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University of Seoul Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer, Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Seoul, South Korea




2.5 cumulative GPA minimum

Good academic and non-academic standing

At least sophomore standing

UI student

No language requirement

Application Due:

Summer: 3/1

Fall/Academic Year: 4/1

Spring: 10/31

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 a wonderful opportunity to study in Seoul, at a smaller and more personalized university. 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.

This program is ideal for students who have interests in Engineering, Business, International Relations, and Korean. UOS offers a great intensive Korean language and culture program that is perfect for those wishing to learn (more) Korean.


Modern cut wood seating area

Modern Outdoor Seating Area

The University of Seoul has seven different colleges, with strengths in Public Affairs, Urban Sciences, Business Administration and Engineering. They also have a college of Humanities, but it is mostly for languages. The various colleges offer some English taught classes, but not many. There are only around fifty or so courses offered in English, however, they allow the student a more focused and easier course selection process - or simply allow the student to study Korean Language and Culture.

All UI students who participate on this exchange for a semester-length term will automatically receive a UOS scholarship of 200,000 KRW - 400,000 KRW per month. In return, UOS will require a service commitment for these students such as being an English conversational partners for UOS Korean students or assisting UOS faculty and staff with various projects related to campus internationalization goals.

Exchange students are required to take a minimum of 12 s.h. per semester and are able to take up to 20 s.h. per semester while studying at UOS. It is also important to note that the credit received from UOS will be treated as transfer credit. Make an appointment with the Study Abroad advisor for more information on credit transfer.

Summer Program

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

Every summer, UOS hosts the International Summer School (ISS), which is open to all UI students and runs for about five weeks. Course listings can be found at the link above on UOS' website. The summer program also includes excursions, cultural activities, field trips, and the "Seoul Mate" buddy program to match international students with Korean students. A highlight is the four-day field trip to Jeju Island, which carries an additional cost of approximately $300.

Before applying directly to UOS for the summer program, students must submit an application to the UI Study Abroad office. Please click on the "Application" tab for further details.

To have UOS courses reviewed for applicability towards UI General Education Requirements, please contact the Study Abroad advisor regarding your desired course(s) and desired General Education Requirement area (e.g. Historical Perspectives).


Fall term is typically from early September through mid December.

Spring term is typically from early March through mid June.

Summer term is typically from late June to late July. Summer 2016 program dates are June 27, 2016 - July 28, 2016.

Visit UOS's Exchange Program Calendar for further details.

For More Information

If you have more questions or are ready to apply to the University of Seoul Exchange, please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5).

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

UI students participating on the exchange are guaranteed placement in housing. Students will be placed in either the on-campus student dormitory or International House or in the off-campus housing option near Seoul Train Station (twenty minutes from UOS by subway). The International House offers more apartment style living with shared communal space between for up to four residents (2, 3 or 4 rooms). Housing fees will be paid for 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. UI and UOS staff will not necessarily be able to assist students with finding independent housing arrangements.

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 info on flights and arrival times 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 worlds 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 at least sophomore standing by the time of participating in the exchange. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.

Both undergraduate and graduate students may participate. 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.

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

The Study Abroad office will prepare an updated cost sheet for Summer 2016 and post it here once it is finalized. Summer participants will pay the current 3-6 s.h. UI tuition & fees rate. Final pricing is being determined.

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 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 10/31.

The online application for the Fall semester and Academic Year programs will be available from 1/1 to 4/1.

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

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).

Orientation Information

Accepted applicants will be required to attend two orientations - one pre-departure hosted by the University of Iowa, and one upon arrival hosted by University of Seoul. Specifics of each orientation will be communicated to accepted applicants after acceptance, and accepted applicants will receive detailed orientation/preparation materials directly from UoS.

Onsite Orientation

UOS will make special arrangements to have your SeoulMate (UOS Buddy) pick you up at the airport.

Students will then be required to attend an onsite three-day orientation at UOS. This orientation starts with a Korean language placement test (for those desiring to study Korean), and then has an opening ceremony. Students will learn how to open a bank account, apply for their commuter pass, and other very useful daily life things, as well as have tours and other various campus orientations.


Accepted students will be directed and assisted through the Korean visa application process. It is a fairly easy process, and accepted students will have assistance throughout this process.

There are no photos available for this program yet. Do you have any photos to share with us? If you do, please contact us at:

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

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