One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in East Asia, Korea University offers the opportunity to study alongside Korean and international students in the rising metropolis of Seoul. With 24 colleges and divisions, KU offers coursework, taught in English by world-class faculty, in virtually any field.
|Location||Seoul, South Korea|
|Term||Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session, Winter Break|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|GPA||2.7 for semester program, 2.5 for summer and winter programs, 3.0 for summer internship|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
With a centuries-old heritage and cutting-edge technology, Seoul is a city of contrasts where the old and new exist in harmony. The bustling city of 10 million residents is surrounded by tranquil mountains, and the peaceful seaside is less than an hour away from the buzz of city life.
Korea University (KU) is home to 37,000 students, with a 25% international student population. Living on campus, you will have the opportunity to learn and share culture with students from around the globe. Over 40% of classes at KU are taught in English, and with over 24 colleges and divisions, classes are available in almost any academic field.
The International Summer Campus (ISC) attracts over 1600 students from all over the world annually, offering more than 110 classes taught in English, and internship placements at top Korean companies and organizations.
Korea University offers on-campus housing in one of two residential facilities, where you will live and learn alongside students from Korea and all over the world. KU is also able to assist students wishing to live off-campus in apartments near KU.
As a student in full-standing at KU, you will have access to hundreds of clubs and societies for students with various hobbies and interests. The KU International Office organizes a Buddy Program to introduce you to locals, as well as various social events through the semester and summer, such as taekwondon classes, Korean cooking, and traditional music.
Students studying at Korea University will:
Faculty at KU come from all over the world, and are leaders in their fields. As one of the top-ranked universities in Asia, KU has a reputation for academic strength and excellence.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Host University Study|
|Program Level||Various levels|
15–19 credits for fall or spring semester; 3–9 credits for summer session; 3-6 credits for winter session.
Korea University operates on the traditional Korean calendar. Fall semester runs early August to mid-December, while the Spring term begins late February and runs to mid-June. Credits are awarded at a 1:1 ratio, and most classes carry 3 credits, making 5 classes a typical semester.
The summer program has 4-week and 6-week classes from late June to early August, as well as an optional 4-week internship placement during June. The winter program offers 2-week and 3-week options, typically beginning after Christmas and ending in mid-January.
NOTE: the following subjects are typically off-limits to visiting students at KU: medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law, teacher education, art / design, and cyber defense.
Searching for courses: KU Course Catalogue; click on "English" in the upper left corner. Click on "+Major Subject" on the left side. Select the year and term, keep "Seoul(Anam)" as the campus, use the dropdown menu to choose the College and then Department. For Korean Language Courses, click on "+General Subject" on the left side. Select the year and term, keep "Seoul(Anam)" as the campus, keep the first dropdown menu as "General Studies," in the second dropdown menu select "Electives." Korean Language courses will be listed near the bottom with the IFLS designator.
For more information including dates, immigration, housing and more, visit KU's study abroad page. Note: You are considered a "Visiting" student at KU, not an "Exchange" student.
KU's International Summer Campus (ISC) offers more than 110 classes taught in English, as well as credit-bearing internship placements at top Korean businesses and organizations. Earn 3 to 9 credits across a wide range of academic fields, spending between 4 and 10 weeks in Seoul.
The optional internship program takes place in June, and precedes the academic program. The internship cannot be completed as a stand-alone program; students participating in an internship must also stay for either the 4-week or 6-week academic program in July and August. All internship placements are concluded by the time the academic program begins in late June; placements do not continue during the academic program.
KU's International Winter Campus offers more than 20 classes taught in English. Earn 3 to 6 credits across a range of academic fields.
Korea University offers coursework that has been identified as a strong curricular match for the following UofM degree programs and student populations:
This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Academic Year||Late August–mid June||May 1|
|Fall Semester||Late August–late December||May 1|
|Winter Break||Late December - mid January||Oct. 15|
|Spring Semester||Mid February–mid June||Oct. 15|
|Summer - Internship||late May - late June||Mar. 15|
|Summer - 4wk Program||late June - late July||May 1|
|Summer - 6wk Program||late June - early August||May 1|
Note: University of Minnesota students must submit their application materials by the above deadlines, even if KU's published deadlines are later.
Also note, the Summer internship program cannot be completed as a stand-alone program; students participating in an internship must also stay for either the 4-week or 6-week summer academic program.
A complete academic calendar for KU can found online.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
The Total Program Fee reflects the host university’s international tuition rate converted into US dollars, plus the Learning Abroad Center’s APAAC ($1000 summer, $2050 one semester, $3100 for Academic Year) and required UofM international health insurance.
Housing is not included in the program fee; housing is paid directly to the host university, not to UofM.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||See Program Dates for term options|
|Program Name||University Study in South Korea|
|Track Name||Korea University|
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
Upon submitting the online application you will be sent a link to Korea University's online application portal. Create an account there, and upload the requested items. These items include, but are not limited to, the following:
Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toRyan McCarthy or call at 612.626.9373.
Alexa Algas: Summer 2019; Global Studies major and TESL minor
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Connie Jolly: Summer 2019; Bachelor of Individualized Studies major and Product Design minor