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Organisation of higher education

In South Korea, entry to higher education requires twelve years of primary and secondary education.

There are over 400 higher education institutions including universities, junior colleges, graduate schools, cyber universities, industrial universities and universities of education.* The two major categories are universities and colleges. Approximately 20% of the universities are public. Universities have high autonomy, are active in fundraising and a close link between industry and university-based research exists.**

Colleges deliver professional degrees after two years of study. Universities deliver degrees at the bachelor's level (4 years minimum), at the Master's level (two years minimum) and doctoral degrees (three years minimum). The admission to university and to doctoral programmes is competitive.***

The Study in Korea website, run by the Korean Government, includes a research engine on Korean higher education institutions and provides detailed information on courses and international student services.

**Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of France/ Embassy of France in the Republic of Korea: Fiche Curie Corée du Sud
***Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of France/ Embassy of France in the Republic of Korea: Fiche Curie Corée du Sud
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