Semester in South Korea
Sogang University

Best Value
Spring 2021

Study with other motivated students in bustling Seoul.

On our Semester in South Korea program, study at Sogang University, one of the leading research and liberal arts universities in South Korea. You’ll be among many serious students from South Korea (local students come from the top 1% of their high school classes) as well as numerous international students. Attend the Sunrise Festival at the beginning of the semester hosted by student clubs who welcome new students to the school.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 4-5 classes (12-15 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.8

Highlights:

  • AACSB-accredited business school with 40% international student body
  • Easy access to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in and around Seoul
  • Fully-equipped athletic facilities
  • Study at the alma mater of the first woman president of South Korea
  • Numerous cool clubs: tarot card reading, start-up business, comic/video game culture, English conversation club, and more!

Program Details

Sogang University

A Jesuit institution, Sogang University is one of the leading research and liberal arts universities in South Korea. You’ll be among many serious students from South Korea (local students come from the top 1% of their high school classes) as well as numerous international students (40% of students living on campus are international). Notable alumni include Park Geun-hye, the first woman president of South Korea.

Established in 1960, the university’s pristine concrete and glass buildings soar above sweeping green lawns. The athletic facilities are fully equipped with indoor courts, an artificial climbing wall, soundproof music rooms for practicing, and outdoor soccer fields. Eat at one of the two on campus eateries or swing by Gonzaga Plaza to grab some food or something from the convenience store.

This small university cares about the student community. In May, K-pop music performances and food from local bars spring up around campus for the Daedongjae Festival. Each semester, the university also organizes the Sunrise Festival to welcome new students and student clubs host a street festival to recruit new members. You can join the tarot card reading club, the start-up business club, a club all about critiquing comics and video game culture, an English conversation club, martial arts clubs, or something else!

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Communications
  • Business
  • Art & Design
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • World Languages

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Classes Available

Major Focuses: Economics, Management, Communications & Media Studies, Education, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, History, Law & Legal Studies, Literature & Creative Writing, Philosophy & Ethics, Religious Studies & Theology, Korean Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Political Science & Government, Psychology, Sociology
Additional classes in: Digital Media & Design, Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Advertising, Film Studies, Public Relations, TV & Radio Broadcasting & Production, Software Engineering, Exercise & Sports Science, Speech Pathology & Communication Disorders, Gender & Women’s Studies, Korean for General Purpose*

To search the Sogang University Course Catalog keep in mind the following:

  • 1st Semester = Spring Semester; 2nd Semester = Fall Semester
  • Remember to check the box “Courses for Exchange Students”
  • If you are proficient in Korean, you can take courses taught in Korean, but you will need to un-click the “Courses for Exchange Students”
  • To access the syllabus for each course click on the “Inquiry” button listed under the Syllabus column

*KGP 60: Korean for General Purpose Course:
Meeting Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 18:50 ~ 20:40 (2 hours per day)
Language Levels: Levels 1-3
Additional Charge: Yes, $650.00

The KGP60 program is a course designed for students who are not Korean Language majors but who would still like to improve their Korean ability. Courses are held three times a week, for a total of 3 US credits, and the materials are light, enjoyable, engaging, and helpful to students. The course particularly reflects the demands of exchange students in Korea and includes language that is frequently used in the workplace and in schools to help those students achieve their goals. This course meets three evenings per week, 2 hours per session for a total of 6 hours per week.


Korean Language Intensive Program:
At Sogang University’s Korean Language Center students can take part in an intensive language program focused on speaking ability. This program includes 12 credits of intensive Korean Language study paired with one elective course in English from the Course Catalog above. Korean Language courses take place for 4 hours each afternoon, leaving your mornings free for study and one additional elective course. Students participating in the Korean Language intensive program must be a Korean major or related (eg: East Asia Studies). Placement exams on site determine students’ levels, but true beginners are also welcome.

