- Location and Housing
- Pricing and Dates
- Application Instructions
- Additional Information
The Korea University (고려대학교) (KU) was founded in 1905 and is widely acknowledged as one of the country's oldest, largest and top-ranked universities. As a comprehensive institution, its reputation for quality is based on excellence in teaching, research, and service to Korean society. KU's campus covers over 182 acres and is home to more than 35,000 students from all over the nation and the world. With its stately stone architecture, sprawling lawns, seasonal trees, and natural flora, KU is known to have one of the most beautiful campuses in Korea. KU prides itself not only in being a progressive and globally conscious institution but also one that plays a role in preserving and developing Korea's unique culture. As a major comprehensive university, KU offers a rich variety of courses in the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as in all professional fields, including Law, Medicine, and Business Administration. This program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate.
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.
Global Service Center
Central Plaza B1 #104A, 145 Anam-Ro, Seongbuk-Gu, Seoul 02841, Korea (near KU Pride Club)
Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea or South Korea, is in the northeastern region of the country. Despite its historical roots date, which back two thousand years, it is a modern metropolis a population over nine million people. Seoul is home to some of the world’s most iconic Korean companies including Samsung, LG, Hyundai and others.
KU offers options for university-affiliated housing or private accommodations. Although Pitt students are not guaranteed spots within university-affiliated housing, KU will provide instructions on when and how to apply for housing. See KU’s general housing website.
At Korea University, approximately 40% of courses are taught in English, whereas the rest are taught in Korean. Specific courses will be offered in one of the two languages. Credits taken at KU are equivalent to credits received at Pitt according to a 1:1 ratio. For example, 3 credits at KU will transfer as 3 Pitt credits.
All credits taken at KU 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 KU 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, KU 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.
For a full list of courses, students may visit KU's course portal.
Like Pitt, KU’s grading scale follows the practice of assigning letter grades, such as A, B, C, D and F. For more information about the grading scale at KU, see their explanation.
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.
KU 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.
Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$400||$400|
|Total Billed by Pitt*||$10,259||$17,273|
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit||$2,000|
|Room & Board||$3,600|
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.
Pitt students enroll at KU for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). KU'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, KU’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.
Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to KU. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review KU'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 KU. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to KU'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. 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
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. See the details here.
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 review KU's website. Also, check the Korean Embassy or consulate closest to you for additional information.
KU 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 and/or permit 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)