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Keimyung University


Program Snapshot

The beautiful Keimyung University is the perfect study abroad option for a student to immerse themselves into the traditional Korean culture - there is even a traditional village on campus. Located in the third largest city in Korea and only an hour and a half commute from Seoul, Keimyung University boasts a prime location. With a variety of English course offerings and an excellent Korean Language Program, students have the opportunity to truly get the most out of the classroom experience. Keimyung also offers a variety of cultural experiences which include free Korean culture classes and field trips. Students spend days touring historical sites as well as visiting hi-tech companies such as POSCO and Hyundai motors. Keimyung University is guaranteed to immerse students into Korean culture and reward them with rich experiences and lasting memories.

Keimyung University is located in Daegu, an exciting urban center of over 2.5 million people and one of Koreaís top three cities. The campus is a two hour train ride from downtown Seoul, an hour from Busan and the beaches of the South Coast, and surrounded by a host of easily accessible UNESCO World Heritage sites. Among these World Heritage Sites are Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Shilla Dynasty, which has retained much of its ancient splendor, and Haeinsa, a Buddhist temple complex just south of the campus, the depository of the Tripitaka Koreana, a series of 80,000 ancient woodblock Buddhist Sutras. Keimyung is perfectly positioned to allow students to maximize their time and explore Korea, both old and new. The university is famed for its beautiful architecture and grounds and was selected as one of the top 10 most scenic campuses in Korea in 2001. The campus features a traditional Korean village (Hanhakchon), a museum with rare ancient texts, and an impressive chapel with one of the largest pipe organs in northeast Asia.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate 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 Fair.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Fair.

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: September to June
Semester 1: September to December
Semester 2: March to June

Fast Facts
Daegu, Korea (pop. 2.5 million)
Student Enrollment: 24,000
Language of instruction: Korean, English
University Home Page

Keimyung University is a fully comprehensive institution, with a range of disciplines and courses to suit all needs. Keimyung offers numerous departments within the following colleges: Humanities, International Studies, Education, Business Administration, Social Science, Law & Police Sciences, Natural Sciences, Environment Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Music & Performing Arts, Fine Arts, Fashion, Physical Education, Architectural Studies and KAC (Keimyung Adams College) where all courses are taught in English.

Courses taught in English
Among Korean universities, Keimyung was one of the first to initiate a full-scale internationalization program. Currently, Keimyung offers 100 international faculty members teaching a host of courses in English. Almost all departments offer some courses in English. Our international college, Keimyung Adams College (KAC), offers courses taught in English in both International Relations and International Business by its international faculty.

Academic Notes
Courses recommended for ISEP participants include: Korean language, Korean history and culture, Korean literature and religion, international and East Asian relations, Oriental thought and counseling, Korean management and economy, international management, international trade, accounting, Korean politics, politics in East Asia, architecture, computer science, foods, arts, photography, Korean dance, Tae Kwon Do, business administration and all courses in KAC. Please contact the host university coordinator for further information about courses offered in English.

Students typically enroll in 4-6 classes per term, which averages to 12-18 hours in class per week. A term runs for 16 weeks.


Semester 1 transcripts are issued in January.
Semester 2 transcripts are issued in July.

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

Language Notes
Language Requirement: For courses taught in Korean, fluency is required.
Language Courses: Semi-intensive Korean language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for Beginner to Intermediate levels. Intensive Korean language courses are offered for an additional fee.
Additional information: All KAC courses (International Business and International Relations) are taught in English.


ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
TOEFL: 80 iBT/550 PBT/213 CBT (Recommended)
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes
IELTS: 5.5 (Recommended)
Other tests accepted: TOEIC 685 (Recommended)
English as a Foreign Language courses available? Yes
Additional comments: ISEP participants are free to take most classes taught in English, Korean, or any other language provided they demonstrate sufficient language proficiency.

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

Hints for Researching Courses
Please see the Courses page for more information on courses available for ISEP students.

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Housing and Meals
Students are housed in double-occupancy rooms in one of the residence halls located on campus. Housing is not available for families or couples. Students receive a plan for 16 meals per week (including 2 meals in weekday, and 3 meals in weekend) at the universityís cafeteria with a stipend to cover weekday lunches.


Students are responsible for all 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. Personal expenses per month are estimated at USD $200-250.

KU organizes a full orientation to assist in the transition to life in Korea, both on and off campus. The orientation for incoming students takes place in the first week of the semester. KU also takes the opportunity of our semester Welcoming Party to let incoming international students get to know each other and meet some of the local students and staff. The "Buddy" program matches each new international student with a Korean student. The Korean Buddy will be in communication with their International student prior to their departure and will be there to meet them upon arrival. The Korean Buddy then offers friendship, advice on social activities, and important assistance with language issues. The Buddy Program is invaluable in assisting with the integration of international students to an environment which is very different from their own.


Airport pick-up available from Daegu Airport only. Host will also provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
During the semester, Keimyung offers a field trip for two days to local industrial and historical sites, provided free of charge. A complimentary Korean culture class, which consists of a number of Korean folk culture-based activities including calligraphy, tea ceremony, ceramic art, paper art, and more, is provided once a week at our replica Korean traditional village. Students are also invited throughout the semester to attend various local festivals and cultural events. The Keimyung International Lounge is a place for international and Korean students to meet and socialize. The wide range of events includes international film festivals and showings, music, games, and a variety of both social and academic gatherings. The lounge hosts a farewell party for international students and their Korean Buddies at the end of each semester.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)

CCAP (Cross-Cultural Awareness Program)
Keimyung University was exclusively designated as a collaborating institution representing Daegu City by the Korean National Commission for UNESCO in November 2005. International students participate in CCAP by presenting the culture of their home country to Korean children at schools. This is in the service of raising awareness of other cultures in Korea and promoting inter-cultural dialogue. A certificate of participation is issued by the Korean National Committee for UNESCO as a token of appreciation for participation in the program. More details are available at http://ccap.or.kr/main/index.htm

Founded in 1954 as Keimyung Christian College, Keimyung University (KMU) is a private, co-educational university with over 24,000 students (21,000 at undergraduate level and 3,000 at post-graduate level). The university is located on a beautiful 450-acre site on the outskirts of Daegu city, the third largest city in Korea. It is a university with a very international environment, and located conveniently at the crossroads of historical and modern Korea, in the heart of Korean culture.

What Past Students have to Say
"Keimyung University is a great place to not only learn, but to fully jump into and experience Korean culture. The university is molded around creating global citizens. It is an ideal university for any student who would like to try something new and would like to have the best time of their life in Asia!" - David Findlay ( UK)