UMD: A Globally Connected University
ENGR Exchange: Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) (Korea)
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- Chemical Engineering
- Computer Science & Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Industrial & Management Engineering
- Material Science & Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
To learn more visit the Course Offerings Website.
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 on your UMD transcript. UMD uses the following conversion to assess how many credits you will get from this program:
|POSTECH Credit||UMD Credit|
|1 POSTECH credit||1 UMD credit|
The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on September 17, 2015.
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
On-campus housing is guaranteed at POSTECH. POSTECH automatically enrolls all international students into the Dormitory for International Cultural Exchange (DICE).
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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