Program Model in South Korea
The Education Abroad Network 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. This means that the course selections offer American students the opportunity to be in the company of Korean students looking to improve their English-language skills. Conversely, American students that wish to improve their language skills, and who meet academic prerequisites, are offered the opportunity to take courses in Korean. This is a factor that distinguishes our programs from that offered by other island or satellite campus programs.
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 meets 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. Review the course list. This list is from Spring 2016 and the course list for Spring 2017 hasn’t yet been released (it won’t be available until January), course offerings typically don’t change dramatically from year to year. Please review this list and 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 (take care to include the course name and number).
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.
- Click “ENGLISH” on the left-hand side of the screen
- Students can enroll into both “MAJOR SUBJECT” and “GENERAL SUBJECT” classes
- For English-taught courses look for courses “(English)” after the course title.
- For a course description & details regarding the semester each course if offered, click on the course number in the far left column.
- A vast majority of course syllabi are included at the bottom of the page and available to download (click “UPLOAD FILE”).
Special Notes on courses
Business Courses at Korea University are extremely competitive and space is often limited. KU has a very strong business program, and the courses often fill up very quickly during registration. If you are expecting to take business courses at KU, make 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
Study Abroad students are not permitted to take nursing courses or any course offered through the College of Medicine. Study Abroad students are also not able to take Pharmacy, Law, Information Security, and all graduate courses in the business school.
Korean Language Classes
Korean language courses are offered in six different levels from the beginner to the advanced every semester. Each level course is 3 credits, and students attend 6 hours of class each week. Those who want to take Korean language courses must take a placement test, which is held during the orientation for study abroad students.
Level 1 is designed to give students basic knowledge on simple everyday Korean, listening and correct pronunciation practice, Korean alphabet and fundamental sentence structure.
Level 2 is designed to provide students with more everyday expressions in Korean, listening and correct pronunciation practice, reviewing and building upon basic grammar, and beginner composition.
Level 3 focuses on conversation using the Korean you have learned, constructing Korean sentences, conjugating ending forms and suffixes and expanding vocabulary to include more difficult terms.
Level 4 focuses on vocabulary and expressions necessary for business dealings, bigger vocabulary and various expression, and improving reading and writing skills
Level 5 provides students with knowledge on discussion of social issues, acquisition of refined expressions through proverbs, idioms, and cultural studies and reading and writing about politics, economy, and culture.
Level 6 provides students with knowledge on in-depth discussion of social issues, understanding and utilizing advanced Korean and expressing oneself properly in various situations.
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.