Live & Study in south Korea

South Korea is officially known as the Republic of Korea. It is located in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. It shares a land border with North Korea and oversea borders with Japan and China. South Korea terrain is comprised mostly of mountains with some coastal plains, rolling hills, river basins, and valleys. It has a humid continental and subtropical climate with four distinct seasons.

Living and studying in South Korea may provide students an opportunity to explore a beautiful and vibrant country. Study in South Korea is a once in a lifetime opportunity, whether exploring South Korea large and bustling capital city, Seoul, or exploring the country lush coastlands and countryside, students are sure to enjoy a variety of interesting sights and gorgeous views. Students are also likely to enjoy South Korea rich and dynamic culture.

Currency in South Korea

The national currency of South Korea is the “won”. In October of 2013, 1061 won was equivalent to 1 U.S. dollar. 1″ won” is roughly equivalent to $0.001.

Cost of Living in South Korea

The majority of South Korea is relatively inexpensive to live in, though prices in Seoul can be substantially higher than in other regions.Most universities will offer affordable catering on their campuses and a meal from these facilities can cost as little as 2,600 won($2.50). In general, South Korea’s native cuisine will cost less than food from western restaurant franchises, but either should be affordable. The South Korean government estimates the cost of food at roughly 300,000 won ($300) per month for students using university catering.Access to South Korea’s world-leading high-speed internet services will usually cost around 20,000 won ($30) per month.

Employment

Once you have been enrolled for one semester (six months) you will be eligible to work part-time (up to 20 hours per week). Applications for employment will need to be supported by a letter of recommendation from your university and the presentation of your student visa. You should contact your institution for advice on local employment opportunities and supporting documents.

Key facts:
  • South Korea has a population of around 50 million, roughly half of which is concentrated around the greater metropolitan area of the capital, Seoul.
  • The country is governed as a liberal democracy, with an elected President and National Assembly.
  • The climate is seasonal and partly subtropical, with a monsoon period in summer, a warm autumn and substantial temperature drops during winter months.
  • South Korea is an increasingly popular tourist destination, with visitor numbers rising at roughly 10% year on year.
  • Various faiths (including Christianity and Buddhism) are popular in South Korea, but the country has no state religion and many of its population express no religious beliefs.
  • The official language is Korean. English is also spoken by a large number of South Koreans and taught from an early stage in all schools.
Major Universities
  • SEJONG UNIVERSITY
  • Seoul National University
  • KAIST Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)