Before Your Arrive

  • Visa

    All international students and scholars need to acquire a certain type of visa according to their purpose of visit before coming to korea. depending on the length of study period or purpose of visit, the type of visa you may receive varies.

    • Generally, those who are going to stay for a short period of time for study, teach or research for less than 90 days, c-3 visa is issued.
    • When a student is staying over 90 days, d-2 visa is required.
    • For scholar who stay more than 90days will require to have e-1 visa and for researcher e-3 visa.(your family dependents visa is f-3 visa)

    For detailed information and procedures for applying a visa, please visit the following webpage or consult the nearest korean embassy in your area.

    Students from certain countries need to receive cv id number from the host university in korea in order to apply for a visa before entering korea. Please contact the korean embassy and a staff of iro if you fall into this category.

  • Insurance

    All students must present a proof of valid insurance which is also effective in overseas when they come to korea. Students have to send a copy of their insurance certificate or other proof of x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-document to the incoming exchange coordinator at unist by e-mail or post.

    Some degree-seeking students might be interested in applying for the national health insurance provided by the korean government. For more information, please visit the national health insurance corporation at the following site. you may also receive some useful information regarding this matter during the orientation.

    All international scholar and researchers will register standard national health insurance directly. Standard national health insurance is provided to all unist employees with a monthly deduction from their salary. This will only be available once you turn in a copy of your alien registration card at your department office. You should then receive a health insurance card that will entitle you to healthcare at doctors and hospitals in the gyeongsangnamdo province including ulsan. If you need to see a doctor outside this area, please request a transfer from a doctor here.

    Please fill out the “arrival information sheets” and send to our staff before coming to unist to arrange meeting times with your buddy.

  • Buddy & Pick-Up

    Every international student (both degree seeking and exchange) will be assigned a “buddy” in the same department or laboratory to help him/her in the transition to a new unist environment. after your buddy greets you at the airport or at the bus terminal, he/she will take you to the housing office and help you with check-in procedures at the office. your buddy is also responsible for handing over your temporary id card which will allow access to all the buildings.

    Please fill out the “arrival information sheets” and send to our staff before coming to unist to arrange meeting times with your buddy.

  • Pre-Arrival Check List

    For your convenience, we are providing pre-arrival check list to international students and scholars & researchers.

    Please double check with list and prepare your arrival.

    • Pre-arrival information
    • International students
    • International scholars and researchers
  • Weather

    The republic of korea, located on the eastern edge of the asian continent, has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and are influenced primarily by the siberian air mass. Summers are hot and humid due to the maritime pacific high. The transition seasons, spring and fall, are sunny and generally dry.

    The variation of the annual mean temperature ranges from 10 degrees to 16 degrees celsius. August is the hottest month, with the mean temperature ranging from 25 degrees to 35 degrees celsius. January is the coldest month with the mean temperature ranging from -10 degrees to 5 degrees celsiu. Annual precipitation is about 1,500mm in the southern regions and about 1,300mm in the central regions. More than half of the total rainfall is concentrated in the summer season, while the winter precipitation is less than 10% of the total precipitation.

    The prevailing winds are the southwesterly in summer and northwesterly in winter. The winds are stronger in winter particularly from december to february. The land-sea breeze becomes prominent with weakened monsoonal winds in the transitory months, september and october.

    The relative humidity is the highest in july at 80% to 90% nationwide and the lowest in january and april at 30% to 50%. It has a moderate value of about 70% in september and october. the monsoon front approaches the korean peninsula from the south in late june, migrating gradually to the north. Significant rainfall occurs when a stationary front lies over the korean peninsula. The rainfall period over korea, referred to as changma, continues for a month. a short period of rainfall comes again in early september when the monsoon front retreats back from the north.

    More information on the korean weather can be found at: