The National Institute for Lifelong Education (NILE)
The Academic Credit Bank System(ACBS) is an educational system which recognizes diverse types of learning experiences acquired not only in school but also outside of schools under [Act on Recognition of Credits, etc]. It allows people with various educational backgrounds to obtain a higher education degree at the bachelor or associate degree level.
The Academic Credit Bank System
- Completion of accredited courses through ACBS
- Certificate Acquirements
- Passing Bachelor;s Degree Exam for Self-Education or Courses for Exemption
- Possession or inheritance of important intangible cultural Properties
- Completion of college parttime coursed
- Aquirements of college credits
The degree conferred through ACBS is equivalent to a university or college degree under The Higher Education Act. Degree is conferred by The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology or the president of the university or college. In order to acquire a degree, candidates must meet all the following requirements.
|Classification||Bachelor’s Degree||Associate Degree||Remark|
|2 Year||3 Year|
|Total completion credits||140 credits or higher||80 credits or higher||120credits or higher||A minimum of 18 credits should be taken from ACB S-affiliated institutions or other recognized institutions|
|Major subject||60 credits or higher||45 credits or higher||54 credits or higher|
|General subject||30 credits or higher||15 credits or higher||21 credits or higher|
* Candidates who desire to achieve a bachelor’s degree from a university are required to obtain 84 credits or higher. Candidates who desire to achieve an associate degree from a college are required to obtain 48 credits or higher. Candidates who complete the three-year course in college are required to obtain 65 credits.
The Standardized Curriculum refers to the educational course as regulated by The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. It is designed to provide learners and educational and vocational training institutions with guidelines on which to base the evaluation of credit and accreditation including degree type and major, major subject, general subject, and credit hours. Currently, it offers 109 major courses for 24 bachelor’s degrees and 109 major courses for 13 associate’s degrees.
The Accreditation of Educational Program refers to the process of evaluation and accreditation of curriculum offered by educational and vocational institutions. When certain programs and courses are approved as having the quality equivalent to those of a college or university, they are counted as formal credits. The educational program is accredited on the basis of subject (off/on-line learning) and major. There are various educational and vocational institutes that specialize in lifelong learning and offer educational programs; for example, lifelong education centers affiliated with colleges and universities, vocational training institutes, and private teaching institutes.
|Types of Education & Training Institutues||Number of Institutes|
|Universities, etc||Lifelong education centers affiliated with universities||138|
|Lifelong education centers affiliated with colleges||94|
|In-depth courses in colleges||19|
|Vocational training institutions||Public vocational training institutes||12|
|Private vocational training institutes||65|
|Private institutes||Private institutes||27|
|Social studies institutes||21|
|Education institutions affiliated with the central and local governments||19|
|Military education institutes||28|
|Lifelong education centers||85|
|Institutes for Important Intangible Cultural Properties||13|
|Special schools and higher technical universities||5|