Enrollment rate in university in South Korea 2009-2019

At around 67.8 percent as of 2019, the enrollment rate of eligible students at South Korean universities has not changed significantly over the past few years. The number of enrolled students has similarly only slightly fluctuated, hovering at just over two million students as of 2017.

Higher education in South Korea

While South Korea is host to hundreds of universities and community colleges, entrance to top universities is highly competitive, as a degree from a good university is attributed to a high social standing. Technical subjects, such as engineering and medical sciences, are responsible for the greatest number of full-time teachers in tertiary education. Engineering degrees are highly sought after in the country, and this is reflected by the large number of students studying in this field at an undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Student mobility

South Korea has become an increasingly popular study destination among international students. This has led to the establishment of agreements between partner universities in terms of credit exchanges, degrees and research projects. On the other hand, many South Koreans have also chosen to study as foreign students overseas. The Songdo Global University Campus, part of the business district of Songdo, was implemented in order to provide an opportunity for western colleges and universities to operate in South Korea, potentially reducing the ‘brain drain’ caused by students leaving the country to study abroad. Attracting world-class universities and talent will be crucial if South Korea wants to succeed in becoming a global education hub.

Enrollment rate in university in South Korea from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

October 2019


South Korea

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

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