Tuition fees for universities in South Korea 2020, by major

As of April 2020, the annual tuition fees for medical students at universities in South Korea averaged at around 9.76 million won, followed by the department of arts and sports, then engineering. The humanities and social sciences students spent about six million South Korean won annually.

University tuition increasing every year

University tuition fees are slowly increasing each year and reached around 6.73 million South Korean won in 2020. Some university students work part-time to help cover their tuition. In response, the government has pressured universities not to raise their tuition fees in order to guarantee the basic life of the younger generation. Accordingly, the tuition fees of public universities have remained unchanged at around 4.18 million South Korean won in recent years. Private universities are still raising their tuition every year as their financial management is somewhat free from government regulations.

Higher education in Korea

There are many universities and colleges in Korea, but the competition is very high in order to get accepted into a high-achieving university. Therefore, students try to increase their competitiveness from a young age through private after school tutoring. Furthermore, universities are putting efforts into building better research environments. As of 2018, Seoul National University received 537 billion South Korean won towards funding research and was subsequently ranked as the university with the most research funding.

Yearly tuition fees for university education in South Korea as of April 2020, by major

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Release date

April 2020


South Korea

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Supplementary notes

Note: 1,000 South Korean won equal 0.82 U.S. dollars and 0.73 euros (as of June 2020).
Figures have been rounded.

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