Why Life in Seoul

South Korea has everything: the longest subway system in the world, one of the most efficient writing systems, large and abundant forests, AND the world’s fastest internet connections (Take that, Netflix lag!). Seoul is a “dynamic city” that, according to Lonely Planet, “mashes up palaces, temples, cutting-edge design and mountain trails, all to a nonstop K-Pop beat.”

Still have stars in your eyes from the 2018 Olympics opening ceremony? You’re in luck! Just a 2-hour train ride from Pyeongchang, Seoul is the 9th most visited city in the world and the 4th largest earner in tourism. The metropolitan area around Seoul contains five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.

Live La Vida Local

  • Outdoor Parks

    Walk over the pedestrian-only bridge on your way to Seonyudo Park, an island on the Hangang River that was formerly an industrial water treatment plant, but is now home to the Hangang History Museum and Botanical Gardens.

  • Cooking Class

    Food is a huge staple in Korean culture - everything revolves around it. Learn to cook and then eat like a local.

  • Local Cultural Festivals

    No shortage of celebration here! Seoul boasts the Lotus Lantern Festival, the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, the Seoul International Fireworks Festival, and the Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival, among many more.

  • Learn to write Hangul

    Hangul is the official written language of both South and North Korea, and is touted as the simplest language systems in the world. If you already don’t know it, see how quickly you can pick it up!

  • Visual & Performance Art

    Take a selfie in the wildly colorful Ihwa Mural Village, a revitalized artist neighborhood adorned with murals and filled with galleries, cafes. After, check out these gems within walking distance: Lock Museum, Ihwa-dong Village Museum, and Blacksmith Museum.

Housing in Seoul

Location

Students will be housed in the modern Gonzaga Hall on campus.  Rooms are double occupancy and include a bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, bathroom with a shower, telephone, AC unit, and internet access.

Check out the photo gallery to see what your housing in Gonzaga Hall might be like.

Meals

A partial meal plan is included by Gonzaga Hall, which boasts its own cafeteria offering breakfasts and dinners each day.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • BathroomEnsuite
  • CommuteWalking
  • Desk
  • Double Room
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Meal PlanPartial
  • Wi-Fi

Housing Note

There is a 10:00 pm curfew in the dorms, but your roommate can come down and let you in if you are still out after 10:00 and they are awake.

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Meal plan (with on-campus housing option)
  • Academic advising
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • CIS Abroad on-site orientation
  • On-site support
  • Seoul Walking Tour
  • Day trip to the DMZ and one or more overnight excursions
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • Sogang University official transcript

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, take part in both the university and CIS Abroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “dos and don’ts” of living in Seoul, South Korea. What will your site director cover? Where to go to enjoy some social, cultural and recreational activities, how to stay safe, and where to shop. Also enjoy a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy, as Korean cuisine is known to be one of the best in the world!

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. Your Site Director will walk you through some of the things to expect and reflect on your experiences abroad so that you can remember the highlights. Also enjoy one last delicious Korean meal before you go!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Bamdokkaebi Night Market

Bamdokkaebi Night Market

Discover unique and experimental treats made by creative young chefs at this food truck market, open only two nights per week at Yeouido Hangang Park. At night, traditional and modern cultural performances are held against the backdrop of the Han River. Learn about one-of-a-kind handmade items created by artists and designers in a nearby cute shopping street packed with tents.

Namhansanseong Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Namhansanseong Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Located on Namhansan Mountain, this fortress was originally built during the Goguryeo period about 2,000 years ago and after many renovations, it became a designated UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014. Choose your level of difficulty with five courses to walk along the fortress, which showcases amazing views of the mountain during all seasons of the year. Climb to the highest peak, Iljangsan, for a wonderful view of Seoul.

