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*Korea University

Seoul, South Korea

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For many years, the University of Missouri has maintained a direct exchange program with Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Through this program, you will have the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Korean life, language and culture while taking classes in English. You will not only participate in Korean culture, but also the culture of international students living and studying in Seoul. The university was founded in 1905, when Korea was under Japanese rule. The founders of the university strongly believed that “education saves the nation,” and that belief has held true throughout Korea University’s history. Today, the university is ranked in the top 200 Asian colleges and universities, and values innovation, determination and high academic standards in a growing global economy. The university is home to some 35,000 students, including 4,000 international students.



Most MU students take a combination of courses taught in English and a Korean language course taught at your proficiency level. Korea University offers a wide variety of coursework in English, including courses in the humanities, business, economics, social sciences, religion and philosophy. These courses are open to both international students and their Korean peers. Elective classes in Korean calligraphy, music and martial arts (Taekwondo) are also offered. Students who are proficient in Korean may enroll in any class offered at Korea University.

Academic credit

For each semester of academic work completed abroad, you may earn 12 to 15 credit hours. Course credit transfers to MU, but your grades will not appear on your MU transcript and are not figured into your GPA. Although you are guaranteed to receive credit for successfully completed courses, you must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval for how the courses you take might fulfill specific degree requirements.


Korea is one of the most fascinating places in the East, an ancient land with a unique culture and heritage, yet also very cosmopolitan. Seoul has long been considered the true capital of Korea, going back some 600 years. As the official capital of South Korea, this unique city is constantly reinventing itself. Once thought of a being hard-edged and overly industrial, Seoul has taken on a softer look by incorporating more parks and modern design into the city landscape. Restoration is also underway to the many palaces in and around Seoul, as well as the Namdaemun Gates. You won't have to look far for a truly authentic Korean cultural experience. There are many chic boutiques, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues in the city to suit everyone.


Program Budget

Additional Expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Program Start Program End
Spring 2018 09/20/2017 02/20/2018 06/22/2018
Academic Year 2018/19 02/15/2018 08/19/2018 06/21/2019
Fall 2018 02/15/2018 08/19/2018 12/21/2018
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 06/24/2018 08/05/2018
Spring 2019 09/20/2018


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application in using the button below if you are an MU student.
    • Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process.
    • Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials.
    • Signature Documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Recommendations - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically.

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