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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.

2019 Spring Semester Application Guide Download

  • Application Forms include
    ① Application Form ② Self-Introduction ③ Study Plan ④ Recommendation Letter ⑤ Letter of Consent
  • 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
- Online application will be completed only when the application fee payment and online document submission, including Personal Statement and Study Plan, is successfully completed by the deadline.
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
- All supporting documents must arrive by the
stated deadline (Korean local time).
- 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.
Notice of Acceptance June 8, 2018 November 30, 2018 - Results are available online only: http://oia.korea.ac.kr.
- The International Admissions Office does not notify admission results to applicants individually.
Registration for
Admitted Students
July 11 - 16, 2018 December 17 - 19,
2018 (TBA)
- Tuition deposit must be paid via bank transfer,
ATM, internet banking, phone banking and etc.
to the virtual bank account provided by Korea University.

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)2)
Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Management Engineering
Electrical Engineering
College of Medicine Science Medicine
College of Education3) 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)4)
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 Studies Humanities · Science School of Interdisciplinary Studies5)
  • 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) 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.

2) Architecture major is 5-year program.

3) 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).

4) For International Studies, all classes are delivered in English.

5) Only freshman applicants can apply to the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in which students are allowed to choose major across different fields

6) Please refer to the following information for the each courses and academic information

- To learn more about each college and major:
   http://registrar.korea.ac.kr > Academic Affairs > Departments

- To view course catalogue and the primary language of instruction:
   http://registrar.korea.ac.kr> Academic Information > Course Registration > Courses

Eligibility and Requirements

A. Citizenship/Academic Requirements
Citizenship/Academic Requirements
Eligibility Requirements Notes
Freshman 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 complete regular primary and secondary education, equivalent to Grade 1 to 12 in Korean education system, either in Korea or overseas.
Applicant must graduate
before Feb. 2019
A non-Korean citizen applicant
with Korean citizen parent(s)
  • The applicant must be a non-Korean citizen.
  • The applicant must complete regular primary and secondary education, equivalent to Grade 1 to 12 in Korean education system, overseas.
Transfer 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 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 2 years completed* in an undergraduate program at a regular four-year university.
※ ‘2 years completed’ means applicants must have earned a half of the total academic credits required for graduation at another four-year university.

Applicants who have
attended two or three
year college must
complete their degree
successfully and
graduate by Feb. 2019
A non-Korean citizen applicant
with Korean citizen parent(s)
  • The applicant must be a non-Korean citizen.
  • The applicant must complete regular primary and secondary education overseas and have an academic record of minimum 2 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
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 Major Course Enrollment based on the submitted TOPIK score or the level completed at the Korean Language Center at Korea University (KU KLC).

Conditional Enrollment based on Language Proficiency
Korean Language Level Korean Language Training Course Enrollment
· TOPIK level 5-6
· KU KLC level 5-6
No training No restrictions
· TOPIK level 4
· KU KLC level 4
1 semester of obligatory training Up to 6 credits per regular semester (Students are allowed to enroll in general education courses and earn up to 19 credits per semester.)
· TOPIK level 3 or lower
· KU KLC level 3 or lower
2 semesters of obligatory training Not allowed to enroll in major courses (Students are allowed to enroll in general education courses and earn up to 19 credits per semester.)

※ 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 relevant departments.

※ After enrollment, students who submitted certificates issued by the Korean language institutes of other universities as proof of their Korean language proficiency have the opportunity to go through a placement test at KU to confirm their level of Korean Language proficiency.

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
  • Letter of Consent
  • A photocopy of the passport information page of the applicant oneself and 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)
     - Statement of verfication for portfolio
  • Non-Korean citizen applicants with Korean
      citizen parent(s):
     - Academic transcripts, and certificates of enrollment
      and graduation from primary to middle school
     - A Certificate of Entry and Exit, issued by the Korean
      Immigration Office
  • Korean-born Foreigners
     - An official document that proves the applicant and
      the applicant’s parent(s) no longer possess
      Korean citizenship.
※ For transfer students:
  • Official trnascript of previous university/college

  • Certificate of attendance or completion of two full academic years (four semesters) in a degree program at a four-year university or Certificate of graduation from a two- or 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.
  • All submitted optional documents must be listed in the form provided by KU

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)