Seoul, officially called Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest city in South Korea. Seoul includes the surrounding Incheon and Gyeonggi province and is situated on the Han River. The beautiful surroundings of Seoul covers many mountains, the tallest being mount Bukhan, one of the world's most visited national park.Seoul has been starting to attract numerous international students, especially for the low tuition and low living costs and for the fact that the city is home to some of the world’s top universities. Renowned for the excellent academic training and world-class research in all fields of study, local higher educational institutions provide thousands of accredited programmes, available for graduate and undergraduate level, with an increasing number of English-taught courses.
Today, Seoul is considered a leading and rising global city, resulting from an economic boom called the Miracle on the Han River which transformed it to the world's 4th largest metropolitan economy with a large GDP.
Seoul is a rich global city, rated in top ten of the world’s most developed cities, in terms of economic growth, with a large GDP. The city’s main industries are: manufacturing (electronics, food and beverage, printing and publishing machines), finance and commerce.
Top employers of Seoul include: Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kia, Hite, Korea Exchange, IBM, PwC, Accenture, Oracle, General Electric.
International students are allowed to engage in part-time work or internships that lasts maximum 20 hours/week during the semester, and unlimited work during holidays.
Seoul is a lovely city, surrounded by mountains, with numerous natural as well as cultural attractions. With numerous shopping stores, lively night life and many entertainment venues, Seoul simply has it all, so it’s impossible to get bored.
Some of Seoul’s landmarks are:
Other unique places you can see are the N Seoul Tower, Lotte World – an indoor theme park, the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain – the world's longest bridge fountain and the Sevit Floating Islands.
You can walk or even practice hiking in the Namsan Park, and see splendid landscapes of the downtown Seoul skyline.
Among the religious sites, you can visit the Wongudan altar or The Myeongdong Cathedral.
Most stores and markets are open until midnight and the best place to walk around nice fashion stores in Seoul is COEX Mall. At night, Seoul is pretty energetic, so relax and have fun at nice bars and clubs, and you can even find American restaurants or cafes, like Caffe Bene. In, Seoul's international district, you can choose from different Western-style and European restaurants.
Attend one of the festivals held in Seoul, like the ABU TV and Radio Song Festival and enjoy some of the numerous sport events: football, baseball, basketball, volleyball and handball matches.
In Seoul, you will mostly be surrounded by the locals. The only people born outside Korea are Chinese, Japanese, and expatriate minorities.
However, Seoul seems to be an interesting spot for foreign investment projects. For this reason, numerous multinationals from all fields have set a local office or branch here.
In Seoul, winters are very cold and summers are warm. August is the warmest month, with average temperatures of 22 to 30 °C (72 to 85 °F), and sometimes higher temperatures. Winters are usually cold, with temperatures close to freezing point. The average temperature in January is -6 to 1 °C (21 to 35 °F) and in general has few snowfall precipitations.
Yonsei University opened the door to modern higher education over one century ago. It has since then emerged as the nation’s top private university and ranks among the world’s most prestigious universities. Building on our history and tradition, Yonsei will actively pursue a new future.
Seoul National University honors the ideals of liberal education and aims to teach students a lifelong love of learning that will form the basis for continuous personal growth. At the same time it is committed to preparing students to work and live in an increasingly competitive global environment.