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Chung-Ang University

Program Terms:

Fall Semester, Spring Semester, & Academic Year


Chung-Ang University (CAU) is a major private institution established in 1918, comprising a total of 30,000 students and 982 faculty members. It is also renowned as the leader in the pharmacy, culture, and art education fields. There are 10 undergraduate and 16 graduate colleges, with two distinct campuses in Seoul and Anseong, Korea. CAU strives to provide quality education with innovation and is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education of Korea. CAU was also selected as one of the top ten universities in Korea in Youth Dream University Ranking, which is co-organized by the Ministry of Employment and Labor and the Dong-A Ilbo. The university was praised for its highly developed student support service in terms of assisting students with future career opportunities and entrpreneurship, with systems such as the CAU Rainbow System. With these achievements, CAU envisions their students possessing great potential and competitiveness in the global market in all their future endeavors. 

The Office of International Affairs organizes the ‘GLAM’ buddy program (staffed by Korean student volunteers) to help international students. CAU also organizes 3 to 4 free* Cultural Activities called CKEP (CAU Korea Exploration Program) throughout the semester for students to experience unique aspects of Korean Culture. UHM students may apply for Chung-Ang University’s Dragon A Scholarship, which provides a monthly stipend of approximately $480 to cover living and personal expenses when students participate in an on-campus internship with an average of 12 hours per week. (Source: Chung-Ang University Website)

*depends on the event

Academic Details:

Many undergraduate courses are taught entirely in Korean for all subjects at CAU, while 600 courses are taught in English. For undergraduate exchange students, there are also special courses on various aspects of Korean culture, art, and history, taught entirely in English. Generally, the entire course list of classes taught in English are available to reference on the school’s website, but the finalized official list of course offerings will be available through the online Portal system approximately 1 month before the start of lectures. (Source: Invitation of Exchange Students for Spring Semester, 2017 and Chung-Ang University Website)

Undergraduate exchange students planning on attending CAU will have to take between 12 (minimum) and 19 (maximum) credits, the full-time course load. The majority of courses are 3 credits each. An important note for students studying business is that Business courses are limited to only students within the Business Administration major. If you are in another department, you will be removed from the course. Each Business course also has a limit of four exchange students per course, determined on a first-come, first-served basis via registration on the Portal website at the time of registration. However, Business courses are also offered in the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) and Global MBA. (Source: Chung-Ang University Pre-Departure Guide, Fall 2016)

Housing Details:

For the latest details on housing at Chung-Ang University, please see CAU’s Housing & Life page.

Living off-campus can be very difficult and is recommended only for those that have a high level of Korean to understand contracts, leases, and terminology or for those that have friends fluent in Korean. Off-campus options are not always guaranteed and it is the sole responsibility of the student to arrange their own off-campus living arrangements prior to coming to Korea. (Source: Chung-Ang University Application Procedure Information Fact Sheet Spring 2017)


  • Sophomore standing
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA

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