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UVA Exchange: Korea University
Seoul, South Korea (Exchange Program) (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: U.Va. applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 01-OCT-2018
10-OCT-2018 26-FEB-2019 21-JUN-2019
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15. Exact orientation dates will be provided upon acceptance by the host university. Semester end dates may vary according to exam schedules.
Year 2019-2020 01-MAR-2019 10-MAR-2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15. Exact orientation dates will be provided upon acceptance by the host university. Semester end dates may vary according to exam schedules.
Fall Semester 2019 01-MAR-2019 10-MAR-2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15. Exact orientation dates will be provided upon acceptance by the host university. Semester end dates may vary according to exam schedules.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Korean
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment at foreign institution
Tuition Payments Made To:
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Ryan Hathaway
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Accounting, Architecture, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce, Communication, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English Language and Literature, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Foreign Affairs, Geology, History, Journalism, Korean, Linguistics, Management, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy and Administration, Sociology, Systems Engineering
Program Description:
View of Korea University with cherry blossoms in bloom

UVA Exchange
Korea University


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.

Location IconLocation

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.

Seoul at twilight Seoul street at night

Courses IconAcademics

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. The list of courses can be searched here by clicking English Major Subject (or General Subject); 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

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation

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. More information, including costs, can be found on the KU Accommodation homepage. Off-campus housing options are also available close to campus for those who do not receive on-campus housing.

Cost IconCost

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.

Expenses IconExpected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees
  • Host Institution room and board
  • International Airfare
  • CISI Insurance
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses

Accessibility IconAccessibility

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 IconPassport 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. 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 Info IconHealth 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.