South Korea places a distinct value on education and has often been referred to as an “educational powerhouse.” Dating back to the 4th Century, some form of higher education has always existed in the Korean region from the administration of the civil service exam. Fast forward, following the challenges and setbacks of World War II, and the Korean War in 1950, South Korea pursued rapid economic development with a strong emphasis placed on educational expansion and reform.
Today, South Korea has created one of the world’s most educated workforces with an over seventy percent advancement rate from high school to college. There are seven types of higher education institutions in Korea: colleges and universities, industrial universities, universities of education, junior colleges, broadcast and correspondence universities, technical colleges and other miscellaneous institutions. Past Fulbright Scholars have pursued opportunities in areas such as the humanities, fine arts and social sciences. Teaching grants specifically dedicated to promoting study of the United States are always in popular demand by South Korean institutions.
Please note that Yonsei University will only host scholars through the Distinguished Lectureship award.
The Korean-American Educational Commission continues to strive to promote excellence for selecting and sponsoring exceptional scholars and administrators in higher education. More information on our grants can be found on the KAEC website.