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Notes About Apostille Requirements

  • February 18, 2009
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Since July 14, 2007, the Republic of Korea has been part of the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.

The Convention provides for the simplified certification or public (including notarized) documents to be used in countries that have joined the convention.

The Apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country. 

A. Admission applicants from countries which are signatories to the convention must meet the following requirements: 

 1. Official certificates (transcripts, diplomas, etc.) from public schools or institutions should be submitted with the attachment of"Apostille".

 2. Official certificates (transcripts, diplomas, etc.) from private schools or institutions, however, 1) should be officially notarized by a notary, agency or any other authority competent under the law of the country of origin of the certificates, and then, 2) should be submitted with the attachment of"Apostille".


B. Applicants from countries which are NOT signatories to the convention and do not recognize the apostille must meet the following requirements:

 1. Official certificates (transcripts, diplomas, etc.) must be legalized by a Korean consular officer in the country which issued the certificates.

 2. Applicants from these countries should submit the official certificates with the attachment of an Authentication (ex. Certificate of Authentication or Certificate of Overseas Educational Institutions) issued by the Korean embassy or consulate.


C. For information regarding how to get an Apostille, please refer to the website www.hcch.net

N.B. All documents should be in English or Korean. Document in another language should be accompanied by a notarized English or Korean translation.

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