Length of exchange: semester, summer, or academic year
Korea University (KU) has a truly international flavor with one of the most diverse student bodies of any university in South Korea. There are about 36,000 students and over 2,000 are international students coming from countries across the world. KU has a central location in Seoul.
KU offers over 35% of their undergraduate courses in English, so there is a wide variety of courses available for exchange students. See www.korea.edu
for a search engine that finds specific courses offered in English. The International Studies major offers all of its courses in English, as does the Graduate School of International Studies. Courses available in English can be found at: http://gsis.korea.ac.kr/study/courses
Also, the Korean Language and Culture Center offers intensive language courses.
Housing & Meals
Exchange students may choose to live in the CJ International House, which offers single or double occupancy suites. These rooms have bathrooms en suite. Students may also choose to live in the Anam dormitory which has triple rooms with shared bathrooms. Both dormitories have cafeterias and students may buy meal plans for the semester.
Students pay their regular tuition to UM, and their room and board in Seoul. Dorm rooms cost from 780,000 to 2,000,000 KRW per semester. A meal plan is 400,000 KRW per month, or individual meals may be purchased. Visas to study in Korea cost $45 for US citizens. Financial aid can be applied to tuition, living and travel expenses while on this program.
Students register for courses upon arrival at KU. Most students take between 4 and 6 courses per semester. UM students must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester to be considered full-time. One Korean credit equals one credit at The University of Montana.
Semester 1: late February to June
Semester 2: late August to mid- December
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: English, Korean
Language Requirement: none
University website: www.korea.edu
(other website http://gsis.korea.ac.kr/
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.
(using public transportation)
Pusan: 3 hours
Incheon International Airport:: 1 hour
Jejudo: 1 hour (by plane)
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is the second largest metropolitan area in the world with nearly half of South Korea’s population living within its boundaries. Historical sites exist in harmony with modern cultural facilities in this immaculate Asian metropolis. For instance, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the beautiful and historic dwelling place of the Royal families of Korea, is a quiet, green respite located within minutes of the financial district.
KU’s main campus is located in the center of Seoul, providing easy access to Seoul’s City Hall, Myeong-dong shopping district, Seoul Tower, the Han River, intriguing foods of Namdaemun Market, Independence Gate, Itaewon, and the traditional Korean restaurants of Insa-dong.
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.
City escapes 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 many nearby traditional villages.