Program Model in South Korea
TEAN has established an integrated direct enrollment model with Korea University. By enrolling our students directly, we are able to give you access to a majority of the courses offered throughout the university’s academic departments. Forty percent of KU’s courses are taught in English, so TEAN students will get the opportunity to attend many of the same classes as local students who are looking to improve their English-language skills.
Please Note: Korea University does not typically release their course selection options until a couple weeks before you depart for the program. We are able to provide you with courses that have been offered during previous semesters so you can gain approval from your home institution in advance. Your program manager will work hard to distribute the course details as soon as it is released from the university. You will enroll in your courses about two weeks prior to the start of the semester.
All students are required to undertake a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Most courses are 3 credits and meet for three hours per week. As the semester is 15 weeks in length, courses are typically 45 contact hours total for the term. Final credit allotment is at the discretion of each student’s home university and is typically based off of the total number of contact hours for each course.
selecting your courses
1. The course list for the upcoming term hasn’t been released yet (fall course lists won’t be available until late July and spring course lists won’t be available until late January). However, course offerings typically don’t change dramatically from year to year. We recommend looking at courses offered for your correct term (for the year prior) to find available classes.
You can click on the following links to review the list of English taught courses from the Fall 2019 semester and the Spring 2020 semester. Please be sure you are looking at the correct term because course offerings between the fall and spring do vary. After reviewing your list, identify at least 8 courses that are of interest to you.
2. Once you have made your course selections, submit them online in your TEAN online application. Please be sure to include the KU College and Department in the comments.
Course Name: DEMOCRACY AND CAPITALISM (English)
Course University: Korea University
Course Code: POLI431
Course Period of Study: Fall or Spring Semester that you are attending
Course Credit Points: 3
Course Comments: College of Political Science & Economics/Department of Political Science & Int’l Relations
3. Arrange for a meeting with your academic advisor in order to have these courses approved for credit transfer at your home university.
Most course syllabi can be found on the Korea University website.
- Close out of the pop-up box that will appear
- In the white box titled ‘Course Registration’, select the ‘English’ box.
- Scroll down and click ‘Search course more +’
- In the Year and Season boxes, enter the term one full year prior to your program.
- Campus – Seoul
- College Section – College
- Classification – Look at the English-taught Course List PDF (linked above). If the Type column says “Major”, then the you will put Major, the College, and the Department in the boxes. If the Type column says “Elective”, then you will put General Studies in the first box. For the second box, many English-taught courses are under Major-related Elective, with some exceptions.
- The Korean language courses are found in General Studies – Electives. The course codes are IFLS108 (Beginner’s Korean I), IFLS109 (Beginner’s Korean II), IFLS110 (Intermediate Korean I), IFLS111 (Intermediate Korean II), and IFLS112 (Advanced Korean I).
- All courses taught in English will have “(English)” at the end of the Course Name.
- Only courses with a check mark in the “3)X” column are open to visiting students.
- When you click on the Course Code, the course information will pop up. If a syllabus is available, it will be attached near the bottom of the page.
Special Notes on courses
Business, Media, and International Studies courses (course codes beginning with BUSS, JMCO, and DISS) at Korea University are extremely competitive and space is often limited. These courses often fill up very quickly during registration. If you are expecting to take courses in these subjects at KU, please be sure to have a few options that you can choose from, and alternative courses in case you are placed on a waiting list or denied entry due to class size.
Courses that are not available
Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Law, Teacher Education, Division of Information Security, and Art & Design courses are not open to study abroad students.
Korean Language Classes
Korean language courses are offered each semester in five levels, from beginner to advanced. Anyone planning to take a Korean course above the first level will take a placement test at KU orientation to ensure you are placed into the correct level.
Beginner’s Korean 1 (IFLS108) is designed to give students basic knowledge of simple everyday Korean, listening and correct pronunciation practice, the Korean alphabet and fundamental sentence structure.
Beginner’s Korean II (IFLS109) provides students with more expressions in Korean, listening and correct pronunciation practice, reviewing and building upon basic grammar, and beginner composition.
Intermediate Korean I (IFLS110) focuses on conversation, constructing Korean sentences, expanding vocabulary, and broadening students’ understanding of Korean life and culture.
Intermediate Korean II (IFLS111) aims to expand on vocabulary and expressions necessary for business dealings, understanding the culture more in depth, and improving reading, writing, and listening skills.
Advanced Korean I (IFLS112) provides students with knowledge and discussions of social issues, enhances ability to effectively communicate with idiomatic expressions, and gives tools to research and present on advanced topics.
At TEAN, “Choose Earth” encompasses not only environmental sustainability but also social justice and cross-cultural awareness. KU offers a range of courses that will expose you to global issues, solutions and understanding. If you would like to participate in our Choose Earth Certificate program, consider one of the subjects below to complete the course requirement.
ACEE226: Environmental Engineering I
LESE203: Natural Resource Economics
LIET227: Environmental Science
LIET237: Environmental Information and Planning
PAPP357: Environmental Policy
POLI385: Political Economy of Environmental Cooperation
Students will complete an online course registration process prior to arriving on campus, which allows students to register into classes at the same time as local Korean students. This will be one of the most important steps you will encounter throughout this entire process.
Korea University also has a very strict add/drop period, which occurs once students arrive on campus during the second week of classes. When it comes time to register, you will choose from the list of 8+ classes you have been approved for at your home university. If you choose to register for courses that have not been pre-approved by your home university, it is your responsibility to communicate with your university to gain the necessary approval.
More information about course registration will be made available closer to your departure for Seoul.