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University of Seoul Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer, Fall, Spring, Calendar Year, Academic Year


Seoul, South Korea




• 3.0 cumulative GPA minimum

• Good academic and non-academic standing

• Have completed at least one year of full-time for-credit study at UI

• UI student

• No language requirement

Application Due:

• Summer: 3/6

• Fall (Sept-Dec) & Academic Year (Sept-Jun): 3/15

• Spring (Mar-Jun) & Calendar Year (Mar-Dec): 10/15

Program Cost:

Click Application tab for details


Tiered seating on grass during summer with students talking and studying

Campus in the late Spring

The University of Seoul Exchange Program offers students the opportunity to study at Seoul's only municipal university. The stated vision of the University of Seoul (UOS) is to prepare Seoul for its continued growth and the pitfalls that come along with this expansion. The university has around 15,000 students but has the lowest student to faculty ratio in Korea and is consistently ranked in the top universities for student satisfaction in Korea. UOS offers some courses taught in English in a variety of disciplines. UI students may study at UOS for a semester, summer, academic year, or calendar year.


Modern cut wood seating area

Modern Outdoor Seating Area

UOS has English-language course offerings in public administration, international relations, business administration, engineering, architecture and urban planning, and Korean studies. Several levels of Korean language courses are also available. Exchange students are required to take a minimum of 12 s.h. per semester and are able to take up to 18 s.h. per semester while studying at UOS. Credit received from UOS will be treated as transfer credit. Interested students should make an appointment with the UI Study Abroad advisor for more information on transfer credit and be prepared to consult with their academic advisor, as well.

Summer Program

This program is eligible to use the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant.

Every summer, UOS hosts the Seoul International Summer School (SISS), which is open to UI students and runs for about five weeks. Interested students should browse the SISS summer course offerings and consider which courses they are interested in taking. Participants take two courses at 3 s.h. each for a total of 6 s.h. Taking a Korean language course is recommended as students will find it helpful for daily communication, but it is not required. (Only beginning-level Korean language is offered.) Please see below for information about taking these courses to fulfill UI General Education Requirements.

The summer program includes the "Exploring Korean Culture" course where students participate in field trips and write essays about their experiences for an additional 2 s.h. of credit. A highlight of this course is the four-day field trip to Jeju Island. Please note that this course carries an additional cost of approximately $800 for the excursion to Jeju Island. This course will transfer to UI as elective credits. Students may also choose to join the group field trips, not submit essays and not receive academic credit.

The summer program also includes cultural activities and the "Seoul Mate" buddy program to match international students with Korean students.

A maxium of 4 UI students can participate in the 2017 summer program. Acceptance will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, assuming all other eligibility criteria is met. Interested students should review the PDFSISS 2017 brochure.Note: The application deadline for UI students is March 6, 2017. Please disregard the later date listed in the program brochure.

General Education Courses

If you do not see the course(s) you are interested in below, please contact the UI Study Abroad advisor to have your preferred course(s) reviewed. Please read about the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Education requirements first before requesting the review. When emailing your UI Study Abroad advisor, please include the UOS course title and the specific UI General Education category for which you would like the course reviewed.

The following courses have been reviewed for General Education requirements at the University of Iowa:

Climate Change and Cities – Approved for International and Global Issues
Globalization and Multicultural Societies – Approved for International and Global Issues; Denied for Social Science
International Relations in East Asia – Approved for Social Science
Korean Culture and Society – Approved for Values, Society, and Diversity

Korea and Globalization – Denied for International and Global Issues; Denied for Social Science
Introduction to Korean Politics – Denied for Social Science


Fall semesters are typically from early September through mid December.

Spring semesters are typically from early March through mid June.

The summer program is typically from late June to late July. Summer 2017 program dates are June 27, 2017 - July 28, 2017.

Please refer to UOS's exchange program calendar for further information.

For More Information

If you have questions or are ready to apply to this program, please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5). The Study Abroad receptionists can help you schedule an advising appointment.

University of Seoul

The University of Seoul is a public university funded and supported by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. It is much smaller than UI, only having around 15,000 students, but offers a great personalized education. UOS has had the lowest ratio of students to faculty, the highest financial investment per student and has consistently ranked in the top positions for students' satisfaction.


Seoul is the political and cultural capital of South Korea. Its population of 10.5 million are spread throughout a city about the same size as Chicago. Neon signs, skyscrapers, and an incredibly computer-savvy populace belie the true age of the city; Seoul has been inhabited for around 2000 years. Seoul’s international atmosphere has turned it into one of the most cosmopolitan cities in not just Asia, but the world.

