In addition to Hankuk University’s status as the best institution teaching internationalization in Korea, it is widely considered to be the best private university in the country, especially in Social Sciences and Languages. It is currently teaching 45 foreign languages.
In addition to graduating the largest groups of Korean diplomats in the country, the university is recognized as one of the institutions producing the most CEOs of the top 100 companies in Korea.
The Hankuk University of Foreign Studies is divided into two campuses, one in the city centre in Seoul and one about 45 minutes away (Global campus), with a third one under construction. Asia Exchange students study at the city centre campus. Altogether there are 10 colleges and 74 departments at the university. There are approximately 650 members of the teaching staff; third of which are professors from foreign countries.
Fittingly to its highly international focus, Hankuk University has international exchanges with over 550 universities in 82 different countries. The number of international students hovers around 1,300 and the ratio is the highest in Korea. Exchange students have also ranked the university as the best in Korea for exchange program execution. Local students also go on exchange, almost without exceptions. The 7 + 1 Study Abroad Program supports students to study at least one of eight semesters abroad.
In addition to language studies, the university has a strong focus on both global markets and global governance. The university facilitates this agenda through internship programs in organizations such as KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency) and Korean Embassies all around the world.
Hankuk University also actively cooperates with the United Nations. It was the first university to organize a dual master’s degree program with the UN mandated University for Peace (UPEACE). In addition, the Model United Nations (MUN) General Assembly is one of the oldest traditions at the university. It was first introduced in 1959.
The Harvard MUN Organizing Committee is partnering up with Hankuk University in 2015 to organize the next Harvard World MUN in Seoul. Hankuk University is the first institution in Korea to host the conference which is the world’s largest and most renowned annual collegiate model UN conference, joined by over 2,000 university students and professors from some 70 countries around the world.
Other internationalization projects include the Graduate School of International and Area Studies’ cooperation with government officials from developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America who the school invites to participate in the university’s master’s degree programs every year.
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