Chosun University


Chosun University (조선대학교) was established in 1946. As a comprehensive institution Chosun is one of the oldest private universities in South Korea. This program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate.


Learning Objectives

As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
  • non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
  • a global network of peer in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in South Korea.
Partner Information

International Office
1st floor Law Library (Main Building)
375 Seosuk-Dong, Dong-Gu, Gwangju 61452 Korea

Location Description

Gwangju, the sixth largest city in Republic of Korea or South Korea, is in the southwestern region of the country. Despite its historical roots date, which back to 57 BCE, it is a modern city with a population over one million people. The city boasts an efficient network of public transportation consisting of busses and a subway system, as well as high-speed train that connects it to the rest of the country. Gwangju is a sister city of San Antonio, TX, as well as Sendai, Japan. 

Housing Description

Chosun offers options for university-affiliated housing or private accommodations. Pitt students are not guaranteed (spots within university-affiliated housing, but Chosun will provide instructions on when and how to apply for housing. Their dormitories offer a wide variety of amenities including an "English-only" zone, a cafe, a video room, private study spaces, as well as a multi-purpose room where exercise programs are held.  Dorm rooms include a bed, desk, bookshelf, chair, closet, telephone, ceiling fan, as well as access to the internet as laundry facilities. 


Academic Description

At Chosun University, courses are taught in mainly in Korean. Credits taken at Chosun are equivalent to credits received at Pitt according to a 1:1 ratio. For example, 3 credits at Chosun will transfer as 3 Pitt credits.  
All credits taken at Chosun require approval by both your academic advisor(s) and study abroad program manager. Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours. Courses taken at Chosun will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university. 
As a part of the cultural experience, Chosun offers Korean Language Courses specifically designed for visiting students. These may be considered for credit or not for credit. Verify with the study abroad program manager regarding their transferability.  


Like Pitt, Chosun University’s grading scale follows the practice of assigning letter grades, such as A, B, C, D and F.  
For Pitt transfer credit, in order to earn a grade of “S,” (satisfactory) at Pitt, you must make an equivalent to a grade of “C” or higher. An equivalent to a “C-” or lower will result in a grade of “NC” (no credit) at Pitt.  

Chosun will provide hardcopy (or electronic transcripts) to the University of Pittsburgh’s Study Abroad Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are receive. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA. Electronic copies should be sent to the designated exchange program manager under “SAO Staff.”  
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received. 

Pitt students may utilize the following online resource to understand the grading scale within this host country.


Experiential Learning Description



Program Fees
Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.  
Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad. 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition* $9,314 $16,328
Mandatory Fees $545 $545
Study Abroad Fee $400 $400
Total Billed by Pitt* $10,259 $17,273
*The tuition rate listed is defaulted to reflect the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. For Pitt students of another Pitt school or campus, the tuition rate will reflect the home school or campus. See posted rates on the Institutional Research page.


How Much To Budget

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit  $2,000
Room & Board $3,000 - 5,000
Personal Expenses $1,000 - 5,000

The Estimated Costs reflect information provided by Chosun and are reported to OAFA to calculate financial aid packages.The listed costs are defaulted to one semester. Multiply the costs by two for two semesters. 
Personal expenses vary with individual students. Review the Chosun's website for more information, and visit our budgeting page for more information. 

Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange university you will attend requires purchase of a specific health insurance coverage per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.

Program Dates

Pitt students enroll at Chosun for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). Chosun's academic calendars may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Unlike Pitt, Chosun’s academic calendar follows a Spring-Fall progression, meaning Spring is the first semester followed by the Fall semester as the second. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.

Application Instructions

Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to Chosun. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review Chosun's website regarding their application requirements for incoming exchange students. A formal nomination from Pitt Study Abroad is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at Chosun. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to Chosun's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.  
The exchange university may require the following to be submitted through an online application or by paper. Requirements may include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Application Form 
  • Copy of Valid Passport 
  • Official Pitt Transcript 
  • Official Pitt Verification of Enrollment 
  • Statement of Intent or Purpose 
  • Resume or CV 
  • Official Language Evaluation 
  • Up to 2 instructor letters of recommendations 
  • Up to 2 passport photos 
Additional Information

Language Requirements: In order to take courses in Korean at Chosun, Pitt students will be required to submit evidence of Korean proficiency. Please check with Chosun regarding these requirements.  

Insurance Requirements

Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, South Korea requires Pitt students to purchase additional coverage through their national health plans. 

Visa Requirements

In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival. 
For those without Korean nationality, students must obtain a D-2 student visa to study in South Korea. For an overview regarding the visa process, please check with Chosun.  Also, check the Korean Embassy or consulate closest to you for additional information.   
Chosun will provide general direction after formal admission on for how to apply for either the visa and/or residency permit. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.   
In general visa application requirements include but are not limited to the following requirements:  

  • Visa application 
  • Valid Passport 
  • Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university) 
  • Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.   
  • Passport photos 
  • Application fee 
  • Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly) 
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