International students (non-Korean) who wish to stay in Korea for more than 90 days to attend classes must obtain a student visa (D-2). In order to apply for a student visa (D-2), students must first receive an endorsement document called the "Certificate of Admission" from Mason Korea. After receiving the certificate, students can proceed and apply for a visa at the Korean Embassy or Consulate.
Korean immigration requires visa applicants to show a certain level of financial responsibility. So, the university, in compliance with the immigration policy, needs to review your financial responsibility prior to issuing your Certificate of Admission (COA).
Visa applicants should submit proof of funding to the university to show that they have access to a sufficient amount of funding to cover their tuition and living expenses for the first year of their studies. If one's study period is less than a year, the cost can be prorated.
Please refer to the COA application process for further details.
The university currently supports the following student visas for international students.
|Subcategory||For||Initial Sojourn Period||Max. Sojourn Period|
|D-2-2||Undergraduate students directly admitted to Mason Korea
||1 year||4 years|
|D-2-3||Master’s degree students directly admitted to Mason Korea||1 year||2 years|
Students visiting Mason Korea
Undergraduate Non-Degree Students
In general, the Korean embassy grants single entry visas. This means the visa will expire after the first entry.
After the entry, a foreigner who entered Korea with a visa is required to apply for what is called a “sojourn” by completing the Alien Registration process. After completing the alien registration, students will receive a “sojourn period” as stated in the table above which will allow its holders to stay in Korea for more than 90 days and enter the Korean borders multiple times as long as the sojourn period is valid.
It is a student's responsibility to check the expiry date of his/her sojourn and extend the period before its expiration. Students can extend the sojourn period by completing the Extension of Stay process. Students are highly recommended to consult with the international student advisor 2 months before their visa expiration dates.
Extending the sojourn period over the maximum allowed limits stated above will be granted on a limited basis.
Students who possess visa statuses other than D-2 (e.g. F-4, A-3) that also allow studying in Korea may maintain their current visa statuses.
International students who possess Korean citizenship must enter Korea using Korean passports. Please note prospective Mason Korea male students who hold Korean citizenship may be subject to Military service conscription requirements. The university highly recommends students contact the Korean embassy or consulate in their country of residence to fully understand military implications before entering Korea.
Students entering Korea from Overseas can apply for new D-2 visas to the Korean Embassy/Consulate. Apply for your Certificate of Admission to start the process.
Students already in Korea with active immigration status other than D-2 can apply for a change of status to D-2 at the Korea Immigration Office in Incheon. Apply for your Certificate of Admission to start the process.
* When your visa change request is approved, you will automatically receive a new alien registration card.