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International Students

* Please make sure to read the Application Guide carefully before making your application.
Applicants are responsible for the acknowledgement of the information provided in the Application Guide.

2018 Fall Semester Application Guide Download

  • Application Forms include ① Application Form ② Self-Introduction ③ Study Plan ④ Recommendation Letter
  • These forms are just for reference. Applicants are required to complete all the forms in the online application.

Application Calendar

Degree Program Schedule
Item Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Location / Remarks
Online Application
Submission
March 13
-
April 19,
2018
August 21
-
October 18,
2018
The Office of International Affairs
website : http://oia.korea.ac.kr
Application Materials
Submission
March 13
-
April 20,
2018
August 21
-
October 19,
2018
- International Admissions Team,
#301 Dongwon Global Leadership Hall,
145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02841, Korea
※ Office closed on weekends and public holidays
Result Release June 8, 2018 November 30, 2018 - Results are available online: http://oia.korea.ac.kr.
- The letter of acceptance, tuition invoice and
registration confirmation can be printed out from
the website.
Registration for
Admitted Students
July 11 - 16, 2018 December 17 - 20,
2018
- Tuition deposit must be paid via bank transfer,
ATM, internet banking, phone banking and etc.
to the virtual bank account provided by Korea University.
  • Dates are subject to change.
  • All supporting documents must be received by the stated deadline (Korean local time).
    (Application will be completed only when the application fee payment and document submission is successfully completed by the deadline.)
  • Please use certified mail, parcel service or International Express Mail with a tracking number in order to check the delivery status for avoiding delays or delivery failures.

Fields of Study (Seoul Campus)

College/Division Field Major
Korea University Business School Humanities Business Administration
College of Liberal Arts Humanities Korean Language and Literature
Philosophy
Korean History
History
Psychology
Sociology
Classical Chinese
English Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
Chinese Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Linguistics
College of Life Sciences Science Life Sciences
Biotechnology
Food Bioscience and Technology
Environmental Science and
Ecological Engineering
Humanities Food and Resource Economics
College of Political Science
and Economics
Humanities Political Science and International
Economics
Statistics
Public Administration
College of Science Science Mathematics
Physics
Chemistry
Earth and Environmental Sciences
College of Engineering Science Chemical & Biological Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural
Architecture(5 years)
Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Management Engineering
Electrical Engineering
College of Medicine Science Medicine*
College of Education1) Humanities Education
Korean Language Education
English Education
Geography Education
History Education
Science Home Economics Education
Mathematics Education
Phys. Ed. Physical Education
College of Nursing Science Nursing*
College of Informatics Science Computer Science & Engineering
School of Art and Design Art and Design Art and Design
Division of International Studies Humanities International Studies (English Only)
School of Media & Communication Humanities Media & Communication
College of Health Science Science Biomedical Engineering
Biosystem & Biomedical Science
Health Environmental Science
Humanities Health Policy & Management
School of Interdisciplinary Studies2) Humanities · Science School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • The list is subject to change. Please check for updates before submitting your online application.
  • Applications for the College of Medicine and College of Nursing are only open to freshman and for spring semester intake.

1) According to the Regulations for Student Enrollment of the College of Education, the acceptance rate of international students cannot exceed 10% of the admission quota, and transfer applicants are not eligible to apply (freshman only).

2) Only the applicants who are applying as a freshman can choose School of Interdisciplinary Studies as their intended major.

3) Applicants who are applying as an international freshman (where both the applicant and applicant’s parent(s) are of non-Korean citizens) may select first and second choice of major.

4) The primary language of instruction for the Division of International Studies (DIS) is English. Those who apply to DIS must submit a proof of an official language proficiency in English.

5) The percentage of English taught courses in each major differs so please refer to the course catalogue by visiting the website displayed below.

※ Websites for each college, major and course catalogue

- To learn more about each college and major:
   http://registrar.korea.ac.kr > English > Undergraduate

- To view course catalogue and the primary language of instruction:
   http://registrar.korea.ac.kr > English > Course Catalog > Click on the relevant academic year, semester,
   Seoul campus, College and major and click on search

Eligibility and Requirements

A. Academic/Citizenship Requirements
Academic/Citizenship Requirements
Eligibility Requirements
Freshman A non-Korean citizen applicant with non-Korean citizen parent(s)
  • Both the applicant and the applicant parent(s) must be non-Korean citizens.
  • The applicant must have completed (or is expected to complete) regular primary and secondary education, equivalent to Grade 1 to 12 in Korean education system, either in Korea or overseas.
A non-Korean citizen applicant with Korean citizen parent(s)
  • The applicant must be a non-Korean citizen.
  • The applicant must have completed regular primary and secondary education,
    equivalent to Grade 1 to 12 in Korean education system, overseas.
Transfer

* For applicants who have attended two or three-year college, only those who have graduated can apply as a transfer student.

A non-Korean citizen applicant with non-Korean citizen parent(s)
  • Both the applicant and the applicant’s parent(s) must be non-Korean citizens.
  • The applicant must have completed (or is expected to complete) regular primary and secondary education, equivalent to Grade 1 to 12 in Korean education system, either in Korea or overseas.
  • The applicant must have an academic record of minimum two years completed in an undergraduate program at a regular four-year.
A non-Korean citizen applicant with Korean citizen parent(s)
  • The applicant must be a non-Korean citizen.
  • The applicant must have completed regular primary and secondary education overseas and have an academic record of minimum two years completed in an undergraduate program at a regular four-year university.

