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Program Snapshot

Located in South Korea’s capital of Seoul, Korea University’s 128-acre campus provides students an opportunity to meet others from across the globe. Korea University boasts an International One-Stop Center (IOSC) to assist students with academic inquiries, cultural excursions, and exciting club opportunities. Students seeking an unforgettable experience, including interactions with top world diplomats, will find Korea University to be their perfect international experience.

With its majestic gothic architecture, sprawling lawns, seasonal trees, and abundant flowers, Korea University's 128-acre campus is considered one of the most beautiful in Korea. The campus is only a 10-minute ride from the Seoul city center.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic Year: August to June
Semester 1: August to December
Semester 2: February to June

Fast Facts
Seoul, Korea (pop. 12 million)
Student Enrollment: 35,000
Language of instruction: Korean, English
University Home Page
Graduate School of International Studies

In English & Korean:
College of Business Administration, Liberal Arts, Life and Environmental Sciences, Political Science and Economics, Science, Engineering, Education, Life Sciences, Division of Art and Design, Information and Communications, Journalism and Mass Communication.

Courses taught in English
In English: Division of International Studies (undergraduate level); Graduate School of International Studies; Korean Language Programs.

Academic Notes
Class participation and social debate reign supreme as KU’s domestic tradition of excellence converges with diverse international students and scholars. The KU Ambassadorial Series allows study abroad students to meet top world diplomats. Other guest speeches are frequent; 25 percent of CEOs and politicians in Korea are KU alumni. English fluency is required of new faculty and 50 visiting professors from top schools are invited to KU each year.

Students typically enroll in 4-6 courses per semester, which averages to 12-19 hours in class per week. A semester runs for 16 weeks.


Semester 1 transcripts are issued in February.
Semester 2 transcripts are issued in August.

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: For courses taught in Korean, fluency is required.
Language Courses: Intensive Korean language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for all levels.
Additional information: All courses offered by the Division of International Studies and Graduate School of International Studies are taught in English.


ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
TOEFL: Accepted
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Accepted
IELTS: Accepted
Other tests accepted: TOEIC, TEPS
English as a Foreign Language courses available? TBD

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Currently, Business, International Studies (including Korean culture and history), and Political Science courses are limited in space. Finance, Economics, History, Film, Art, and Design courses tend to be limited. Students requesting courses in these departments must have course flexibility, as registration cannot be guaranteed.
Additionally, exchange students are not permitted to register for Medicine, Nursing, Philosophy, Education, Law, and MBA courses.

Hints for Researching Courses
After clicking Courses, click on "English" at the top left corner. You can browse courses by major or elective.

Note: If you cannot access the course list page properly, please be sure to use the latest version of the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.

Housing and Meals
Students live at KU International, a state-of-the-art international house. Students are guaranteed to be placed in a double room. A single room is avialable upon request, but at an additional expense for the student.
A meal stipend is provided.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month are estimated at:
KRW 250,000 for personal
KRW 150,000 for textbooks and other academic expenses (per semester)
KRW 60,000 for transportation

The 3-day orientation consists of a series of workshops and information sessions. It covers topics including cultural differences, life in Seoul and Korea, campus tour, course registration, access to university facilities, and the KU intranet system. An optional Seoul city tour is arranged on the last day of orientation. Students will also have a chance to meet staff from the International One-Stop Center (IOSC) for more information on immigration affairs, the campus, school life at KU, various field trips, and cultural activities in Korea.


Airport pick-up is available. Host will also provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
There are a total of 180 clubs (such as Taekwondo, basketball, tennis, bible study club, etc.) which international students can freely join. There are also a number of special events planned throughout the year including:
  • Student Welcome Party
  • International Networking Dinner
  • Sports Day Event
  • Ipselenti Festival (KU festival)
  • Various Field Trips
  • Korean Language Program
  • Farewell Party

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
International students can participate in volunteer opportunities through the KU Social Service Organization. Once students arrive on campus they are free to visit with the designated staff at the International One-Stop Service Center(IOSC) for more information on volunteering and possible internships.

2005 marked Korea University’s 100th anniversary as Korea's foremost university of higher learning. Asiaweek Magazine ranked KU 14th overall in Asia. The university’s reputation for quality is based on excellence in teaching and research, as well as service to society. Eminent faculty, outstanding students, and internationally recognized research programs all contribute to the university’s academic fame. A major comprehensive university of 33,000 students, Korea University offers a rich variety of courses in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as in professional fields of Law, Medicine, and Business Administration. As a global university, it is comprised of numerous international programs and international faculty.

What Past Students have to Say
"The International Cafe set up for exchange students was VERY helpful and efficient. Great experience." - Ji Kim, Chapman University

“I just finished an amazing semester at Korea University in Seoul. What an awesome place to study. I fully recommend it to anyone interested in studying with ISEP. Now I am moving on to another wonderful semester in Japan!” - Kelsey Higgins, Northern Arizona University