Pohang University of Science and Technology Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore and Above
Location: South Korea
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

Experience life at a small yet highly ranked university by directly enrolling in classes at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). Founded in 1986, POSTECH has around 3,500 enrolled students and boasts 86 research institutes and centers, indicating the strength of the university’s research mission. Students at POSTECH can select from 11 undergraduate departments and 21 graduate programs—though most departments are in STEM fields, POSTECH also has a Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. As an exchange student, you will be welcomed by POSTECH Student Ambassadors, who will help you learn to navigate the university, Pohang, and its surroundings.

POSTECH also offers the ISSS Survival Korean Program for all international students, coordinated by International Relations. This program provides you with an opportunity to learn essential Korean phrases and develop language skills required to navigate Korea. This opportunity is meant to supplement Korean language class provided by POSTECH’s Language Education Center—rather than focusing on textbook learning, the program encourages students to practice more conversational Koran and includes some class excursions.

Pohang is one of the largest cities in the North Gyeongsang province and a main seaport, with a population of around 500,000. Because of its location on the coast, Pohang is well-known for its fresh seafood and its beaches—there are seven major beaches along Pohang’s coast. The city is home to both industry and nature—Pohang has both beautiful forests and mountains and one of the largest steel companies in the world.


Scholarship Opportunity: POSTECH offers a Global Postechian Exchange Scholarship, which allows students to participate in various extracurricular and cultural activities. Exchange students with excellent academic backgrounds and leadership qualities will be invited to apply for the scholarship program.

** 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

At POSTECH, you can participate in the exchange program as a course-taking student or a course-taking and research student. Most of the 11 undergraduate departments and 21 graduate programs focus science and technology, though there is also a Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at POSTECH. If you are interested in pursuing research during your exchange, you will be required to contact a POSTECH professor to get approval for research projects before submitting your secondary application. You will then include the professor’s letter of approval with your application.

Around 60% of the courses at POSTECH are taught in English, and you are able to take both undergraduate and graduate-level classes as long as you meet the prerequisites. There are a limited number of English-taught humanities classes and upper-division STEM classes, so it is highly recommended that you either have Korean language proficiency or review the courses offered on POSTECH’s website carefully when planning your exchange program.

You will be able to register for courses through POVIS (POSTECH Vision Information System) during the course registration period as long as spaces permit. To see the course list, follow this link, then click on “English,” then “Learning Guide,” then “Courses.” In order to register classes with prerequisites, exchange students will need to consult with the course instructor and submit a “Change of Course Registration Form” to academic department during the add/drop period at the start of the semester.

The standard credit load is 15 semester credits per semester, but as an exchange student, you are able to take between 10 and 22 semester credits per semester.

Students should work closely with their UO academic advisor before selecting courses at POSTECH.

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

Housing in on-campus dormitories is guaranteed for all incoming exchange students. If there is sufficient space, you will be placed in the Dormitory for International Cultural Exchange (DICE), an English-language building that houses most exchange students. Since POSTECH is a small university, all current students are able to live in on-campus dormitories. Each building has a shared lounge, laundry room, and shower room.

POSTECH’s housing office requires the housing fee to be paid in a lump sum within two weeks of arrival, and housing fees vary depending on whether your room is renovated or non-renovated. Meals are not included in the housing fees, but you can purchase a meal plan for an additional fee.

Additional requirements

Applicants must have completed at least one term at the UO by the application deadline. There is no language requirement, but one year of college-level Korean is highly recommended in order to facilitate daily life in Pohang 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 it and select successful candidates for nomination to POSTECH. Nominations are made in March for the fall term and in September for the spring term of the following year.

Students will then need to complete a secondary application for POSTECH, which typically consists of an application form, certificate of enrollment at UO, official UO transcript, letter of recommendation, statement of purpose, copy of passport, etc. The final decision regarding acceptance is made by POSTECH. Notification about acceptance will happen in May for fall students and in October for spring students.

Dates and Deadlines
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester202102/01/2021Early SeptemberLate December
Academic Year2021-2202/01/2021Early SeptemberEarly June
Spring Semester202202/01/2021Mid-FebruaryEarly June

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