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Ajou University Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Suwon, South Korea




- UI Student in Good Academic Standing

- No Language Requirement

Application Due:

- Fall Semester 3/25

- Spring Semester 10/15

Program Cost:

- Standard UI Tuition

- Click Application Tab for more details

The Ajou University Exchange program is a one semester or one year study abroad program for University of Iowa students. Ajou University offers a variety of courses taught in English, which is appealing to students who have no Korean language knowledge. This program is great for students studying Business, Engineering, International Studies/Relations, and Science, as well as the Korean Langauge. No language requirement.


Students participating in the Ajou exchange have access to a wide range of English-taught classes. You can view the the most current list of classes taught in English on Ajou's website. This will give you a good idea of the possible courses you can enroll in, and how they might fit in to your academic goals. Korean language classes are also offered to help students better adapt to the country and culture.

All exchange students are required to take a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 19 credits per semester. It is also important to note that the credit received at Ajou will be treated as transfer credit. Make an appointment with the appropriate advisor for more information on credit transfer.

Cultural Activities

Ajou offers a number of different activities and excursions every semester. Tentative destinations include Gyeongju, the Royal Palace and Royal Secret Garden of the Joseon Dynasty, and the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Other activities include business field trips to Samsung, LG Electronics, or Hyundai Motors.

The university also puts on optional special events for exchange students, such as: an International Day, a rafting trip down the Dong River, a Nanta performance and a temple stay. Please view Ajou's listing of benefits and cultural activities for some further details.

The university is also within easy reach of Seoul, and therefore students have all of the cultural offerings of Seoul at their fingertips - but are situated in a smaller, less hectic setting.

Program Dates

Fall Semesters are typically from early September through mid December.

Spring Semesters are typically from early March through mid June.

View Ajou's academic calendar for further information.

For More Info

If you have more questions or are ready to apply to the Ajou University Exchange, please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353.

Ajou University

Ajou University is a research-centered private university. Ajou started as an Engineering college, but quickly expanded into other academic fields. It has a strong emphasis on global education, and currently has around 400 exchange students from around the world studying there.

Its College of Business Administration offers many classes of interest to UI business students, and it still has a very strong Engineering program with many of those courses also offered in English. Between its student body of around 14,000 and its location in Suwon, Ajou may be an ideal location for students not looking to get overwhelmed by Seoul's size and density.


Suwon, home to about 1 million people, is the provincial capital and largest city in Gyeonggi-do Province. It sits about 20 miles south of Seoul and is connected to the country’s capital via the subway and rail system. A major cultural and industrial city, Suwon is also home to a number of major universities. Check out further details on Suwon and some tips for sightseeing and travel in this great city.

South Korea

South Korea is a country of about 50 million people located on the Korean Peninsula. Its neighbor to the north, North Korea, grabs more headlines due to military saber rattling, but South Korea is not a country to be overshadowed. With a strong, industrialized economy built after the Korean War, South Korea remains one of the most successful nations in all of Asia. The Visit Korea website has a lot of good information for you to get excited about this great country.

Living Arrangements

UI exchange students are actually provided with free housing for the first semester of their studies at Ajou. If you decide on staying for a year, you will be responsible for paying for the vacation period and the second semester - around $900 - $1200 for the semester (depending on the type of room you decide on. View Ajou's website on housing for further details.

Ajou University has two dormitories for international students: The Woncheon Dormitory Complex (domestic and international students) and the Hwa-Hong Hall (only international students). Together, they house around 2,600 students.

The rooms are all furnished and have direct internet access for free. There are shared shower rooms and kitchens on each floor. In addition to these facilities, there are common rooms, laundry rooms, TV lounges, vending machines, study rooms, a convenience store and a small gym. Check out Ajou's listing of amenities, and some photos and further details about the rooms and amenities on each floor.

Travel Arrangements

Students are advised NOT to purchase airline tickets until they receive acceptance confirmation from both UI and Ajou. If you have questions and/or concerns about this, please contact the study abroad advisor at 319-335-0353.

Students are expected to find their own flights to South Korea, though Study Abroad can assist by providing advice on airfare. Often times, Korean exchange partners will be able to send a local student to the airport to meet incoming students. More info on flights and arrival times will be provided by Ajou closer to the date of departure.

Local Transportation

Ajou is located in Suwon, which is actually attached to Seoul via Seoul's metro system (Line 1 service). It takes a bit over an hour on Line 1 from Suwon Station to Seoul Station (41km) on the metro - the ticket costs around $1.75.


This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. No knowledge of Korean language is necessary.

The number of participants is limited by reciprocity in the numbers to be exchanged. Meeting the minimum requirements for eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The final decision on admissions rests with Ajou.

Eligibility Policy

It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the Cost Sheet for Spring of 2014. This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

The online application for the spring session of this program will be available from 8/1 to 10/11 The application deadline for fall and academic year programs will be available from 12/1 to 3/7. Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application.

Note, students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out Ajou's online application. BEFORE applying to Ajou using their online system, students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Study Abroad will provide information regarding confirmation and preparation after the application cycle. Please contact the program advisor if you have questions - call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Selected students will participate in a pre-departure orientation at the University of Iowa, and there will also be a mandatory on-site orientation upon arrival in Suwon. Details will be provided to accepted students.

Quick Links


Ajou University Exchange Program Site

List of Classes Taught in English

Benefits and Cultural Activities provided by Ajou

Ajou's Academic Calendar


Hwahong Hall - International Dorm

Dormitory Amenities

Dormitory Photos and Expanded Details

Costs, Financial Aid and Scholarships

Ajou's Estimated Costs

UI Schedule of Tuition and Fees

Study Abroad's Information on Financial Aid

Study Abroad's Information on Scholarships

UI Mandated International Health Insurance


UI's online study abroad application

Ajou's Online Application ***Need to make an appointment with Study Abroad advisor before filling out. Call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343