University Study in South Korea

University Study in South Korea — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type University study program; take classes alongside Korean students.
Program Level Various levels
Courseload 15–19 credits for fall or spring semester; 3–9 credits for summer 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. 



Select "English" in the top-left corner, then "Major Subject" in the list on the left-hand side of the page. Look for classes that say (English) in the class title.

For a list of Korean language classes, select "English" in the top-left corner, then "General Subject." Select the term you want to study, the "Anam" campus, "General Studies," and "Electives." Korean language classes are given the "IFLS" prefix. 

NOTE: the following subjects are typically off-limits to visiting students at KU:  medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law, teacher education, art / design, and cyber defense.  

Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

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.

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 overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in marketing your study abroad experience for future goals, making you stand out from your peers upon return.

Benefits of Global Identity

No Additional Cost

Because integrated-study programs like University Study programs provide less on-site support than other study abroad program models, Global Identity is offered at no additional cost (regular $200 tuition is waived for students on this program). Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you understand and articulate the skills you’re developing during your time abroad. Registration instructions will be sent by email by the Learning Abroad Center, or you can contact Ryan McCarthy ( for additional information.