Korea University

Seoul
Republic of South Korea

Language of instruction

Korean
English

Korea University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent institutions of higher education. The university places a strong focus on innovation.

Seoul is the bustling capital of South Korea. It is surrounded by mountains and divided in two by the Han River. KU’s Seoul campus is characterised by sprawling lawns and stately architecture. The leafy campus has many landmarks well-known to students, including Squirrel Path. It is said that “when a man and woman walk along the path together and encounter a squirrel, they will fall in love.”

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 1/ Spring semester March–June
Semester 2 Semester 2/ Fall semester August–December

View the KU academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Campuses

KU has 2 campuses available to exchange students:

  • Anam
  • Sejong

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Undergraduate students:

15 credits per semester at KU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Postgraduate students:

9 credits per semester at KU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at KU.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the KU course catalogue ( English > Major Subject or General Subject) if courses do not appear in the database. 

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Architecture
Biological engineering
Biomedical engineering
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Economics
English
English literature
Environmental studies
Food science
International business
International relations
Korean
Materials engineering
Mechanical engineering
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Public policy
Sociology
Software engineering

Course restrictions

Students applying to KU must have flexibility in their UQ program requirements.

Students with only compulsory courses to complete will not be able to apply to KU. 

There is a high demand in Business courses. Students can normally enrol in no more than 3 Business courses. KU cannot guarantee your preferred course choices. 

Courses in Media and Communication, and International Studies are in high demand, enrolment is not guaranteed. 

Psychology courses are offered under College of Liberal Arts - Department of Psychology; full time enrollment is difficult unless students are very flexible in their UQ program. 

IMPORTANT: KU has a set 15% limit on exchange students, meaning that exchange students can only constitute 15% of the whole class. This generally means there are only 5–7 positions available for exchange students in each program.

The following study fields are not open to exchange students:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Law
  • Teacher Education
  • Division of Information Security (Department of Cyber Defense)
  • Art & Design
  • All Business School graduate programs
  • All courses offered in Sejong Campus

Limited subject areas: History, Business, Film Making, Art & Design. 

KU has about 40% of courses offered in English, very few English taught courses are offered at postgraduate level. 

Additional academic information

Credit-bearing Korean language courses:

  • Available at 6 different levels from Beginner, Intermediate to Advanced levels. Students are required to sit a placement test on the first day of the language class. 
  • Course list and syllabus are available under "General Subject" - "General Studies" - "Electives" on KU online course catalogue, course code starts with "IFLS".

Free Korean language classes (4 weeks) are offered to exchange students who have completed a regular semester at KU, i.e. after (not before), your exchange semester. Spring semester students can do the free language classes in June, and Fall semester students in December. 

Course levels at KU: 

KU doesn't distinguish their courses by levels, the course code only shows the department/division the course is under. KU courses are categorised into three groups: Major required, Major Elective, and Elective. The Major required courses are more intensive compared to Major Electives or Electives relatively. 

The KU course lists will be updated in January for Spring semester and in July for Fall semester. 

Global KU Scholarship is available to exchange students.

KU has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

KU has 3 dormitories for international students, however, spaces in these facilities are limited. KU's Global Services Center provides information about these residence halls and tips for finding private accommodation.

Cost of living

KU provides students with a guide to the cost of living, including average monthly fees and common expenses students can expect to encounter while studying in Seoul.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Exchange students may be able to receive a scholarship while studying at Korea University. KU Global Services Center has information on student eligibility and application details. 

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

It is now required by the Korean Ministry of Education that all incoming international students are covered by private health insurance during their stay in Korea.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

KU provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Korean Embassy for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.