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Sogang University, South Korea (Exchange)

The Program

Established in 1960 by American Jesuits, Sogang University has became one of the top comprehensive research universities in Korea.  With 8,000 undergraduate students, it offers courses in Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Economics, Business Administration, Communication, and Law, many of which are taught in English. This exchange is primarily tailored for Physics, Engineering, and Business students (AACSB accredited), though other students may also participate.

Sogang is located in Seoul, which is the world’s 10th-largest city and one of the oldest cities in Korea, It is a city that combines the old and the new with century-old palaces, city gates, shrines, traditional gardens, along with skyscrapers, shopping malls and bustling nightlife.

The Academics

The UConn Department of Physics has preapproved virtually all of the physics courses taught at Sogang. The UConn School of Engineering will approve the courses in their discipline. And since Sogang is AACSB accredited, Business students can study at Sogang as well and receive major credit. Students can visit the Sogang course list and search for courses open to exchange students by clicking here. Make sure that you indicate the right year and semester  you plan to attend, and click the box ‘courses for exchange students’. You must hit the ‘search’ button to get results.

You do not need to know any Korean to study at Sogang. As an exchange student, you can and should enroll free of charge in Korean language courses at the Korean Language Education Center. See the table below for a list of South Korea-Seoul, Sogang University Course Equivalents.

Sogang’s Schools of Economics and Business Administration has also established an exciting internship program for business students. You should apply for this program when you file your application with Sogang.  If your application is accepted, the two Schools will arrange an internship for you with one of the major Korean companies, such as Samsung, LG, or Hyundai during the vacation period following the semester you are at Sogang. In addition, a $1,700 scholarship is offered per year which can be used for travel or living expenses. The only requirement is that you must take at least one course each in Economics and Business while you are at Sogang.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.

General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
HIST 3993 Foreign Study History of Korea-U.S. Relations 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
KORE 1102 + KORE 1193 + KORE 1193 Elementary Level II Korean  + Foreign Study Elementary Level II Intensive A + Foreign Study Elementary Level II Intensive B Intensive (afternoon) Korean Language Course Level 1 (A&B) 3 + 4 + 5 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
KORE 1103 + KORE 1193 +

KORE 1193

Intermediate Level I Korean + Foreign Study Intermediate Level I A + Foreign Study Intermediate Level I B Intensive (afternoon) Korean Language Course Level 2 3 + 4 + 5 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
KORE 1104 + KORE 1193 + KORE 1193 Intermediate Level II Korean +

Foreign Study Intermediate Level II A + Foreign Study Intermediate Level II B

Intensive (afternoon) Korean Language Course Level 3 3 + 4 + 5 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
HIST 3993 Foreign Study History of Korea-America Relations 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited

The Experience

You will be placed in Sogang’s new Gonzaga Hall, which opened in the 2008 Fall Semester. Exchange students will be placed with a Korean student in double rooms with a shower and bathroom. The dormitory fee includes two meals (breakfast and dinner). Cost is around $1600-$2300 for a semester. Just across from the dormitory, is the new Gonzaga Plaza which has a bookstore, food court, coffee shop, takeout hamburger and sandwich place. For more information on Gonzaga Hall click here. Sogang has a buddy program which pairs an exchange student with a Korean student to help you adapte to life at Sogang and promote cultural exchange. Business students have a separate buddy program to be paired specifically with a business school student. The office of International Affairs offers a Sogang Global Scholarship which covers about 50% of the dorm expense to a few exchange students every semester. Students may apply for this scholarship after they are nominated and accepted by Sogang.


Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Engineering, Sciences, Business
Language of instruction: Korean Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3