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Korea University

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Korea University (KU) founded in 1905, is widely acknowledged as one of the oldest, largest and top-ranked universities in Korea. KU prides itself on being not only a progressive and globally conscious institution but also one that plays a role in preserving and developing Korea’s unique culture. Enjoy the dynamic international city of Seoul while studying through the SIS Semester Abroad Program at KU, one of Korea’s top universities for international affairs.


AU students on this program are typically allowed to enroll in 12-17 credits each semester in the Division of International Studies (DIS) at KU. DIS offers many courses in English in various disciplines at the undergraduate level, including:

  • Commerce and Trade
  • East Asian and Korean Studies
  • Globalization
  • International Organizations

Language/Academic Requirements

Other than the Korean language classes, courses for exchange students are taught in English.

Academic Calendar

Spring: February/March - June

Fall: August/September - December

Students may choose to spend one or two semesters at KU. Although the academic year in Korea begins in March, exchange students can participate in the program in either semester.  


1. Students are registered through the SIS Office of International Programs for 15 AU-KU exchange credits (SIS-462). These exchange credits cover courses at KU only; research and/or internship credit is registered under normal AU guidelines. Students who wish to take fewer (12-14) or more than (up to 17) 15 credits need to arrange this with their academic advisor before they can be registered for the AU exchange credits.

2. Students are required to meet with their AU advisor and obtain formal pre-approval before registering for courses at KU. This ensures that all credits earned at KU can be applied toward the student’s AU degree.

3. Students register for KU courses once they arrive in Seoul.  

Credit articulation: Grades and credits earned at KU are articulated through the SIS Office of International Programs upon receipt of an official transcript from KU. For conversion purposes, students should expect 1 KU credit to equal 1 AU credit. 

Tuition and Fees

Students pay regular tuition, emergency international health insurance, and technology fees to American University for the duration of the program. Students do not pay the student activity fee, sports center fee, or AU room/board fees while at KU. Students are billed by KU for the KU activity fee, health fee, and supporting fee.

Students are responsible for any incidental costs, such as library fines and lab fees, incurred during the program. Students are responsible for all personal expenses including housing and transportation.


There is limited campus housing available to undergraduate students. Students interested in this option should contact KU directly for information on availability, application and pricing.

Visa and Immigration

Once admitted into the program, students are issued a Certificate of Eligibility by KU. Students take this document to the closest Korean Embassy to apply for a student visa. Students need to take the Certificate of Eligibility, passport and visa application, and application fee to the Embassy.  

Students are responsible for researching the most up-to-date immigration requirements and arranging all immigration documents. 

Student Orientation

During the semester prior to the start of the program, the SIS Office of International Program Development conducts a mandatory pre-departure meeting. Topics covered include administrative, logistical, security, health, and cross-cultural issues. KU will provide a week of international orientation upon arrival in Seoul.

How to Apply

Students who wish to participate in this program must first submit an internal SIS application to the SIS Office of International Programs. Students may not submit any applications or documents to KU until after they have received instructions from SIS.

  1. Complete and submit the SIS Semester Abroad Program application to the SIS Office of International Programs by the application deadline. Do not apply directly to KU.
  2. After applications are processed and reviewed, students are selected for nomination to KU.
  3. Upon nomination, students must complete and submit the KU application for exchange students. The KU application process also includes submission of several additional documents.
  4. KU makes the final admissions decision and corresponds directly with Program participants regarding course registration, accommodation, orientation programs, etc.

    The Program is competitive, and applying does not guarantee admission.

Contact Us!

Email: sisabroad@american.edu

Twitter: SISStudyAbroad

Application deadlines 

Spring 2016: CLOSED

Fall 2016: TBD

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Korea University UG Exchange Application

Additional Information

South Korea Country Information from the U.S. Department of State