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Korea University

Program Terms:

Fall Semester, Spring Semester, & Academic Year


Korea University, founded in 1905, is widely acknowledged as one of the country’s oldest, largest and the most prestigious universities in Korea. Its reputation for quality is based on excellence in teaching, research and service to Korean society. Eminent faculty, outstanding students and internationally recognized research programs all contribute to Korea University’s academic fame. As a major comprehensive university, KU offers a rich variety of courses in liberal arts and sciences as well as in all professional fields, including law, medicine and business administration. Over the past several years, KU has seen a dramatic increase in the number of courses offered in English.

Academic Details:

KU offers many courses in English in various disciplines at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and the number is increasing every year. Please note that it is not guaranteed that the same courses are offered every year but normally there are only minor changes. It is important that you ensure that your intended courses will be offered in your registered semester. The list of courses offered in English is updated and available for you to check online in January for spring semester and in July for fall semester.

Undergraduate students take a minimum of 12 credits to a maximum of 19 credits per semester. Postgraduate students take a minimum of 6 credits to a maximum of 12 credits per semester. Grading is according to the following criteria: exams and assignment results, attendance, and class participation. Two examinations (mid-term and final) are usually given per semester.  A minimum of 70% attendance is required in order for a student to earn a passing grade.

Approximately 40% of courses are conducted in English and 60% in Korean. For those who wish to take Korean language classes, no prior knowledge of the Korean language is required but there might be placement test depending on the lecturer. It will be held on the first day of the class. (Source: Korea University Fact Sheet 2018)

Housing Details:

On-campus accommodation is available but limited. Students are advised to apply as soon as the online application is available. The residence office will contact the students via email for full payment. Most of the rooms are shared. All on-campus accommodation is located within 20 minutes of walking distance from the main campus.

There is a wide range of off-campus housing available near the campus within 5-10 minutes’ walking distance. Most of the rooms are small and en suite, so many students prefer to stay off-campus. The incoming advisors will provide information and assistance where needed. (Source: Korea University Fact Sheet 2018)


  • Sophomore standing
  • Must have completed at least two semesters at UHM by time of application
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Students applying for the Korea University Flagship Program must be either undergraduate or graduate Korean Flagship students

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