University of Seoul Semester-Long Exchange

korea-towers.jpgAugust 26, 2011-December 21, 2011

Sponsored by

the Department of Fine Arts and
the College of Arts & Sciences

Hosted by

University of Seoul

Institute of International Cooperation and Education


Seoul is both a vibrant modern metropolis and a city whose 600 years of history as the nation’s political, economic, and cultural capital will surround you. In addition to possessing a high-tech infrastructure that has gained it a reputation as one of the world’s technology leaders, it is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeokgung, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.

Program features include:

  • Extensive Course Offerings in English
    Semester-long courses in English include classes in the fields of architecture, urban planning and policy, international relations, sociology, geo-informatics, business administration, and engineering in addition to Korean and Chinese language and Korean studies.
  • One-on-One Buddy Program
    Each exchange student is partnered with a UOS student. Your buddy will be in contact before you arrive in Korea to help you navigate the administrative process, will pick you up at the airport and help you settle in and adjust to life in Korea, and participate in activities arranged by the IICE (Institute of International Cooperation and Education). The program provides an invaluable opportunity to develop friendships and explore life in Korea.
  • Internship Opportunities
    The Global Internships Program provides an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a professional environment working with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and major companies in Korea. Interns are expected to work side-by-side with their supervisors and to obtain academic credit.

korea-temple.jpgHost Institution

Founded in 1818, the University of Seoul is a public institution with a metropolitan research mission, and is globally recognized for its research and teaching in urban policy and urban sociology. With an undergraduate student body of approximately 10,000 and a faculty of nearly 1,000, it has one of the best teacher-to-student ratios in Korea, and offers a comprehensive curriculum including disciplines in business, law, engineering, and arts & sciences. The Institute of International Cooperation and Education maintains exchanges with more than 100 universities in 26 countries around the world and provides extensive programming and administrative support for visiting exchange students.

Academic Program

Students are strongly encouraged to take a course in Korean language as well as at least one course in Asian Studies, and students with sufficient language skills may choose from almost any course offered by the university. Offerings vary by semester, but courses in English include:

  • Korean Language
  • Chinese Language
  • Korean Economy and Business
  • Mass Media and Popular Culture in Korea
  • Korea and Globalization
  • East Asian History
  • Economic Development in East Asia
  • The Political Economy of International Relations
  • Special Issues in World Politics
  • Key Concepts in International Relations
  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Global Finance
  • Global Business
  • Accounting Procedures
  • Thermodynamics of Materials
  • Engineering Mathematics I and II
  • Architectural Design
  • Sustainable Architecture
  • Urban Economics
  • Comparative Analysis of Cities
  • Geographic Information System I and II


For a full list of courses offered in English, visit

korea-students.jpgHousing and Meals

Students have the option to live in the International House in single-room suites with shared living room, shower room, toilet, and laundry, or to live in double-occupancy rooms in the regular dormitories. The dormitory also houses a 24-hour fitness center, a 24-hour convenience store, and coin-operated laundry facilities. Students can choose to room with other international students or with University of Seoul students. For more information about housing, see the housing information at the University of Seoul website.

Students will have access to university cafeterias and on-campus restaurants serving both traditional Korean food and Western staples such as hamburgers and french fries. The university district is also surrounded by a variety of inexpensive local restaurants for students to explore.


The program is open to University of Louisville juniors, and seniors who meet the following criteria:

  • good academic and disciplinary standing
  • cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • no language requirement

Initial Application

Students who wish to apply for the University of Seoul Exchange should first complete the College of Arts & Sciences program application.
Submit applications to:

Diane Pecknold
College of Arts & Sciences
Office of International, Diversity, and Outreach Programs
Stevenson Hall 317

Students who are accepted by the College of Arts & Sciences must then apply to the University of Seoul. The application form and required documents are available at: