Information for Prospective Students from the Republic of Korea
Welcome to the country page for the Republic of Korea. This page contains specific information for students from Korea.
- Minimum Entry Requirements
- Foundation Courses
- English Language Proficiency
- Student Exchange
- In-Country Representatives
- Employment Opportunities
- Useful Links
Laura Hayes is the International Officer for the Republic of Korea and is happy to answer questions you may have about applying to, and studying at SOAS.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4031
Laura regularly visits Korea to attend education fairs, visit schools and universities and to meet with students interested in studying at SOAS. Further information on upcoming visits can be found on the Meet SOAS staff in your Area page.
The Korean High School leaving certificate is not sufficient for entry to a SOAS undergraduate degree. The International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies Centre (IFCELS) at SOAS offer a preparatory year for international students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees at British universities. Applicants offering either ‘A’ levels or the IB Diploma will also be considered.
SOAS welcomes applications from those with a Masters degree. Applicants with a Bachelors degree may also be considered if they have extensive relevant work experience.
Those applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements or would like to improve their English language before studying for a degree, could consider applying for one of the foundation degrees offered at the SOAS IFCELS centre. Students can improve their English while studying academic courses in an area of their choice, including Development Studies, International Business, Media and Communication and International Politics.
Applicants whose first language is not English must also show their level of English and there is more information about English language requirements. SOAS does offer English summer courses (‘pre-sessionals’) for those who do not meet the exact entry requirements so that students have the opportunity to improve their language skills before beginning academic study.
SOAS has exchange agreements with a number of universities in Korea through which undergraduate students can study for one year at SOAS as part of their degree. In the first instance students should speak to the exchanges or international office in their university for application details. If your university does not have an exchange agreement with SOAS then you can still apply to spend one semester or one year at SOAS as part of your undergraduate degree on the 'Study Abroad' programme. Further information and an application form can be found on the Semester Abroad pages or please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
7F Shinseung bldg
1676 1 Seocho1 Dong
Tel: +82 2 5400 747
11F, Julguhwun Building
Tel: 02 2562 5091
UK Education Network (UKEN)
6F Hyunseok Bldg
Tel: 02 2052 1221
UK EDU CENTRE
Rm 402 Namyoung Bldg.
Tel: 02 6052 1020
1608 Lg Palace Building
Tel: 02 3143 0226/0252/0380
SOAS offers a range of scholarships, bursaries and awards to support students. There are other scholarships provided by the University of London, the British Government and other external organisations. For further information please visit the Scholarships web page.
If you apply for a visa before you arrive in the UK then you should be eligible to work part-time or volunteer during your programme of study. This visa will allow you to work part-time during the term (up to 20 hours a week) and any number of hours during the vacations. However, you should check before you apply for a job that your visa will allow you to do this particular kind of work.
Please be aware that to meet immigration rules for students, you have to show that you have enough money to support yourself during your studies without needing to work. For comprehensive advice on working in the UK, please visit the UKCISA website.
SOAS Careers Service
The SOAS Careers Service can help you to find volunteering opportunities and can provide information and advice on finding paid employment during your studies and after graduation.
There will be a number of jobs (both voluntary and paid) within SOAS itself (for example, in the Students’ Union or cafe) and you can look out for these opportunities through the Careers Service or via the Students’ Union.
If you would like to speak to an alum of Korea with any questions about studying at SOAS then you can contact Dr Yeonok Chang (PhD Musicology 2000), email@example.com
- The British Council is the British Government's international organisation for educational and cultural relations.
- Education UK, produced by the British Council to help international students interested in studying for a UK course or qualification.
- The Council for International Education, with information on many aspects of studying overseas, including visas.
- The Universities and Colleges Admission Service, is the body through which all applications for undergraduate study must be made.
- Find your nearest British Consulate.