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UMD Exchange: Korea University (Korea)

Seoul, South Korea
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Korea University


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

Host Institution
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.

Host City
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.

Universitas 21
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. Learn more about U21 on their website:

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
Other U21 member universities: ?500,000

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

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), and may include requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript. If a letter of recommendation and/or official transcript are required, it will be listed in MyEA once you start an application for this program. 
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. 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 must complete the host university application in accordance with the host university’s stated deadlines and instructions.
  5. 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.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


Disciplines available: Korean language, psychology, Chinese, German, Japanese, linguistics, philosophy, history, sociology, English, French Russian, Spanish, life sciences, international relations, economics, statistics, math, chemistry, physics, environmental sciences, computer science, art & design.


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


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

Korea University Credit UMD Credit
1 Korea University Credit 1 UMD Credit
3 Korea University Credits 3 UMD Credits

The credit conversion listed above was approved by the UMD Study Abroad Transfer Credit Committee on February 29, 2017.


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

Korea University Grade UMD Grade
C - C -


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:

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

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 to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
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, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
There are over 150 clubs and organizations available for students to join and meet students with similar interests!

International Welcome/Orientation
In addition to an orientation specifically for new international students, Korea University has a Buddy Program designed to help students transition to their time abroad.

Counseling & Health Services
The Student Counseling Center provides mental and emotional support for all students.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023 08/01/2023 12/21/2023
Spring 2024 10/01/2023 10/11/2023