There are no exact figures on North Korean students abroad. But a UNESCO report shows that more than 1,400 North Koreans were studying in various parts of the world in 2012. According to the report, the most preferred destination for studying wasRussia, followed by India, France, Australia and Canada.
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Which countries do Koreans prefer to study abroad?
The US was the favorite destination not only among Koreans, but among all international students, hosting 19 percent of the students. The UK came in second, receiving 10 percent of international students. Australia and France shared the No. 3 spot, both respectively accepting 6 percent of international students.
Why study in South Korea?
The goal for many of these students is to either study at one of the SKY universities or to study abroad. Korea sends more students to study abroad than any other country, about 350,000 total. According to the NY Times, South Koreans are the largest group of international students in the U.S.
How many Korean students are studying in the US?
Data from Open Doors, showed that there were 39,491 students from South Korea studying in the US in the 2020/2021 academic year The research found that as of December 2020, the number of Korean students studying abroad was 171,343. By comparison this number was 293,157, recorded at the end of 2018.
Why does North Korea send students abroad?
North Korea has sent students abroad since the years of Kim Il-sung. The nation has encouraged young students to study and learn advanced culture in other countries so that they could contribute to maintaining and developing the communist regime. In doing so, North Korea has been able to train talented individuals.