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UMD Exchange: Korea University (Korea)

Seoul, 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.

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

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), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  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.
  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.

Students can choose from any of the undergraduate courses offered at Korea University.

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.

Please see the KU website for course options.


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 Credit 1 Credit
3 Credit 3 Credit

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

You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through 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.

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:

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 2019 10/01/2018 10/11/2018 03/02/2019 06/21/2019
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/11/2019 08/26/2019 12/20/2019
Please confirm dates with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.
Year (Fall-Spring) 2019 03/01/2019 03/11/2019
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/11/2019