For international students, especially D-2 students, it is important to prepare for your departure in advance. Leaving campus and the country with unresolved issues may cause unnecessary delays and inconveniences.
This webpage provides a checklist for your smooth departure from Korea. For questions, please contact International Student Services.
This page has been updated as of Nov. 15, 2022.
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If you are living in on-campus housing, please make sure to go through a proper check-out process before moving out. Students can apply for check out process on the IGC Housing website during a period designated by IGC Housing Office. You may contact the IGC Housing Office or your resident advisor for more information.
If you live off-campus, review the terms of your rental contract and inform your housing provider of your departure at least a month before your scheduled departure date. We also recommend discussing with your housing provider about paying for the pending utility charges and other necessary check-out procedure.
We strongly recommend departing students check with the NHIS and clear overdue payments(if any) BEFORE departing the country. The immigration authority may check your standing with NHIS during your departure process. As a result, students who have overdue payments with the NHIS may be asked to clear the issue before departure.
The Korean immigration authority can put an administrative hold on a departing student who has cumulative overdue payments of KRW 500,000 or more.
NHIS Incheon Center for Foreigner
Office Hours: Monday – Friday (9:00 am – 6:00 pm)
If you decide to close your personal bank account, make sure to bring all the necessary documents to the bank office. These include a national i.d. Card (ARC), your passport, bank passbook/your bank card). If you have a remaining balance in your account and need to transfer money to your other account outside of Korea, it is easiest just to take care of this at the same time before you close your account.
If you are leaving Korea indefinitely, you need to return your alien registration card to the immigration officer at the airport. Make sure to bring your ARC with you when you go to the airport for departure. Once you get to immigration at Incheon Airport, the immigration officer there will ask for your ARC card along with your passport. They will return your passport and keep the card.
Mason Korea offers on-campus storage for traveling international students. As spaces are limited, we provide priority to international students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are solely responsible for their belongings in the storage.
Check out the storage policy on our webpage below and apply for service if needed.
In order to re-enter Korea, D-2 students must have a valid ARC and sojourn period in Korea. Check the expiry date of your ARC.
Sojourn periods of D-2 students written on their ARCs should not expire before their re-entry. Otherwise, students must apply for Extension of Stay BEFORE departure.