Transfer process made easier for those abroadThe process by which Korean students can transfer from foreign elementary, middle and high schools to domestic institutions will be simplified for those returning to the country from this fall semester, the Ministry of Education announced yesterday.
“From the fall semester of this year, those who attended school in major cities in 21 countries can use certificates issued by their schools without the authentication of those governmental agencies or notarization by a South Korean consulate,” a ministry official said.
Korean students who attended school abroad previously had to go through a complicated process to transfer to a new school in Korea.
After they received documents proving their enrollment or an academic transcript from their former institution, they then needed to have them notarized at a South Korean consulate or request an apostille, a certificate that verifies the authenticity of a document issued by a foreign nation.
Students and their parents wishing to return home were required to visit governmental agencies or South Korean consulates abroad, and those who didn’t complete that process were forced to fly back to those countries to obtain necessary documents.
The ministry acknowledged on its website that the former system was financially taxing and inconvenient.
“We are planning to expand the cities and countries for which we exempt the authentication process,” the ministry official added.
By CHUN IN-SUNG[firstname.lastname@example.org]
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