Study abroad semester in South Korea

Welcome to South Korea!

South Korea is a safe and modern Asian country. It emerged after the division from the North Korea in mid 20th century. After then, the two nations proceeded in opposite directions: South Korea opened its economy to the world, gaining an impressive and sustained growth, while North Korea kept a restrictive policy with poor results. The two political systems are totally different as well, and life in general is not related at all. South Korea is now one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with one of the highest life expectancies for its citizens.

Development made it possible to establish a strong population density, especially in Seoul, that, with 25 million inhabitants, is ranked as the fifth largest metropolitan area in the world. Governmental help and services are excellent. Means of transportation are efficient and up to date. Population growth is stagnant, in line with the other advanced economies.

Religion is not that popular in South Korea: atheism make up the largest part of the population, with Christianism and Buddhism following as primary religions. Also, Confucianism and Shamanism (an ancestral religion based on demons and spirits) are present, but still with a marginal share compared to atheism. Baseball, football, skating and taekwondo are some of the most followed sports. Hiking and skiing are possible due to the mountains located in the north of the country and the cold winter climate.

What are the best universities in South Korea for semester students?

Are you still undecided whether or not South Korea might be an appealing destination for you? On wearefreemovers you can find a selection of 15 academic institutions offering you the possibility of spending a semester or a full academic year in South Korea. Let’s check some statistics about them.

Here you can see the positions of the South Korean institutions among the world’s best universities rankings.

NAMEQSTHEARWUCWURCWTSEduniversal palmesU.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities RankingsWebometrics
Seoul National University3760101-15031105129435
Korea University69167201-3001741015264735
Yonsei University85187201-300165515329750
Sungkyunkwan University88101201-300195864205789
Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) (Research only)3996201-3002341345274671
Hanyang University146351–400201-3003231624440845
Kyung Hee University236251–300301-4003832023547-
Sogang University490801–1000901-100099987131182958
Ewha Woman's University333601–800501-6005375303741720
Hongik University---16761166---
Konkuk University (Undergraduate level)551-560601–800701-800627380-922791
Kyungpook National University561-570801–1000301-400404283-618478
Pohang University of Science and Technology (Research only)77151301-400362397-367362
Pusan National University581-590801–1000401-5004492403689489
Sookmyung Women`s University---1725----

South Korea is definitely a prestigious and competitive destination. Excluding Hongik University and Sookmyung Women`s University, which in my opinion should strive more to gain international recognition, all the South Korean destinations listed here on wearefreemovers are excellent. If you want to draw a line between a highly prestigious and exclusive tier of universities, and a very good and more accessible one, you could check whether the chosen institution has a two or three digit position in rankings. If you go sub-100, well, you are choosing one of the best 100 universities in the world. Considering the number of countries and students in the world, that’s a pretty elite group of institutions, to which some Korean institutions listed here belong.

Costs and fees

South Korea is an expensive country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are close to 900€. Keep in mind that, as a student, you could have access to various discounts which can include food, travel, and accommodation expenses.

When it comes to university’s fees, South Korea is not that expensive, with a median 3050€/semester for free mover students.

Which South Korean cities are available for free movers?

Currently there are many cities that accept free movers in South Korea. Have you ever dreamt of studying in Seoul or any other city in South Korea? Here you can find institutions divided by city: