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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Year
  • Restrictions: UMASS BDL applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Boston Students Language of Instruction: English, Korean
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student Housing Options: Apartment (alone), Apartment (shared), Dormitory
Areas of Study: Art/Fine Arts, Business, Communications, Economics, Health Sciences/Public Health, Humanities, Law, Political Science/International Relations, Sciences Program Category: Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

** KU exchange places are very limited and offered to students as they finish applications. If you are not offered an exchange place, you can still apply to the program as a direct enroll student, which has different financial implications. Learn what this means here. If you have any questions, email 

UMass Boston   Seoul, South Korea - Korea University

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The Korea University campus covers over 182 acres and is home to more than 35,000 students from all over the nation and the world. KU has 81 departments in 19 colleges & divisions, and 18 graduate schools and it has over 1,400 full-time faculty members with over 95% of them holding a Ph.D. KU has particularly strong Humanities and Asian Studies Departments. Furthermore, Korea University Business School is the first and only business school in the country to have acquired both European Quality Improvement System accreditation, in combination with the accreditation granted by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Many courses are offered in English, and is designated in the course search on KU’s website.

Jack Ye, a student who studied at Korea University says this about his time there:

"I strongly recommend studying abroad if you can and would highly recommend Korea University in South Korea if you are a fan of k-pop, k-drama and the Asian culture. I originally came to Korea for 3 reasons: to learn the language, immerse myself into the culture I love and to study the environment. In the end, I managed to accomplished all of my goals and many more that I was unable to think of and made some amazing friendships along the way that I believe will last a lifetime." 

To read the rest of his report click here. Jennifer Le also studied at Korea University in the Spring 2016. To read her report click here. 

To apply for the Direct Enroll Program: 
  1. Confirm that this program works for you both academically and financially. Check the courses offered and speak with your academic advisor on which courses you should try to take while abroad that will count towards your degree. If you are receiving financial aid or want to apply for financial aid for the study abroad program, contact so you know what you can expect in aid for the program. 
  2. Once you are sure this is the program for you, apply on this website for the program (click apply at the bottom). 
  3. You will also need to submit the direct enroll study abroad application through KU:
**Please note the tuition for the direct enroll semester will be due before your financial aid is released (approx $3,800 USD for one semester). You must be prepared to make this payment in order to be accepted (required for Korean visa). 

If you are granted an exchange slot for this program, instead of the direct application you will need to fill out the exchange application on KU's website after you are nominated by UMass Boston. 

For all of the steps and information on applying to study abroad through UMass Boston, download the checklist: Study Abroad Steps to Stay on Track 2020.pdf

There are many courses offered in English taught by international faculty. To find courses, click here. Click "English" in the top right hand corner. In the menu on the right, select either "Major Subject" or "General Subject." Select the year, term, campus, college, and department. Click on the course number for more details about the course. If no course options come up for the chosen year and semester, search for the previous year. Please scroll down to "Course Transfers Reference Table" see how courses have transferred from Korea University to UMB. 

KU International Winter Campus
The Winter Programs last 3 weeks. All the courses are offered in English by the distinguished international faculty. Courses during the winter program. Students can enroll in 1-2 courses for up to 6 credits. Please check with the Study Abroad Office for current pricing. 

KU International Summer Campus 
The summer programs last five weeks. All the courses are offered in English by the distinguished international faculty. Courses during summer program. Students usually enroll in 2 courses for total of 6 credits Please check with the Study Abroad Office for current pricing. 

Students must study full time at the home and host institutions. With the completion of the Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs form, your credits (not grades) will transfer toward your degree at UMass Boston. This form can be obtained from the Study Abroad office.

Spring semester (Semester 1): February - June
Fall semester (Semester 2): August - December

University of Massachusetts Boston students only. Undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students who have currently completed at least one year of full-time study with the most recent semester completed at UMass Boston are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (at least 2.75 GPA) with no disciplinary problems. No language requirement is necessary. However, some knowledge of Korean would insure the maximum benefit of this study abroad program. 

Nominated EXCHANGE students need to apply online to Korea University for the exchange program. All other students must apply as a VISITING student.
Required documents for online application: 
  1. Statement of purpose and goals (what you hope to achieve)
  2. One official academic transcript
  3. One passport-sized photograph
  4. Clear copy of a valid passport (under 50kb)
  5. Certificate of Health
  6. Copy of proof of private health insurance (must be valid throughout your study abroad period) – this can be submitted after the student is admitted to KU
  7. One letter of academic reference (Must be set directly to the Office of International Affairs by the relevant referee via email (
Umass Boston’s Reciprocal Exchange programs are based off reciprocity with partner institutions, meaning exchange slots are limited and vary by semester. Please check with the Office of Global Programs in advance for additional information. 

