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Kookmin University

Kookmin University
Study art and design in Seoul, South Korea
Seoul, South Korea
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Design--Visual Communication Design
Visual Art
Design--Industrial Design
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • Study art and design in Seoul, South Korea - one of the world's most technologically advanced cities
  • Opportunities to experience ancient Korean culture and the best of modern art simultaneously
  • Learn from Korean professors and take classes with Korean students
  • Live in an apartment with other international students
Program Summary: 

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.

Kookmin University is a private university and was established in 1946. It has a student population of 23,000 students and is the 5th largest university in Seoul. Kookmin University's campus is located in northern Seoul. The campus is within a five minute walk from an array of restaurants, shops, and even the Bukhansan National Park. 

Academic Information: 

Visual Art courses available at Kookmin University are: Ceramics, Metalsmithing, Painting and Sculpture. Kookmin's Metalwork and Jewelry department has been offering distinctive and innovative education in the field of contemporary metalwork for more than 30 years. The majority of the Visual Art courses are taught in Korean alongside Korean Students. A few select courses are taught in English.
Students should note that courses taught in Korean may have differing methods of providing course instruction.  Some professors may be able to provide instructions in English after instructing other students in Korean, other professors may ask Korean students to translate course instructions to English, and all students will need to plan on learning techniques through observation.
Graphic Design and Industrial Design courses are offered in English.
Program dates for the Fall semester are generally late August to mid-December and for the Spring semester are  late February to mid-June. See above for specific dates for each academic term.

Kookmin University Course Equivalencies


Students can choose from an on-campus or off campus student dormitory. In the On-Campus dormitory, four students share one with room with a private bath. Rooms are air-conditioned and have internet access. The Off-Campus Dormitory is a ten minute walk from campus.  In the Off-Campus Dormitory, four students share one with room and they share a common hall bathroom. A communal kitchen and lounge are available on each floor. Rooms are air-conditioned and have internet access. 


Open to KU Visual Art and Design students with junior standing and second year graduate students with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75


Deadlines Extended for Summer, Fall and Academic Year Programs.

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The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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