Sungshin University Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Junior or above
Location: Asia, South Korea
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

Sungshin University is one of the leading private women’s institutions in Korea. Note: while this is a women’s university, male exchange students and male graduate students are accepted. The university has 13 colleges, and an enrollment of 13,000 students, including around 300 international students. Exchange students will take Korean language classes and/or content classes in English or Korean. There are also a variety of opportunities to learn about Korean culture. Exchange students can participate in cultural activities including a traditional tea ceremony, Korean dance, making bibimbap, and natural dyeing workshop. Each international student is assigned a Sungshin Buddy in order for them to quickly adapt to life in Korea. 
Sungshin has two campuses in Seoul, which are connected via a free shuttle bus. The campuses include facilities such as a fitness center, library, student lounges, and pilates center. 

See some additional information on the Sungshin University website, including the link to download the International Student Handbook.

The Sungshin University website in Korean has even more information available.

With more than 10 million residents, Seoul is home to impressive cultural and historic sites, including numerous palaces, shrines and museums. The cosmopolitan city has much to offer visitors and residents alike.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year   Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Fall Semester 2023   02/01/2023 Mid-August Late December
Academic Year 2023-24   02/01/2023 Mid-August Late June
Spring Semester 2024   6/15/2023 Late February Late June
Academic Details

Exchange Students Exchange students can register for any classes available at Sungshin University, except for some designated classes. Sungshin offers around 50 classes per semester in English. Students wanting to take content classes taught in Korean will need to have a high level of proficiency in Korean. Exchange students can also take Korean language classes. 
Exchange students can earn up to 19 semester credits each semester, which converts to up to 28 UO quarter credits. One credit at Sungshin University is equivalent to 1.5 UO quarter credits. 

Korean Language Program: Students in the Korean Language Program study Korean language for 20 hours per week, and the curriculum includes listening, speaking, reading and writing. Sungshin offers 6 different levels of Korean language, from beginning to advanced. The class size is kept small to maximize students’ learning experience, with usually around 10-15 students per class. Sungshin also offers an intensive 2-3 week preparatory course for the TOPIK exam (Test of Proficiency in Korean). 

Course Equivalencies

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

Non-UO students: 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.

Additional requirements

Note: This is a women’s university, but male exchange students and male graduate students are accepted.

There is no language requirement, but one year of college-level Korean is recommended in order to facilitate daily life in Seoul and navigating a Korean university

Application process

The application process for this program is competitiveGEO staff will review your application materials, and a decision about your enrollment will not be made until after the application deadline. In some cases, an interview is required. If your program requires an interview, you will be contacted with further details about this process after the application deadline. Early applications are encouraged.

Successful applicants will receive an exchange nomination from GEO. Selection will be based on a holistic review of your application. This includes a review of your GPA, transcripts (including courses taken and in-progress), any additional requirements or prerequisites (see section "Additional Requirements"), and written statements. 

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. If you receive a nomination from GEO, you will also need to complete the host university's application, which is administered and reviewed by your host university directly. Instructions will be provided after acceptance by GEO. The host university makes the final decision regarding acceptance into the program.

Housing Description

Sungshin provides off-campus housing for exchange students. You will indicate your preferred housing choice to Sungshin after being selected by GEO. Most rooms are shared double rooms. There are a wide range of housing options within a 5-10 minute walk from campus. 

Sungshin's housing manager assigns rooms according to the number of incoming students. If you have any questions about off-campus housing, you can reach out to Sungshin directly with questions. Contact your GEO advisor for more information.