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University Study in South Korea: Korea University

  1. Program Details

    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
    Housing Apartment, Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    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
  2. About University Study in South Korea: Korea University

    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. 

    Housing & Meals

    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. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Students studying at Korea University will:

    • augment their cross-cultural understanding through interaction with Korean and international students and community members;
    • gain appreciation of the academic culture of Korea and differences between the Korean and US educational systems through direct enrollment;
    • gain awareness and appreciation of Korean culture through dorm-style placements with Korean students, as well as access to a wide range of student organizations and clubs;
    • become more self-reliant through the experience of obtaining enrollment, housing, catering, and transportation independently;
    • become more effective at navigating differences by spending four to ten months of full integration in a foreign academic, cultural, and political climate;
    • and experience Korean and international perspectives on academic disciplines through direct enrollment at a local host university.

    Faculty & Staff

    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. 

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    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.  



    Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

    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 pageNote: 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.  

    Major Advising Pages

    Korea University offers coursework that has been identified as a strong curricular match for the following UofM degree programs and student populations:

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    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.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Academic Year Late August–mid June April 15
    Fall Semester Late August–late December April 15
    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. 

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    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.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Summer 2021 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for University Study in South Korea: Korea University

    Summer 2020 - 1 course

    Summer 2020 - 2 courses

    Summer 2020 - 3 courses

    Winter Break 20/21 - 1 course

    Winter Break 20/21 - 2 courses

    Spring 2021

    Fall 2021

    Academic Year 2021/22

    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.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    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
    Country South Korea


    May & Summer Programs – University of Minnesota Students

    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.

    Apply Now

    Fall 2021 & Beyond Programs – All students

    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.

    Apply Now


    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:

    • Statement of Purpose essay (semester program only)
    • Official transcript(s)
    • Passport-sized photo
    • Passport copy
    • Certificate of Health (semester program only)
    • Proof of international health insurance (provided by the LAC)
    • One academic reference (semester program only)


    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. 

  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Ryan McCarthy or call at 612.626.9373.

  8. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.

    Alexa Algas: Summer 2019; Global Studies major and TESL minor

    Alyssa Chang: Academic Year 2018/19; Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences major and Global Studies minor

    Connie Jolly: Summer 2019; Bachelor of Individualized Studies major and Product Design minor

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for winter break 2020-21 due to COVID-19.

This program was canceled for spring semester 2021 due to COVID-19.