Hanyang University


Image of Seoul, South Korea
Study abroad in Seoul, South Korea
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Language of Instruction: EnglishKorean
Academic Disciplines: -Open to All Majors
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

  • Study abroad at a university with a strong alumni network
  • Take classes at a top tier school in South Korea
  • Experience the lively culture of Seoul 

Hanyang University is located at the heart of the capital, Seoul. The beautiful campus sits on top of a small hill, providing students with an extensive view of the city. Hanyang is one of the top ranked universities in Korea and offers a rich learning environment in one of the world’s power cities.

The university is located in eastern Seoul, and is comprised of 25 colleges with about 33,000 students enrolled annually. Seoul, the capital of Korea, has a population of approximately 10 million people. It is rich with cultural and historic sites, including palaces, shrines and museums.

Hanyang has a widely diverse student population, with over 5,000 international students enrolled. The university offers small classes that emphasize language and cultural learning. The Korean Language and Culture Program is offered through the International Language Institute, and is a 10-week intensive course designed for students to learn Korean and study Korean culture and history.

Hanyang has gained a favorable reputation in Korea for its various industry research labs on its campuses, which are designed to provide students enhanced experience with new technologies.

Hanyang University Website

South Korea has a 5,000 year history with ancient palaces, pagodas and stunning green landscape with majestic mountain tops. It also has ultra-modern skyscrapers and a fast paced city life. In addition, it is one of the world's most technologically and scientifically advanced countries due to companies such as Samsung and LG serving as global leaders in electronics.

Seoul, with a population of over 20 million in its metropolitan area, is one of Asia's largest cities and is the political, financial and cultural center of Korea.

Hanyang University's Korean Language and Culture School offers Korean language courses at various levels. Students can also choose from university courses which are taught in English. For selecting classes, check out Hanyang University Course Catalog.

Students may choose to live in dormitory-style housing or find off campus housing options near campus.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Considerations for South Korea

The response to homosexuality is mixed in Korea. While consensual same-sex sexual activity is not criminalized and there are no specific laws that discriminate based on sexuality, same-sex marriages are not legally recognized. Korea is a conservative country in regards to LGBTI issues. However, there are an increasing number of LGBTQIA+ -oriented clubs, festivals and NGOs advocating for LGBTQIA+  issues. There is an LGBTQIA+ subculture in the more urban cities but it is not openly displayed in public, although platonic displays of affection between same-sex friends is very common. As is often in the case in a society that is both homogenous and traditionally conservative, it is the experience of many students that being open about your sexuality in any context is seen as unusual and curious, sometimes shocking.

Generally speaking, most facilities in Korea have been made to be accessible for wheelchairs. Students with physical disabilities may find it difficult to navigate public transportation in Korea. Access to transportation in most areas is somewhat limited, although there are various government initiatives designed to make public transport more accessible. Students with vision impairment may have difficulty, as most Braille or audio transportation information is exclusively in Korean.

Korea does not have a homogenous religious culture and throughout its history, a wide variety of religious movements such as Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism and Christianity have shaped the culture dramatically.

Source: U.S. Department of State country information pages and Diversity Abroad.

Additional Resources

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

For more information, please stop by the Study Abroad & Global Engagement Main Office in 108 Lippincott or the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott for Walk-In Advising.