UMD: A Globally Connected University
ENGR Exchange: Korea University (Korea)
Korea University provides students an opportunity to meet others from across the globe. With 23,000 students and 56 academic departments, KU is one of the top universities in Korea and the world. The International One-Stop Center (IOSC) is available to assist students with academic inquiries, cultural excursions and on-campus student activities. Students seeking an unforgettable experience, including interactions with top world diplomats, will find Korea University to be their perfect international experience. With its majestic gothic architecture, sprawling lawns, seasonal trees, and abundant flowers, Korea University's 128-acre campus is considered one of the most beautiful in Korea. The campus is only a 10 minute ride from the Seoul city center.
Korea University is located in Seoul, which is Korea's political, cultural and economic center. A thriving metropolis, Seoul is the home of embassies, theaters, stores and high-tech office buildings. Amongst tall modern buildings sit ancient palaces, temples, and shrines set against crowded markets and the peaceful Han River that runs through the city center. Known as one of the most wired cities in the world, students in Seoul can take advantage of Korea's position on the cutting edge of global technology. With a population of approximately 11 million people, Seoul continues to expand outward.
Korea University and the University of Maryland are both part of the Universitas 21 consortium. KU offers a U21 scholarship to students from U21 partner universities.
The U21 scholarship is given to either exchange students or study abroad students studying at Korea University per semester. U21 member universities are based on the U21 executive office's member institutions. Students don’t need to apply for the scholarship since it’s automatically provided.
Amount of scholarship:
U21 member universities in Asia: 250,000 KRW
Other U21 member universities: 500,000 KRW
Note: 'KRW' is the currency of South Korea
More information can be found on the KU website.
Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
- You must be an ENGR major
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
Students can choose from any of the undergraduate courses offered at Korea University. Students must coordinate with departmental advisors to pre-arrange transfer credit for these courses. Disciplines available: Architectural Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
Please see the KU website for course options.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit on your UMD transcript. UMD uses the following conversion to assess how many credits you will get from this program:
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
All exchange students are guaranteed a place in University accommodations provided they meet the conditions of the guarantee. There are several options in regards to accommodation.
Please visit the KU website for more information on housing: http://reslife.korea.ac.kr/v1/src/main/page.php?code=intro
UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:
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