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 majors, 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 autumn semester course information currently available. You can use it as a basis for making your preliminary 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
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
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.
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 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.