Sungkyunkwan University is one of East Asia’s premier study destinations. SKKU’s Humanities and Social Sciences Campus is in the old city center of South Korea’s capital city, Seoul. It is a unique representation of the combination of nation's ancient history and the futuristic modernity which makes Korea a pioneer in the field of business and technology. Beyond this, SKKU’s large Natural Science Campus in Suwon, a Korean techno valley directly south of Seoul, has many advanced facilities as well as a relaxing atmosphere.
The Exchange Student Program(ESP) is designed for international students from partner universities.
SKKU welcomes students from around the world to a challenging academic and unique cultural experience at its campus where traditional and contemporary features are beautifully harmonized.
SKKU is ready to meet international students’ academic needs by providing interesting and enlightening courses, along with various intriguing activities where they can experience Korea’s culture and history.
The Visiting Student Program (VSP) is aimed at recruiting outstanding students from overseas universities not partnered with SKKU. Visiting students have the chance to experience fruitful campus life at SKKU with other domestic and international students. With more than 600 years of history and a unique culture, SKKU provides not only high-quality courses delivered by eminent professors and lecturers, but also a unique campus ambience that you cannot find at other universities in Korea. Both Korean students studying at foreign universities and international students are welcome to apply for the program.
Visiting students are given the same status as exchange students except for that tuition waivers are not provided to visiting students. Tuition is about 4,000 USD per semester, and it varies depending on a student’s major and level of study.
SKKU’s Office of International Relations (OIR) is the primary office responsible for the exchange program. In order to provide a well-organized academic experience to exchange students from partner universities, the OIR:
- Helps exchange students in the application process with visa application, online application, etc.
- Supplies course information, and helps students select and sign up for courses
- Organizes a special orientation and cultural/group activities in collaboration with GSN HI-CLUB
- Takes care of students’ everyday inquiries and requests
- Sends academic transcripts to exchange students’ home universities after they complete exchange study
Exchange Student Orientation and Cultural Activities
SKKU offers exchange students an orientation session to help them adapt to the new environment. During the orientation session, students receive valuable information and insights needed for both academic and everyday life at SKKU. The main issues discussed are: academic issues, course information and registration, the housing plan and policies, and visa-related matters. This is followed by a brief campus tour and a reception where students have a chance to get to know each other. SKKU’s Office of International Relations also organizes cultural activities and social events for all exchange students. Through these events SKKU aims to increase its students’ sense of globalization and multicultural understanding.
Visiting Student Orientation
SKKU offers visiting students an orientation session to help them adapt to new environment. The orientation covers: academic issues including course information and registration, the housing plan and policies, visa-related matters, and so on. This is followed by a brief campus tour and reception where students have the chance to get to know each other. SKKU’s Office of International Relations also organizes cultural activities in which all visiting students are invited and have the opportunity to mingle. The series of events increases students’ global awareness and multicultural understanding.
GSN HI-CLUB (Student Buddy Group)
SKKU’s Office of International Relations closely cooperates with the Global Student Network: Help & Information Club (GSN HI-CLUB), which is a volunteer student buddy group that supports exchange students to adapt to living in Korea. HI-CLUB also organizes a number of cultural events where exchange and SKKU students can get together with each other. It is one of the most valuable resources for help and information that is always accessible to exchange students.
Their main responsibilities are :
- Holding orientations for exchange students in collaboration with the SKKU OIR
- Organizing cultural events for exchange students
- Helping students deal with academic and practical matters
Mr. YoungJae Cho
Inbound Exchange Program Coordinator