University

Not everyone in North Korea can enter college freely. To take the university, you must first receive a recommendation.

In order to enter university in North Korea, you must first receive a recommendation.
The university recruitment section of the administrative committee of each road, city, and county recruits children with well-connected components and issues a recommendation document called “University Recommendation Letter”. The letter of recommendation is accompanied by various documents, such as the person’s relatives, career, and physical examination. However, the recommendation sent to the person is merely a form.
The Recruitment Section of the Administrative Committee requests the Resident Registration Section of the Ministry of Social Security to analyze their origin. It sorts from party activists, guards, security guards, and seniors who have the best ancestry to children of foreign deceased who are considered as dangerous molecules.
In this way, central and local universities are individually designated and instructed to go to the relevant university and take the examination.
Within the army, the division’s executive department handles it and goes through the same procedure as above to apply for the entrance examination. (Antetsu Brothers, “North Korea Seen by a Secret Camera”)

Songbun is from home and status.
Whether you can get a college recommendation depends more on your background than on your grades.

In order to be recommended by Kim Il Sung University, the ingredients must first be good. In other words, children from the anti-Japanese partisans, children of the South Revolutionary, or children of the war victims (war dead) are perfect.
They must be of a special class, such as a party or a member of the executive body, or at least from the basic class (workers, peasants). (Kim hyon-hui “as a woman”)
If a father is a party leader, the university can enter the university no matter how bad it is, but it would be difficult to enter the university unless it is a very talented person who is far superior to ordinary workers.
His brother, who had studied well since the people’s school and was a honor student, was elected as the Chairman of Student Affairs (Student Chairman) during his high school and junior high school days, and was awarded by Kim Il Sung.
“Unnie, my school has received a letter of recommendation to the college. It will probably be around me. Some days ago, when my teacher sent me a letter of recommendation, He said, “
However, the letter of recommendation eventually turned to the son of the Nampo City Party Secretary, the mayor. His son, who was in the same class as his brother, performed moderately. (Shin Young-hee “I was the dancer of Kim Jong Il”)

In addition, even if you enter a university, you cannot freely choose what to major.

Her mother worked hard and concentrated on memorizing poems to honor the great leader and her successor’s son, Kim Jong Il.
If so, my mother wanted to be a doctor, but only a good student could say what she wanted to learn.
My university decided to study inorganic chemistry, and my mother learned it. (Park Yong-mi, “The Choice to Live”)

North Korea is a bribe society. North Korean residents are required to pay bribes in every situation, but they also need bribes to earn college credit.

There is no enrollment fee or tuition due to socialism, but money is always required until graduation. Without financing to give to professors and university clerks, students won’t even get credit for graduation. (Ju Sung-il, North Korean People’s Army: Living Hell’s Hyoei)
Previously, Songbun’s bad guys couldn’t go on to college, even with bribes. (Kim Eun-Hyun family “I want to live!-Escape from hunger and despair”)

Next, about university life. It is not only elementary, junior and senior high school students who undergo strict inspections when they go to school in the morning. College students are also examined for grooming.

College students go to school in the morning while singing songs in line like kindergarten children. At the university’s main gate, a student representative with an armband inspects the platoon coming to school. Whether the head is properly mowed or has a badge of Kim Il Sung. If you receive an indication here, you will have to go home instead of entering the premises. (Jang Ki-hong, “North Korea: ordinary people”)

Below is the dormitory of the university.

The dormitory on the campus has mattresses whose floors are mostly made of reeds. Because of the straw inside, it always smells bad, and you can catch cockroaches and fleas no matter how much you catch.
He was often wrapped with insecticide but had no effect. Female college students wash more than boys. Soap is not available enough, so if you use another person’s soap,
They will be criticized before the masses. If you live in a college dormitory, you’ll steal each other from the house, something you can’t afford, or something like a voucher to eat in the cafeteria. Often things are happening without. This situation is no exception in all regions except Pyongyang. (Jang Ki-hong, “North Korea: ordinary people”)

It is the duty of all North Koreans to read Kim Il Sung’s books, and of course university students are no exception.

During college, all students must read and record the Recollection of Anti-Japanese Partisan Participants in Volume 60 and In the People, Volume 37. He then documented the policies he had launched at each meeting, from 1926, when Kim Il Sung began an anti-Japanese armed struggle, to the present. I have to extract and note the work from “Selected Works”. (Kim hyon-hui, cited above)


Military training begins when you enter high school, but military training also takes place at universities.

Guidance training is military training that everyone must take at university.
In North Korea, junior high school students had to be trained in the “Red Youth Guard”, and colleges were able to graduate with trainer training. The Red Youth Guard only learns the basics of military training, and colleges do full-scale military training. He enrolled at Kim University, and in less than a month, he began training his training corps. After six months of training, you can be a lieutenant when you join the army after graduating from college. (Ibid.)