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Korea Immigration & Integration Program (KIIP) 2nd Semester Registration

April 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm KST


There is still a week left to register for the second semester of the Korea Immigration & Integration Program (KIIP). The 2nd semester runs from May 13, 2018 through August 25, 2018.  The Application Period (Pre-test Application Period) is until April 10, 2018.

KIIP is an “education program developed to help immigrants acquire basic knowledge and information about life in Korea (Korean Language and Culture, Understanding Korean Society, and etc.) so that they can adapt to and become self-reliant members of Korean society”.

I completed Level 0 of KIIP at the Yonsei campus in Wonju and it was a ton of fun and our Korean teacher (pictured) was so kind and lovely. Korean classes are offered through my graduate program curriculum so that is the only reason I am not continuing with KIIP.

KIIP is open to:

-Foreign residents and naturalized Koreans who hold an alien registration card or domestic residence card
– Naturalized Koreans who have acquired Korean nationality 3 years ago can take the level test and audit

KIIP is great for foreign residents who are looking to transition to one of the F series visas. Some of the benefits of KIIP are:

A. When applying for naturalization : exemption from naturalization written test and interview, reduced waiting time for naturalization evaluation (only applied to those who completed the intensive course)

B. When applying for status of sojourn

❍ Additional points
– Those applying for points system based residential status (F27) (maximum 28 points)

❍ Exemption from proving Korean fluency
– Long-term foreign residents applying for permanent residency (F51)

– Spouse of Korean citizen (F6) applying for permanent residency (F52)
– Underage children (foreigner) of Korean citizens (F22) applying for permanent residency (F53)
– Working visit (H2) visa holders applying for permanent residency (F514)
– Long-term foreign residents (D1, D5~D9, F1, F3, E1~E5, E7, etc.) applying for residential status (F299)
– Non-professional employment (E9), vessel crew (E10), working visit (H-2) visa holders applying for residential status (F26) or specially designated activities (E71)

 Curriculum

Course Classification

Korean Language and Culture

Understanding Korean Society


Level 0

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5*



Elementary 1

Elementary 2

Intermediate 1

Intermediate 2



Total Hours

15 hours

100 hours

100 hours

100 hours

100 hours

50 hours

20 hours

Stand -ard

Level Test

Oral test: less than 3 (written test irrelevant)

3~20 points

21~40 points

41~60 points

61~80 points

over 81 points


Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4~6

◦ In principle, applicants can start at the assigned level based on their test scores (points) of the level test (administered by the Ministry of Justice) and TOPIK (administered by the National Institute for International Education)

◦ Applicants who did not take the level test or TOPIK can start from level 0
* Applicants must first take the level 5 basic course (50 hours) in order to apply for the intensive

Registration (Level Test Registration Period) and Class Registration

Semester Period

1st Semester

2nd Semester

3rd Semester

4th Semester

Semester Schedule

‘18. 1. 1 ~ ’18. 5. 12.

‘18. 5. 13. ~ ’18. 8. 25.

’18. 8. 26. ~ ’18. 12. 21.

‘19 1st semester

Registration Period

‘17. 9. 4. ~ ’18. 1. 5.

‘18. 1. 22. ~ ’18. 4. 10.

‘18. 5. 7. ~ ’18. 7. 24.

’18. 8. 20. ~ ’18. 10. 23.

※ Applicants can apply for the “KIIP” and “level test” only during the registration period

[ Registration and Assigning Level According to Level Test ]

– 1 sign up on the SociNet webpage (www.socinet.go.kr) → apply on the 2 ‘Apply for KIIP’ menu bar → apply for the level test on the 3 ‘Apply for Level Test’ menu bar* → 4 print the level test application form on the ‘My Page’ menu bar → 5 check the location on ‘My Page’ or Announcement 3 days before the test → 6 take the level test at the designated date and location → 7 level is assigned according to test result → 8 register for classes (enroll in classes) at assigned level (first come, first served basis) during the registration period

* You can apply for the level test while on the ‘Apply for KIIP’ menu bar (select “YES” for the question “do you want to take the level test?”). If you select “NO”, you can apply for the level test separately on the ‘Apply for Evaluation’ menu bar

– If you select “NO” for the level test, you will automatically be assigned level 0

[ How to Apply for the Level Test ]

– Go to the SociNet webpage (www.socinet.go.kr), check the education center, schedule, registration period, number of applicants, and register for classes

※ If you can not find such information on the「Class Registration」menu bar, it means that there are no available classes for you to register

※ Questions about specific schedule (classes) and assigned levels: please contact the education centers

(education center contact number : www.socinet.go.kr – 「KIIP」 – 「Status of Education Centers Nationwide) ※ You can register for classes during the registration period starting from 00:00 ( applicants can register only

during the registration period)


Website with great resources on KIIP: 

<<2018 KIIP Schedule & Education Centers>>Ministry Of Justice has announced 2018 KIIP Schedule & Education…

Posted by 장행닷컴행정사 VISA In KOREA on Monday, 18 December 2017

How to Register for the FREE KIIP Korean Class


April 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am
April 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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12 thoughts on “Korea Immigration & Integration Program (KIIP) 2nd Semester Registration”

  1. Thank you for providing such detailed information. Even though students learning Korean can probably access this information in Korean, its always nice for the rest of us (language-challenged) to find it in English. Sadly, most of these classes are only offered in Seoul.

  2. This looks like a great course for new immigrants of teachers to get familiar with Korean culture and maybe start to learn the language a little better. I think it would really help new immigrants who have just moved here! Thanks for sharing! What where some of the topics covered in your class?

    1. Thank you! I only did level zero with KIIP so we mostly focused on learning the alphabet, how to read and sound out the letters and basic greetings! Very useful basic skills that every foreigner living in Korea should have

  3. Love this! I have a friend who is about to attempt the naturalization process so I’m forwarding this to him. I’m sure he’ll like the part about being able to skip the naturalization written test!

  4. Hi, thank you for a great post. I have one question though. When will classes start after the test? One month? I’m trying to figure out my schedule since might be going fir vacation coming winter and I’ve heard they are very strict with attendance.

    1. The information that I have does not state when the 2019 semester will start but in 2018, the semester started on January 1st so I would expect that it will start around the same time next year. The registration for the next semester is now until October 23rd according to the latest guide that I have: ’18. 8. 20. ~ ’18. 10. 23. I would go ahead and try to register now and I am sure you will be informed of the start date once you register. I hope you find this information useful. I will publish more information about the 2019 schedule when it becomes available.

    1. Have you checked out the tutorial on how to sign up for the SOCI-NET account? Once you register for an account, you will be able to view all the information about available centers and upcoming dates. You can also call 1345 or contact
      the Seoul KIIP Office at 02-2650-6216, Yangcheon-gu Mokdong-dongno 121 for a location near you.

      Alternatively, the Seoul Global Center and the different global villages around Seoul i.e. Itaewon Global Village have Korean classes and the training schedule is different between the different locations. Those are not KIIP classes though. I believe that the KIIP classes schedule is the same everywhere. I will contact the Seoul KIIP myself and create a new post about the 2019 KIIP schedule so please stay tune for that.

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