Here is a good story about a North Korean defector getting accepting into Seoul National University:
A talented young former North Korean, whose dream for a university education was crushed as punishment for his relative’s defection to the South, was admitted to one of South Korea’s top universities.
Kim Seong-cheol, 21, gained admission Friday to the department of economics at Seoul National University. While in the North, Kim was an elite student who had graduated from a prestigious science high school with the third-highest honor. He, however, did not have chance to attend college after his uncle, Jeon Chul-woo, defected in 1989 when he was studying in East Germany.
Since he was not allowed to challenge the North Korean government’s decision, Kim volunteered to join the military in February 2005. Six months into the service, he met a high school friend who was already studying at Kim Il Sung University. The encounter prompted Kim to leave his homeland.
The following year in March, Kim and his family fled by crossing the Tumen River into China. “Even though I came to South Korea, which I believed to be the land of hope, I had a hard time getting used to the new environment,” Kim said.
He began attending Yongsan High School in central Seoul in September 2006. “While in the North, I learned that the ancient Three Kingdoms [Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla] were unified by the Goryeo Dynasty but a history teacher at the Yongsan school taught that it was Silla that did so. I had no choice but to study from the very beginning.” [Joong Ang Ilbo]
Read the rest of the article, but I found this to be another example of how effective the Kim Jong-il propaganda apparatus is within North Korea when Kim was “was in pain accepting the fact that faith toward North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was false” despite the fact he was a defector that escaped the country.