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Admission Qualification

• Admission Qualifications for Post-secondary Schools
Admission Qualifications for Post-secondary Schools
Course Qualifications Course Length
Ph. D. The applicant who has completed a master’s degree At least 2 years
Master's The applicant who has completed a bachelor’s degree At least 2 years
Undergraduate The applicant who has completed primary and secondary education in his/her country of origin (12 years total) 4~6 years
Junior College The applicant who has completed primary and secondary education in his/her country of origin (12 years total) 2~3 years
Language Course The applicant who has completed secondary education or beyond 1~2 year(s)
Exchange Student Anyone enrolled at a partner university 1 semester~1 year
Short-term
Self-funded Study
Study at a Korea university on an exchange program with the home university and/or a student on leave or who has graduated from the home university 1 semester~1 year
Vacation Study for Foreigners Foreign students participating in programs related to Korean Language or Korean studies held during the summer or winter vacations 2~3 months
※ Students from countries with school systems which are less than 12 years should submit documentary evidence to prove of completion
     of complete schooling from elementary school through high school to the President of the university they intend to enroll in.
• TOPIK: Test of Proficiency in Korean
The Korean government demands a certain level of English or Korean from international students because basic English or Korean skills are needed in order to have a comfortable stay in Korea.
Therefore, if international students would like to study in Korea for a regular degree course, it is generally required to submit a TOPIK score (Level 3 or higher) with the admission documents to the college or university and to then reach Level 4 or higher to graduate (for universities, does not apply to colleges).
However, students who have obtained the designated English Proficiency level (TOEFL PBT 550, CBT 210, iBT 80, IELTS 5.5, CEFR B2, TEPS 550 or more) and are taking all courses in English are not required to pass Level 4.For more information, please ask your college or university.
For exchange students, government invited students, foreign government supported students, Korean language students, art & physical education applicants, the required test scores may be lower. For more information, please ask your college or university.
The Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) is aimed at providing direction for the study of the Korean language to foreigners who don't speak Korean as their native language.It is also used as a tool to evaluate Korean language speaking proficiency for studying abroad and employment. TOPIK, previously administered by the Korea Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation, was taken over by the National Institute for International Education in 2011. The test is held in around 200 test centers in 70 countries including 36 test centers in Korea.
Information on the yearly test schedule is posted on the TOPIK website at the beginning of every year. For more information about the test, please refer to the TOPIK website (http://www.topik.go.kr)