uBitto Blog

Acquire natural spoken Korean skills through us. Take our short quiz to receive personalised recommendations.

Hagwon Culture in The Education System 한국의 학원 문화

The education system in Korea is known to be very competitive and many students are forced to attend “Hagwons” almost every day after school.

So what actually is the Hagwon Culture in the Korean education system.

1. What is Hagwon 학원? 들어본 거 같은데…

Hagwons, also known as private academies or cram schools, are a prevalent aspect of the education system in South Korea.

Many students attend (가다) hagwons due to the belief that standardized education (공교육) provided by public schools was not sufficient (부족하다) to achieve these goals.

2. Hagwon System 학원 시스템

In the hagwon system, students attend after-school classes in addition to their regular public-school (공립학교) education, where they receive additional instruction (가르침) in a variety of subjects (여러 과목). Students may attend hagwons for a few hours after school (방과후) or on weekends (주말).

3. The Impact of Hagwons 학원은 필요한가?

The hagwon culture is deeply (깊게) ingrained in Korean society, and it is often viewed as a necessary (필요한) investment in a child's future (미래) success.

Many parents are willing to pay high fees for their children to attend prestigious (명문) hagwons, even if it means sacrificing (희생하다) family time and leisure activities.

4. The Obstacles of Hagwon 학원의 장애물

Some students feel burned out (번아웃) from the intense workload, and the pressure to succeed can lead to high levels of stress (스트레스).

The hagwon system can exacerbate existing inequalities (불평등), as families that are more well off can afford the best hagwons to give their children an advantage (이점) in school.

5. Efforts Made 앞으로 갈 길

In recent years, there have been efforts to reform the hagwon system and reduce (줄이다) the emphasis on test preparation (시험 준비).

However, the hagwon culture (문화) still remains important and plays a role (역할) in shaping the country's academic and professional (전문적인) landscape.

Want more from uBitto?

Acquire natural spoken Korean skills, with the help of cutting-edge speech recognition technology to make sure you’re doing it right!

Gain unlimited access to much more exciting features and learning materials by being a Premium or Ultimate member.

Access to premium courses
Access to learning community
Practise with uBitto Playground
Instructor marking and validation
Reload Cookies to ask questions

Learn more about uBitto Membership here.

Download free Korean Starter Kit to start your journey to fluency

You’ll be able to recognise and read Korean words as a start. Reminder: Please do not register with a Yahoo email address.

Starter Kit Form

Like this post? Share it!

We help you learn and practise Korean, the right way

Learn Korean effectively with uBitto, built by teachers, for learners. Sign up as a paid member to get access to exclusively designed contents and features.

Practice with Conversations

Follow uBitto

STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE

First Time to uBitto?

uBitto is a social platform for education driving effective language learning journey with AI, analytics and gamification as well as real educators.

We are currently focusing on Korean language but will be open up for many other languages and subjects.

To get the best out of uBitto, take our short quiz

FREE Korean Starter Kit

With this guide, you’ll be able to read Korean in less than 2 hours!

Starter Kit Popup