Learn about Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and apply

Find more about studies, semester dates, fees and application deadlines at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies as well as information on how to apply.

Semester dates

2017

Semester 1 (spring) Summer School Semester 2 (autumn)
Semester dates February 27 – June 16 July 13  – August 10 August 28 – December 15
Orientation February 24 July 13 – July 15 August 25
Application deadline October 31, 2016 May 31, 2017 May 31, 2017

2018 (all dates still tentative)

Semester 1 (spring) Summer school Semester 2 (autumn)
Semester dates February 26 – June 22 July 14  – August 11 August 27 – December 14
Orientation February 23 July 14  – 16 August 24
Application deadline October 31, 2017 May 31, 2018 May 31, 2018

2019 (all dates still tentative)

Semester 1 (spring) Summer school Semester 2 (autumn)
Semester dates February 25 – June 21 July 15  – August 10 TBA
Orientation February 22 July 15  – 17 TBA
Application deadline October 31, 2018 May 31, 2019 TBA

Key facts about Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), has been continuously ranked as the best international university in Korea. The ranking encompasses the areas of exchange student ratio and satisfaction, curriculum and teaching staff, and international cooperation and networks. Find out what you can study at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

University’s contact information

Office of International Student Services
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
107 Imun-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
South Korea, 130-791

University’s website:

http://www.hufs.ac.kr/user/hufsenglish/

See also:

Exchange studies at HUFS

Studying at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Asia Exchange students study on the Seoul campus at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies which is located in downtown Seoul. Students need to be enrolled at a home university when applying to Hankuk University. You can study Languages, International Relations and Politics, Business and Economics, Social Sciences and Law. There are both Bachelor’s and Master’s courses available.

  • Courses and studying

    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). There are some courses restricted to certain major, i.e. you have to be a Business major to take more advanced Business courses.

    The courses that are marked with a purple ‘V’, under the heading ‘Taught in a Foreign Language’ are taught in English.  However, if only a few of the 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 information currently available. You can use it as a basis for making your study plan.

    Please also visit the official HUFS website for the previous semesters’ (including the spring semester) course catalogs. You’ll find the lists under ‘Courses’ and ‘Undergrad (Seoul)’.

    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
    • U-PEACE

    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, but 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 to international.hufs.ac.kr, select ‘Courses’ on the top menu and then ‘Course Finder’ from the left.

    In the search box, pick Graduate School of International and Area Studies as the Faculty and then which ever discipline you are interested in under the Major/Common/Dissertation.

    Course descriptions are available for each course under ‘Syllabus´. Examples of courses 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

    Course selection

    Pick some extra courses when making your initial course selection, in case one of your choices isn’t available. You can make changes to your initial course selections during the add/drop courses week at the beginning of the semester.

    As most Korean universities, Hankuk University also uses the same credit system as U.S. universities. Students need to work a total of 16 hours in order 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 in order to be able to successfully 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 from the professor teaching the course.

    The first week of the semester is an add/drop courses week so if you are unable to 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.

    Language courses

    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 10% discount from 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 also offers an less intensive evening Korean language course for beginners as a complimentary course for exchange students. You can enroll to the course at the beginning of the semester.

  • Credits per course

    Students can choose as many courses as they wish, as long as their total worth doesn’t exceed 18 local credits (30 ECTS/18 US credits). As the maximum amount of credits would be highly demanding, Hankuk University recommends exchange students to take max. 12-15 credits per semester. The majority of the courses are worth 3 credits but there are some, e.g. language, courses that are worth 1-2 credits.

    Read more about converting Korean credits

  • Activities outside class

    The campus has a large fitness centre and nurtures its students overall well-being by organizing events such as an international film festival, a world folklore festival and the HUFS World Cup (football). Additionally, there are about 80 different student clubs on the Seoul campus that range from academics to performance arts and from religion to sports.

  • Student visa

    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.

    Please find out the full Visa application procedure here.

  • Hankuk University accreditation
    • The Korean Council for University Education
    • The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology of the Republic of Korea
    • International Association of Universities (IAU)
    • University Institutional Accreditation
    • Member of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
    • HUFS ranked first in Korea (7th in Asia) among universities with no medical school *
    • Ratio of exchange students from foreign countries – 1st in Korea *
    • Proportion of lectures taught in English: 30% – 1st in Korea ¤
    • Proportion of foreign faculty [full-time lecturer and higher level] – 2nd in Korea ¤

    *2013 Chosun Ilbo.QS Asian University Rankings
    ¤2012 Joongang Daily University Ranking Evaluation

    Founded just after the Korean War, in 1954, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies has striven for reconstruction, development, internationalization and peace-building since its establishment. These qualities have come to define Hankuk University as the most international university in Korea, with an extensive network of governmental bodies and organizations both in Korea and abroad.

    In addition to the 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.

