’ employment support homepage (www.goldcard.or.kr), employment information is provided to foreign students. Especially, with the gold card system for graduates of advanced technology field and science card system for high class science and technology manpower, we are helping out with the employment and visa issuance of foreign students.
For foreign students attending undergraduate or master/doctorate course in Korean universities, or language school students of 6 months after entrance to Korea, they can legally have part time jobs after receiving activity permit beyond resident qualification. Part time job information can be acquired through school employment centres and regional newspapers.