South Korea hosts 200,000 international students, exceeding the 2015 target

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South Korea hosts 200,000 international students, exceeding the 2015 target

Date: May 12, 2023


South Korea has reached a new milestone, with over 205,000 international students enrolled in the country’s institutions by March 2023, according to data released by the Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI). This figure surpasses the goal set in 2015 of having 200,000 international students studying in South Korea by 2023.

South Korea has been investing in the international education sector for over a decade, with the Ministry of Education setting a target in 2011 of hosting 200,000 university students by 2020, which was later extended to 2023.

In April 2022, there were approximately 166,892 international students enrolled in South Korea’s institutions, a 10% increase from the previous year’s 152,000 international students. This shows a significant rebound, particularly given the fact that borders were closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Korean universities have been attracting international students by offering world-class education and providing various scholarship opportunities.

The top five universities with the most international students are all located in Seoul, including

  • Hanyang University
  • Kyung Hee University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Yonsei University
  • Korea University.

Among these institutions, Hanyang University led the way with 6,999 international students enrolled in 2022.

The surge in Vietnamese students, accounting for just under 23%, is particularly noteworthy. This could be due to Korean investment in Vietnam, with several major corporations establishing bases in the country. However, experts warn that an increasing number of Vietnamese students are coming to South Korea with the primary intention of earning money, raising issues regarding illegal immigration.

To support international students, the Korean government has established a new international student support division, which will ease visa restrictions and work with universities to create new programs. The division will operate under the umbrella of the Global Education Planning Bureau and will start with a team of seven staff members.

In Conclusion, South Korea’s success in reaching its goal of hosting 200,000 international students shows the country’s robustness in the international education sector. With the establishment of the new international student support division, South Korea is taking steps to make studying in the country easier and more accessible for international students.

Attribution: This news is written based on the article written by the Pie International.

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CTA: Contact the Korean Educational Development Institute for more information on studying in South Korea.

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