Universities in South Korea

Investment in education and research has been at the heart of the South Korea's growth into the world’s 13th largest economy and the third largest economy within Asia. It’s this investment and growth in innovation and technology that has meant the country is known as one of the four ‘Asian Tiger’ economies, alongside Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.


In 2004 the South Korean government set a target of attracting 100,000 foreign students to its universities by 2012 and by 2011 the country had enrolled over 85,000 international students from 171 different countries. Despite not quite reaching the target, this was a huge growth of 70,000 foreign students to study in South Korea in just ten years. Now the initiative has sets its sights even higher, with an aim of 200,000 international students by 2020.


As part of this ongoing focus on internationalization, several universities in South Korea, including Yonsei University, are opening new international campuses to meet growing demand, and five US universities are also set to open branches at the new Songdo Global University Campus, including the State University of New York (SUNY).


Currently there are more than 370 official South Korean higher education providers, including 179 private universities and 43 national universities.With all this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that plenty of internationals are looking to study in South Korea, which boasts no less than six top-20 entries in the 2014 QS University Rankings: Asia and 24 ranked institutions overall in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings.


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