Study Abroad Office

Korea University



Location: Seoul, South Korea, Asia 

Program: UMSL Exchange Program for undergraduate students

Special Notes: Korea University is offering UMSL student a Global Scholarship of KRW 1,200,000 (approx. $1000)! This scholarship will be divided out between four months and may be used to pay personal and living expenses. For a limited time only!

Language of Instruction: English and/or Korean. Some knowledge of Korean language is recommended, but not required, as students may take Korean language courses at KU and many classes are taught in English.

UMSL Terms Abroad: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, or Summer. The Fall Semester runs from September to the middle of December and the Spring term runs from mid-February to the middle of June.

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: September - Mid December
Spring Semester: Mid-February - Mid June

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility RequirementsThis program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 


Subjects Available: 


The University: One of the top universities in Korea, UMSL students have a variety of options at KU. The beautiful campus is located in Seoul, which makes a great environment for learning the language and immersing yourself in Korean culture. With approximately 35,000 students, Korea University is the largest private institution of higher education in the country and has a strong reputation for quality education. Korea University is located on a breath-taking campus in Seoul. Koreans place an important emphasis on developing the whole person, so the campus is filled with parks, hiking paths, and recreation centers to fulfill the body as well as the mind.

Academics: UMSL students will participate in the Korea University Student Exchange Program (KUSEP). Korea university offers approximately 50 courses taught in English each semester. Most UMSL students take Korean language courses for 8 hours per week and then take the remainder of their courses in English. Korean language courses are offered at six different levels throughout the semester. UMSL students may also attend an intensive language program during the summer. Programs with limited availability: Law, philosophy, history, business, film making, art & design. 

Housing: Korea University has dormitories that are nestled in the wooded hills, about a ten-minute walk from the main campus. The dormitory commands a scenic view of the nearby traditional style Buddhist temple, Kaeun, and is also adjacent to the urban sections close to the university. The hills behind the dormitory buildings have hiking trails with a fine view. The "Green Campus" which adjoins the dormitory area has tennis courts, a basketball court, a jogging area and an open green space for picnics and meditation. Several room types are available (single, double, and triple). Students sharing a room will have their own bed, desk, chair, lamp, and wardrobe. 

Activities and Programming: During every vacation period, the Office of International Affairs recruits KU student volunteers for the KU Buddy Assistance program designed to guide and help Study Abroad and Exchange students during their transition to Korea University life. These buddies can show you around campus and help you to adjust to life in Seoul. Exchange students may also participate in the university clubs that range from a Bible study to Rock 'n' Roll. Additionally, the university organizes cultural field trips for students (additional costs). 

Location: As a major financial and cultural center, Seoul is considered a global city. With over ten million people, Seoul is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Seoul is also a center of industry, with headquarters of major corporations like SK Group, Hyundai, Samsung, and LG Electronics. In 2007, Seoul was named the “World Design Capital 2010” by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.  Seoul is also one of the most wired cities with the highest internet broadband access rate in the world.  


International Office Website:  (Select the "For Students" link on the right side to view the course catalog). 

Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $200.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations $1500.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1200.00
Airfare $1300.00
Local Transportation $200.00
Global KU Scholarship -$1000.00
Total $7,329.60*


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
*Program information is subject to change.