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Willingness to send children to study abroad among parents in South Korea 2019

According to a poll conducted in Korea in 2019, about 37.6 percent of respondents said they would send their children to study abroad. In the same survey, only 16 percent showed trust in the competence of primary and secondary teachers in Korea.

Korean students going to study abroad

Many Korean students have chosen to study abroad. The main reason for studying abroad is that they can enjoy a variety of opportunities in an advanced educational system. In particular, the United States is the most preferred study abroad area because it is the most familiar English-speaking country for Koreans. The number of Korean students enrolled in the U.S. universities in 2018/2019 was around 53 thousand, the third-highest.

Efforts for internationalization of Korean universities

Therefore, the Korean government is putting efforts to globalize universities so that Korean students can enjoy a variety of opportunities without going to study abroad. The Songdo commercial district is designated to attract universities from other countries. They have opened several branches for those looking for an international degree in Korea. Higher education institutions have gradually signed contracts with foreign partners for credit exchanges, degree programs, research projects, and instructor exchanges. Local undergraduate students can now easily take courses in English, as well as interact with foreign professors and students from culturally diverse backgrounds. The number of foreign students in higher education institutions in South Korea has increased during a past decade and stood at over 160 thousand as of 2019.

Willingness to send their children to study abroad among parents in South Korea as of 2019

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Release date

December 2019


South Korea

Survey time period

August 12 to September 6, 2019

Number of respondents

2,000 respondents

Age group

19-75 years

Method of interview

Online survey

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