HANKUK UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES
Study Abroad at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies for 1 or 2 Semesters
Study economics, engineering, languages and much more at the no. 1 international university in Korea in the country’s stunning capital city Seoul, and enjoy the excellent academic standards of the Korean higher education system. Apply today and get accepted as quickly as in a day!
You may apply for semesters in the upcoming years already.
*) Dates still tentative
- Study at the best international university in Korea
- Choose among courses from dozens of different fields, including business, education, engineering, international relations, law and 40+ languages
- Get familiar with the Korean tiger economy, home to technology giants like LG and Samsung
- Take in the international atmosphere on campus, meet with people from all over the world and improve your English skills
- Explore the “24-hour city” Seoul, also rated one of the top 10 student cities in the world
STUDYING IN HANKUK UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) is known for its high-quality curriculum in international studies, globalization and as many as 40+ foreign languages. Apply to study abroad for one or two semesters at any of the two campuses (Seoul Campus and Global Campus) and choose among many courses from several different fields.
Studying abroad at HUFS is for you if…
- You’re a university student or similar
- You’re aiming for an international career, whether in business or diplomacy
- You want to get to know people from all over the world at the most international university in Korea
- You want to improve your English and intercultural communication skills
- You want to live in one of the most modern and developed cities in East Asia
Bachelor level courses (Undergraduate)
Exchange students at Hankuk University can pick courses freely from different Faculties’ course selection, as long as their total worth doesn’t exceed 18 local credits (30 ECTS/18 US credits). Some courses are restricted to certain majors, i.e., you have to be a Business major to take more advanced Business courses. The courses marked with a purple ‘V’, under the heading ‘Taught in a Foreign Language’ are taught in English. However, if only a few class participants are international, the class may be held in Korean. The major ‘International Studies’ teaches all of its courses in English. The course information below is the most up-to-date autumn semester course information currently available. You can use it as a basis for making your preliminary study plan. Please visit the official HUFS website for the previous semesters (including the spring semester) and the current 2020 course catalogs. You’ll find the lists under ‘Courses’ and ‘Undergrad (Seoul)’.
- Social Sciences
- Business and Economics
- Global Business Administration
- Division of International Studies
- Korea Studies
- Occidental Languages
- Oriental Languages
- Others (Global Campus)
- Others (Seoul Campus)
Interested in Dance, Taekwondo or Swimming? Check out the courses under ‘Others’.
Master-level courses (Graduate)
The Graduate School of International and Area Studies offers Master’s level courses in English in the following disciplines:
• Indian and ASEAN Studies
• Middle East and African Studies
• Russian and CIS Studies
• European Union Studies
• U.S. and Canadian Studies
• Latin American Studies
• International Development Studies
Students can pick courses freely from any discipline, at the most 4 courses per semester (12 Korean credits). Students can also take courses from other disciplines under The Graduate School of International and Area Studies, for example, Japanese Studies or Regional languages. Still, in such cases, the courses are taught in those languages. As long as students are fluent in the language in question, they may take such courses.
For the full course lists under each discipline, please go here. In the search box, pick Graduate School of International and Area Studies as the Faculty and then whichever discipline you are interested in under the Major/Common/Dissertation. Course descriptions are available for each course under ‘Syllabus´. Examples of courses are below:
- International Human Rights Law
- Democracy and Environment
- Introduction to Sustainable Development
- Case Studies in International Conflict Management
- Advanced Theories on International Trade
- Politics of International Organisations
- Russian Diplomacy
- Refugees and Displacement in the Middle East
- Islamic Securitisation
- Rural Development and Poverty in Latin America
- South-North Korean Relations
Pick some extra courses when making your initial course selection if one of your choices isn’t available. You can change your initial course selections during the add/drop courses week at the beginning of the semester. Like most Korean universities, Hankuk University also uses the same credit system as U.S. universities. Students need to work a total of 16 hours to earn 1 credit. Most 3 credit courses have 3 lectures/seminars a week; the semesters last for 16 weeks. 3 Korean credits correspond to 5 ECTS. Usually, the 3 credit courses contain three lectures or seminars per week. Students need to have sufficient background knowledge of the courses they are planning to take to complete the course.
