International students
South Korea

Information for students from South Korea

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Entry requirements

Foundation courses

Normally applicants from South Korea are required to successfully complete a foundation programme. 

Our foundation courses

We offer foundation courses for international students who are not qualified for direct entry to our undergraduate degree courses.

These courses are available at the University of Nottingham International College, just next to University Park Campus, in partnership with Kaplan International Colleges.

Find out more about the courses, entry requirements and progression options on Kaplan's website:

Applications and enquiries for these courses are handled by Kaplan and the college.

International foundation courses


Undergraduate courses

Full-time courses across our five faculties typically last for three to four years, although some degrees such as medicine and architecture have a longer duration.

Undergraduate entry requirements

Normally applicants from South Korea are required to successfully complete a  foundation course or one year of study at University.

If you have taken a year in a recognised university, we can typically accept minimum average grades of 74 - 80 or 3.0.

This summary is provided as guidance and requirements may vary for individual courses, which often require high grades in relevant subjects.

Our Undergraduate Prospectus lists entry requirements for A levels and International Baccalaureate students for each course.

Students taking APs or SATs should refer to our entry requirements for the  USA.

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Masters courses

We offer a wide range of postgraduate masters degree programmes across our five faculties. Full-time masters courses typically last for one year.

Masters entry requirements

Applicants should hold a bachelors degree (or Haksa) of a good standard from a recognised university, usually in a relevant subject area. Check course details in our Postgraduate Prospectus to see whether your chosen course requires the equivalent of an Upper Second Class (2:1) or Lower Second Class (2:2) degree.

Our entry requirements for degrees from South Korea universities vary depending on the university where you have studied and the course you are applying for at Nottingham. The summary below is provided as guidance but requirements may vary for individual courses and we do require higher grades from some universities.

Grading system

Upper Second Class (2:1)

Lower Second Class (2:2)

GPA out of 4.5



GPA out of 4.3



GPA out of 4.0




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Research courses

Our PhD courses, available across a wide range of subject areas, typically include three years of full time research followed by an optional writing-up period of one year to complete your thesis.

PhD entry requirements

Applicants should hold a masters degree of a good standard from a recognised university in a relevant subject area.

See the masters section for guidance on the grades we typically require from South Korean universities. These will vary depending on the university where you have studied and the course you are applying for at Nottingham.

You should identify possible supervisors at Nottingham before applying and prepare a research proposal to submit with your application.

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English language requirements

Scholarships and funding


Korean students at Nottingham


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"Nottingham is a university that I really want to recommend to Koreans. It's a place where you can experience various events and meet various people, as well as a good environment for studying. Nottingham has one of the lowest costs of living, compared to London. So it's also a place where students can have some financial freedom."

JiYoon In, studying MPharm Pharmacy

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"I applied for a student exchange program at Nottingham which only lasted for a term, however I decided in November I wanted to stay longer and finish the whole year with my friends I made in Nottingham, given the wonderful studying and life experience there. It turned out to be one of the best experiences in my life and I certainly have no regrets choosing the University of Nottingham.

Now I write stories in English and I can say for sure that if it weren’t the experience in Nottingham, that would not have been possible."

Joori Roh, who studied BA Culture, Film, and Media

Find out more on our International Student Life blog


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Dean Pike 

Dean PikeInternational Relations Manager for South Korea

Contact Dean

Official representatives

Our official representatives in South Korea can assist you with applying for our courses, visa processes and preparing to study with us.

About our overseas representatives

 Meet us 

In South Korea

We regularly travel to South Korea to meet with prospective students and their families, visit schools and to attend education fairs and other events each year.

Meet us in South Korea

In Nottingham

You are also very welcome to visit our campuses in Nottingham for an open day or an independent visit.

Visit us in Nottingham


Get in touch or connect online


International Student Recruitment

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

+44 (0) 115 951 5247
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