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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Binghamton applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Dormitory without Meal Plan, Student Arranges Flat/Apartment
Language of Study: English, Korean Class Level: Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Program Type: Direct Enrollment, Exchange Student Type: Binghamton University Students Only
Flight Arrangements: Self-Arranged Flight Program Advisor: Allison Nyamuame:
Program Description:

Korea University

hanbokKorea UKU/YU festival
Academic Features
Student Life
Estimate of Costs
Application Process
**Korea University is expecting us to send our nominations by October 14th this year. 
Because of this requirement, all application material must be submitted by 4pm Friday, October 13th**

An opportunity to study at one of South Korea's best universities is available through Binghamton University's exchange program at Korea University in Seoul. Exchange students can live in campus residence halls and are included in all university activities. A wide range of courses are offered through the university, and many departments offer courses in English, including the Colleges of Law, Business Administration, Liberal Arts, Life Sciences, Political Science & Economics, Engineering, Education, Communications, Health Sciences, International Studies, and Art & Design. This program is open only to Binghamton students, but of all majors.

School of Management students have an opportunity to enroll directly into several management courses in Korea University's Business School or fulfill general education requirements by enrolling in courses offered in English from any field. If you are a student enrolled in the School of Management, you must navigate HERE to the page for Korea University Business school. Only students who desire to take the classes in the other areas of  study should apply through this page. 


The Republic of Korea, known as South Korea, is a country of some 44 million people. With its own distinctive history and culture, it also represents the triumphs and challenges of East Asia's modernization, economic expansion, and contraction.  Korea is an excellent vantage point from which to view the region's international cooperation, competition and conflicts.The country also features some of the world's most enchanting countryside: beautiful mountains, picturesque valleys, rivers, and beaches.

Seoul, the capital city, provides a lively setting for college students, and ranks #4 in the list of the best cities for students in Asia (as determined by QS Top Universities). It is a modern, cosmopolitan city where students can visit Korea's historic palaces, museums, and temples and attend all manner of musical and theatrical performances. Seoul's past and present co-exist in a fascinating way: centuries-old palaces, city gates, shrines, gardens, and priceless art collections attest to the city's illustrious past, while glistening facades, soaring skyscrapers, and bustling traffic represent its vibrant present. The variety of restaurants, cafes, shops, flea markets, sports competitions, and cultural events offers something for every individual interest. Traveling all over the country is made convenient by affordable domestic flights, high-speed express trains, and long-distance express buses. The KTX, a super high speed operates at speeds of 300 km/hr and allows passengers to travel between Seoul and Busan, Korea's second largest city, in under 3 hours.

Korea University is located southeast of downtown in a district know as Anam-dong (village of Anam). Within ten minutes of the campus are theaters, shops, restaurants, cafes and night spots. Subway and bus connections provide easy transportation around the city.
Seoul night image


Fall semester begins in late August and ends in late December.  During the fall semester, the annual, Intercollegiate Kor-Yon (Korea University-Yonsei University) Games and Festival take place. Korean Thanksgiving (Chuseok) takes place in late September or Early October according to the lunar calendar.  
Spring semester normally begins on March 2nd and ends in  late June. During the spring semester, the Korea University May Festival takes place, which includes music concerts by famous Korean bands and singers, the cheering festival Ipselenti, the most popular event, academic seminar, joint broadcasting events with Yonsei University and street festivals on Chamsari Street.

Academic Features

Korea University, founded in 1905, is one of the largest of Korea's private universities, and is one of  the best universities in the country.  The campus is beautiful with magnificent granite buildings and stately parks and gardens laced with foot paths.  With a faculty of over 1700, the university enrolls over 35,000 students in 19 colleges.  The faculty lay claim to a distinguished reputation in research and teaching.
***For more information, visit the university website: ***

Korea University offers two tracks to students on the Binghamton exchange: a university-wide program and a program sponsored by the Business School. Around 60~70% of its courses are offered in English in many departments. Students with fluency in Korean have access to all university courses (subject to pre-requisites in upper division courses).The Business School offers courses in management, finance, marketing, management information systems, and international business. In each one of these areas, a portion of the curriculum is taught in English. If you intend to enroll in these Business School courses, you must apply through the Korea University Business School page HERE.

