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Sookmyung Women's University
Seoul, Korea (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
Sookmyung Women’s University

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Sookmyung Women’s University (SMU) was South Korea’s first women’s university established in 1906.  Today, with over 100 years of history, SMU has undergone a “Second Founding” and plays a leading role in women’s leadership education in South Korea. 

SMU offers courses & degrees from 9 colleges including: Liberal Arts, Sciences, Human Ecology, Social Sciences, Law, Economics & Business Administration, Music, Pharmacy, Fine Arts, and the School of Global Service.  In addition, the International Summer Program offers students culture-oriented study that includes field trips & language study.  Search for courses taught in English at:

Housing & Meals
Exchange students may choose to live in one of three housing options, in either single, double, or quad occupancies.

Cost Information
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and their room and board to SMU. Single rooms cost between KRW420,000 & KRW510,000 per month, double rooms cost between KRW260,000 & KRW300,000 per month.  Quad rooms cost between KRW171,000 and KRW210,000 per month.  Students are responsible for purchasing their own meals and food costs are about US$300 per month.  Visas to study in Korea cost US$45 for US citizens.  UM financial aid applies to tuition, living and travel expenses while on this program.  
Credit Transfer
Students register for classes upon arrival at SMU.  Three hours of class work per week are equivalent to 3 UM credits.  Students must be full-time and must transfer back a minimum of 12 UM credits per semester.  

Program Dates
Semester 1: Late February to  June
Semester 2: Late August to mid- December
Summer:  mid June to July

Seoul, South Korea
The City

Seoul’s metropolitan area is the second largest in the world; nearly half of South Korea’s population lives within its boundaries. The Joseon Dynasty designated Seoul the country’s capital in 1394.  Unique historical sites are found throughout the city, such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, a royal palace and historical dwelling place of the Royal families of South Korea.  Historical sites exist in harmony with modern cultural facilities in this immaculate Asian city. 
SMU is located in the center of Seoul,  providing easy access to Seoul City Hall, the shopping district of Myeong-dong, Kyongbok Palace, Seoul Tower, Han River, Namdaemun Market, Independence Gate, Itaewon, and Insa-dong among other sites.   
In Seoul, it is possible to experience traditional Korean culture, taste the unique cuisine, and see the pinnacle of modern architecture all in one afternoon. 
Escapes from the city are simple with the clean, fast and efficient bus system that can whisk students away to the mountainous beauty of the country’s national parks, its nearby coast line, and traditional craft villages.        

Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of      instruction: English, Korean
Language requirement: none
University website:
Length of  exchange: semester, academic year, or summer

Seoul at a GLance
24,472,063 (metropolitan area)

South Korea has four distinct seasons.  Summers are hot and humid, and winters are dry and cold. 

Proximity to
(using public transportation)
Pusan: 5 hours
Incheon International Airport:: 1.5 hours
Jejudo: 1 hour (by plane)

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 02/20/2015 06/15/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.