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Korea University EXC
Seoul, South Korea (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Korea University
Location: Seoul
Year Established: 1905
Student population: 37,500 (1,700 international students)
A prestigious university and member of the “SKY” trio (Korea’s ‘Ivy League’), Korea University is highly ranked and internationally recognised. It’s one of the country’s oldest universities – it was the country’s first advanced private educational institution, established before Japanese occupation -  and has influenced the modernisation of Korea.

Korea University has a beautiful campus with manicured grounds and award-winning architecture. It’s close to popular restaurants, shops and cultural attractions, including a famous Buddhist temple, and there’s an Olympic-sized ice rink on campus. Korea University has historic rivalry with Yonsei University, resulting in a number of competitive sporting events.

Unique characteristics
The University is renowned for its Law program and also ranks highly in communication and media studies, politics and economics.

A huge city of more than 10.5 million people, Seoul is an economic and business powerhouse that also boasts a unique history and numerous pleasant pastimes. You can hike on Namsan, see architectural innovation at the UNESCO City of Design, visit the Demilitarized Zone and sample the city’s history with numerous temples, palaces, tea houses and galleries. The food is wonderful, as is the nightlife, the saunas and the art and culture.

SKorea - Korea U - Campus

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university.

Subject Area/s: 





Information Technology


Health Science

Political Science & Economics

Life Sciences & Biotechnology

Exclusions Apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Spring Semester: March-June
Autumn Semester: September-December

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


19 credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
A+ – 95-100
A – 90-94
B+ – 85-89
B – 80-84
C+ – 75-79
C – 70-74
D+ – 65-69
D – 60-64
F – Fail 0-59

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in Korean and English.
Language Requirement
There is no Korean language requirement to enrol at the host university. Korean language courses are available.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
Orientation will be held prior to the start of semester.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university. 

Information from the host university.
Information from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Australia.

Student Experiences

Danna Kim
Bachelor of Psychology, Semester 2, 2015
Host City Highlights
KUBA will take you around everywhere! But personally I like the palaces in the city, Hong Dae is pretty, young and vibrant. Riding bikes and eating by the side of Han River is another good activity to do.
Uni Life
You are placed in a group, KUBA (Korea Uni Buddy Assistants), along with other fellow international exchange students. In a group there are also local Korean buddies to help you around and you get to spend time and socialise with them.
Each class is not too big, around 50 students. With the assignments, there are two exam weeks, mid semester and finals, and few assignments in the middle just like USYD. Lastly, their grading system are in A B C style scale. The professors appreciate and reward you for your effort, this is taken into account when you are graded.
It was all very good. I did realise that it would be hard to eat out for vegetarians or vegans. But otherwise, there are so many that I can't even list them down. Ask your local friends!
I stayed at a family home, but there are housing facilities around uni. Boarding colleges are obviously one choice but apparently it can get quite competitive. Also there are gositels, which are like a small studio, or you can rent a place with your friend or a small studio nearby - but that would be harder if you don't know how to and you don’t arrive early enough.
Money Matters
I think I did very well with my funds, but all I spent money on was food and transport. Transport is cheap and if you travel smart, you'll save heaps - it is a whole new world compared to opal cards in Sydney. I didn't work, and I'm not sure what kind of jobs would even be accessible to internationals - maybe as a wait staff in Itaewon where there are lots of foreigners.
Getting Around
There's no concession for students but it's still very affordable - the base rate is 1050won which is like 1 dollar, and if you transfer (train to bus, bus to bus etc) within 30 mins it's free. 
They are all quite frequent, and taxis are also a viable and safe option.
During the uni breaks, both summer and winter, they have this train pass called naeil-ro or rail-ro for students under 26yrs of age. This is like a eurail pass where you can get on any train, except for the fastest one, for free for the 5 or 7 days the pass lasts for. Also, there are many deals at different places especially for the rail-ro-ers so you can travel on budget! But since there is limited information about it in English, I do recommend going with a Korean friend or research a lot before you leave.
Top Tips
If you want to get a good mark, show that you're trying hard. Try foods around and on campus, and around Seoul. You have to go to the festivals: in first semester they have Ipsilenti, where Korean celebrity singers come and perform on campus; in second semester they have Ko-Yeon games, in which Korea uni has beaten Yeonsei uni for the past 4 consecutive years. 

Korea University

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