Korea University - Semester or Year Abroad



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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed the Korea University program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

Korea University is one of the largest and most historic universities in Korea, and has been providing top-quality education since 1905. Korea University offers a wide variety of courses taught in English in all professional fields.  The University excels in its business courses and is AACSB and EQUIS Business Certified.  In the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject, 50% of the evaluated subjects are Korea University were ranked in the top 100 in the world.

Known as one of Seoul's "SKY Universities," similar to the "Ivy League " in the U.S., Korea University is a world-class institution featuring a dynamic educational environment, beautiful and conveniently located campus, and top-quality student facilities. It prides itself not only on being a progressive and globally conscious institution, but also one that plays a role in preserving and developing Korean culture.

Seoul is one of Asia’s largest and most culturally rich cities. Seoul is both the capital and the heart of Korea. As the financial, political, commercial, recreational, educational, and cultural center of Korea, Seoul is home to major domestic and international corporations, banks, government offices, arts and entertainment facilities. Seoul offers many activities for everyone, including museums, palaces, parks, mountains, amusement parks, and night clubs. As the hub of the nation’s transportation network, Seoul allows for convenient travel and exploration.


Watch Video from an GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student, Christina Dunbar, who attended Korea University: 



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Seoul is Korea's capital and largest metropolis.  Home to approximately 10 million people, Seoul is one of the largest cities in the world.  Renamed after the independence of Korea in 1946, the word "Seoul" is derived from a Korean word meaning "capital city."  Seoul is divided into northern and southern halves by the Han River and is surrounded by vast mountain ranges.  This fast-paced and high-tech city embraces both tradition and modernity, making it a very unique city.

Seoul is the cultural center of Korea with five ancient palaces and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites; over 700 museums, including the National Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum; and hundreds of performance centers and galleries.  However, history and tradition are not the only things that Seoul has to offer.  Seoul also embraces the modern era with advanced high-tech facilities and infrastructure and a number of world class performances like "NANTA," "JUMP," and B-boy performances.  Korea University's main Anam campus is just 2- minutes away by subway from teh center of Seoul and has been described as an oasis of learning in the heart of Seoul.  The area surrounding the campus offers literally hundreds of options for dining, entertainment, shopping, and accommodation, all in an easily-accessible and safe environment.

For more information on South Korea, visit the Destinations section.

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Academic Highlights

Korea University is a comprehensive university with programs of study in the following fields:

  • Art and Design
  • Business, Economics, and Commerce (The KU Business School is accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS)
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Information and Communication
  • International Studies
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Liberal Arts
  • Life Sciences and Biotechnology
  • Political Science and Economics
  • Public Administration
  • Science
  • Science and Technology

*NOTE: Study abroad students are NOT allowed to take Nursing classes or any classes offered in the College of Medicine

To see specific subjects available, click on Course Catalog on the left. Approximately 40% of all classes offered at Korea University are taught in English.  Korean Language courses are offered every semester with six different levels available from beginner to advanced.

Participants are allowed to enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours and a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester. Participants will be able to pre-select courses to have approved by their home university for credit transfer approval prior to departure, and students will complete an online course registration process prior to arriving on campus. There will also be an add/drop period that takes place once students arrive on campus. 

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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students attending Korea University live in either CJ International House or Anam-Global House, both of which house international students.  Anam-Global house is the newest dorm on campus, opening in Fall 2013.

CJ International House and Anam-Global house offer double or triple rooms, each with an en suite bathroom, desk, and plenty of storage space.  Meals are not included, but available for purchase in on-site cafeteria.  The Korea University campus also has a variety of restaurants/cafeterias available, and many students choose to cook in the shared kitchens of CJ House or go to nearby restaurants. 

Take a look around Korea University's Campus! -

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

  • Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:
  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country 

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>



Take a look at what our KU students did during their BCP...




Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Asia.  To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources.  Learn more about our scholarship opportunities

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad scholarships Korea University offers three types of scholarships for study abroad students:

  • Admission Scholarships: KRW300,000 per month for the first semester(4 months)
  • KU Travel Scholarships: designed to assist students meet basic travel costs, a one time payment of up to a maximum of KRW1,000,000 according to travel distance and currency rate
  • Merit Scholarships: awarded on the basis of academic merit for the first semester, KRW300,000 per month for a second semester (4 months), therefore applicable to exchange/visiting students who participated in one year program only

You can apply for the KU scholarships after you are accepted to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad program!

Special Programs/Excursions

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Suggested Excursions:

  • Experience Korean Opera
  • Visit historic temples
  • Amuse yourself at Lotte World, one of the largest indoor amusement parks
  • Take in a baseball game at any of Seoul's three professional teams

The Buddy Program!

This is a program where you will be paired up with a local Korean student who is there to show you the ropes and help you get settled at KU. It is an excellent resource for you and an instant 'insider' on fun things to do around campus and Seoul!

Other Destinations

In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, many of the institutions provide excursions which are included in the program fee. These may be field trips associated with your classes or multi-day excursions with other international students from around the world.

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

Get Involved Abroad

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Korean culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a how to live like a local and become involved with community activities available in Korea or discover your own upon arrival!

You'll get a taste of how enriching community involvement can be during your first few days in Korea on GlobaLinks Learning Abroad's Bridging Cultures Program. The program includes one day of pre-arranged volunteering with the local community. You'll interact directly with locals while giving back to and sharing your own culture with the community that first welcomes you to South Korea.  Plus, you can continue your volunteer efforts throughout the semester making a profound impact on the local community.

Campus Involvement

Korea University has very active student organizations. As a student with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad you are able to participate in any of the societies, clubs, or activities available. Their clubs and assoications include but are not limited to SCUBA diving, Soccer, Baseball, Archery, Swimming, Buddhism, KY Choir, Acoustic guitar club, Saebyok Kwangjang (an environment activism organization), and much much more.

See how other students have become involved in Korea!

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, and view the specific course options, use the 'Selecting Courses' link.  Please read carefully before following the link to the KU course search website.

**Business Courses at Korea University - Business courses are extremely competitive and limited at Korea University.  KU has a very strong business program, and the courses often fill up very quickly during registration.  If you are expecting to take business courses at KU, make sure to have a few options that you can choose from, and alternative courses in case you are placed on a waiting list, or denied entry due to class size.



Korea University
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing without MealsApproximately $1,700 - $2,600 (twin-share)
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear 
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Twin-Share room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.


Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a slightly lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.50

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