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 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 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.
|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/||☎ 061-280-5000||597, Yungsan-ro, Mokpo, Chunnam|
|Sunchon University||www.sunchon.ac.kr||☎ 061-750-3114||255 Jungan-ro, Sunchon, Chunnam|
|Dongshin University||www.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|