If you’ve been accepted into the university of your choice, congratulations! The next step would be to apply for a student visa, the D-2 visa in this case if you’re pursuing your undergraduate studies. If you’re only going on exchange (for one semester) or a summer program, it’s not the D-2 visa you should be applying for in this case.
To apply for a student visa, you will have to go down to the Korean Embassy in your country. I’m not too sure about other countries, but for Singapore, these are the documents you will require:
1. Certificate of Admission from your school
This will be issued to you from your school by mail, as the original document is required. Please also remember to make a photocopy.
2. Your passport
This will be kept in their possession for the period of time they need to make the visa.
3. Statement of bank account for the past 3 months
If your parents are the sponsors for your education, make sure you bring their bank statement as well as your birth certificate, and the IC(s) of the owner of the bank account. The minimum amount of money in the bank account should be the amount of money you’ll require for your tuition fees, expenses, etc in Korea that has been indicated on your Certificate of Admission. Remember to make photocopies.
4. Certificate of Graduation from High School
I’m not sure why they need to see that you’ve already graduated from High School (or Junior College in the Singaporean context) since the university should have confirmed it when you applied. But anyway, just bring it along.
The documents required for Singaporeans applying for the D-2 visa were not indicated on their website, so I had to make 2 trips down to the Korean embassy because I didn’t know that I had to bring the graduation certs and stuff T_____T For those in other countries, if the documents required are also not indicated on the website, you can give them a call to check with them so that you won’t have to make so many trips like me.
You will also need to pay a fee of SGD$71 if you’re making a single entry visa (that is, you will stay in Korea all the way until you finish your studies) or SGD$114 for a multiple entry visa (that is, you can travel in and out of Korea during the length of your studies). It will take about 4 working days to process the application, after which you will be able to collect your passport with the visa in it.
The Korean Embassy in Singapore can only issue up to 2 years of stay in Korea, but once you get your Alien Registration Card (ARC) and extend it accordingly, you will not need to extend the visa again.