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Semester or Year in South Korea

Semester or Year in South Korea
Spend a semester or academic year in South Korea
South Korea
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
East Asian Languages & Culture
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year

ISEP is a total immersion program. In most cases, ISEP participants register as a regular student at the host institution, take the same courses and have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as the local students at that institution. This means that a student applying for an ISEP site must be more proactive and prepared to handle being in a location where they may be the only KU student in the program.

For more information on ISEP sites in South Korea, click here: ISEP South Korea

Program Summary: 

Interested in Asia or simply want to learn a new perspective? Korea is the perfect destination to study abroad.and you don’t have to speak Korean. A wide range of courses are taught in English at all five ISEP institutions.

Semester and full year exchanges are available at all ISEP Korean member institutions.

Six week summer programs are available at Ajou and Yonsei.

Explore the Korean Folk Village, the famous Hwaseong Fortress, and the World Cup Stadium while studying at Ajou University in Suwon. Ajou is particularly recommended for business students.

Take the popular Korean Ceramics course or study international trade at Ewha Womans University (also open to male students).

Spend a semester or year at Keimyung University and tour Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom and one of the most celebrated tourist destinations in Korea.

Study a range of subjects in the hilly Anam-dong section of Seoul at Korea University or in the wooded hills of western Seoul at Yonsei University.

Chances of Placement
Chances of placement are good to excellent.

Further Reading: 

Please contact ISEP coordinator Melody Stratton at melodystratton@ku.edu for more information.


Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)


Study Abroad Financial Advising
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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1,357 KU students participated in international study, internship, and research programs in 2011-12
Nearly 25 percent of KU undergraduate students participate in a study abroad program prior to graduation
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 130 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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