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Study Abroad in South Korea

Korea University is widely acknowledged as one of South Korea’s oldest, largest, and top-ranked universities. The Sejong campus is located in the center of Korea in Jochiwon. The university aims to become one of the top 100 universities in the world and is aggressively pursuing a strategy of internationalization. The Sejong campus will become an international town where students from all over the world will study, interact, and enhance global understanding of language and cultures. In addition to becoming one of the world’s top international universities, Korea University Sejong Campus is teaming up with industry to become a top research university in the fields of science and technology.

Students will enroll in the ITS (International Town at Sejong) program which includes a scholarship valued at nearly $3000 and includes airfare, room and board, and a living stipend. ITS is a language and culture exchange program that benefits both UNC students and the students at Korea University.

While studying at Korea University at Sejong, you earn course credits with scholarship support. International students who participate in ITS will earn transferable credits and have more than 100 courses offered each semester that are taught in English by top-tier professors at Korea University at Sejong. ITS also offers Korean language classes that make living in Korea a more rewarding and enjoyable experience for international students.


Jochiwon, Korea is home to Korea University Sejong campus. This central Korean town is only a short distance from Seoul, the heart beat of the Korean economy. Students can reach Seoul by train or car in approximately 90 minutes. Other large cities located near Korea University are Daejon, Chunan, and Chungjoo accessible by a quick 30 minute drive.

In Jochiwon, there are many restaurants, bars, cafes, karaoke, convenience stores, bookshops, stationery stores, supermarkets, beauty shops, internet cafes, studio-flats, opticians, pharmacies and so on. If you venture out of the university area, there are many other places to go to in Seoul and beyond.

Public transportation in and around Jochiwon is plentiful and easily accessible. A free shuttle bus runs from campus to the train station every 20 minutes. The nearest train station is Jochiwon Station, where you take trains to the north (Sanghaengsun) and to the south (Hahaengsun) part of the country. There are two kinds of trains in Jochiwon. The first is Saemaul Express which boasts comfortable interior spaces, a variety of services, and superior operating capabilities. The second Mugunghwa-ho, which provides standard train services.

Namsan Tower Seoul

The Old Royal Palace in Seoul

Typical South Korean Street



Students will find a number of activities outside the classroom.  First, a group of activities are reserved for ITS program participants only. In addition, a wide variety of exciting extra-curricular activities are available in the areas of music, dance, performance, sports, religion, etc.  Students are encouraged to join and enjoy those activities relevant to their personal interest.

UNC students are matched up with a KU student for mutual mentoring. Every UNC student is to develop and lead a club with a group of KU students of an academic, athletic, or aesthetic interest. UNC students will also participate in KU's English clinic where they will help students practice English writing and speaking.


Students will participate in the ITS program. You will be required to take one course in Korean Language as well as one course in Korean Culture. The language course will transfer back as FL195 (LAC 7).

Students can select their remaining classes from a wide selection of courses offered in English including courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Sports and Exercise Science, Business, Economics, Political Science, English, Sociology, and Anthropology.

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This program is open to all majors. Four to five available spots are open to UNC students each semester. Students may apply for one semester or one academic year.

To be eligible for the scholarship (paid room, living stipend, and partial airfare), students must have 3.0 GPA or above at the time of application and acceptance and completed two semesters of study before departure.


Students must first complete the UNC study abroad application and an additional application for KU, which can be obtained from their Study Abroad Advisor.

Important Dates

Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Semester: Late August-Mid December

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester: Early March- Mid June


Students who study in Korea are required to obtain a D-2 student visa before departure. In order to apply for the visa, you will need the "Certificate of Admission" issued by KU. If you enter Korea with a tourist visa, you will be asked to leave and re-enter Korea with an appropriate visa (at your own expense). It is recommended you visit the Korean embassy website and contact the consular directly to verify fees and the process for the visa application.

Visa Application Information


Students will pay their regular tuition and fees to UNC. Korea University is offering financial assistance to eligible students to help finance airfare and living expenses while in Korea (valued at approx $3000). To be eligible, students must have 3.0 GPA or above at the time of application and acceptance. Students must agree to live with Korean roommates, take 6 credits of Korean Language and Culture, and participate in activities organized by Korea University including field trips, English clinics for KU students, conversation sessions with KU students for at least 1 hour per day, and international club meetings.

The budget given below is in US dollars is an estimate and subject to change.

error_outline All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.

  • Housing

    As part of the ITS program, students will live in dorms shared with two Korean roommates. The dorms include recreation and laundry facilities, as well as a cafeteria. Two meals a day will be provided in the dorms. Each room is equipped with super high speed internet, free of charge.

  • Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

    Tuition and Fees


    International Health Insurance


    Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


    Total Program Fees


  • Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

    The below estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.

    Housing and meals (KU provides scholarship for this)


    Airfare (KU will reimburse up to $1000)


    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


    In-country health insurance


    Texts/course materials


    Essential Daily Living Expenses


    Total Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)


    Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel (not included in financial aid calculation)