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Since the late 80’s when the government in South Korea encouraged Korean students to study overseas, students from South Korea have been occupying a great percentage of the international students’ population in a number of countries all over the world. In a feature interview with ICEF Monitor, Julian H. Lee, Managing Director of the Korean agency APPLY International, imparts his expert knowledge of the South Korean outbound student recruitment market, including the role agents play in it. He also highlights important market trends discussed at the ICEF Asia Workshop 2013, including: - A decline in the number of South Korean students studying abroad; - A surge in demand for short-term study abroad; - An increasing interest in regional study destinations within Asia. Please read our accompanying article ''Agent perspective on study abroad trends in South Korea'' and watch our video interview here: http://bit.ly/1mQxw6t. For more industry news, market intelligence, research and commentary for international student recruitment please visit http://www.icefmonitor.com, subscribe for daily or weekly updates, and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/icefmonitor.

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Understanding and Supporting International Students from South Korea

Understanding and Supporting International Students from

South Korea

Julian H. Lee APPLY International

Seoul, Korea

Schools attended

UCR Extension Winter 1990 Christian High School San Diego 1990-

1992 UCR Extension Summer 1990 University of San Diego 1992-1997

Work Experience

Compulsory Service 1998-2000 English Instructor 2001 General Manager at the Headquarter of

English Language Schools in Seoul 2001~2002

Vice Principal of English Language School, Readingtown in Seoul 2002~2003

UK Education Specialist Agent 2004~2013 Managing Director of APPLY International

2013~

Where is Korea?

About South Korea

Official name: Republic of Korea

Population: 50 million

Capital: Seoul ( population of 10 million )

GDP: $1.687 trillion (12th in the world, 2013 estimate)

Provinces of South Korea

Main cities - Seoul - Busan - Incheon - Daegu - Daejeon - Gwangju - Ulsan - Suwon

Religion of South Korea

No religion

Buddhism

Protestantism

Catholicism

Others

Education in South Korea

Crucial to financial and social success Competitive entry to university Many participating in intense outside

tutoring to supplement classes 12 years of education followed by 2 year

college / 4 year university The school year is divided into two

semesters; 1. the beginning of March ~ mid-July 2. late August ~ mid-February

Statistics on Study Overseas

Number of Juniors departing South Korea to study overseas

Number of Korean students ( university level and above ) studying overseas

Number of Korean Students Studying Overseas

Korean students main destinations ( April 2012 )

*** Data from www.index.go.kr

Number of Juniors departing South Korea to study overseas

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16000

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Elementary

Middle

High

Number of Korean students ( university level and above )

studying overseas

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50.000

100.000

150.000

200.000

250.000

300.000

2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2012

Number of Korean Students Studying Overseas

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Elementary

13,814 12,341 12,531 8,369 8,794 7,477

Middle 9,246 9,201 8,888 5,723 5,870 5,468

High 6,451 6,126 5,930 4,026 4,077 3,570

Univ. above

190,364 217,959 216,867 240,949 251,887 262,465 239,213

Korean students main destinations ( April 2012 )

Country US China UK Australia Japan Canada New Zealand

Other Total

Number of students

73,351 62,855 12,580 17,256 19,994 20,658 8,033 24,486 239,213

Percentage (%)

30.7 26.3 5.3 7.2 8.4 8.6 3.4 10.2 100

Case studies

Student 1: Male university student on language travel

Student 2: Female university student planning to study a degree programme overseas

Student 3: Male high school student with a plan to go to university overseas

Student 1

Name: Chulsoo ( M ) Age: 21 Current status: Leave of absence from

university. 2 years completed, then, about to complete Compulsory Service

Purpose: Improve English before returning to the university. Achieve TOEIC score of 800

Main concern: Academic yet fun environment provided by various social activities, small number of Korean students

Issues

Difficulties with improving speaking skills Unhappy with the homestay More Korean students in the classes than

he had expected

Problems solved

Difficulties with improving speaking skills - Joined the Speaking club Unhappy with the homestay - Found his own flat More Korean students in the classes than

he had expected - Gave him motivation to move to an

upper level

Student 2

Name: Younghee ( F ) Age: 24 Current status: 2nd year university student

studying Graphic Design with good portfolio.

Purpose: Find a new school to study Fashion from year 1.

Main concern: Meeting the universitys English requirement

Issues

Unhappy with the homestay Felt the group classes alone were not

enough Wasnt happy with the schools

administration

Problems solved

Unhappy with the homestay - Accommodation officer found out the reasons in

detail and placed her to another homestay Felt the group classes alone were not enough - One to one classes added Wasnt happy with the schools administration - Agent and Director of the school together

helped with the communication

Student 3

Name: Minsoo ( M ) Age: 18 Current status: About to receive a high

school diploma Purpose: To be accepted to university by

taking University Foundation programme

Issues

Wanting to apply to high ranked universities only

Unreported absences Missing Korean friends

Problems solved

Wanting to apply to high ranked universities only

- Let him chose 2 top universities to apply among 5 choices ( UCAS )

Unreported absences - Agent contacted the student - Informed the parents Missing Korean friends - Had him join a local Korean football club

Few Keys

Work with agents and parents Communication by writing works better

for some students Students do appreciate that the schools

try to meet their needs

Questions?

Understanding and Supporting International Students from South KoreaFoliennummer 2Schools attendedWork ExperienceFoliennummer 5Where is Korea?About South KoreaProvinces of South KoreaReligion of South KoreaEducation in South KoreaStatistics on Study OverseasNumber of Juniors departing South Korea to study overseasNumber of Korean students ( university level and above ) studying overseas Number of Korean Students Studying OverseasKorean students main destinations ( April 2012 )Case studiesStudent 1IssuesProblems solvedStudent 2IssuesProblems solvedStudent 3IssuesProblems solvedFew KeysFoliennummer 27

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