Information for students from South Korea

Here’s our guide to studying at Goldsmiths for students from South Korea You'll be able to find everything from completing your application to adjusting to life in the UK.

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You make your application through UCAS, an online application system. The system allows you to choose up to five different universities and apply with one application.

Applications open on 1 September for entry the following September. The normal closing date is 26 January, but some courses will accept applications until 30 June. You are advised to apply as early as possible as courses have limited places.

You should refer to individual programme pages to see whether your course has any additional application requirements. Applications are usually assessed within two months and can be managed online via UCAS.

Once we've made a decision on your application you'll receive either an unconditional offer, a conditional offer or a rejection. Find out more about what these offers mean in our video:



For the majority of postgraduate programmes you can apply via our website. Simply click the ‘apply now’ button on your chosen programme page. Some programmes have different application procedures, so always check the programme page before making your application.

Once we've made a decision on your application you'll receive either an unconditional offer, a conditional offer or a rejection. Find out more about what these offers mean in our video: 


What to include in your application

As well as information about your education history, and the course you’re choosing, you’ll also need to provide a personal statement as part of your application. This is your chance to explain how your academic experience is relevant to the course you want to study. You’ll also have an opportunity to tell us about relevant extracurricular activities you’ve taken part in and how they make you stand out.

Find out more about what to include in your personal statement at undergraduate or postgraduate level:



English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English need to be able to demonstrate the required level of English language competence to enrol on our programmes.
Find our more about out English language requirements.


For direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes you’ll need A-levels, an International Baccalaureate or a recognised Access or Foundation course. You should also have completed your High School Diploma with grade average of 4 or 70%.

When we consider your application we’ll assess your test scores and academic grades alongside your personal statement, reference letter and extracurricular


Postgraduate taught
For entry to postgraduate taught programmes you will normally need a Bachelors degree in a relevant subject with GPA 3.0/4.5 or above.

This includes students who have gone through ACBS (the Academic Credit Bank System) and who have a degree awarded by either the MOE (Ministry of Education) or a degree directly from a university or college by Act on Recognition of Credit.

Refer to individual course pages to see whether there are any additional application requirements.

Research degrees
You will normally need to have completed a Masters degree in a subject relevant to your proposed postgraduate study. There may also be other specific entrance requirements. You can refer to individual course pages to find out what these are.

Programmes for international students

We offer courses that have been specifically designed for international students. You may want to consider these if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. These will help you with your English language and academic skills and are run by our English Language Centre.

Find out more about the courses we offer.


Find out more about our fees.

Scholarships and bursaries

Goldsmiths has a series of scholarships for international students applying for postgraduate and research programmes.  If you’re an alumni you may also be eligible for discounted fees. For further information, please use our scholarships finder.

Find out more about applying for a visa.

The International team visits South Korea regularly to take part in higher education events, deliver presentations, interview potential applicants and catch up with local alumni. If you’re unable to visit Goldsmiths in person then these events are your chance to meet us in your home country.

Can’t make these dates? We also run regular online events, including webinars, virtual tours and chat sessions.

Agents in South Korea

We work with several agents in South Korea who can give you information about studying at Goldsmiths and help you with the application process.

There is a large Korean community in London. Generally international students find it easy to transition to life in London, but if you’re struggling then we can offer a whole range of support. This includes PAL (our student led mentor scheme), and our on-site Careers Service and Counselling Service. Find out more about the support we offer.

Take a look at how some of our students have adjusted to life in the UK:


You are eligible for NHS healthcare if you are enrolled on a full time course lasting six months or longer. Please ensure you register with a local GP. The nearest hospital is Lewisham hospital.

Feeling homesick?

Food and drink
Basic Korean ingredients can be bought in the larger UK supermarkets but if you’re after something specialist then there are a number of Korean grocery shops in London. Most of them are centred around New Malden, an area that boasts the UK’s largest Korean population and a whole range of Korean restaurants, cafes and shops. Find out more about where you can buy Korean foods in London.

Time Out London also has a list of the best Korean restaurants in London - which is regularly updated. Other suggestions include:
•    BiBimBap
•    On the Bab
•    Kimchee London

Korean Society
Goldsmiths has a Korean society that promotes the country’s culture through events, parties, film screenings and performances. Anyone is welcome to join but it’s a great place to meet fellow Korean students.

Places of worship
London caters for members of all faiths, and celebrates all of the major religious festivals. To find out more bout places of worship visit

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What our students say

Find out what our South Korean students have to say about their time at Goldsmiths.

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Nuri Koh

I had many career paths to choose from when job seeking after graduation, thanks to the sheer amount of practical experience I gained in the field during my years in London. Studying at Goldsmiths proved to be a pivotal moment in my life

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In Young Park

"The Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Art History at Goldsmiths completely changed my thinking process."

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Ray Kang

" Serving for Samsung’s in-house advertising agency (Cheil Worldwide) for more than 5 years was the trigger for me to enter this course, because finding the sustainable harmony between the visual art and conventional industries has felt been my vocation since the beginning of my career."