Semester at Korea University (for Korean students)
TEAN has joined with one of the most prestigious universities in South Korea – Korea University – to offer Korean students currently enrolled at a U.S. university a unique semester in their home country allowing them to stay on track for graduation. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect international travel and schooling, this program allows Korean students unable to return to their U.S. campuses to continue earning credit toward their degree. It is also a rare opportunity to attend one of Korea’s leading learning institutions for a semester.
Stay on track to graduate without having to worry about visas and travel
Take advantage of the opportunity to study at one of Asia’s top universities, Korea University, taking classes alongside other Korean students
Receive credits on a Korea University transcript with guidance on transferring the credit to your school in the US
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
Benefit from access to TEAN’s Seoul Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester
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 51st in the world for Social Sciences and Management based on the QS World University Rankings 2020.
- 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.
Korea University is a traditional campus located in the Anam neighborhood of Seoul’s Seongbuk district, 3 miles from the city center. Visit the google map link below to see the location.View Map
Students have access to all courses available this fall at Korea University. Approximately 40% of courses at Korea University are taught in English. Students may take courses offered in English or Korean.
Students can enroll in 4–5 subjects per semester (3 credits), which usually transfers as 12-15 U.S. semester credits. Visit the Korea University online course catalog for a listing of all courses offered (in Korean and English) and download course syllabi. Courses are available in the below subject areas.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual and Performing Arts, & Design||
- 2.5 GPA.
- Currently enrolled at a U.S. university
- Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of application
- If you have recently transferred to a new four-year institution, you need to have completed at least one semester at your new school
Our team works with students from start to finish throughout the study abroad process. Our U.S.-based programs staff will help guide students through the application process and students will meet our Resident Director in Seoul who will provide assistance during the semester. Our staff is readily available and able to assist students with any questions or issues that they may face during the semester.
Students will have a half-day orientation and campus tour with TEAN’s Resident Director.
Accommodation is currently not included in the program fee but a list of recommended housing options will be provided for students to organize independently. Students coming from some US campuses have separately arranged accommodation options. Please also check with your US institution.
Program Dates & Fees
TEAN Orientation Sept 1
Classes Begin Sept 1
Classes End Dec 18
FEES AND INCLUSIONS
Contact your home university for program pricing.
Students applying independently of their schools should contact us for pricing.
- Tuition for up to 5 courses
- Official academic transcript from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Academic advising
- Services of local Resident Director in Korea
We love 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.
What first sparked your interest for travel?
It was actually a presentation I watched in third grade. My friend’s grandfather came to school and presented about his life as a scientist in Antarctica. I then decided that at some point in my life I would travel there – I started with big dreams as you can see! Fast forward to now and I have lived in five countries since graduating college.
What led you to living in Seoul?
My father is Japanese so my sister had gone to Japan to work and reunite with that side of the family. I had originally planned to join her in Japan but found Korea to be an interesting place to travel while still being close enough to help her. Soon, however, the country became my home and now I don’t think it will ever be able to get rid of me.
What are some must-do or must-see items for a first time visitor to Seoul?
Of course you need to go to the main attractions, like the palaces and the DMZ, but after that you can really explore your interests. For foodies, there are an unlimited number of restaurants to try and eat your way through Korea. For those interested in art, Anguk is filled with art museums to get lost in. For the KPop addicts, you should head to Coex as a start and then possibly find a cafe or restaurant owned by your favorite celeb. It really depends on the person but there’s something for everyone here.
Where else have you traveled in Asia Pacific?
I’ve been to Japan a ton, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. It changes daily but I think that Mongolia is next up on my travel wish list.
What are some of your favorite Korean foods or dishes?
My all time favorite is called yukhoi, which is basically Korean steak tartare, but it really depends on my mood. I also love gamjatang, naengmyeon, galbi… I think most people know about bibimbap and Korean BBQ, but I would encourage people to try more Korean soups. They’re one of the underappreciated Korean foods. Also, I’ve heard people say they don’t like kimchi but there are HUNDREDS of types of kimchi. Spicy, non-spicy, radish, cabbage, onion root, fish, vegetarian, etc. The kimchi most people know is just a gateway kimchi. Keep trying!
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.
Explain a bit about your role at TEAN.
I work on several of our programs, helping advise students throughout the application process and prepare for their semester abroad. I am also on our custom programs team where I coordinate faculty-led programs.
How did your study abroad experience lead to you working at TEAN?
Between working at my school and working closely with my advisors before going abroad, I realized that I really enjoyed interacting with students and wanted to help other people experience the immense personal growth and independence that comes from traveling internationally. TEAN was the perfect fit in terms of its mission and structure, and I’m so happy to have ended up here!
What advice do you give to a student who wants to study abroad but has no idea where they should go?
I think the biggest question you should ask yourself is what you want to gain from the experience. Have you been studying a language your whole life and want an opportunity to use it? Do you want to experience a culture that is completely opposite from how you grew up? Do you want to be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a big city or do you want to feel like a part of the community in a small town? Starting with these kinds of questions will help narrow down the list.
What makes TEAN HQ in Chicago a great place to work?
The TEAN office has a very positive atmosphere and is filled with people who are passionate about what they do. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues each day! Our office dog, Kora, is also a great addition to the team, and loves to visit our desks or join us in meetings.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Besides traveling, I love spending afternoons in coffee shops, going to concerts and virtually exploring the world on Google Earth street view! My goal this year is to be able to locate every country on a map.