Known as the oldest higher education institution in South Korea, Korea University is one of the largest and most selective universities in Korea. Since its establishment in 1905, Korea University provides a top quality educational experience for its students, with a wide variety of courses taught in English in all professional fields offered to both local and international students. KU excels in their business courses in the Business School and 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. KU has an enrollment of over 35,600 students, with approximately 1,733 of them being international students.
Popular areas of study at Korea University include:
Communications and Media Studies
Korea University is Korea's top ranked University. Known as the "Ivy League" private university in the country, KU is a world-class institution featuring a dynamic educational environment, beautiful and conveniently located campus, and top-quality student facilities. Students have access to tutoring, computers, cinemas, a CDL Theater, a Music Center and both indoor gyms and outdoor sports fields at the university. Students may also participate in over 150 clubs and organizations available through the Student Club Association.
In 2014, Korea University ranked 18th in Asia and 6th in South Korea according to QS Asia University Rankings. It prides itself not only in being a progressive and globally conscious institution, but also one that plays a role in preserving and developing Korea's unique culture.
Seoul (population 10,421,782) is both the largest city and capital of South Korea. It enjoys a central location within East Asia with China on its west and Japan to its east. Students will explore the natural beauty of the country along with its royal palaces, Buddhist temples, and sleek skyscrapers.
Students participating in semester programs at Korea University will stay in one of three Korea University Dormitories: CJ International House, Anam Global House and Anam Hall 2, based on availability and placements. During summer programs at Korea Univeristy, Frontier House dormitory will be available for students. ISA students will live with other local Korean students and international students. Shared kitchens are available in the dorms for students to cook.
Education Abroad Coordinator
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one.
Courses and Credits
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
- Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
- Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
- Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.
With 40% of the courses at Korea University are taught in English, students can choose from a wide variety of classes in Art & Design, Education, Engineering, Information & Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication, Liberal Arts, Political Science, Technology, etc., when participating this semester program. Korea University's Business School is the first business school accredited both by AACSB & EQUIS in Korea. Please visit ISA for course listings and descriptions. Specific Ohio State course equivalences and credits will be determined by the appropriate Ohio State academic departments. All students taking language courses will be required to take a language placement test upon their return to Ohio State in order to establish course equivalencies and proper placement for continued language instruction.
This program offers multiple sessions during the summer semester. While completing your OSU application, you will be asked to submit your intended session(s) and credit(s). The ISA Seoul, South Korea - Summer Program offers the following options:
Summer 1 (June 24-July 21): 6 credits
Summer 2 (June 24-Aug 4): 6 credits
Please refer to the ISA
program website for more detailed information.
Students are required to obtain approval from Ohio State before starting an ISA application. In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be sophomore rank, maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements
and Conditions for Participation
. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov
Students will pay the ISA program fee (minus a $200 discount given to OSU students) and Geoblue international insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2019. The ISA program fees include in-country tuition, lodging, most meals, on-site orientation, some excursions and airport transfer. Airfare, books and supplies, local transportation, personal expenses and independent travel are not included in the program fee.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy
Students should begin researching funding opportunities
before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships
deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Please review ISA's scholarship page
for additional funding opportunities.
- Tuesday, September 25 from 4-5:30 pm in Enarson Classroom Building 100
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov
(travel advisories/country specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel
(pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria
, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.