Korea

A Buddhist Temple in Korea.Important visa information

Students going on exchange to Korea will be required to get a D-2 student visa. Read more about visas for Korea.

Korean Language Students: Students need to have at least a 70% mark for their most recent Korean unit completed at the time of application.

Korea University

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: Korean and English
Minimum Grade requirement: GPA 2.5
Semester dates:

  • Spring semester: early March – mid June
  • Fall semester: early September – mid December

Full time study load: 12 – 19 credits per semester

About Korea University

Celebrating its 100th anniversary just a few years ago, the highly prestigious Korea University (KU) is renowned for its academic excellence and innovation, being the first university in South Korean history to offer academic programs in various disciplines, such as law, economics, and journalism. The university has a proud history, and participates in the annual sporting competition, Ko-Yon-Jeon (Korea-Yonsei Games), with nearby Yonsei University, which celebrate their endurance and partnership.

Located in the Seoul metropolis, whose population now borders on 10 million, KU is at the doorstep of several multinational company headquarters, a thriving retail sector and a meeting point of Old World heritage and modern architecture.

The specifics

The exchange program is run through the Office of International Affairs, and you can search for English taught classes through the course guide (under Academics > Curriculum). If you have any trouble, have a look at the OIA’s FAQ section.

The university offers halls and residences for international students, as well as resources to help you secure off-campus accommodation if you so wish, such as Goshi Pages.

Various festivals and student events are held around the KU grounds, and there is a range of dining, retail and service outlets on campus itself – look under Life at Campus.

Korea Advanced Inst. of Science & Technology

Faculties: All faculties
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate                                                                      
Language of Instruction: English and Korean
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • Fall semester: Late February – Mid June
  • Spring semester: Late August – Mid December

Full time study load: 12 – 24 credit points

About Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

KAIST is located in Daejeon, the 5th largest city in Korea. Located in central Korea, Daejeon is the meeting point for many of Korea’s transport systems and is a fantastic base for exploring the country. The city is known for being a hub of science and research, so it is not surprising that KAIST, Korea’s first research oriented science and engineering institution, is located there. KAIST was established in 1971 and since then has become known for excellence in science, engineering and business management education.

The specifics

The KAIST International Office provides plenty of information for incoming exchange students. They also provide an excellent International Student Handbook which provides students with information about life in Korea and academics. Students at KAIST have the option to live in the on-campus dormitories and they also run a buddy program for new and international students. Students can look at the faculties page to see what kind of courses are offered at KAIST, and browse the course catalog for classes offered in English. Check out the cultural event calendar to see the kind of events held on and off campus. The International Office also has a number of student clubs and organizations to ensure students have plenty of opportunities to get involved in campus life.

Seoul National University

Faculties: All except Law
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: Korean and English
Minimum Grade requirement: GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • Spring semester: early March – mid June
  • Fall semester: early September – mid December

Full time study load: 17 credits per semester

About Seoul National University

Founded in 1946, the Seoul National University (SNU) was South Korea’s first national university, and has since served as a model for the many higher learning institutions in the country. The university is mainly based in Gwanak, in the southern regions of Seoul, bordering Anyang of Gyeonggi Province. Within the university archives are Kyujanggak Archives, which houses imperial calligraphic works, and the Seoul National University Museum of Art.

SNU has an array of promotional material to help students get a feel for the university and its campus, including a video and photo gallery.

The specifics

The SNU International Office works to promote SNU’s international presence, as well as accommodate for exchange students wishing to visit. Most the courses at SNU are taught in Korean, however there are a number taught in English, and you should see your respective course list for details.

Accommodation is offered on campus at the Gwanaksa Dormitory or BK International House, or you can try to find you own housing in nearby apartments off campus.

The International Office also offers a lot of practical advice such as public transport information, amenities, public services and nearby amenities in their "Seoul Survivor" guide.

