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

Pohang, South 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 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.

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.

Academic Planning

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


Courses are available in over 10 different science and technology fields, such as chemistry, computer science life sciences, mathematics, and physics. Courses are offered in both Korean and English.


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 POSTECH will be converted as follows:

POSTECH Credit UMD Credit
1 POSTECH credit 1 UMD credit
3 POSTECH credits 3 UMD credits

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.

C - C -


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

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
The International Student and Scholar Services hosts social activities like field trips and celebrations for international students to partake in.

International Welcome/Orientation
POSTECH hosts an orientation program for international students a week before the semester begins. The orientation program will include information sessions, tours, and cultural activities. There is also a buddy system implemented that pairs international students with current Pohang students.

Counseling & Health Services
The counseling center offers individual and group therapy in specific focus groups, or simply general counseling.

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities*
Resource Guide for LGBTQ+ Identities*

*These resource guides provide general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2022 09/10/2021 09/15/2021
Year (Fall-Spring) 2022 03/15/2022 03/25/2022
Fall 2022 03/15/2022 03/25/2022
Spring 2023 09/09/2022 09/15/2022