Across the university, courses taught in English that may be of interest are:

Korean History
Principles of Marketing
Organizational Behavior
Dynamics of Asian Business
Management Strategy
Human Resource Management
Understanding Korean Social Structure and Culture
Introduction to Korean Law
Seminar on Korean Politics
Japanese Foreign Policy
History of International Relations
Special Topics in International Law
Theory of Mass Media
Korean Politics
East Asian Politics

General Education courses offered in English:
American History
Special Lecture in Ethics
Korean Language

To see a full listing of courses offered each semester, please visit this link:
***Korea University updates its course listings about a month before the semester begins, but looking up courses that were offered in past semesters can give you an idea of what were offered repeatedly. Courses taught in English will be marked (ENGLISH) next to the course title.***

A full course load at Korea University is to be equivalent to a full load of Binghamton credit.  Most courses are three credit courses; a full load will be four or five courses.  At Binghamton credit towards requirements of a major or minor is evaluated by the relevant department.  Students should discuss their intention to participate on the Korea program with all appropriate academic advisors and obtain credit approvals and an understanding of education abroad credit policies.

To see a list of courses students have previously taken at Korea University and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Study Abroad Course Equivalencies page. 
KU campus

Student Life

All international students have access to Korea University's International One-Stop Service Center (IOSC). The ISOC provides a number of support services such as an orientation program, counseling, academic advising, immigration services, and referrals to services on and off campus.

The KUBA (Korea University Buddy Association) club on campus integrates Korean and international students, and offers an intimate “buddy” system to help international students adjust to life at Korea University.  They also sponsor many cultural and social events, including excursions to places of interest around Seoul. In previous years these events and excursions have included:
  • a welcoming party at the beginning of each semester
  • Field Day, where international students are able to take part in games such as group jump rope, relay, and dodgeball
  • International Students' Festival and Sports Festival
  • International Students' Chuseok Party
  • a farewell party at the end of each semester.  
In addition, Athletic teams for basketball, soccer, ice hockey, and rugby compete in the Korean equivalent of Division I athletics.  There are more than 30 intramural sports available such as basketball, baseball, volleyball, ping-pong, badminton, tennis and rugby.  There are 100 other student clubs and many university-sponsored performances and cultural events.  

On-campus facilities include: electronic goods store, travel agency, copy center, optician, photo shop, computer shop, fast food restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shop, health center, bakery, bookstore, hair shop, mobile phone shop, sporting goods store, shoe repair shop and others. For a complete listing of university services, facilities, and eateries, visit: > Life at Campus. 

Korea University offers accommodations for international students in Anam Hall 2 and CJ International House. Anam Hall 2 is a traditional-style residence hall with triple-occupancy rooms and shared bathrooms on each floor. CJ International House is a suite-style facility with doubles and singles and semi-private bathrooms (bathroom facilities in the suite and shared by the suitemates). Residence halls have a television/recreation area, laundry rooms and study rooms.  Students live in singles, doubles or triples, which vary in price.   A landline phone (usable with a phone card) and internet access is available in the residence halls.  A meal plan may be purchased on a monthly basis (45 meals per month for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) or on a per meal basis in the various student cafeterias or at restaurants and eateries around campus. For more information about accommodation at Korea University, visit its website:

Estimate of Costs

Please download this cost sheet for details on the estimate of costs for Fall 2018: Exch KoreaKUBS Fall18.pdf
As a reference, the estimated cost of attendance at Binghamton University during the 2017/2018 year was $26,100. Cost for one semester at BU was $13,050.

Financial Aid
Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it to their study abroad program. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out this Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.

Binghamton and SUNY Scholarships
Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for:
  • The Dr. Israel J. Rosefsky Language and Culture Scholarship if eligible ($3,000)
  • The Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas Scholarship ($1,000-$3,000 for summer or spring programs)
  • The Evelio Figueroa Memorial Scholarship (up to $1,000, not applicable for Spring)
  • The Myers Family Scholarship if eligible ($1,500)
  • Global Korea Scholarships for Foreign Exchange Student Program
Other scholarships may be applicable for you. For more information about scholarships through Binghamton, click here.  For more information about scholarships departments and SUNY, click here. And, for information on nationwide scholarships, click here.

Withdrawal Policy: 
When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.

Application Process

Applicants for the exchange program at Korea University should be in their sophomore, junior or senior year with a strong academic background. Students with a 3.0 grade point average or higher are encouraged to apply. No previous knowledge of Korean language is required. This exchange program is intended for students who have not previously studied or lived in Korea for an extended period of time.Upon completion of your BU application, you will also apply to Korea University directly.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 02/22/2019 06/22/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.