See budget sheet.

Please note, the Office of Global Programs use estimated price values for our Umass Boston Reciprocal Exchange’ budget sheets. Actual prices may vary, please contact your program provider for more details. 

Do you receive any financial aid, such as scholarships or grants to fund your education? Find out if your financial aid will apply towards studying abroad using the following Financial Aid Guide here

The Financial Aid Guide provides lots of information. However, prior to applying it is advised to contact Financial Aid services for financial aid inquiries and concerns. Link to Financial Aid services website:

Residence halls are available for international students.

Seoul, Korea  Korea University


You are responsible for obtaining the correct visa before you travel. ?

Students who are citizens of the U.S. and will be in South Korea for more than 90 days must obtain a D-2 Student Visa from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. For more information visit the Boston Consulate website.

Download: Korea, South Country Information and Visas.pdf 

Course Transfers Reference Table: 
Course Title Course # abroad Credits abroad Course Transfer # Course Transfer Title Credits Transferred to UMB
Korean Cinema and Visual Culture ISC283B 3 CINE 8100 CINE 8100 3
Mural Painting Study   3 ART 9000 ART 9000 3
Basic Chemistry and Laboratory I   1 CHEM 9000 CHEM 9000 1
Mass Media and Popular Culture in Korea ISC28200 4 COMM 9000 COMM 9000 4
Resource Recycling Technology   3 EEOS 9000 EEOS 9000 3
Bio-Based Products Engineering LIET 469 3 ENVSCI 480 Special Topics 3
Introduction to Korean History/Culture SPGE176-00 3 HIST 280 Special Topics 3
Contemporary Korea   3 HUMCTR 9000 HUMCTR 9000 3
Introduction to Sustainability ISC11900 4 Intr-D 9000 Intr-D 9000 4
Beginner's Korean I IFLS 108-00 3 LANG 900 LANG 900 3
Beginners Korean I-E   3 LANG 9000 LANG 9000 3
Beginning Korean I-A IKL211A00 4 LANG 9000 LANG 9000 4
Beginning Korean II IKL22100 3.5 LANG 9000 LANG 9000 3.5
Korean Speaking for Beginners I   2 LANG 9000 LANG 9000 2
Reading in Korean Linguistics LING 3 LING 9000 LING 9000 3
Statistics for Economists AAAA262-00 3 MATH 125 Introductory Statistics 3
Organizational Behavior BUSS 311 3 MGT 9000 MGT 9000 3
Marketing Management BUSS 205 3 MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3
Marketing Research   3 MKT 9000 MKT 9000 3
Business Statistics   3 MSIS 111L Managerial Statistics 3
General Physics Laboratory I   1 PHYSIC 9000 PHYSIC 9000 1
Developmental Psychology   3 PSYCH 341 PSYCH 341 3
Intro to Brain Science   3 PSYCH 360 Behavioral Neuroscience 3
Brand Psychology and Marketing   3 PSYCH 9000 PSYCH 9000 3
Social Neuroscience   3 PSYCH 9000 PSYCH 9000 3
Introduction to Sociology ISC141A00 4 SOCIOL 101 Introduction to Sociology 4
Adult Development and Aging   3 SOCIOL 9000 SOCIOL 9000 3
Contemporary Korean Society   3 TRANS9000 TRANS9000 3
Cognitive Functional Grammar (English)   3     3
Drawing   3     3
Language and Logic (English)   3     3
Topic Course (English)   3     3
Mass Media and Popular Culture in Korea ISC282B 3 COMM 8100 COMM 8100 3
Social Psychology ISC263B 3 PSYCH 230 PSYCH 230 3
Principles of Accounting BUSS152 3 AF 210 AF 210 3
Environmental Science LIET227 3 ENVSCI 120 ENVSCI 120 3
Social Problem & Welfare States SCCI496 3 SOCIOL 160 SOCIOL 160 3
Mass Media & Popular Culture in Korea JMC0257 3 COMM8100 COMM8100 3
Topics in Western History I HOEW431 3 HIST8100 HIST8100 3
Topic Course HOKA003 3 HIST8100 HIST8100 3


Pre-decision Phase Instructions: 
This is a UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange Program. There are two separate applications. First, students apply to the program by completing this online UMass Boston application. If eligible to study abroad, the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office nominates the student to the university abroad. The student is then informed with a letter or an email about next steps to complete the university's abroad application (online or hard copy forms). Please click here for application instructions. 
Post-decision Phase Instructions: 
The final decision to accept a student is made by the university abroad and the student will be emailed. Once accepted by the university abroad, UMass Boston students must complete all the requirements indicated by the university abroad, in addition to completing all forms and submitting all the post-acceptance documents to UMass Boston Study Abroad Office. Please click here for instructions and forms.