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Academics

Korea University offers hundreds of undergraduate courses taught in English every semester, including a broad range of courses in business administration, engineering, biological sciences, health sciences, and international studies. KU is well known for its professional schools of business administration and international studies. At the Korean University Business School (KUBS), nearly 70 percent of courses are taught are in English and the school is open to all majors. The KU Department of International Studies has designed a curriculum to give students experience in international development and cooperation, international commerce, international security and peace, regional studies, and Korean studies.

Unique study opportunities

  • Join the extracurricular program for Korean language and study exchange called Learning by Teaching Experience.
  • Examine the role human rights plays in an increasingly globalized world.
  • Learn the principles of financial investing and how to manage an investment portfolio.
  • Untangle the complicated and intersectional topic of international global business ethics.

Language

Language Study: Optional

Korean language courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels are offered every semester through the Institute of Foreign Language Studies. These courses can be found in the KU course catalog in the ‘general studies’ classification under ‘electives.’ A placement test will be given during the onsite orientation.

Aside from language study, you’ll primarily take courses in English. With approval, you may be able to enroll in courses taught in Korean. A high level of proficiency in reading, writing, and comprehension of university-level Korean is required to succeed in these courses.

Courses and Credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four to five courses for a total of 21-28.5 quarter/14-19 semester UC units.
  • You may take up to one-third (33 percent) of your units pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

Korea University courses taught in English are offered in many fields, including business, international studies, media and communication, liberal arts, life sciences and biotechnology, political science and economics, science, engineering, health science, psychology, and education. 

Courses are updated in the catalog in January for the spring semester and in July for the fall semester. It's not guaranteed the same courses are offered every year. However, there are only minor changes in the course lists each year and the prior list can typically be trusted as an accurate reference.

Course Restrictions

UC students cannot take courses in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law, teacher education, information security, art, and design. In addition, graduate-level courses aren't open to study abroad students. The courses at the Sejong campus of Korean University are also not available to exchange students.

Catalogs and resources

  • KU Course Information: Search the KU course catalog and select course numbers for syllabi. Courses in English are noted in parentheses.
  • KU Global Services Center: View a list of all English-taught courses available to exchange students on the notice board.
  • KU Undergraduate Schools: See the list of colleges and departments at KU.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic culture

Respect for professors and university rules is a hallmark of Korean academic culture. Students in Korean education settings are expected to show respect through regular attendance and polite interactions. Students are generally polite with both professors and fellow students. And, when opinions are challenged, it’s done with a moderate tone, never demanding or argumentative. Try to be sensitive to the style of each instructor. Instructors may also have heavy accents that are difficult to understand.

The Korea University Buddy Assist (KUBA) program assigns a local Korean student based on language ability and interests established in a personal interview. Your buddy will help you adjust to Korea University life and get involved in KU student life.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Your academic performance is graded according to the following criteria: exams and assignment results, attendance, and class participation. You'll usually take exams twice per semester (a midterm and final) and will be given additional assignments throughout the semester. A minimum of 70 percent attendance is required to earn a passing grade.

Fall grades are usually available from early February to early March. Spring grades are usually available from mid-July to mid-August. Early grades are not possible.