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The Education System in Korea

Korean Education System

Korean schools operate a 6-3-3-4-education system; six years of elementary education, three years for both junior and senior high schools and four years of university education (2-3 years college). Universities also offer Master’s and Doctoral courses for two to three years. All Koreans are provided with elementary, secondary and higher education, depending on their abilities and without age restrictions.


Semester and Vacation

All Korean schools begin its new semester in March. Summer vacation lasts from late June until August and fall semester begins in September. Lastly, winter vacation is from mid-December until February.

Elementary School

Elementary education in Korea which is a free compulsory education, aims to provide basic education for elementary and secondary schools with the most basic education required for elementary school students, and the attendance ratio is equivalent to 99.9 percent. Usually, Korean children attend kindergarten at age 3-5 and can attend elementary school at age 5, but usually enter elementary school at the age of 8. Elementary school is six years and most of schools are public schools. There is no major difference between public and private education courses.

Junior High School

Junior high school is a three-year education designed to provide secondary education on the footing of the elementary education. It is free compulsory education and a computer from a nearby residence will be assigned to students wishing to enter the junior high school. The number private schools are higher than public schools, but there is no major difference between national, public and private education.

High School

High school education aims to provide secondary education and basic education on the fundamentals of education received in the middle school. High schools are divided into general high school and specialized high school and specialized purpose high school (foreign language, art, music and physical education and science high schools). The duration is 3 years and tuition fees are one’s own expenses. Specialized high school and specialized purpose high school are able to choose by students themselves, and general high schools are usually allocated to schools where they wish to be assigned to their desired schools, or to be assigned to schools near their homes as a junior high school. ※ There is no limit to foreign students entering elementary, junior high and high schools in South Korea. Under the current education law, the admission of foreign students is decided by the school's rule so they can go to school and attend school counseling.


College offers programs after secondary education. Currently, there are about 150 colleges in Korea, about 10 colleges are public and the rest are private. Recently, many schools have grown up in dormitories, and tuition fees are relatively inexpensive compared to 4-year colleges. The purpose of College education is to foster intermediate engineers who have the foundation of solid theories and skills. You can learn practical expertise or functions, or you can apply for a job after graduation, or you can enter a four-year university if necessary.


Currently, there are more than 250 universities, which have graduated courses in Korea. Medical science, medicine, medicine, and pharmacology universities are six years of course. Since universities in Korea are operated in the form of collegiate universities, universities have various departments. Each university has its own academic rules for obtaining grades, minimum required credits, standard credits, and maximum scores to be acquired per student, acquisition method, and special grades for each college. Schools can be divided into national, public, and private sectors depending on the founding entity, and most colleges are private institutions.

Gwangju-Jeollanamdo University

※ National
Name of University Website Number Address
Chunnam University www.jnu.ac.kr ☎ 062-530-5114 Gwangju Campus: 77(Yongbongdong) Yongbong-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju
☎ 061-659-6114 Yeosu Campus: 50(Doondeokdong) Daehak-ro, Yeosu, Chunnam
Chosun University www.chosun.ac.kr ☎ 062-230-7114 309(Seosukdong) Pilmoondae-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju
Gwangju Educational University www.gnue.ac.kr ☎ 062-520-4114 55(Poonghyangdong) Pilmoondae-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju
GIST www.gist.ac.kr ☎ 062-715-2114 123(Oryongdong) Chumdangwagi-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju
Gwangju University www.gwangju.ac.kr ☎ 062-670-2114 277(Jinwoldong) Hyodeok-ro, Nam-gu, Gwangju
Gwangju Women's Universtiy www.kwu.ac.kr ☎ 062-956-2500 201(Sanjungdong) Yeodae-gil, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju
Honam University www.honam.ac.kr ☎ 062-940-5114 417(Seobongdong) Eodeungdae-ro, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju
Seoyeong University www.seoyeong.ac.kr ☎ 062-520-5114 1(Unamdong) Seogang-ro, Buk-gu
Songwon University www.songwon.ac.kr ☎ 062-360-5700 73(Songhadong) Songam-ro, Nam-gu, Gwangju
Donggang University www.dkc.ac.kr ☎ 062-520-2114 50(Poonghyangdong) Dongmoondae-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju
Gwangju Health University www.ghu.ac.kr ☎ 062-958-7500 73, 437beun-gil Bukmoondae-ro, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju
Nambu University www.nambu.ac.kr ☎ 062-970-0001 23 Chumdanjoongang-ro, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju
Gwangju Catholic University www.gjcatholic.ac.kr ☎ 061-337-2181 12-25, Joongnam-gill, Nampyeong-eup, Naju, Chunnam
Christian Church of Nursing www.ccn.ac.kr ☎ 062-650-8000 6, 70beun-gil, Bakseo-ro, Nam-gu, Gwangju
Chosun Nursing College www.cnc.ac.kr ☎ 062-223-2071 309-2, Pilmoondae-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju
Chosun University College of Sience&Technology www.cst.ac.kr ☎ 062-230-8114 309-1, Pilmoondae-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju
Gwangshin University www.kwangshin.ac.kr ☎ 062-605-1004 36, Yangsantakji-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju
Mokpo University www.mokpo.ac.kr ☎ 061-450-2114 1666, Yungsan-ro, Chungae-myeon, Muan, Chunnam
Mokpo Maritime University www.mmu.ac.kr ☎ 061-240-7114 91, Haeyangdaehak-ro, Mokpo, Chunnam
Mokpo Catholic University www.mcu.ac.kr/ ☎ 061-280-5000597, Yungsan-ro, Mokpo, Chunnam
Sunchon University www.sunchon.ac.kr ☎ 061-750-3114255 Jungan-ro, Sunchon, Chunnam
Dongshin Universitywww.dsu.ac.kr ☎ 061-330-3114 185 Geunjae-ro, Naju, Chunnam
Koguryeo College www.kgrc.ac.kr/ ☎ 061-330-7400 125 Bakho-ro, Dasi-myeon, Naju, Chunnam
Honam theological university www2.htus.ac.kr/ ☎ 062-650-1552 77 Jaejung-ro, Nam-gu, Gwangju
Gwangju National Open University www.wgwangju.knou.ac.kr ☎ 062-973-5100 6 Chumdannaechon-ro, Gwangsan, Gwangju
Korea Polytechnics Gwangju Campus www.kopo.ac.kr/gwangju ☎ 062-519-7114 85 Haseo-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju
Chodang University www.cdu.ac.kr/ ☎ 061-453-4960 380 Muan-ro, Muan-eup, Muan-gun, Chunnam
Sehan University www.sehan.ac.kr/ ☎ 061-469-1114 1113 Noksaek-ri, Samho-eup, Yeongam-gun, Chunnam

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