Korea University Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: See additional requirements
Location: South Korea
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

Directly enroll in classes taught in English at a highly ranked university based in Seoul. With a student body of around 20,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 international students, Korea University allows you to take advantage of all that a large university has to offer. Around 40% of all classes at Korea University are taught in English, allowing you to choose from a wide range of classes. 

Korea University has a beautiful and modern campus on a hill in central Seoul, and is easily accessible by subway. The campus has 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. There are a variety of ways to meet other students, such as through the various activities organized by the Korea University Buddy Assistants, or by joining student clubs such as sports related clubs, art clubs, the LGBT student club, and more. Korea University offers a variety of resources and services for students, including a counseling center and a student disability support center. 

With more than 10 million residents, Seoul is the South Korean center of politics, culture, and the economy, where ministries, museums, palaces, theaters, and financial markets are located close together. Seoul is also the home to industry giants such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai. As a leader of the IT revolution, Seoul is one of the most wired cities in the world. Korea University’s Seoul campus is centrally located within the city and easily accessible via subway. 

Scholarship Opportunity: Exchange students can apply for the Global KU Scholarship from Korea University.

Korea University International Summer Campus:
In the 6-week Korea University summer program, you will take 2 or 3 classes in English and participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. Classes are available in subjects such as: Business and Economics, Humanities, Sociology and Cultural Studies, Fine Art and Design, Science, Law/Politics/International Relations, Korean and East Asian Studies, and Korean Language. See further information here.

** 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.

Academic Details

Note: UO credits listed below are estimates and are subject to change. Please refer to the Korea University links for the updated credit information on their classes. One semester credit at Korea University is equal to 1.5 UO quarter credits.

Semester or Yearlong Program:
Around 40% of all classes at Korea University are taught in English, so you have a wide range of classes to choose from in a variety of subjects. You will be taking classes alongside local Korean students as well as other international students. Students with an advanced Korean language level may be able to enroll in classes taught in Korean. 

You will choose from classes within the following colleges/schools: Korea University Business School, College of Liberal Arts, College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, College of Political Science & Economics, College of Science, College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences, College of Informatics, Division of International Studies, School of Media & Communication, and School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

To see the full list of departments within each of these schools, visit the Korea University home page, and click on Education > Undergraduate Schools. 

Korea University is AACSB accredited, but please note that there is a high demand for classes in the Business School and getting into business classes can be difficult. 

To search for classes at Korea University, visit this page, click on English, and then select Major Subject or General Subject (to search for electives). Column 5 indicates whether the class is open to exchange students, and courses taught in English have this indicated next to the course title. Click on the blue course code to see additional course information and the syllabus if it is available. 

You also have the option to study Korean language while at Korea University. Students can earn 2-9 semester credits (around 3-14 UO credits) of Korean language per semester. Korea University also offers 4 weeks of free Korean language class during the summer and winter vacation, which exchange students can stay for after their semester is over.

On this program, you will earn:

  • Around 18-29 UO credits per semester. Major related courses are worth 3 semester credits (5 UO credits), and elective classes are worth 2 semester credits (3 UO credits). 
  • Up to 3-14 of your total UO credits may be Korean language credits. 


Summer Program:
On the Korea University International Summer Campus program, you will take 2 or 3 classes, which may include a Korean language class. The class list and syllabi are typically posted online ahead of time so that you can work out course equivalencies in advance. See class list here.
On this program, you will earn:

  • Around 10-15 UO credits 

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

Korea University has several dormitories available for international students, which have single, double, and triple rooms, and are within walking distance of campus. There is limited space available in these dormitories, so on-campus housing is not guaranteed. Many students live in independent off-campus housing that is located close by, and the Korea University international office can assist with identifying housing options. Students who live off-campus often live in apartments, and there is also the option to stay with a homestay family.

For the summer program, housing is assigned on a first-come first-served basis according to when you are accepted into the program and make the housing payment.

Please visit these links for more information about on-campus housing, off-campus housing, or housing for the summer program.

Additional requirements

Semester and Yearlong Exchange program:

  • 3.0 GPA requirement
  • There is no language requirement, but one year of Korean is recommended for the semester and yearlong program in order to facilitate daily life in Seoul
  • 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.

Summer program:

  • 2.75 GPA requirement
  • No language requirement
  • Sophomore standing or above (by the time you participate in the program)
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 Korea University. Nominations are made in March for the fall semester and in October for the spring semester of the following year. Students will then need to complete a secondary application for Korea University, which typically consists of an online application for KU, and providing documents such as your transcript, copy of passport, personal statement, ID photo and other items. The final decision regarding acceptance is made by Korea University. Notification about final acceptance will happen in mid-June for fall students, and in early December for spring students. The acceptance letter will also include information about registering for classes. 

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date  
Summer 2021 01/01/2021 Late-June Early-August  
Fall Semester 2021 02/01/2021 Late August Late December  
Academic Year 2021-22 02/01/2021 Late August Late June  
Spring Semester 2022 02/01/2021 Early March Late June  

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