Program Overview

On our Semester in South Korea program, you’ll 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 that welcomes new students to the school.

GPA Requirement
2.8
Application Deadlines
Spring: October 15
Fall: April 15
Avg Course Load
4-5 classes (12-15 U.S. credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English
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 interesting student clubs: A tarot card reading club, start-up business club, comic & video game culture club, English conversation club with local students, martial arts club, and more!
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS 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!


How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

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

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


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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad 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.

Night market with red tents full of handmade goods

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.

wide view of stony path at Namhansanseong fortress

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.

entrance of Jeongang Theatre in Seoul

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.


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 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
Program Coordinator for Asia, Africa, and the Pacific

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!

Learn more about Julia

Sehoon Jang
Korea 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.

Learn more about Sehoon

Student Feedback

“I have made several Korean friends who have introduced me to their country through music, food, popular culture, politics, and history, all of which intrigued me.”

Walker Hamilton, Semester in New Zealand - Spring 2017 (traveled to South Korea, Summer 2018), UMass Amherst

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    October 15
    Arrival
    February 14 (Estimated)
    Departure
    June 8 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $10,590 (Estimated)
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    Arrival
    August 29 (Estimated)
    Departure
    December 22 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $10,590 (Estimated)

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

Program Inclusions

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

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Meal plan (with on-campus housing option)
  • Academic advising
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • CISabroad 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