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Located in the heart of Seoul, Sogang University was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1960. Since its foundation, Sogang has grown into one of the most prestigious universities in Korea. Sogang seeks scholastic excellence by providing world-class education through its outstanding faculty, state-of-the-art research, quality educational programs, and rigorous academic management systems based on the Jesuit education philosophy. Sogang particularly strives to offer the best educational environment for its domestic and international students. (Sogang University Brochure)
Although the main medium of instruction is Korean, many courses are offered in English, a list of which can be found on the Office of International Affairs website. Around 20-30% of courses are taught in English. Exchange students are fully integrated into the regular programs with Korean students. This allows exchange students to experience Korean culture to the fullest extent. All courses offered in the International Korean Studies and the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) are taught in English. Exchange students may also take Korean language courses offered by the Korean Language Education Center. The Office of International Affairs offers full or partial scholarships for the language course. It includes a monthly stipend and cost of airfare. (Note: preference is given to Korean majors, but other majors may be considered.) If you would like to take courses taught in Korean, it is recommended that you are at TOPIK level 4.
The top three departments at Sogang University are Economics, Business, and the School of Communication (which includes PR, Journalism, Digital Communication, Theatre Arts, and Film). The School of Economics, in particular, is a strong fit for international students.
*Note for Business Students: This is an AACSB accredited university.
Exchange students are eligible to apply for Gonzaga Dormitory, an on-campus dormitory. If students apply and are accepted into the dormitory, they must pay for housing and a meal plan. There are two options to pay for the dorms: a four month and a six month plan. Gonzaga Dormitory includes a cafeteria, laundry room, prayer room, gym and others amenities.
If students would like to live off campus, Sogang University recommends living at the UR Seoul Residence, which is about 15 minutes away from the university by subway. There are different types of rooming options to fit each student’s needs at different price points.
- Sophomore standing
- 2.5 cumulative GPA