Quick Info

  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Spring, Fall
  • : Exchange
  • : Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication and Rhetoric, Computing and Information Science, East Asian Languages, Literature, and Studies, Economics, Education, Engineering, English Literature, Environmental Studies, French Language, Literature, and Studies, German Language, Literature, and Studies, Health and Rehab Sciences, History, Linguistics, Mathematics, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Slavic Languages, Literature, and Studies, Sociology, Spanish Language, Literature, and Studies, Statistics, Studio Arts
  • : 8/26/2019 - 12/21/2019
  • : Regular Pitt tuition and fees + living expenses + airfare. See details in Inclusions & Exclusions.
  • : Fall: Friday, 03/01/2019; additional information must also be submitted to this institution directly.
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


KU is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching and academic excellence. The university's academic breadth is extensive with its 81 departments in 19 colleges & divisions, and 18 graduate schools and it has over 1,400 full-time faculty members with over 95% of them holding a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification in their field. KU has particularly strong Humanities and Asian Studies Departments along with the recently established Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS). KU is also renowned for its professional schools of Law, Medicine and Business Administration.

Over 40% of KU's classes are taught in English, and there is no Korean language prerequisite. Students are advised to take at least 12 credits and no more than 18 credits per semester.  

To find out more about KU's course offerings, please consult the KU website.

Student Life

Korea University is an international institution dedicated to creating global leaders.  To achieve this goal, KU encourages its students to take part in activities within the community and on campus.  Students benefit from a wide range of events, including the annual Korea-Yonsei Games and the International Students' Festival, which promote student involvement on campus and in the global community. 

Considered the gem of campus life, student club activities at KU allow students to join with others who share similar hobbies, interests, and talents and build lasting friendships.  The Anam and Sejong campuses collectively boast over 150 clubs that focus on diverse pursuits from culture and religion to sports and society.  In addition, there are two student councils on campus - the Anam Student Union and the Sejong Student Union.  These groups participate in events, projects, and research activities  aimed at continuing academic traditions and the KU spirit of self-governance. 


Korea University has two dorms reserved for international students; Anam Hall 2 and CJ International House.

Anam Hall 2 is an air-conditioned, coed home for 84 students. Anam Hall 2 offers triples (rooms for three students) in a traditional corridor style with shared bathrooms. Bathrooms are equipped with several shower stalls, toilets and sinks that are cleaned Monday through Friday by custodial staff.  Costs are KRW 800,000 per semester (4 months)

CJ International House is an air-conditioned, suite style facility for 258 students and faculty. CJ International House offers double and single rooms with semi-private baths. Bathroom facilities are connected to the suite and are shared by the flatmates. Custodial staff clean and inspect bathrooms on a weekly basis.  Costs are KRW 1,600,000 per semester (4 months).  

Students are advised to apply as soon as possible when the application becomes available online.  Assignments are made once the students transfer the deposit of KRW 200,000.  Please see KU's accomodations page for more details.  

Pricing And Dates

Arrive in Seoul Depart Seoul
Mid February Late June

Arrive in Seoul Depart Seoul
Mid August Mid December


Keep in mind that dates change.  You should not book airfare until given confirmation from the exchange university.  

Inclusions & Exclusions

You will pay regular tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad. 

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees (Student Activity Fee; Wellness Fee; Computer and Network Services Fee; Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee; International Services Fee (if applicable)), keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Deposit ($350, to be credited to your PittPay account)
  • Airfare (roundtrip ~ $1,000-2,000)
  • Visa Fee
  • Room and Board ($500-$1,000 per month, depending on lifestyle and housing)
  • Personal Expenses (depends on personal spending habits)
  • Books ($100-$300 per semester)

Personal expenses vary with individual students. Wondering about the cost of living? You can review the Korea University website for more information. 

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

Acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university. 

Visa: For those without Korean nationality, students need a D-2 student visa to study in Korea.  For an overview regarding the visa process, please review KU's website.  Also, check the Korean Embassy or consulate closest to you for additional information. 

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Jessica Sun

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.