Jeongdong Theater

Jeongdong Theater

Take in a masterful performance at this award-winning theatre with a rich history. Jeongdong Theatre regularly hosts free performances and produces a number of traditional nonverbal musicals, full of fast, energetic music and powerful dance. Arrive early? Browse the nearby National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art to get yourself in the creative zone.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

Whenever I arrive in another country, I try to look for a very local restaurant where real residents of the town usually eat. Such spots may not have any distinguishable sign or decent interiors, but the reward is delicious food and welcoming locals. Just by going even slightly off the beaten path, you are oftentimes rewarded with a better value and cultural insights.

Travel Tip:

Whenever I arrive in another country, I try to look for a very local restaurant where real residents of the town usually eat. Such spots may not have any distinguishable sign or decent interiors, but the reward is delicious food and welcoming locals. Just by going even slightly off the beaten path, you are oftentimes rewarded with a better value and cultural insights.

About:

I believe that education – and particularly international education and cultural exchange – empowers people and advances society. Through my experiences as an educator, I have planned and executed many kinds of degree/non-degree programs across a wide range of fields, including HR, program design, international student recruitment, international cooperation, international student admissions, business incubating management, and government funding. I like to meet people and communicate with them in global settings. I am also very happy when I am working with other people in a new and challenging environment.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Travel Tip:

Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

CIS Abroad's COVID-19 Plan

We want you to have the study abroad semester of a lifetime, and also know that Spring 2021 is a unique time to be having this experience. We want to provide useful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety. 

We are making three commitments to you.

Our Financial Commitment

100% Refund 22 Days Before Your Program Starts

CIS Abroad has worked with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. 

  • 100% refund of total program costs 22 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program* 
  • 80% refund of total program costs 21-15 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • 50% refund of total program costs 14-8 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • 20% refund of total program costs 7-1 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • Academic continuity is guaranteed, see below.

*Update 10.6.20: Excluding quarantine upon arrival costs. See our Health & Safety Commitment below for more information.

To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance. 

Our Academic Commitment

Course Continuation Guaranteed

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is zero to minimal academic risk. 

  • If a student cannot travel to the country due to host country COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.
  • If a student arrives in-country and must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.
  • If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.

 

Our Health & Safety Commitment

COVID Care Package Included

CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. 

We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee for all Spring 2021 programming to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site: 

  • COVID-19 compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing.
  • 14-day Quarantine housing cost, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • Welcome packet of masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies
  • Single rooms in student residences, or apartments.*
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID-19 test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges. 
  • Access to COVID-19 testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-19-related illness
  • La Vida Local cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time. 

*except for our Asia-Pacific programs where COVID-19 compliant doubles are included. 

Note: For our programs in Seoul, South Korea, host governments have advised that a 2 week quarantine upon arrival will likely be required and will be confirmed closer to departure. CIS Abroad will have to pay for the quarantine in advance in order for students to begin the visa process. Thus the costs of the quarantine are only refundable if a quarantine is not required.

    • $1,400 ( for 2 weeks of a hotel, 3 meals per day included)

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this Spring, despite the risk mitigation outlined above.  We are committed to providing our Virtual Global and Virtual Accelerated Internships so that we can bring international learning & career skills to you.

 

Quarantine

If South Korea is requiring students to quarantine upon arrival, CIS Abroad will have you covered. CIS Abroad is closely monitoring changing international regulations and will help you plan accordingly. The CIS Abroad COVID Care Package includes two weeks of housing at a hotel with meals included.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Nov 13
    Nov 1
  • Arrival: February 25
  • Departure: June 22
  • Price: $10,990
  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Nov 13
    Nov 1
  • Arrival: February 11
  • Departure: June 22
  • Price: $12,390
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: August 29 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 20 | December 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $10,990 - $12,890 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

For Spring 2021, you will be charged the 14-day quarantine price. This additional $1,400 covers 2 weeks of accommodation in Seoul.

If quarantine is not required for your first 14 days on-site, you will be refunded this amount. Please do not book flights until CIS Abroad confirms the start date.

 

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.