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Why study at a medical college in South Korea?

South Korea is home to several high ranking medical colleges where you can study a medical degree. Entry onto the country’s medical degrees is highly competitive for both home and international students, with entry exams being notoriously difficult.
International students will normally have to study their medical program in Korean, so language skills are vital if you choose to study medicine in South Korea.

What medical programs are offered in South Korea?

Medical programs in South Korea take six years to complete, with focus split between pre-clinical and clinical study. The first part of your studies will focus on medical sciences such as anatomy, physiology and biology, before moving onto more practice-based learning in training hospitals and general practices.

Immigration and visas in South Korea

In order to study at a medical college in South Korea you will need to obtain an Overseas Study (D-2) visa, which you will only be able to get after you have been offered a place at an approved institution. You will also need to be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Letter of acceptance from your university
  • More than $10,000 in your bank account to prove you can support yourself
  • Proof of your undergraduate qualification
Your passport must also be valid for the duration of your studies in South Korea. You will also only be able to work a maximum of 20 hours per week as part of your student visa requirements.

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in South Korea?

The cost of studying medicine in South Korea will depend on the course and institution you choose to study at. Private university tuition fees will almost always be higher than public universities, with postgraduate courses also more expensive.

As a guide, you should expect medical tuition fees at public universities to cost between USD$4,000 – USD$5,500 per year, with private tuition fees ranging from USD$5,000 – USD$7,000.

Working in South Korea

South Korea is one of the world’s major economics and had the fastest growing economy anywhere between the 1960s and 1990s. It is dependent on international trade, being the sixth largest exporter of goods and tenth largest importer in the world in 2010.

The country’s economy is founded on high-technology industries, so graduates looking to specialise in subjects such as mechatronics, electronics, automobiles and robotics should be able to find employment or business opportunities in South Korea.

What to do next

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