Promoting alternative ways to access to lifelong education through the Academic Credit Bank System and the Degree Examination for Self-Education so anyone can acquire a degree.
Academic credit bank system is an open higher education system which officially recognizes various learning experiences acquired both inside and outside of traditional school settings. These experiences are granted academic credits which can be used to acquire a degree.
|Type||Bachelor's degree||Master's degree||Note|
|2 year||3 year|
|Total credits||140 credits||40 credits||60 credits||common|
|Major credits||60 credits||45 credits||54 credits|
|Liberal arts credits||30 credits||15 credits||21 credits|
|A minimum of 18 credits must be from accredited or part-time enrolment courses.|
|Credits from compulsory major courses must be completed according to the specific requirements of the major.||Conferred by the president of university|
|Credits from colleges||84 credits||48 credits||65 credits||Conferred by the president of university|
|Requirements of each university must be satisfied.|
Degree Examination for Self-Education System is an open higher education system in which learners with a high school diploma or equivalent can earn a degree through a 4-step exam.
Evaluates general knowledge equivalent to college general education courses.
Evaluates basic knowledge and academic skills for each major.
Evaluates Specialized knowledge and academic skills for each major.
Evaluates overall accomplishments, knowledge and skills both on a general and a professional level.
Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, Psychology, Business Administration, Law, Public Administration, Domestic Science, Computer Science, Preschool Education, Information / Communication Engineering, Nursing Science and many others.
It was introduced in order to promote Work First-then to College Policy and set up higher education system that is friendly to adult learners by consolidating and restructuring Lifelong College Support Project and Lifelong Learning Universities Support Project.
(Operating Model) Universities will decide operating model among college, faculty, department and consortium. But it is required for them to provide academic degree course.
Other models not listed are above are also available (Pre-discussions with the Ministry of Education and entrusted institutions are needed.
Regular admission (converting regular entrance quota to adult learner quota*) and special admission (admission for workers) are organized and operated. The number of entrance quota shall be determined by university considering respective operating model.
Regular admission and special admission will be operated by the university in consideration of the operational model.
If a university converts some of its regular entrance quota to adult learner quota in 2018 (for workers and those with discontinued career), it is recognized as quota reduction in the 2nd Universities Reorganization Evaluation (2018-2020 school years). (The ratio of quota reduction recognition will follow the Basic Plan for the 2nd Universities Reorganization Evaluation)
|Degree Course (required)||Credit Course • Non-Degree Course (optional)|
|Application period||Starting from 2018 school year’s entrance||Starting from 2018 school year’s entrance ※ It can be operated from Sep. 2017 given university’s choice and preparation.|
|Application method||Customized screening system for adult learners through document examination and interview instead of CSAT score in accordance with the characteristic of university and major.||To be determined by universities|
|Qualified applicants||Workers or adult learners aged at least 20
|Prevention of illicit admission||
Developing and operating knowledge / theory or job competence and field-oriented curriculum suitable for adult learners' needs
As adult learners have to study in parallel with work, various class methods such as night and weekend classes, online and blended learning can be utilized.
Establishing adult-learner-friendly academic schedule such as multi-semester system, flexible semester system, intensive completion system, and no time limit for enrollment.
Operating the programs in a more stable manner through full-time teaching staff, strict attendance management, and proper grade/ credit management.