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.

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

What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. 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.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

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

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.

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.

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.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester202002/01/2020Mid-AugustLate December
Academic Year2020-2102/01/2020Mid-AugustLate June
Spring Semester - extended202106/15/2020Early MarchLate June

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