Student and mobility data

In 2009, 3 219 216 students were enrolled in the South Korean higher education system. This number was relatively stable between 2004 and 2009. In contrast, the number of South Korean students enrolled abroad increased by 26.5% during this period to reach 122 299 students in 2009. The Republic of Korea is the third sending country of international students worldwide.

Major European destinations of South Korean students are the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Austria. South Korean students are also strongly attracted to other countries such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand and notably to the United States of America.

Between 2004 and 2009, programmes leading to an advanced research qualification such as a PhD (ISCED* level 6 programmes) gained in popularity in South Korea. Enrolment numbers at this level of study rose by 30.4% during this period to reach 50 386 in 2009.

The most popular fields of study of students in South Korea are the sciences, engineering, manufacturing and construction (27% of all students in 2009), the social sciences, business and law (22%) and the humanities and arts (18%).**

*International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), designed by UNESCO
**UNESCO data
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