Summer School Program

The International Summer Session at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, offered every summer since its establishment in 2003, provides a unique opportunity to all students who want to deepen their understanding of Korean and East Asian societies and the sources of their current trends. The summer program is truly international: exchange students coming from several different countries study side by side with Korean students.

The summer school is open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to independent scholars interested in the field of Korean and Asian Studies. Applicants should preferably have completed at least one semester at an institution of higher education. Students with an associate degree are eligible. If you have only a secondary degree and wish to participate in the international summer session, please contact us at info@asiaexchange.org.

  • Courses and studying

    The summer school is particularly well suited for students interested in Korean language and culture. Courses are also offered in the areas of performing arts, culture, economy and business, Asian politics, contemporary society and international relations. Courses such as Human Rights in North Korea, Korean Food Class and Korean Cinema Class have been popular in the past. The program includes several interesting excursions.

    The tuition fee covers two (2) courses and a field trip fee. One course corresponds to 50 hours of work and three Korean credits. Three Korean credits usually correspond to 5 ECTS (read more about converting the credits here).

    Find your courses

    Approximately 75 % of the courses, the most popular ones, are organized every summer. The course list is updated every year and the final course offering is published around April. For the current course list, please take a look at http://summer.hufs.ac.kr/ >> Program >> Courses. You can see the course syllabus by clicking the name of the course. Courses will be offered only if a minimum of 6 students enroll in the course.

    Field trips

    The first two weeks of the program are very intensive and include several fascinating field trips which students have enjoyed a lot. For example, an excursion to the North Korean border has been popular. For the latest information, please take a look at http://summer.hufs.ac.kr/ >> Program >> Field trips.

  • Summer school fees

    The summer school at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies costs 1790 EUR (European students) or 2000 USD (non-European students). The price includes the tuition fee for two (2) courses and the field trip fee. This is more affordable than regular price of 2300 USD (approximately 2050 EUR) for the summer school. You can check the regular prices on the summer school’s website. The application fee is 75 EUR (or 97 USD for non-Europeans).

    In addition to the study place, you’ll benefit from our services and receive an Asia Exchange Guide. The study materials are either provided free-of-charge or can be acquired very affordably.

  • Visa for summer school

    Information for summer school students

    Most international students do not need to obtain a student visa to attend the Hankuk University summer school. Most of the students are normally given a visa on arrival (a stamp on the passport) at the airport which allows them to stay in Korea for 3 months.

    Please find out the full Visa application procedure here.

     

Student testimonials

“I love the atmosphere of my new home”

The smell of cotton candy is laying in the air paired with laughter. It’s the first day of school at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and the college clubs try to recruit new members. I love the atmosphere of my new home; busy students walking around, the smell of the metropolis and the excitement about something new that’s laying in front of me.

– Antonia, Germany

“The months in Korea were certainly some of the best in my life”

The months in Korea were certainly some of the best in my life. In between a vivid nightlife, extraordinary food, deep conversations, a great number of wonderful friends from different cultures, a very special football club and the exchange life itself – this is what shaped me most within the last few months.

– Niklas, Germany

“Going abroad has opened up my eyes”

Korea and HUFS was a culturally enriching experience that gave me profound insights on many new things. I established friendships that will hopefully last for a lifetime and I felt like I really infiltrated the Korean culture – I got into it. I’m extremely grateful for the entire experience. Going abroad has opened up my eyes and allowed me to see that there is another world out there besides the world I live in. I have put to rest my prenotions. I cannot wait to travel to back to Korea and experience new things and meet more people.

– Michael, USA

Blogs from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

SEOULOVED

Antonia is a 21-year old public relations student reporting from her exchange period in Seoul Korea. Her blog is a mix of beautiful photos and stories about the South Korean lifestyle.

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Hankuk and me

Niklas spent the fall semester 2015 in the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. In his blog he writes about both his studies as an exchange student and his personal insights from the city of Seoul.

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Do you want to write a blog during your study abroad semester? We’re always on the lookout for good bloggers. If you’d like to write a blog and have us link to it from this page, let us know! Check out our hints and tips for bloggers.

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Applying to study abroad at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies is easy. Depending on the type of program you’re interested in, fill the form for regular semester or the Summer School Program.

Please read the application instructions carefully before applying.

Applying to Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

  • Who can apply

    Minimum requirements

    • A minimum age of 18 years
    • Currently enrolled at an institution of higher education (university, university of applied sciences or similar)
    • A recommendation letter in English from your home university (any teacher/professor) that confirms your English skills are strong enough to study abroad. Alternatively you can provide an official language certificate such as TOEFL, IELTS, DAAD or similar.

    See the additional requirements.

