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ENGR Exchange: Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) (Korea)

Pohang, Korea
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
Pohang University of Science and Technology, or POSTECH, is a private university dedicated to research and education in science and technology. Consistently well ranked amongst Asian higher education institutions and in the world rankings, the university has 11 undergraduate departments and 21 graduate departments specializing in Physics, Chemistry, Life Science, Mathematics, and Engineering. A relatively new university in Asia, POSTECH was modelled after the California Institute of Technology and officially opened on December 3, 1986.

POSTECH was ranked 4th in the World's Best Small Universities by the London-based Times Higher Education, 2016. POSTECH offers a unique opportunity to experience Korea at a small university dedicated to the student experience.

Host City
POSTECH is located in Pohang, South Korea, which is located approximately 250 miles southeast of Seoul, the capital city of Korea.  Pohang was once a small fishing village until POSCO found its steel-making plants near this coastal town in 1970. It was the birth of POSTECH in 1986 that firmly established Pohang’s reputation as a center for science and technology. Pohang and the surrounding area now have approximately half million residents and have become one of the most important industrial centers in Korea. The POSTECH campus is 20 minutes from downtown Pohang, and a 40 minutes from the eastern coast. Pohang’s east coast offers relaxing beaches and picturesque views. The mountainous region hosts Bogyeong and Oeo Temples, which are popular hiking sites. With remnants of an old fishing village and the nation’s latest advancements, Pohang is truly a mixture of the old and the new, both traditional and modern cultures.

You can visit this site to read previous POSTECH exchange students' testimonials and other information about studying abroad at POSTECH.

Pyon Su Alumni Fellowship Program

The Pyon Su Alumni Fellowship Program offers UMD undergraduate students the opportunity to study Korean culture, society, language, history and related areas in Korea. Pyon Su graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Maryland in 1891. He was the first Korean ever to acquire a degree at an American university. The UMCP Korean Alumni Association has endowed this fellowship program. Two awards up to 5,000,000 Korean Won will be awarded per calendar year. For additional information please email the EA advisor for Korea

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 engineering 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.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Courses are available in over 10 different science and engineering fields, such as engineering, life sciences, mathematics, and physics. The language of instruction is both English and Korean.

Available Disciplines:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial & Management Engineering
  • Material Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

To view previously approved study abroad courses by engineering department, view the Engineering Study Abroad Course Guide. Or, you can view a list of all the previously approved courses for POSTECH, here.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at POSTECH will be converted as follows:

POSTECH Credit UMD Credit
1 Credit 1 Credit
3 Credit 3 Credit

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on September 17, 2015.

You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents on the International Study Course Search hosted by the Clark School of Engineering website and the Transfer Credit Services Equivalency Database (TCEQ). If you are interested in taking a course not listed on TCEQ, you may have it evaluated for acceptability by following the  UMD Registrar’s evaluation request guidelines.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

C - C -

On-campus housing is guaranteed at POSTECH. POSTECH automatically enrolls all international students into the Dormitory for International Cultural Exchange (DICE).

All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000!

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, TAES, etc.)
  • If you have a completed FAFSA on file and wish to be considered for need based aid in addition to the automatic award, complete the EA fund form by the deadline. 

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:

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/11/2018
Year (Fall-Spring) 2018 03/01/2018 03/11/2018