Sogang University

Faculties: Business and Economics only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: Korean and English
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 65
Semester dates:

  • Spring semester: late February – mid June
  • Fall semester: late July – mid December

Full time study load: 21 credits per semester (usually seven courses)
Other: Sogang School of Economics and Business Administration offers internships and scholarships to selected exchange students through the Study and Work Experience at Sogang Program (SWES).

About Sogang University

Sogang was established 1960 by the Society of Jesus to provide Catholic based education, inspired by the Jesuit educational philosophy and in conformity with the Korean tradition of education. The university is located near the banks of the Han river, close by to the Sogang bridge. You can peruse through the campus grounds using the photo gallery.

The specifics

All international exchange students are taken care of by the Office of International Affairs, who can answer all your FAQs. They will further advise you how you can find classes taught in English for your semester abroad. While a majority of the classes taught at the Sogong Business School are in Korean, there are a few English taught classes available. The Masters offered in the School of International Studies and Masters of Business Administration are all taught in English.

Gonzaga International Student Hall is situated on campus, and houses most of the international students at Sogang. Students share a double room with a Korean student, and some meals are included in the rent.

Sungkyunkwan University

Faculties: Business and Economics only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 2.7

Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: Early September – Mid December
  • Spring semester: Early March – Mid June

Full time study load: Exchange students are allowed to take up to the following credits in accordance with their major:18 credits for undergraduate / 9 credits for postgraduate/ 15 credits for MBA

About Sungkyunkwan University

Ranked the Number 1 Korean Private Comprehensive University for 3 consecutive years, Sungkyunkwan University welcomes all students coming from around the globe to a challenging academic and unique cultural experience on our campus, where traditional and contemporary features are beautifully harmonized. SKKU is well-prepared to meet the academic needs of international students by providing a plethora of courses in foreign languages and the Regular Korean Program (RKP) along with various intriguing cultural activities where you can experience Korea’s culture and history.

Sungkyunkwan University offers more than 7,000 courses throughout the academic year in every field and level of study. As of now, over 30 percent of courses are conducted in foreign languages, primarily English. Part of the reason for this is to provide a larger selection of classes for international students who are not fluent in Korean.

The specifics

SKKU’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) is the primary office responsible for the exchange program. In order to provide a well-organized academic experience to exchange students from partner universities, the OIA helps exchange students in the application and visa process, supplies course information, and organizes a special orientation and cultural/group activities in collaboration with the Global Student Network: Help & Information Club (GSN HI-CLUB).

GSN HI-CLUB, is a volunteer student buddy group that helps and supports exchange students to adapt to living in Korea. HI-CLUB also organizes a number of cultural events where exchange and SKKU students can come together. It is one of the most valuable resources of help and information that is always accessible to exchange students.

The Inbound Exchange Student Program page also provides some information.

Yonsei University

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: Korean and English
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 75
Semester dates:

  • Spring semester: late February – mid June
  • Fall semester: early September – mid December

Full time study load: 9 – 18 credits per semester
Other: LIMITED. Monash students must have a GPA of at least 78% to be considered for a nomination.

About Yonsei University

Established as one of Korea’s first universities, Yonsei has changed and developed alongside Korean history, and is now on the forefront of higher education and research. Yonsei’s commitment to national sovereignty meant that it was one of the sites of resistance to the Japanese occupation and the Korean Independence movement.

Yonsei’s main campus is positioned in a spacious, picturesque natural setting just minutes away from the bustling economic and cultural centres of the Seoul metropolis.

The specifics

The student exchange program at Yonsei is run by the International Affairs Office, and they will instruct you on how to find English instructed classes, as well as course advice for international students. Fields that are exempt for exchange students are law, MBA, medicine, dentistry, nursing, music and fine arts.

Homestay accommodation with local families is available for those who wish to apply, or student can apply for dormitories in either International House or SK Global House, which provide double and single room housing on campus.

For those seeking to learn Korean, you can also sign up for the Buddy Program, Language Exchange or Global Lounge which are all run by the IAO.