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Immigration Guide

Health Insurance
All international students must be insured by the National Health Insurance Program or a Private Insurance Program.  The purpose of health insurance is to protect international students from unexpected accidents or high unforeseen expenses for medical treatment.
 National Health Insurance Program: Insured students can benefit from Korean hospitals
Type contents


A foreigner who has intentions to stay in Korea for more than one year with a D-2 VISA, her/his spouse, and children under 20 years of age

When Eligible

After completion of Foreigner Registration

Application Documents

-Verification of eligibility including Foreigner Registration Card

-Verification of purpose of stay

(A copy of Foreigner Registration Card or a copy of Residence Certificate)

Premium Criteria

-The insured student is required to pay after completion of their foreigner registration.

-The insured student is required to pay during any temporary leave that is within 3 months.

-In the case of a temporary leave that is longer than 3 months, the insurance is cancelled on the next day of departure, and the student must renew it upon return.

*There is a 30% discount for students (D-2)


Around 40,000 won monthly (Differs depending on district)

How to use the services

Same as Koreans


Prepaid for 3 months



 International Student Insurance

  If students want to buy insurance from a private firm, they can buy medical and injury insurance for foreigners from traveler’s insurance companies.  If a student becomes ill or is injured, they can receive treatment from clinics or hospitals and pay with their own money.  After which, they can apply for reimbursement from the insurance company.



- SKKU restricts issuing certificates of enrollment and transcripts to students without insurance.  Students must report to the Office of International Student Services beforehand.

- When the coverage period is extended, students must submit the extension document to the University.


 How to Submit Insurance Documents

- Online Submission: GLS – International Relations – Insurance Certificate Registration – Enter Insurance details and upload scanned file of Insurance Certificate (pdf or jpeg)

- Email Submission: intlhss@skku.edu

  Attach scan file of Insurance Certificate (pdf or jpeg)

  Subject line must include the student’s name and student number

  ※ Must be scanned with scanner


Part-time Jobs (Activities beyond current visa status)


 Foreign students (D-2) must receive permission for activities beyond their current visa status (part-time job, internship, etc.)


 Permission of Part-time Jobs

- Requirement

·Grade Score : Average grade of C(2.0) or above, of just the previous semester.

·Korean Language Ability : This requirement starts from Oct 1. 2018.

(Undergraduate 1st,2nd year)TOPIK level 3 or above

(Undergraduate 3rd year or above / Graduate School) TOPIK level 4 or above

※If could not meet the language requirement, the working hours are limited up to: undergraduates 10 hours, graduate students 15 hours (National holidays, summer/winter vacation: working hours unlimited)

※This requirement does not apply to the courses that all classes are processed in English(documentary evidence needed)


 Required Documents
-Confirmation letter for hourly part-time job (by the staff of the International Student Services, including signature of employer)
-Alien Card
-Application Form
-Copy of Business License
-Copy of Standard Employment Contract (hourly wage, job duty, and working times included)
-[since Oct 1. 2018.] TOPIK Score(If English Class Course, a proof document)

 How to Apply

① Fill in the Confirmation letter for hourly part-time job(personal information, place of work)

② Visit the Office of International Student Services with the documents to have it checked

③ Report to the Immigration Office

·Online : www.hikorea.go.kr > E-application

·Visit : Immigration Service Office located in residence


 Violation Treatment

- 1st violation: Disallow part-time employment for one year

- 2nd violation: Disallow part-time employment during the study period

- 3rd violation: Cancel study qualifications


 Allowed Hours

[Before Oct.1.2018.]



During Semester Mon~Fri

Weekend and Vacation

Undergraduate Students

25 hours

No Limits

Graduate School Students

35 hours

After completion of graduate degree or Ph.D. program while preparing thesis

30 hours


[After Oct.1.2018.]



During Semester Mon~Fri

Weekend and Vacation


requirement met


requirement unmet

Undergraduate Students

25 hours

10 hours

No Limits

Graduate School Students

35 hours

15 hours

After completion of graduate degree or Ph.D. program while preparing thesis

30 hours

15 hours


※ Limited to 1 year and 2 workplaces

 Restrictions on Hourly Part-time Jobs for International Students
- Private lessons, high-tech industries or institutions, entertainment bars or salons, adult entertainment, speculation businesses such as casinos or gambling, or any business that is against ethical customs, etc.
 Acceptable Areas (Example)
-Students are allowed to work in part-time or temporary positions or as assistants at restaurants, stores or companies that are outside of the school, or at a school store, bookstore, school office, or laboratory.
- Jobs are limited to those that can be performed as a student by social norms.
- If a student does not report to the Immigration Office and any illegal hourly job activity is discovered, they will be subject to a deportation fine.
 Reporting Place of Employment Change
- If a student changes their place of employment (employer) within the permitted period, they must report the change within 15 days via online or by visiting the Office of International Student Services.
 Extension of Permission 
-Limited to 1 year within stay, and 2 workplaces
- Restricted to:
 ① Students that have an attendance rate lower than 70% or a GPA lower than C(2.0) 
 ② Students that did not report their working conditions (place of employment, working hours, etc.) fully, or any changes of workplace
 Exception for Permission
- If a student works as an intern to acquire credits or receives a certain amount as allowance by participating in a research project, or participates (such as a teaching assistant or librarian) in a student scholarship at school, a separate permit is not required.
- If a student receives compensation and the work performed is temporary normal housework or office assistant tasks, and it is not done as an occupational job, such as in the case with a household assistant