I have applied, now what?
As mentioned in on our How To Apply page, Namseoul University IGS accepts new applicants for spring (March) and fall (September) matriculation.
However, what happens after you have submitted your application? Here is what to expect.
Professor Marites Cornel,
After receiving your application, Namseoul University International Graduate School will contact you via email and WhatsApp to confirm they have received your paperwork and let you know if any changes or additional information is needed. You will need to reply with any changes or additional requests for information in a timely and appropriate manner to keep your application on track.
Once your paperwork has been finalized, you will wait for notification of your Namseoul University International Graduate School Admissions interview. All IGS graduate students are required to complete a graduate school interview without exception. Overseas applicants will be required to do the interview via video call on WhatsApp. Applicants will need to ensure that they have access to a video-capable phone or computer as well as a stable wifi or data connection. Applicants living in Korea will be scheduled for in-person interviews on the Namseoul campus. If you work during the week, you may request consideration for a Saturday interview. Interviews are conducted in English by the Admission Committee and faculty of the applied major. You will be asked a variety of questions based on your application and intent to study. Interview questions are not given in advance.
Upon completion of the Namseoul University International Graduate School Admissions Week, both accepted and denied students will be contacted via email with the decision of the Namseoul Graduate School. Due to the fact that IGS majors are growing quickly and competition for placement in the programs increases each year, admission is not guaranteed. Each applicant is screened comprehensively, which points are awarded for such categories as previous academic GPA, study plan, language proficiency, and interview.
Once you have been accepted into the IGS, you will receive an email concerning the initial tuition and fees (click here to read more about Tuition and Fees). In order to secure your enrollment, payment must be made no later than the given deadline stated on the invoice. For overseas applicants, we strongly suggest your payment be made by someone in Korea on your behalf as overseas bank transfers may take up to 10 business days to reach NSU's bank account. Failure to pay your invoice on time may result in admission cancellation so please be make payment in a timely manner. To note, funds must arrive to NSU's bank account no later than the stated deadline and not just sent by the deadline.
Students coming from abroad are required to live either on NSU campus in the dormitories or within walking distance of campus for their first semester. Proof of housing payment must also be confirmed before the certificate of admission is issued.
Once international students have successfully secured enrollment (e.g., paid their tuition and housing fees), the next step to joining the IGS is to apply for your student visa, which is also known as the D-2 visa in Korea. The IGS will mail a certificate of admission (COA) to all international students. For those who live outside of Korea, they will need to take the COA and apply for a student visa at the nearest Korean Embassy. Since each country's embassy varies, it is important to check which additional documents you will need to submit to apply for your visa.
For international students who reside in Korea, they will need to submit student visa paperwork to the IGS office.
Those who are already living and working in Korea legally on an employer-sponsored visa (e.g., E-7, E-2, F-4, F-5), you do not need to apply for a student visa and can begin your studies at the IGS on your current visa.
Each new group of students is also required to complete a required IGS Orientation Day. Orientation dates and schedules vary based on a variety of factors but usually take place one week before classes begin. During the orientation, students will receive their semester time table, meet with the professors of their majors, create their NSU email accounts, and go on a campus tour where they will be able to see the library, dining facilities (closed on weekends), pool & gym access (student discounts offered), and much more.