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Korea National open university

Address: 86 Daehak-ro, Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

Description Korea National open university

  • Founded: 1972
  • Location: Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Number of students: 180,000
  • Ranking in Korea: 73
  • Language of instruction: English.

Korea National Open University (KNOU) is a national university in South Korea. Every year, about 180,000 students from all over the world receive full-time and distance education here.

The history of this university begins in 1972: the institution initially had the status of the faculty of the National University of Seoul, where 2-year secondary specialized training courses were offered. After 1982, the university separated from the SNA, becoming an independent educational institution, where bachelor's programs were immediately launched. By 2009, KNOU has 46 educational branches across the country and is among the top 70 higher schools in South Korea.

Structure of Korea National Open University:

University colleges (or faculties)

College-based learning departments

College of Humanities

  • Department of Korean Language and Literature
  • Department of Chinese Language and Literature
  • Department of Japanese Language and Literature
  • Department of English Language and Literature
  • Department of French Language and Literature

College of Social Sciences

  • Department of Law
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of International Trade
  • Department of Tourism
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Media, Arts and Sciences

College of Natural Sciences

  • Department of Agricultural Sciences
  • Department of Human Ecology and Economics
  • Department of Informatics
  • Department of Environmental Health
  • Department of Bioinformatics and Statistics
  • Department of Nursing.

College of Education

  • Department of Continuing Education
  • Department of Education and Youth Affairs
  • Department of Preschool Education
  • Department of Culture and Humanities.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Korea National open university

Program name


  • Age: from 18 years old
  • Dates: February-December
  • Duration: 4 years.

To obtain a bachelor's degree at KNOU University, students must collect 140 study credits (30 of them for general disciplines, and from 60 and more - for subjects of the chosen specialization).

Higher Education Courses Prime College

  • Age: from 18 years old
  • Dates: February-December
  • Duration: 2 years.

This educational department for adult students includes several areas:

  • Employee training. The course expands the vocational and technical knowledge of students based on NCS. There is a standard and advanced work course, which are aimed at obtaining basic labor skills
  • Second Life Design and Development Program. A training course for the elderly from 40 to 50 years, helping to expand professional skills in several areas: humanities and civic literacy, agriculture, entrepreneurship, social economy and international cooperation, professional leisure.


  • Age: from 21 years
  • Dates: February-December
  • Duration: 2 years.

KNOU was the first university in Korea to create national master's schools, where a master's degree can be obtained online. More than 100 programs are available for qualification in each university college - educational courses are also divided into departments.

Events Korea National open university

The university’s student activity is quite rich: there is a student self-government union, where there is a president, executive authority and 13 student unions representing each faculty. Pupils can join student interest clubs that offer a wide range of activities from creativity to sports.

Another type of student activity is study groups, where young people join to study together: there are a lot of them, taking into account different areas and departments.

Equipment Korea National open university

The main campus of KNOU University is located in the capital of South Korea. In addition to the main campus, the university has branches or campuses in all major cities of the country:

  • Daejeon Chungnam
  • Busan
  • Daegu Gyeongbuk
  • Incheon
  • Gwangju jongna
  • Gyeonggi
  • Gangwon-do
  • Jeonbuk
  • Chungbuk
  • Gyeongnam
  • Ulsan
  • Jej

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The academic year at the university is divided into two semesters:

  • Spring (from February to June)
  • Autumn (from August to December).

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

For admission to Korea National Open University, you must have a document on secondary education and knowledge of the language in which the training is conducted at a good level.

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Korea National open university reviews

Hi Is it possible for someone from Norway study at open university in Korea? And can I take my Master degree there, all in English? If not master degree, what about bachelor?
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I want to study undergraduate department, can you help me by informing about this?
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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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