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South Korea: Korea University Program (ISA)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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This ISA program offers a facilitated direct enrollment program for students interested in study in South Korea, with a wide array of curricular offering available to them. Korea University is the oldest higher education institution in South Korea, and one of the largest and most selective universities in the country.

Areas of study at Korea University include:

  • Business administration
  • Communications and media studies
  • Political science
  • International studies
  • Chemical engineering

Students on this ISA program take courses with local students in multiple disciplines. Many courses are taught in English. Courses in Korean language and culture are available and are recommended. KU features a dynamic educational environment, beautiful and conveniently located campus in Seoul, and top-quality student facilities. Students have access to tutoring, computers, a CDL theatre, a music center and indoor gyms and outdoor sports fields. Students may participate in over 150 clubs and organizations available through the Student Club Association.  The ISA study center offers additional support for program students, with a team of ISA staff members guiding students through the entire study abroad process, including course selection, visa issues and orientation. The full-time resident staff in Seoul offer weekly meetings, excursions, cultural activities and more.

Seoul is among the largest cities in the world in terms of both population and area, with over 20,000,000 residing in the Seoul metropolitan area. An excellent metro system allows one to go anywhere in the city within minutes. Seoul is one of the world's top financial centers, and is home to some of the largest technology corporations in the world, such as Samsung and LG. The city hosted the 2002 World Cup and was designated the 2010 World Design Capital. The rapid technological change that has occurred in South Korea's capital has primarily occurred within the past twenty years, and there are still many traditional areas of Seoul that stand in stark contract to the high-tech centers. Visitors can still see the ancient palaces of the Joseon Dynasty (late 14th-early 20th century), and visit traditional tea houses and local shops. Seoul is located in the northwest corner of South Korea, not far from the Yellow Sea coast. The large Han River flows through the center of the city, and there are 10.5 million residents of the city proper, making it one of the largest cities in the world. Seoul experiences all four seasons in moderation. Summers are warm and humid and winters are cold and snowy. 

Learn more about the ISA South Korea: Korea University program.

Credits: 4.5 for successful completion of the fall or spring semester, or 9 Knox credits for the year.

Advisor: Professor Steve Cohn

Click here for more information about the application process, program selection, and more!

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Printed on Monday, May 23, 2022