** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Semester or Year
Location: Seoul, South Korea
All students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.5. MSU students must enroll in at least 12 credits while in South Korea.
Semester exchange students will automatically receive a UOS scholarship of 400,000 Korean Won / month (approx. $370 / month) for to assist with living expenses.
Semester exchange students may also be eligible for the Global Korea Scholarship of 800,000 Korean Won per month (approx. $740 / month), international airfare reimbursement and a settling in allowance. If this scholarship is awarded, the UOS scholarship will not be.
Life in Seoul
The Korean peninsula’s location lies adjacent to China, and Japan.
To be exact, the shortest distance between Korean and Chinese coasts is 200 kilometers and from the southeastern tip of the peninsula, it is also 200 kilometers away to the nearest point on the Japanese coast. The Korean peninsula is roughly 1,030 km (612 miles) long and 175 km (105 miles) wide at its narrowest point. The land area is 99,200 sq / km (38,301 square miles), and it has a population of 48.2 million people (2004). Because of its unique geographical location, this makes Korea very viable piece of land and an international hub of Asia.
Korea's climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoonal climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter.
Attractions in Seoul
Seoul is, in a word, modern. The city is fast-paced, wired, and tech-efficient to the teeth. It’s also endowed with a dizzying wealth of cultural facilities where visitors can take in the creativity of Seoul’s artists, learn about its history, or acquaint themselves with new cultural experiences.
In 1392, Seoul was designated the capital of a new dynasty, Joseon, a period in Korean history that lasted until 1910. The traditional epicenter of Seoul is found in the Gwangwhamun district where palaces, shrines, and temples abound, along with traditional markets that are open nearly all hours of the day. Traditional Seoul is a fulfilling visit that brings visitors one step closer to the history of Korea.
Mountains. Parks. Rivers. Streams.
Seoul is one of the world’s largest cities but urbanization of Korea’s capital has never meant abandonment of special areas dedicated to preservation of wildlife. For avid hikers and bikers, an excursion is never too far away. The following is a list of sites where visitors may reconnect with nature.
Seoul subway system is one of the most convenient and fastest systems in the world. Seoul's subway system consists of 8 lines operated by the Seoul Metropolitan Subway Corporation (SMSC) and the Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation (SMRT), and one line run by the Korean National Railroad (KNR). The color-coded subway lines are easily recognizable. Simply click on the Cyber Subway Guide and you will be transported to the most hi-tech subway guide available. This revolutionary guide will tell you the quickest way to travel, where to transfer, and fare information. All you have to do is click on your point of origin and your desired destination. The Cyber Subway Guide will do the rest.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government operates newly designed buses on the newly adjusted routes as of July 1, 2004. New bus stop signs are easily recognizable as they are colorized according to the type of city buses: Blue, Green, Red and Yellow.
Taxis are plentiful, clean, safe, and inexpensive in Korea. There are three kinds of taxis -- general taxis, deluxe taxis, and call taxis. The last two types of taxis offer a higher standard of service compared to the first, but are more expensive than the first. You cannot always expect a taxi driver to be fluent in English, so it is advisable to tell the landmarks (many major hotels and attracts) near the destination. Vacant taxis have indicator lamps on, in front of the assistant driver seat and on the roof.
Academic Calendar (2014-2015)
Preferred Arrival Date
February 27, 2014
August 28, 2014
February 28, 2014
August 29, 2014
March 3, 2014
September 1, 2014
Mid-term : April
Final : June
Mid-term : October
Final : December
Break (from - to)
June 24 - August 30, 2014
December 22, 2014 - February 28, 2015
June 24, 2014
*extension possible upon request
only for Students Dormitory
December 23, 2013
*extension possible upon request
(Students from non-Europe)
November 31, 2014
May 31, 2014
Exchange students are guaranteed to stay in on-campus housing.
Type of student housing available
Student Dormitory or International House on campus
* Off-campus housing in under each student's sole responsibility
Room Type of Student Dormitory
Each room of double occupancy, 15 rooms on each of the 7 floors
- Shower room, Toliet, and Laundry are shared
- Extension possible during summer or winter vacations Fees : 560,000 won/semester+80,000 won deposi = 640,000 won
* Fees for vacation (about 2 months) : 280,000 won
* Application for vaction housing takes place before each semester ends.
Room Type of International House
Each unit with 2 rooms / 3 rooms / 4 rooms of single occupancy
- Living room, Shower room, Toilet, and Laundry are shared.
- Extension impossible during summer or winter vacations
* Fees : 800,000 won/semester +80,000 won deposit = 880,000 won
In both housings, male and female sections are segregated each other.
We do ask your understanding.
Allocation will be done on random basis.
Fees are payable on your arrival at UOS.
Deposit will be refunded after the fees for usage of facilities are deducted.
Exchange students are those who have applied and are nominated by an overseas university under a formal exchange agreement. Exchange student candidates can apply through the international office of their home university. Tuition is paid to the home university, and in most cases, the application and documentation fee is waived. Students from UOS partner universities can apply for the UOS student exchange program. Applications should proceed with the approval of the international office of the students' home university.
Updated by: Rachael A.
Date Updated: July 28, 2014