In accordance with increasing interests and needs to learn about Korea from international education communities, Korea University (a member of the U21 network) has been offering short-term study abroad programs for international visiting students for over a decade.
Students interested in Korean society and its cultural heritages can easily access three study abroad opportunities: Student Exchange Program, KIEP (Korea University International Education Program) and ISS (International Summer School).
The university’s academic breadth is extensive with its 81 departments in 19 colleges & divisions, and 18 graduate schools and it has over 1,400 full-time faculty members with over 95% of them holding a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification in their field.
KU has particularly strong Humanities and Asian Studies Departments along with the recently established Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS). KU is also renowned for its professional schools of Law, Medicine and Business Administration.
Situated in Seoul, the KU campus covers over 182 acres and is home to more than 35,000 students from all over the nation and the world. With its stately stone architecture, sprawling lawns, seasonal trees and natural flora, KU is known to have one of the most beautiful campuses in Korea.
Partner university's areas of study
Notes on Language of Instruction
Approximately 40% of courses are offered in English.
ELIGIBILITY + TIMING
Who can go?
Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study. There are also Commerce (UBCV) and Law specific programs. Commerce: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Commerce students must select 'Korea University-COMM' on their Go Global application. Law: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Engineering students must select 'Korea University-Law' on their Go Global application.
KU Term 1: Late August to Late December
KU Term 2: Late February to Late June
KU summer: Mid June to Late August (International Summer School)
Notes on eligibility and timing
For summer language programs: please review the length and rigor of any short program. Short programs may not receive equivalent credit if they are not comparable to a language course at UBC. Please ask your advisor or Korean language department for feedback if you are uncertain about your program.
Course equivalency formula
Same as UBC credits (with the exception of Korean Language courses, whose credits are doubled)
Credit transfer process
The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)
* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Type of Go Global Experiences
Course information and restrictions
Students participate in the Korea University Student Exchange Program (KUSEP). Korean language courses are offered in six different levels from beginning to advanced every semester. Each level course is taught two hours a day, four days a week. One regular semester is composed of 16 weeks so students are required to take approximately 120 class hours per semester. All students are required to take a placement test before class begins. If necessary, students can take a one-level-higher class or a one-level-lower class together with the assigned class.
Courses in English: Korea University offers a range of courses taught in English, which are indicated with (English) next to the course title. These courses are repeated on the semester base. Thus, students can assume almost similar courses will be offered every year.
This information is subject to change. When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying. Ultimately, students are responsible for researching applicable course restrictions.
Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university
Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.
* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.
15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Summer students attend through our exchange agreement and pay tuition to UBC based on the number of credits earned at the partner institution. Some exceptions may apply.
Scholarships + awards
Global KU Scholarships are awarded to exchange students with high academic standing (at least 75% overall average) who will be studying at KU for a full academic year.
As a U21 Member institution, KU offers an automatic Universitas 21 Scholarship to UBC students with acceptance to the university.
The Go Global award $1000
All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.
Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.
Information for US students
If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.
If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.
If you attend an ineligible institution:
- You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
- You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
- You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
- You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Types of accommodation available
Please be aware that on-line application for housing is available only after the student submits his/her application form & required documents and receives a Korea University Student ID Number. Accommodation is limited and served on a first-come-first-served basis. A deposit payment of 200,000 KRW is required to complete your application; otherwise, the application will not be processed. Please read the application procedure carefully posted on the accommodation website before applying online.