South Korea is a country with prestigious universities. Fortunately, there are different student visas in this country. You can determine your proper visa based on your needs and conditions.
In general, D1, D2, D3, and D4 visas are considered the South Korea student visa. D1 visa is for those who intend to take academic courses in the field of art. D2 visas are for those who want to continue their higher education in this country, and the validity of these visas is usually two years. D3 and D4 visas are issued to those who intend to study as a trainee in various areas.
Here we will discuss the South Korea student visa, its application process, application fee, requirements, application form, and other details.
South Korea Student Visa: Application Process
To obtain a South Korea student visa, you must first get admission from your intended university or institution. In order to be accepted, you usually need to provide the following documents:
- University application form
- Your passport copy
- Copy of diploma or last degree (qualifications must be in English)
- Evidence that you can afford your expenditure while staying in this country.
Once you have been accepted to your intended university, the application process for a South Korea student visa is:
- After receiving the admission, you have to pay the tuition fee. The university will then issue a Certificate of Admission or Confirmation of Visa Issuance to you.
- Once the university has issued these documents, you can go to the South Korean Embassy in your country to complete the visa application process.
- You can contact the embassy to find out the list of required documents you must provide. Note that your documents must be in English or Korean.
- The embassy will first process your documents and then decide whether to grant you a visa. The processing time of the student visa will depend on the workload of the embassy.
- Once the visa has been issued, you must come to the embassy and collect your visa personally.
- We advise all students to get proper student insurance. You will also be issued a landing card upon arrival in the country.
- All foreign nationals intending to stay in South Korea for more than 90 days will need an Alien registration card. You can apply for this card 90 days from arrival in South Korea; otherwise, you will be fined. In other words, this card is a kind of ID card.
South Korea Student Visa: Requirements
The documents you must provide to the South Korea embassy to obtain a student visa are:
- Passport and its copy: Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months from the arrival date in South Korea. A copy of the passport must be from the photo page.
- Visa Application Form: You can access this form through the South Korea Embassy website.
- Applicant Photo: The size of the photo must be the size of the passport photo.
- Certificate of Admission and Confirmation of Visa Issuance: As mentioned, these documents are issued by the university.
- Proof of financing: You must provide evidence that you can cover your expenditure in South Korea.
- Those who intend to participate in exchange programs need to provide more documents.
South Korea student visa: Application Fee
The cost of applying for a South Korea visa is as follows:
|The type of Visa||Fee (USD)|
|Single-entry visa (for more than 90 days)||60|
|Single-entry visa (for less than 90 days)||40|
South Korea Student Visa Types
- Associated degree (D-2-1): People who want to enroll for an associate degree in a college, undergraduate/graduate college established under the Higher Education Act need to apply for this visa.
- Bachelor’s degree (D-2-2): This permission is for individuals who want to register for a bachelor’s degree in a college, undergraduate/graduate college under the Higher Education Act.
- Master’s degree (D-2-3): This permission is for people who plan to continue their higher education for a master’s degree in a college, undergraduate/graduate college under the Higher Education Act, or a college under the Special Act.
- Doctoral degree (D-2-4): People who want to study for a doctorate under the Higher Education Act must apply for this visa.
- A research study (D-2-5): People who want to participate in research projects in a college, undergraduate/graduate college under the Higher Education Act need this visa.
- Exchange student (D-2-6): This visa is for exchange students plan to study for a needed course/curriculum under the exchange program agreement between corresponding universities.
- Korean language trainee (D-4-1): This permission is for those who want to learn Korean at an academic institution, a tertiary education center under the Higher Education Act. The applicant for this visa must have a high school diploma or be a student of high school or below.
- Student (elementary, middle, high school) (D-4-3): Students who intend to study in high school or lower will need this visa.
- Foreign language trainee (D-4-7): Individuals who intend to learn a foreign language need this visa at an academic institution or a tertiary education center under the Higher Education Act. Provided the visa applicant has a high school diploma or higher or is currently studying at the high school level.
- Korean art and culture (D-1): People who intend to participate in art activities or academic programs related to art in South Korea need this visa. You should note that the applicant for this visa should not be charged for these activities.
- Industrial trainee (D-3-11): People who intend to get technical training at an industrial entity involved in abroad investment under the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act need this visa.
- Industrial trainee (technology) (D-3-12): Those who want to take a training course at a technology-exporting entity should apply for this visa, provided that the need for the training at the entity approved by the Minister of Justice of ROK.
- Industrial trainee (plant) (D-3-13): Individuals who intend to participate in a training program at an entity which transports industrial pieces of equipment (plants) under the Foreign Trade Act must apply for this visa.
- General trainee (others) (D-4-2): People who want to participate in research or get training at an organization, company, or academic institution need this permission.
- Trainee chef (Korean cuisine) (D-4-5): People who keen to get training experience about Korean cuisine at a Korean cooking academy must apply for this visa.
- General trainee (private institute) (D-4-6): People who want to enroll as a trainee in a private educational institution need this visa.
Let’s sum up…
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