All international students must be insured by the National Health 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
- International students are automatically subscribed to the National Health Insurance when their alien registration is completed
- Once expatriates and students who have F Visa have to join the National Health Insurance by himself/herself and any changes in the place he/she lives·passport number·status of residence, students should report it nearest NHIS center
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)
Permission of Part-time Jobs
- Grade Score : Average grade of C(2.0) or above, of just the previous semester.
Korean Language Ability
(Undergraduate 1st,2nd year) TOPIK level 3 or above
(Undergraduate 3rd year or above / Graduate School) TOPIK level 4 or above
- English Track: TOEFL 530(CBT 197, iBT71), IELTS 5.5, CEFR B2, TEPS 600
If the language requirement is not met, the working hours are limited up to: undergraduates 10 hours, graduate students 15 hours
Requirement will be waived for students from countries where the mother tongue or official language is English
- Confirmation form for hourly part-time job (by the staff of the International Student Services, including a signature of employer)
- A copy of Passport
- A copy of Alien Registration Card
- Application Form
- Copy of Business License
- Copy of Standard Employment Contract (hourly wage, job duty, and working times included)
- Korean track: TOPIK Score
- English track: English Test score, Proof of document that all classes are taught in English
How to Apply
- ① Fill in the Confirmation form for hourly part-time job(personal information, place of work)
- ② Upload the documents on Challenge Square 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(Under Article 89 of Law)
- 1st violation: Disallow part-time employment for one year
- 2nd violation: Disallow part-time employment during the study period
- 3rd violation: Cancel study qualifications
|TOPIK requirement met||TOPIK requirement unmet|
|Weekdays(Mon~Fri) during semester||Weekend and vacations|
|Undergraduate Students||25 hours||No limits||
|Graduate School Students||35 hours||No limits|
|After completion of graduate degree or Ph.D. program while preparing thesis||30 hours||30 hours|
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.
- Any Internship not related to acquiring credits is not allowed.
- 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 and receives a certain amount as allowance by participating in a research project, or participates 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