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

Modern Architecture dorms in the winter time

UOS's Beautiful Modern Dorms

Semester Program

UI students participating on the semester-length exchange may apply for on-campus housing, but placement is not guaranteed. Students can apply for placement in the on-campus student dormitory or International House which offers apartment-style living with shared communal space for up to four residents (2, 3 or 4 rooms). Housing fees will be paid on site and will be between $600 and $800 for the semester (this fee includes a deposit of $75).

Students who prefer to seek independent housing arrangements are allowed to do so, but should note that it can be extremely difficult to find quality short-term housing in Seoul as a student. UOS recommends the UR Seoul off-campus housing option near Seoul Train Station (twenty minutes from UOS by subway). UI and UOS staff will not necessarily be able to assist students with finding other independent housing arrangements.

Summer Program

Summer ISS students are required to live on-campus. Check-in and check-out dates/times will be communicated to students prior to the beginning of the program. There is a $250 mandatory fee for housing that students will pay directly to UOS upon arrival in Seoul.

Travel Arrangements

Students are advised NOT to purchase airline tickets until they receive acceptance confirmation from both UI and UOS. If you have questions and/or concerns regarding 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. UOS can, however, send a SeoulMate (your UOS Buddy) to the airport to meet you. More information will be provided by UOS closer to the date of departure.

Local Transportation

UOS is located just a bit northeast of downtown Seoul and has easy access via the Seoul subway (Line #1) at the "Hoegi" station. Students can also use various buses that service the university and its surroundings.

The Seoul Metropolitan Subway is quite impressive, allowing you to get almost anywhere you would like to go. It is the world's most extensive system by length and is the second largest in the world by number of stations (after NYC Subway).

For more information on local transportation options and some very helpful, must read, information before you go - please look at Visit Seoul's Transportation Guide and Seoul's Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corp Home Site for the Subway.


This program is open to UI students who are in both good academic and non-academic (disciplinary) standing. Students must have completed at least one year of full-time for-credit study at UI by the time of participating in the exchange. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Proficiency in the Korean language is helpful, but not required as courses are taught in English.

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 the University of Seoul. For the summer program, 4 UI students is the maximum capacity and acceptance will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis (assuming all other eligibility criteria is met).

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 Costs


University of Iowa students pay their regular University of Iowa tuition and mandatory student fees and then study at our partner university without further tuition payment.

Study Abroad Administrative Fees

University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are charged for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

Cost Sheets

Cost sheets are documents that outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include 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. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet by calling 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Summer Cost Sheets

PDFCost Sheet for University of Seoul Exchange, Summer 2017 - for College of Liberal Arts & Sciences students

PDFCost Sheet for University of Seoul Exchange, Summer 2017 - for Tippie College of Business students

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is eligible to use the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant.

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 visit 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 semester program will be available from 8/1 to 10/15.

The online application for the Fall semester and Academic Year programs will be available from 1/1 to 3/15.

The online application for the Summer program will be available from 1/1 to 3/6.

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 UOS's online application. BEFORE applying to UOS 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 (M-F, 8-5).

University of Seoul International Summer School (SISS) 2017

Confirmation of Participation

Once you have been accepted as a nominee by University of Iowa, you must confirm your participation. Please print and complete the Confirmation of Participation form included below. The completed Confirmation of Participation form must be turned in to UI Study Abroad, 1111 UCC by March 31, 2017. Please carefully read the Withdrawal Policy information included on the Confirmation of Participation before signing the form.

University of Seoul Confirmation of Participation and Withdrawal Policy - Summer 2017PDF

In addition, students should review the following:

Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

UI Financial Aid Information

Students are also encouraged to fill out the Medical Self-AssessmentPDF form and use it to determine if a follow-up visit to your physician or to Student Health & Wellness would be beneficial to help you prepare for this trip. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.

Online Application for University of Seoul International Summer School

After all student nominations have been sent to UOS, your UI Study Abroad advisor will email you in mid-March and ask you to complete UOS's online application. The deadline to complete the UOS online application is April 7, 2017.

UOS will notify students of their acceptance status via the online application portal. Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until they have received their official acceptance from UOS.


Students will be required to complete the International Programs mandatory online "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" prior to departure. Students will also be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by UI Study Abroad. Details of the orientation will be provided by your UI Study Abroad advisor.


Any students who will need to apply for a Korean visa will need to wait until receiving their official admission letter from UOS before they can begin applying for a Korean visa. UI Study Abroad staff can provide some assistance and advising on the Korean visa application process, but ultimately the individual traveler (the student) is the person who is responsible for providing correct information on the visa application and securing the visa and all other required documentation prior to travel.

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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