※ Important notes about citizenship

- Citizenship status is determined at the time of application submission.

- A Korean citizen who holds dual citizenship cannot apply as an international student.

- If the applicant and applicant’s parent(s) renounced Korea citizenship, official documents (i.e. Certificate
of Loss of Korean citizenship, Family Register Certificate) must be provided as evidence even if the
applicant and the applicant’s parent(s) possess nationality of another country and have never lived in
Korea before. → The document must contain explicit notes on the loss of Korean citizenship and its date.

- Submitting an application for renunciation of Korean citizenship as proof of one’s loss of Korean citizenship is not
considered valid.

- If the applicant has a single parent, the legal guardian’s citizenship will be considered for the applicant’s
eligibility.

- In order to be eligible for “a non-Korean citizen applicant with non-Korean citizen parent(s)”, the applicant and
applicant’s parent(s) must have obtained citizenship of another country before high school.

B. Language Proficiency Requirements (for both freshmen and transfer applicants)
Please submit one or more of the following documents:

1) For Korean:
A score report of the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) or a certificate of completion from the Korean Language Center at Korea University or other universities

2) For English:
A score report of TOEFL iBT or IELTS (academic)

3) For applicants who have completed the entire curriculum of secondary education with Korean or English as their primary language of instruction, official high school transcripts may be submitted as an alternative.

C. Intensive Korean Language Training and Restrictions on Major Course Enrollment

Admitted students may be subject to obligatory Intensive Korean Language training and restrictions on enrollment in major courses based on the submitted TOPIK score or the level completed at the
Korean Language Center at Korea University or at the Korean language institute of another university in Korea.

Conditional Enrollment based on Language Proficiency
Options Language Proficiency Enrollment Restrictions
Korean TOPIK level 5-6 certificate or an official certificate of completion equivalent to TOPIK level 5-6 issued by the Korean Language Center at KU or by the Korean language institute of another university in Korea. No restrictions
TOPIK level 4 certificate or an official certificate of completion equivalent to TOPIK level 4 issued by the Korean Language Center at KU or by the Korean language institute of another university in Korea. - Admitted students are required to enroll in an Intensive Korean Language Program for one semester. They are allowed to register for up to 19 credits per semester, including up to 6 credits from major courses.
TOPIK level 3 certificate or an official certificate of completion equivalent to TOPIK level 3 issued by the Korean Language Center at KU or by the Korean language institute of another university in Korea. - Admitted students are required to enroll in an Intensive Korean Language Program for two semesters. They are allowed to enroll in general education courses for up to 19 credits per semester, but are restricted from enrolling in major courses.

※ The Institute for Global Education may grant an exemption from the Intensive Korean Language Program to students with high English language proficiency, depending on certain criteria such as the number of English-mediated courses offered at their departments.

※ After enrollment, a test will be conducted at KU to confirm the Korean language level of students who have submitted certificates issued by the Korean language institutes of other universities.

Required Documents

A. Mandatory Documents
Conditional Enrollment based on Language Proficiency
Online Application Mandatory for all applicants Only for those concerned
  • Application form
  • Self-Introduction
  • Study Plan
  • School record
  • A Copy of Applicants Passport
  • A cop of ID cards (including parent(s))
  • Family relationship certificate
  • Recommendation letter
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official high school graduation (prospective)
    certificate
  • Applicants for Art & Design: portfolio
      (A4 size, max. 10 pages)
     - An official confirmation letter by
      applicant
     - Statement of verfication for portfolio

  • Non-Korean applicant with Korean
      parent(s):
     - Transcripts, Certificates of Enrollment
      and graduation from primary to middle
      school for all grades, a certificate showing
      entry and exit records, issued by the
      Korean Immigration Office
     - A list of optional documents (if any)
     - High school graduation test score
      report (huikao) for Chinese nationals only
※ For transfer students:
  • Official trnascript of previous university/college

  • Certificate of attendance of (prospective) completion of two full academic years (four semesters) in the degree program at a four-year university

  • Certificate of graduation from two to three year college
B. Optional Documents
  • Awards, certificates, admission offer letters from other universities or any other documents demonstrating the academic achievements of the applicant since high school may be submitted.
  • Gaokao (高考) reports of Chinese applicants must be in English and certified by CHSI or CDGDC.
    Certified reports:
    : www.chsi.com.cn)
    : www.cdgdc.edu.cn)
  • All submitted optional documents must be listed in the form provided by KU (http://oia.korea.ac.kr > Degree Program > Application Guide > International Students > Document Form > Download).

Contact

  • Address : #301, Dongwon Global Leadership Hall, Korea University, 145 Anam-ro, Seungbuk-gu, Seoul, 02841 Korea
  • Working Hours : 09:00-17:30 on weekdays(Korean Time, Lunch: 12:00-13:00)
  • Phone : +82-2-3290-5156/5157
  • Fax : +82-2-922-5820
  • Email: (admission@adm.korea.ac.kr)
  • Website : (http://oia.korea.ac.kr)