  • Required attachments
    • An official transcript of records in English (stamped by your home institution)
    • A copy of the identification page of your passport (please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip starts)
    • Personal statement limited to one A4 page, in English (why you want to study at HUFS, what are you planning on studying, how will your studies at HUFS help you in the future etc.)
    • A recommendation letter in English from your home university (any teacher/professor) that confirms your English skills are strong enough to study abroad. Alternatively you can provide an official language certificate such as TOEFL, IELTS, DAAD or similar.
    • A color photo. The photo is for your student ID card and your face should be clearly visible on it. The background should be white. The picture should preferably be in JPEG-format.
  • Application instructions & application form
    • Scan all the required attachments to your computer in PDF format.
    • Fill out the online application form below or here and submit it with the required attachments.

    Uploading and submitting the attachments

    • Please upload the attachments in PDF format.
    • If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you are missing some attachment(s) at the time of applying, you may send the attachment(s) later. Applications missing all the attachments will not be processed.
    • All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
    • For applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline we are obliged to charge an additional fee of 100 EUR (120 USD) as per our terms and conditions.

    Confirmation and official acceptance letter

    You will receive a confirmation of your study placement in 1 week, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents:

    You will receive the official acceptance letter 1.5 months before the semester starts at the latest. In your application, please indicate a permanent address so that the document can find you.

    Payment and cancellation

    Together with the initial confirmation you will receive an invoice for the application fee which must be paid within 10 days.

    The invoice for the tuition fee will be sent about 2.5 months before the semester starts.

    If you decide to cancel your participation in the program, you must send us a notification via email. Cancellations by other means (e.g. by phone or text) will not be taken into account. The application fee will not be refunded if you decide to cancel. For more information, see the terms and conditions for cancellation.

    Should you fail to pay the application fee or the tuition fee on time, we reserve the right to cancel your participation in the program. For more information, please see the terms and conditions.

    Travel insurance

    Students are required to have a valid accident and health insurance for the whole duration of the program from their home country or an insurance recommended by HUFS. A copy of the insurance certificate can be requested in the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.

    After submitting the form, you will be redirected to a confirmation page and will receive a confirmation email. Check your inbox for the mail and if you don’t find it there, check your spam folder. If you haven’t received a confirmation email, please contact us.

Applying to the Summer School Program

  • Who can apply

    Minimum requirements

    • A minimum age of 18 years
    • Applicants should preferably have completed at least one semester at an institution of higher education. Students with an associate degree are eligible. If you have only a secondary degree and wish to participate in the HUFS summer session, please contact us at info@asiaexchange.org.
    • All applicants are expected to have sufficient knowledge of English (B2 level). No language test is required.

    See the additional requirements.

  • Required attachments
    • An official transcript of records in English (stamped or signed by your home institution)
    • A copy of the identification page of your passport (please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip starts)
    • A color photo. The photo is for your student ID card and your face should be clearly visible. The background should be white. The picture should preferably be in JPEG-format.
  • Application instructions & application form
    • Scan all the required attachments to your computer in PDF format.
    • Fill out the online application form below or here and submit it with the required attachments.

    Uploading and submitting the attachments

    • Please upload the attachments in PDF format.
    • If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you are missing some attachment(s) at the time of applying, you may send the attachment(s) later. Applications missing all the attachments will not be processed.
    • All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
    • For applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline we are obliged to charge an additional fee of 100 EUR (120 USD) as per our terms and conditions.

    Confirmation and official acceptance letter

    You will receive a confirmation of your study placement in 1 week, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents:

    You will receive the official acceptance letter 1.5 months before the semester starts at the latest. In your application, please indicate a permanent address so that the document can find you.

    Payment and cancellation

    Together with the initial confirmation you will receive an invoice for the application fee which must be paid within 10 days.

    The invoice for the tuition fee will be sent about 2.5 months before the semester starts.

    If you decide to cancel your participation in the program, you must send us a notification via email. Cancellations by other means (e.g. by phone or text) will not be taken into account. The application fee will not be refunded if you decide to cancel. For more information, see the terms and conditions for cancellation.

    Should you fail to pay the application fee or the tuition fee on time, we reserve the right to cancel your participation in the program. For more information, please see the terms and conditions.

    Travel insurance

    Students are required to have a valid accident and health insurance for the whole duration of the program from their home country or an insurance recommended by HUFS. A copy of the insurance certificate can be requested in the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.

    After submitting the form, you will be redirected to a confirmation page and will receive a confirmation email. Check your inbox for the mail and if you don’t find it there, check your spam folder. If you haven’t received a confirmation email, please contact us.

Quick facts

 Duration:
4 months (spring and autumn semester)
1 months (summer school)

Max. Credits:
ca. 30 ECTS

Tuition fee: 1990 EUR / semester

Application fee:
75 EUR

Are you from outside of Europe? Read more about the fees here.

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Reasons to choose Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies has been continuously ranked as the best international university in Korea.

The university has wide variety of courses available in bachelor and master levels.

A shorter Summer school program is also available where you can dive deep to the Korean culture.

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