Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 August 2019

Angelina Jolie's son Maddox is headed to college in South Korea

The 18-year-old is reportedly set to enrol at Yonsei University this autumn

Maddox Jolie-Pitt and his mother, Angelina Jolie, pictured in 2017. AFP
Maddox Jolie-Pitt and his mother, Angelina Jolie, pictured in 2017. AFP

In a seemingly blink-and-you'll-miss event, Maddox Jolie-Pitt is all grown up.

The eldest child of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is set to begin his college degree this year, and is reportedly headed to Asia to further his education.

The 18-year-old, who was adopted by Jolie from a Cambodian orphanage in 2002, will enrol at Yonsei University in South Korea, according to People magazine.

Angelina Jolie adopted Maddox in 2002. AP
Angelina Jolie adopted Maddox in 2002. AP

The institution, which is located in the capital of Seoul, is one of the country's most prestigious, as well as oldest, universities.

“He got accepted to other universities but chose Yonsei,” a source told People. “He has been studying [the] Korean language. He has lessons multiple times a week to prepare.”

The teen will be studying biochemistry, the publication adds. Yonsei offers graduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in Korean and English, and was ranked number 104 in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

When he starts university, Maddox-Jolie will be located fairly close to his mother's home in Cambodia, which is around a four-hour flight from Seoul.

Mother-of-six Jolie has previously spoken about her eldest son and his work ethic and skill-set, after collaborating with a then-16-year-old Maddox on her 2017 drama, First They Killed My Father.

"He's quite capable and always takes me by surprise," Jolie told People. "He's been practising flying, then they called me the other day and said, 'So Mad can go solo,' and I nearly dropped the phone."

The teen also has an aptitude for languages, the Maleficent star revealed.

"He's been taking French and Russian and all these different languages. I hear him talking in full, fluent French, and they'll tell me he's reached a certain level in his German, and I have no idea. He doesn't do it in front of me."

Updated: August 6, 2019 10:36 AM

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