How To Study Abroad in South Korea With Inspired Steps!

Written by Jennifer

June 2016

Inspired Steps is a private, non-governmental agency providing the following services: Processing admissions for secondary, undergraduate and graduate level institutions in the United States, South Korea and Japan; providing complete travel packages to South Korea and Japan including cultural immersion programs, language study programs, special interest (trends) programs, business benchmark tours, overseas internship placement in South Korea and Japan and job placement counseling.

Study Abroad (Undergraduate & Graduate) Program Services

We include the following services:

  • Matching applicant to right education institution -- This consultation helps match you to an institution of higher education appropriate to your goals and abilities.
  • Placement into a school -- We help you apply into one of the many Korean or Japanese institutions of higher education that are fit for you.
  • Visa/immigration processing -- We support your application to gain a proper visa to enter and study in the country.
  • Pickup services -- We arrange all the pickup services when you arrive in the country
  • Arranging accommodation -- We arrange the place you will stay while staying in the country
  • Language qualifications -- Language is important to education in a foreign environment. We support arranging language training before school entrance
* Note: The applicant's grades, special abilities, work experience, activities, volunteer work, among other attributes may open a chance to apply for and receive certain scholarships.

Inspired Steps will analyze the applicant's requirements and tuition budget then determine the specific requirements and information for the desired school, the required documents, and application methods.

Inspired Steps will also support the applicant by objectively examining the applicant's requirements. Through a full package consulting system, Inspired Steps will try it's best to appeal to the applicant's talents and skills to make it possible for gaining admission to the desired university.

Residence

It is important to set up your housing situation when coming to Korea to make an easier transition into the country. For this reason, many of the universities offer comfortable dormitories aimed specifically for local or International students (Undergraduate and Graduate).

While there are a few places that offer co-ed dorms, for the most part they are split by genders. Within each room, there is usually a desk, bed, dresser, bathroom, and all the necessary facilities for comfortable living.

However, we also offer and recommend staying in goshitels, or small one-rooms in Korea that are affordable and awesome, containing everything you need!

University   Dormitory
     
Seoul National University   Gwanak-sa
    BK International House
    Dongsung-dong International House
Korea University   Anam Hall 2
    CJ International House
Yonsei University   International House
    SK Global House
    Muak Dormitory
Sungkyunkwan University   Koart Ville
    I-House
    Ui-gwan
    Shin-gwan
Sogang University   Gonzaga Hall
    Bellarmino Dormitory
Kookmin University   Kookmin Community Center
Hanyang University   International House
    Hanyang Techno House
    Student Residence Hall 1
    Student Residence Hall 2
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies   GlobeeDorm
    HUFS Dorm
Kyung Hee University   Sameuiwon Dorm
    Sewhawon Dorm
    Woojungwon Dorm
    The 2nd Dorm
    I-House I, II, IV
Ewha Women's University   Hanwoori Hall (Undergraduate)
    Dormitory Complex (Graduate)
    Ewha International House (Exchange)

 

Academic Terms

In Korea, the academic term usually starts from March and ends near February, unlike schools in North America (August to April). This period is broken down into two major semesters, Spring and Fall, with Summer and Winter sessions in between.

Since specific dates change every year by just a little bit, it is important to check each respective university's website to get more detailed information. However, for the most part, it is important to note the significant academic calendar dates for any new student that is ready to apply.

Generally, the Spring semester (1) begins around the 1st week of March to 3rd week of June. In between, from roughly the last week of June to the last of July (1 month), while summer vacation goes on, students have the opportunity to take some extra courses.

From there, the Fall semester (2) begins around the 1st week of September to the 3rd week of December. Afterwards, the winter vacation begins with winter courses opening up from the last week of December to the last week of January.

As for Enrollment and Registration periods, applicants should be wary of most of February for Spring entry and August for Fall, as that is usually when the processing occurs.

Exchange Program

Many Korean universities are in partnership with institutions all over the world. Coming to Korea and spending 4-6 years to obtain a Bachelors or Masters Degree could be overwhelming and daunting.

However, coming to Korea for a short period of time may leave you wanting more. For this reason, if you are already attending university overseas, and wish to do study abroad for a year or so, you should first make sure to check off the following to-do list:

  • Make sure you meet the required minimum GPA for application
  • Make sure you meet the necessary English Language requirement
  • Check thisto see the list of Korean universities and their partners
  • Apply by the deadline date
  • Gather the required documents necessary for applying and entering Korea

Visa

For those that desire to study abroad in Korea, it is necessary to apply for a Visa before coming here. What you must have is a student visa (D-2), and the following lists of items are things you are required to have to obtain one:

  1. A visa application form (all filled out)
  2. Valid passport of verification
  3. Certificate of admission from university
  4. Bank statement (or scholarship certificate)
  5. Two passport-size photographs taken within the past 6 months (3.5cm X 4.5cm)
  6. Visa processing fee (single entry: $30 USD, multiple-entry: $50 USD)

You can apply for a D-2 visa at the Korean consulate or embassy within your country. For those already have a short-term permission for general purpose visa (C-3), it must be changed to a D-2 within 30 days after one's arrival.

Grants & Scholarships

One of the main considerations that are taken by an individual when applying to an MBA is the high costs of the program. This may be particularly true for international students, since attending an institution in Korea may equate to higher tuition.

While there is a large range of students that may qualify for these scholarships, for the most part those that suffer from crippling financial difficulties, are from families with war dead, actively volunteer in the community, and/or those with outstanding academic GPAs are among those that get selected.

Another potential way to obtain these scholarships could be through working with the institution, whether as a teaching assistant in language courses and/or managing faculty web pages through your mother tongue.

One thing to note is that, according to the students' GPAs, tuition waivers (100%, 70%, 50%, and 30% off) are granted.

Getting Started

To begin processing your request, email inspiredsteps.org@gmail.com with a request for an initial consultation. After the initial application and payment fee is received, we will provide in-depth consultation through in-office visits, Skype, and email.

Our applicants include local residents of Seoul, as well as those living abroad having no familiarity with East Asia. Any English speaker with internet access may receive our consultation and services.

If you have any other questions about the services above, please let us know through the same email! We look forward to helping you make your dream to study abroad in South Korea come true.