After you’ve been accepted to Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, you will be given your HUFS ID and password, which enable your access to the university’s online registration system. You select your courses online about a month before the semester begins. The course registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, but international students can ask permission to attend the course’s professor. The first week of the semester is an add/drop courses week, so if you cannot register for courses online, you can register for them in person at HUFS. When dropping courses, remember to do it via the online system, otherwise, you’ll get an F for the course. Graduate students do not use the online registration but register for courses during the first week of the semester.
There is an introductory Korean language course available for international students. The course runs for 10 weeks for 4 hours a day. The course costs about 1 350 USD. Asia Exchange students are eligible for a 10% discount on the course cost. Please inquire about it when arriving in Seoul. If you’re planning on studying Korean, you shouldn’t take more than 1-3 additional courses since the Korean language courses are intensive. Hankuk University offers a less intensive evening Korean language course for beginners as a complementary course for exchange students. You can enroll in the course at the beginning of the semester.
Q: How do I select my courses?
A: Course registration dates will be sent to you by email. Course registration happens through HUFS’ own portal.
Q: What study level are the courses at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies?
A: Bachelor -and Master-level courses. Bachelor-level courses are more widely available.
Q: When do the exams take place?
A: Exams will be organized during the last few weeks of the semester. All courses and exams will be finished by the announced semester ending date.
Q: What type of visa do I need to have to study in South Korea?
A: You will need a D2 student visa to study in South Korea. For Summer School students, a visa may not be needed due to the length of the program. Please contact your local embassy for more details.
Q: When can I apply for my visa?
A: You can start your visa application process after receiving the official acceptance letter from the university. The letter will be sent to you at the latest one month before the start of the semester. Read our general visa instructions here.
All international students residing outside Korea will need to apply for a student visa at the embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea. You must apply for the visa in person at your home country’s Korean embassy. Read about the visa application procedure here.
Q: Is there on-campus accommodation available at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies?
A: Yes. In addition to the on-campus dormitories, students can also stay in off-campus dormitories located just a minute’s walk away from campus. You can read more about the dormitories and room options here.
Q: When do I know if I will receive a dormitory room?
A: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies will inform students of their dormitory assignments before the semester starts
Q: When can I move into the dormitory, and how long can I stay there?
A: Check-in and check-out dates will be confirmed separately for each semester. Normally, you can check in 2 days before the start of the semester, and students can stay in the dorm for the duration of the semester. The dormitory payment is paid directly to HUFS.
The university provides on-campus accommodation at the Global Campus. The rooms in the dormitory area are double rooms with air-conditioning and free internet access. Find out more about the accommodation options and prices on the Global campus.
Q: Do I need to take into account any healthcare-related matters?
A: In addition to the basic vaccinations (MMR and diphtheria-tetanus), travelers are most often advised to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B. Vaccinations always depend partly on the individual, so remember to consult your physician.
All new dorm residents are required to take a medical examination at the HUFS Health Care Center or submit proof of an authorized health examination report at the time of exchange program application following the Korean Immigration Service and HUFS dormitory regulation requirements. Tuberculosis (TB) is the only test on the health examination form mandatory for all students (skin test or chest X-ray).
Q: Do I need insurance?
A: All students are required to have valid travel insurance for the duration of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers here.
Q: What kind of costs should I be prepared for?
A: In addition to tuition fees, you should be prepared to pay for the student visa, flights, accommodation and other living costs.
The cost of living in Seoul is comparable to most European countries. However, like everywhere, the cost of living highly depends on your anticipated lifestyle. Usually, our students consider Seoul as well affordable.
If you try to keep your costs as low as possible and avoid excessive spending, then the cost of living can be as low as 800,000 KRW per month.
However, most of our students spend around 1,000,000 – 1,200,000 KRW per month.
Luckily there are many options to help lower your costs while living in South Korea – goshiwons and public transport are great examples.
Q: I need to have my learning agreement/certificate of enrollment signed. What should I do?
A: Please fill out the document and send it to email@example.com.
Q: When will I receive my Official Acceptance Letter?
The official letter of acceptance will be delivered to you 1.5 months before the semester starts at the latest. We’ll send it to the street address you have provided in your application. Please let us know if this address changes at any point.
Q: When will I receive my Transcript of Records?
A: The university prepares and sends the transcripts of records, usually within 2-3 months after the end of the semester.
Q: Do I need to know any Korean beforehand?
A: It is not mandatory to know any Korean beforehand. However, knowing only a few basic words and phrases in advance will already help you a lot! HUFS also offers Korean language courses at different levels through their Korean Language Center.