Citizens of the EU (with the exception of Cyprus and Portugal), the United States, Australia, and a number of other countries are permitted to visit Korea as tourists for up to 90 days without a visa. Canadians are permitted to stay for 180 days, whereas Portuguese and Russians are limited to 60 days. Some nations are limited to 30 days, while others are unable to enter Korea without a visa. Read further here.
You can complete a brief programme on visa exemption in South Korea within the period allotted. If you do not have time to apply for a student visa to Korea, you may be able to enter the country on a visa waiver and switch to a student visa after arrival, but before your visa waiver has expired. Please with your school before to using this option. We advise applying for a student visa prior to travelling to Korea.
You can travel to Korea without a visa beginning September 1, 2021, but you must register online at least 24 hours before to departure by applying for K-Eta and paying a charge of 10,000 KRW (about 7,5 Euro). Your K-Eta will be valid for two years for entry into Korea, unless you update your passport. When travelling on a visa-waiver, you receive an entry stamp in your passport upon arrival and are exempt from applying for a visa at your home country. Please remember that you must be able to demonstrate that you left Korea within the permitted timeframe. You do not need a return ticket; a ticket to another country will suffice as long as you can demonstrate that you will leave Korea on time. Without a valid departure ticket, you may be refused boarding on your aircraft to Korea, as this is typically a check-in requirement.
If you need to stay in South Korea for longer than 90 days and cannot apply for a student visa (for instance, if you take a lengthy language course at a school that does not sponsor student visas), you can briefly leave the country and return to extend your stay by another 90 days. For instance, you depart South Korea on day 88 of your visa exemption to spend the weekend in Tokyo. When you return to South Korea, another 90-day stamp will be placed in your passport. You can only perform this action once. This is a loophole and not something that South Korean officials would approve. Before attempting this, please check with your school to see what they recommend.
If you intend to study at a Korean university for longer than ninety days, you must submit an application for a student visa. A Certificate of Admission from a Korean university is required to apply. Generally, you must pay for at least two 10-week terms in order to receive such a document. Universities in Korea offer four 10-week terms per academic year.
A student visa is referred to as a D-visa, followed by a number that differs based on the field of study in Korea. After six months of study in Korea on a student visa, you are eligible to apply for permission to work part-time. Contact your university for additional information.
The Working Holiday visa is an alternative option for those who wish to remain in Korea for a longer duration (H-1 visa). It is valid for one year; one’s life can only be obtained between the ages of 18 and 30. On a Working Holiday visa, you may work and study at private institutions like language schools.
South Korea has Working Holiday Agreements with Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, according to our most recent information. Consult the Korean Embassy for more details on the Working Holiday Visa.
If you previously held Korean citizenship or have a parent or grandparent who previously held it, you are eligible to apply for the F-4 visa, which is exclusive to people of Korean origin. This visa allows you to work and study in Korea without restriction for two years. Then, you will be able to extend your visa.
Throughout the remaining steps, we will concentrate mostly on the student visa, as this is what the majority of students will apply for.