Korea University, founded in 1905, is widely acknowledged as one of the top ranked "Ivy League" universities in Korea. Its reputation for quality is based on excellence in teaching, research and service to Korean society. An eminent faculty, outstanding students and internationally recognized research programs all contribute to the University's academic fame. As a major comprehensive university, Korea University offers a rich variety of courses in Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as in all professional fields including Law, Medicine and Business Administration.
The Korea University campus covers over 182 acres and is home to more than 33,000 students from all over the nation and the world. With its stately stone architecture, sprawling lawns, seasonal trees and natural shrubbery, Korea University is known to have one of the most beautiful campuses in Korea. The students of Korea University represent Korea's cream of the crop as they are among the nations' brightest and most ambitious. The students are a socially conscious group and pull for each other, which makes for an active, intellectual and intimate campus atmosphere.
One of the country's oldest, largest, and top-ranked universities, Korea University is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching and academic excellence. The University's academic breadth is extensive with its 81 departments in 18 colleges & divisions, and 18 graduate schools. Korea University has particularly strong Humanities and Asian Studies Departments along with the newly established Graduate School of International Studies. Korea University is also renowned for its professional schools of Law, Medicine and Business Administration. In the world of research, Korea University is an internationally recognized leader with its 97 research centers, including the East Asiatic Research Center and the Korean Cultural Research Center. Unlike many universities in Korea, Korea University prides itself not only in being a progressive and globally conscious institution but also one that plays a role in preserving and developing Korea's unique culture.
Thinking about studying abroad in January Term or Spring 2022? Current passport processing times are significantly delayed (18 weeks for routine service; 12 weeks for expedited). You need your passport months ahead of your actual departure date for many study abroad programs, and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months (in some cases, one year) after the end date of your intended program. If you need a new or renewed passport, APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE USING EXPEDITED PROCESSING. See the State Department for details and to apply.
Korea University is located in Seoul, the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. Seoul is the second largest metropolitan area in the world, the most wired city, and also has the world largest subway network. Its Lotte Cinema houses the world’s largest cinema screen. Aside from the abundance of modern technology and shopping, Seoul also contains five of the World Heritage Sites, as its history stretches back more than 2,000 years. The city is surrounded by mountains and the Han River runs through the city. Seoul is the birth place of K-pop and the Korean Wave.
KU offers many courses in English in various disciplines. It is not guaranteed that the same courses are offered every year but normally there are only minor changes. Search the full list of courses by clicking the link next to "Search Course." Then use the dropdown menus to filter by department. English-taught courses are listed with (English) after the course title. Click the "Course No." link under any course for the syllabus. Listings are updated in January for spring semester and in July for fall semester.
Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: early March - mid June
Korea University has two excellent dormitories for international students: CJ International House and Anam Global House. CJ International House offers singles and doubles, while Anam Global House offers doubles and triples. Both houses are air-conditioned facilities that feature semi-private bathrooms. The on-campus accommodation has a designated date to apply. Students will be informed the application dates when they receive the Admission package from Korea University. Off-campus housing options are also available close to campus for those who do not receive on-campus housing.
UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
Tuition and Fees:
Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to each student’s SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
Students are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
Travel and Travel Documents:
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa. Students should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on the insurance web page
Students should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Students should also budget for additional personal expenses; examples include laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
If you are not able to find accommodation costs or application, cost of living, or other information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
Please contact your Education Abroad Advisor with any questions.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. The website of the embassy of South Korea in the U.S. is a good place to start gathering information. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.