Top Universities in South Korea

Listen up, students! Young scholars these days want a place that is relatively inexpensive and, at the same time, has some of the best universities in the world. South Korea has all of those things, plus a McDonald's delivery system.

You'll find some of the best universities in the world, that appear at the top of the popular university rankings lists. These colleges and institutions are well-known all over, garnering a wide reputation and high ranking alongside other prestigious institutions. Their top law schools, business schools, medical schools, and engineering schools offer the best courses, enabling you to study in the best Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D programmes worldwide.

Top Ranked Universities on PhDPortal

Universities Times Higher Education Ranking (2019) Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2018) QS Rankings (2019) Best Global Universities Rankings (2018)
63 101 36 129
82 151 100 188
102 201 40 217
142 401 83 322
198 201 86 276
201 301 - 368
201 301 107 316
351 201 151 443
351 301 - -
401 - 315 708
501 - 397 843
501 - 651 738
501 401 501 587
601 - 319 579
601 - 581 788
601 - 501 601
Sogang University 601 - 435 959
601 - 801 759
801 - 651 890
801 - 571 648
801 - 651 605
801 - 551 799
801 - 651 558
801 - 651 612
Chungnam National University 1001 - 701 919
1001 - - 1233
1001 - 801 1164
- - 264 511
Cyber Hankuk University of Foreign Studies - - 387 -
- - 432 985
- - 456 924
- - 701 1157
- - - 806
Kangwon National University - - - 853
- - - 942
- - - 1168
- - - 1177
- - - 1226
- - - 1238
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Ranking Explained

World University Rankings created by Times Higher Education takes into account the reputation of research done by universities and how often papers produced by universities were quoted around the world.

Academic Ranking of World Universities offered by Shanghai Jiao Tong University focuses on the number of award-winning scientists, most cited researchers from the listed universities, and their contribution to the scientific community.

QS Rankings created by TopUniversities.com surveys a large number of academic experts about the reputation of universities and also measures the quality of teaching.

Best Global Universities Rankings created by USNews.com analyses university graduation rates and how many students remain enrolled in their second year of studies. It also surveys university representatives on the performance of universities.

Studying in South Korea

Having as one of the main values the idea of education as the key to success in life and with a literacy rate of almost 100 %, South Korea is a great destination for studying abroad. As an international student, in South Korea you will benefit from low tuition and living costs and opportunities for scholarship programmes.