University of Oregon

Korea University Exchange

Program Overview

Korea University was founded in 1905 and has about 35,000 students, of which about 2,500 are international.  KU offers many courses in English in various disciplines at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and the number is increasing every year.  It has a beautifully landscaped campus on a hill in central Seoul, and many new and well-equipped teaching facilities.  The library complex is a particular favorite amongst students as is the Global Leadership Hall with its international café that encourages conversation between Korean and international students.

Korea University is one of the world’s leading research university and like the University of Oregon, a member of the Asia Pacific Rim Universities.  APRU is a consortium of 45 leading research universities. The consortium aims to foster cooperation in education, research and enterprise thereby contributing to the economic, scientific and cultural advancement of the Pacific Rim.  KU is also a member of the worldwide prestigious consortium, Universitas 21, an international network of 27 leading research-intensive universities in seventeen countries.

Academic Details

As an exchange student, you will directly enroll in coursework at Korea University alongside other international students and local students, allowing you to fully experience university life. To browse sample course offerings from previous semesters, visit Korea University's website and scroll to "Course Offerings" at bottom. The list of courses offered in English will be updated and available for you to check online in January for spring semester and in July for fall semester. Please speak with your GEO advisor for more information on which classes are open to exchange students, and which classes, such as business, are more difficult to get into.
Exchange students can take up to 19 credits per semester (which is equivalent to up to 29 UO quarter credits). One credit at Korea University is equivalent to 1.5 UO quarter credits. You are encouraged to meet with your GEO advisor and academic advisor to discuss how this program can fit into your degree plan.

Please click here to visit Korea University's website for more information.

Housing Description

Korea University has two dormitories available for international students, which offer mostly shared rooms as well as some single rooms. There is limited space available in these dormitories, so many students live in independent off-campus housing that is located close by. The Korea University international office can assist with identifying housing options.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • Junior standing is required for the Fall and Academic Year programs. 
  • Sophomores may participate in Spring term of their sophomore year.

Note: If some of your credits are transfer or high school credits, please check with your GEO advisor regarding whether you are eligible.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20172/01/20178/20/201712/22/2017
Academic Year2017-182/01/20178/20/2017mid June
Spring Semester20182/01/2017late Februarymid June

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.