Located in Seoul, Korea University is one of South Korea’s leading private universities and is … Read more
Study in Seoul at one Korea’s leading private universities that’s known for its stunning urban campus and on par with the Ivy League schools in the U.S. Here students will have the opportunity to live in a vibrant capital city that blends high-tech modernity with ancient culture like no other. While studying a range of courses in English, students will also discover more about life in Korea by pairing up with a Korean student over the course of the semester for an even more immersive and local experience.
Benefit from the unique experience of studying at one of Asia’s top universities, Korea University, taking classes alongside both Korean and fellow international students
Live on campus in one of Korea University’s international student dorms. These modern facilities offer all of the comforts of home
More than 40% of the courses taught at Korea University are taught in English, so you can be sure that you’ll have plenty of options in order to stay on track for graduation
Live in Seoul, one of the most exciting cities in the world and a place that combines cutting-edge technology, nature and ancient history like no other
Participate in TEAN’s exclusive on-site orientation in Seoul. You’ll get to know the city, learn about Korea’s rich history, and have an adventure or two all while getting adjusted to your new home
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Seoul Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester
Jump into your new life in Seoul with a three-day Orientation program from TEAN covering how to get around town, Korea’s intriguing culture and everything in between. Participants will have the opportunity to meet their fellow TEAN classmates while discovering some of the most interesting sites in Seoul, including Bukchon Hanok Village, a traditional Korean village where people still live in old-style homes, getting their first taste of true Korean cuisine and having plenty of fun along the way.
Students live on campus in modern, student dormitory accommodation with twin share rooms. There are spacious kitchens in each room along with a common study space. Utilities and Internet are included.
Throughout the program, TEAN’s Resident Director in Seoul provides ongoing support services via informal catch ups, meals and cultural activities. When students find themselves a bit confused by cultural, academic and social differences, our Resident Director is ready to assist and provide support.
TEAN Cultural Events
Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Seoul-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Previous activities have included joining the locals in one of their favorite pastimes – hiking, visiting the National Museum, joining the screaming masses at an awesome K-Pop Concert or exploring Korean culture through the local cuisine with TEAN group dinners. Note that activities change each semester based on the interests of the TEAN group.
About Korea University
- Established in 1905, Korea University is a member of the prestigious group of SKY universities in Korea, similar to the Ivy League in the U.S.
- Korea University is ranked 34th in the world for Social Sciences and Management based on the QS World University Rankings 2015.
- Korea University’s Business School is the only and first business school in the country to have acquired both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation.
- A private institution, Korea University boasts a beautifully manicured campus with award-winning architecture that combines classic and modern styles and is considered one of the most attractive campuses in South Korea.
- KU prides itself not only in being a progressive and globally conscious institution, but one that plays a role in preserving and developing Korea’s unique culture.
- Situated in the Anam neighborhood of Seoul’s Seongbuk district, Korea University is conveniently located on Subway Line 6.
Approximately 40% of courses at Korea University are taught in English, providing access to a comprehensive array of academic disciplines. Korean Language courses are offered every semester at six different levels.
Courses are available in English in the below disciplines. You can also refer to the Korea University online course catalog for a listing of all courses. Students enroll in 4 – 5 subjects per semester (3 credits), which usually transfers as 12 -15 U.S. semester credits.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual and Performing Arts, & Design||
- 2.5 GPA. Students with a slightly lower GPA should contact TEAN and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
- Second semester Freshmen may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 1|
|Fall Deadline||May 1|
|Arrival Date||Aug 16|
|TEAN Orientation||Aug 16||Aug 20|
|Housing Move-In||Aug 20|
|University Orientation||Aug 22||Aug 24|
|Classes Begin||Sept 1|
|Program Ends||Dec 22|
|Application Deadline||Nov 1|
|Arrival Date||Feb 16|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 17||Feb 19|
|Housing Move-In||Feb 19|
|University Orientation||Feb 21||Feb 23|
|Classes Begin||March 2|
|Program Ends||June 22|
Fees & Inclusions
Tuition, Services and Housing – $11,000
- Full tuition
- On-campus international student accommodation
- Comprehensive overseas health insurance
- Services of local Resident Directors
- Orientation Program with meals, accommodations and transportation
- Local SIM card
- Access to group flights and assistance with bookings at competitive fairs
- Cultural events and TEAN catch ups during the semester
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Academic advising
- Help with student visa preparation
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pickup and reception
- Arrival packet containing local information about host city and university
- Host university orientation
- A truly one of a kind adventure!
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,200)
- Student visa ($100)
- Books ($200)
- Meals during the semester ($1,600)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.
Korea University Scholarships
We encourage our students to apply for the Global KU Scholarships offered through Korea University. The Admission Scholarship awards are from KRW 400,000 to KRW 1,600,000. The KU Travel Scholarship awards are from KRW 300,000 to KRW 1,500,000. Learn more and apply on the Korea University website.
"Korea has really changed my life!"
"My experience with TEAN in South Korea was easily one of the most memorable in my life."
We Love Seoul
The Hongdae neighborhood is the center of nightlife for college students in Seoul – you’ll likely make some new friends from all over the world hanging out in Hongdae Park. Try to catch one of the many cool events, like Silent Discos that take place very frequently right inside the playground area. All throughout the city you’ll randomly come across a street performance or a parade of some sort but Hongdae is an especially great area for interesting activities and delicious street food.
Where have you traveled and lived in Asia Pacific?
I lived and worked in Sydney for a year. I also had an internship in Sydney in college. I have also traveled to China, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and New Zealand.
Can you share some of the highlights or lessons from your time living abroad?
The biggest lesson I have learned from my time abroad is adaptability. Living in another country can really bring you out of your comfort zone and force you into situations where you have to go with the flow. I learned to embrace the differences of the different cultures I was experiencing rather than wishing I could have the same things/experiences I was used to back home in the U.S. I loved navigating my way around new places, getting lost and discovering the best places that I just stumbled upon because I was up for whatever came my way.
What are your recommendations for top places to check out in Sydney?
There are so many great suburbs that offer a little something different for everyone. I LOVE Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills, specifically their sausage rolls and lemon tart, but everything is amazing. I also recommend enjoying some of the northern beaches as they are much less crowded and gorgeous. People should also do the Manly to Spit Bridge walk as it is stunning!
As the Program Manager for Singapore, what do you think makes it an amazing place to study abroad?
Singapore is one of those hidden gems in Southeast Asia. I feel like it is a very misunderstood country as people think everything is just glass highrise buildings and everything is really expensive. There are actually some really great neighborhoods with lots of different cultures represented. Owning a car and buying an apartment are expensive, but for day to day life for a study abroad student, it’s a very affordable study abroad destination.
What is your advice for a student who is on the fence about studying abroad?
I would always tell students who were on the fence about studying abroad that they will never look back and say, I really wish I didn’t spend five months in Australia or wherever they are thinking about going. Studying abroad is such a life-changing experience and even if the first few weeks are tough, you learn so much about yourself and how well you can navigate the unknown.
Resident Director - Seoul
The Insadong district will offer a traditional Korean fix between all of the shops and nearby Bukchon Hanok village. This is an ideal neighborhood for a Korean feast and souvenir shopping. Here you will easily find dishes such as ginseng chicken with black rice and soybean paste stew – a TEAN staff favorite – and a wide variety of authentic kimchi.