South Korea is considered one of the most educated countries in the world. In recent years the number of foreign student enrolment has increased in Korea. Korea has a long history of architecture. The influences from traditional Japanese architecture and china can be seen in the tradition of Japan. Following are the 15 Colleges in South Korea offering Bachelor’s degree which are famous for their architecture education. 

1. Myongji University | Colleges in South Korea 

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Myongji University is one of the top universities in South Korea. Established in 1948 the architectural department has a history of more than 40 years. The college is located in Seoul, the heart of South Korea. The college offers an architecture major of 5 years. Other than that college also offers education in traditional architecture, space design. International programs are also available in Venice, Rome, and Newyork. The architectural program of this college is the first architecture certification program in Korea. It is also the first independent college system for architecture in Korea.

2. Seoul National University

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Seoul National University (SNU) is situated in Seoul as the name suggests. The architecture program began in 1910. the university has a history of 104 years. It is one of the leading universities in South Korea and focuses greatly on structure, technology, art, and culture education surrounding architecture. Seoul National University also encourages an exchange of ideas on a global platform through international collaboration with universities in Spain, Austria, Singapore, Japan. The USA. The university also held lectures with talented individuals from the global level, such as Kenneth Frampton, Rem Koolhaas, Toyo Ito, Mario Botta, Richard Rogers, Kengo Kuma.

3. University of Seoul | Colleges in South Korea 

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The University of Seoul is known for its architectural department also known as UOSARCH. It is also located in Seoul. The architectural engineering department was established in 1975. Later other related departments like Architecture & Urban Research,  Landscape Architecture, environmental engineering, were also established in the coming years. The university has worked with the government for planning. It has focused on urban science and addressed issues in urban areas since the 1990s. The university is also in partnership with international universities. From USA Canada Japan, China, and universities in eastern Asia, UK, France, Germany, and some other European nations as well as Australia, South America, and Africa. 

4. Kangwon National University 

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Kangwon National University was established as the Department of Architectural Engineering in 1977. The university is situated in the lakeside city of Chuncheon. Known for its interest and work in social and environmental issues and sustainable green architecture.

5. Pukyong National University | Colleges in South Korea 

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Pukyong National University located in Busan formed the Department of Architecture in 1996. The university itself was established in 1924. This university focuses on science, art, culture, society, history, and philosophy in the architectural realm.

6. Yeungnam University

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Yeungnam University is one of the private universities in Gyeongsan. The university provides an architecture major and a few other courses that come under the umbrella of architecture. Namely Architectural engineering and architectural design. The education in architecture majors mainly focuses on improving human dignity, Improving the public and nature of society, and improving the buildability of the surrounding environment.

7. Chungnam National University

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The architectural department at Chungnam National University was established in 1950. It is known to be one of the tops among the public universities in Daejeon.

8. Hanyang University | Colleges in South Korea 

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Hanyang University is located in Seoul. The architecture department of Hanyang University was established first as a Department of Mines and Civil Engineering in 1939. Later the architectural department of the university played a vital role in the development of Korean architecture during and after the Korean War. 

9. University of Ulsan

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The university is located in the Metropolitan City of Ulsan, also known as  ‘the industrial capital city of Korea’, The architectural department of the University of Ulsan was established in 1972. The studies focus on the artistic and humanistic approach of architecture based on human values and it focuses on technological aspects as well.

10. Kyungpook National University

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Kyungpook National University is a national university in Daegu Metropolitan City. The University was established in 1946. The college is focused on understanding people. Foreign studies and international programs are frequent in this college.

11. Konkuk University | Colleges in South Korea 

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Konkuk University (KU)is located in Seoul.  The University inaugurated an architectural school in 1996. Other than architectural design the college also focuses on interior design, urban design/ planning, and engineering. and other topics that come under the architectural umbrella.

12. Dong-A University

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Dong-A University is a private university located in Busan. The university was established in 1946. The university focuses on theoretical education and the study of cutting-edge science technology.

13. Sungkyunkwan University

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Sungkyunkwan University is one of the oldest universities in Korea as it was founded in1398, located in central Seoul. Architectural studies focus on studies of the arts and sciences, contemporary studies,  sustainability & innovative practices. 

14. Hanbat National University

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The Hanbat National University is located in Daejeon Metropolitan City.it was established in 1927. HBNU is famous for the variety of projects on a national level. Other than architecture design it also has architecture engineering, urban engineering, Environmental Engineering, visual communication, and industrial design departments that are closer to the architecture.

15. Kookmin University | Colleges in South Korea 

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Kookmin University situated in Seoul has an interesting history. started in 1946 Kookmin University was the first private university in the then-new Republic of Korea after liberation from Japan. The architecture college of Kookmin University focuses on human, aspects element of design instead of quick, high, and grand manner of building practices.

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