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Ajou University

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Program Snapshot

Ajou University ranks among the top 10 universities in South Korea. With a central location to the center of Seoul, students are only a quick train ride away from the lively streets of the capital city. In addition to having a diverse selection of English course offerings, students can take advantage of a variety of activities, both on campus and off. Whether itís participating in the campus buddy program, joining weekend excursions like rafting the Dong River or visiting historical sites such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, students are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Ajou University is located in the central area of Suwon, the principal city of the Gyeonggi-do Province, approximately 20 miles from Seoul. The university and the surrounding communities offer a rich educational and recreational environment with the unique cultural and historic heritages of Suwon and easy access to the diversity of Seoul, the world's tenth largest city. The university provides a cozy academic and residential atmosphere with harmoniously arranged classrooms, laboratories, libraries, residence halls, and recreational and cultural facilities on the 125-acre main campus.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year, semester, or summer

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
Summer program available.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Fair.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I 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: late August to late June
Semester 1: late August to late December
Semester 2: late February to late June
Summer: late June to August

Summer Program
See summer program information

Fast Facts
Suwon, Korea (pop. 1,067,425)
Student Enrollment: 14,000
Language of instruction: Korean, English
University Home Page

In Korean: Education (education, teaching English as a foreign language, teaching, teacher training, educational administration); Energy (energy, energy conservation); Engineering (mechanical, industrial & information, chemical & materials, biotechnology, nanotechnology, environmental, architecture, information, computer); History (Eastern Europe, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, United States); Law; Statistics; Philosophy; Physics (biophysics, electronics, mechanics); Psychology; Public Administration; Public Health; Social Science (economics, sociology, political science & diplomacy); Transportation Technology.

Courses taught in English
In English and Korean: Area Studies (Western Europe, Japan, China); Biology (biology, genetics, biotechnology); Business (business, accounting, advertising, business administration, commerce, finance, international, management, marketing, information systems); Chemistry (chemistry, biochemistry, industrial chemistry); Computer Science; Communications (communication, electronic communication technology, media); Economics; Engineering (chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental & urban, mechanical, industrial, material); International Relations; Literature (American, English, comparative, poetry, speech, Korean, French); Languages and Linguistics (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, English); Nursing; Physics; Political Science; Sociology; Urban Studies.

Academic Notes
During the academic year, all divisions of the university offer courses in English. International and area studies (East Asia), engineering, and business administration are highly recommended.

Students typically enroll in 4-5 classes per term, which averages to 12-19 hours in class per week. A term runs for 16 weeks.


Transcripts are issued approximately one month after end of program.

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: Intensive Korean language courses for all levels are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for an additional fee. Semi-intensive courses included in ISEP benefits.


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

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

Hints for Researching Courses
Prospective exchange students may refer to the Courses section of the Ajou University website to find appropriate courses.

The final course list for each semester is confirmed two months prior to the beginning of each semester. Many courses offered each semester are repeated, but the list is subject to change. Students should use the list from the previous semester as a reference.

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 are housed in double-occupancy rooms in a university dormitory on campus. The university dining service provides students with meal plans at a very low cost. For those not selecting a meal plan, several cafeterias and kitchen facilities are available on campus. Kitchens are located on each floor of the dormitory.


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 USD $300-400.

During the mandatory orientation, the Office of International Affairs will assist students and answer any questions about the program. Participation in the orientation is very important to guarantee a successful stay in Korea. Important information such as the academic schedule, tips for living in Korea, alien registration, and other relevant topics will be covered. There will be a campus tour and Welcome Reception.


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

Student Activities
Ajou University offers various kinds of activities for exchange students to help them experience Korea in many ways. Activities include tours to historical sites, visits to global companies, and attending dynamic cultural events. International exchange students can also join the Host Family Program where students are invited to visit a Korean family and experience local culture. For the benefit of international exchange students, Ajou University recruits highly qualified Korean students to organize the student volunteer service club "Ajou Global Ambassadors." The club is dedicated to support the life of international students in Korea and their dedication develops into true friendship throughout the semester.

Founded in 1973, Ajou University (AU) is a private co-educational institution of higher learning, rated within the top ten of the two hundred educational institutions in Korea. An outstanding characteristic of Ajou University is its specialization in international studies, engineering, medicine, business administration, and information and communication, which have a strong academic foothold in the nation as well as abroad. The university also takes pride in its pioneering role in educational reforms, which have kindled new enthusiasm for university reforms in Korea. In addition, Ajou University is distinguished for having a generous financial supporter, Daewoo Educational Foundation in Korea. Current enrollment is at 10,600 students, of which 1,600 are graduate students.

What Past Students have to Say
"I loved the welcoming, communal feeling of Korea. I rarely felt left out and the Koreans often went out of their way to make me feel welcome or included...I found the whole experience to be wonderfully positive. I loved how welcomed I felt and I enjoyed the feeling that I was teaching my friends just as much as I was learning. I was pleased to alter some peopleís view of America. I gained knowledge of the world and more tact to communicate with people different from myself.Ē - Chelsea Baker, Central Michigan University