Sungshin University Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Junior or above
Location: Asia, South Korea
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview
Application deadline extended to June 15 for Spring Semester 2023.

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 2022   02/01/2022 Mid-August Late December
Academic Year 2022-23   02/01/2021 Mid-August Late June
Spring Semester 2023   6/15/2022 Early March 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

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, GEO will review your application and select successful candidates for nomination to Sungshin University. Nominations typically happen in April for fall students and in October for spring students. Students will then need to complete a secondary application for Sungshin University, which usually consists of an online application, and submitting documents such as a passport copy, official UO transcripts, ID photos, health form, etc. The final decision regarding acceptance is made by Sungshin University.

Housing Description

Exchange students live in the Sungshin International Dormitory, which is within a 10-minute walk from campus. Each room houses 2-4 students, and includes Air conditioner, Heating, Washing machine, Refrigerator, Wireless internet, Bed, Desk, Closet, Shoe rack, Screen roll, Microwave, Sink, and an electric stove. Single rooms are also available for an additional cost. Housing in the dormitory is also available for male exchange students. Male students will be in shared rooms with other male students.

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

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