Study abroad in Seoul at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

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

Semester dates


Semester 1 (Spring) Semester 2 (Autumn)
Semester dates March 2 – June 22 September 3 – December 21
Orientation February 27 August 28
Application period ended October 31, 2017 open now until May 31, 2018

2019 (all dates still tentative)

Semester 1 (Spring) Semester 2 (Autumn)
Semester dates February 25 – June 21 September 2 – December 20
Orientation February 22 August 27
Application period open now until October 31, 2018 open now until May 31, 2019

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 more about 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

University’s contact person

Ms. Jia Shin

Studying at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

You can apply to study abroad at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies for one or two semesters. As an Asia Exchange student, you will study at the Seoul campus of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, which is located in downtown Seoul. In order to apply, you need to be currently enrolled at a home university. You can study Languages, International Relations, Political Science, Business and Economics, Social Sciences and Law. There are both Bachelor’s and Master’s courses available.

Find out more about available courses at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies below.

  • 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, 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 more about the full visa application procedure.

  • HUFS 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.

  • Fees

    Tuition fee: 1990 EUR / semester

    Tuition fee (summer school):

    1790 EUR / semester

    Application fee: 75 EUR.

    See what’s included in the fees.

    Are you from outside of Europe? Find out more about fees.

    Benefits when applying via Asia Exchange

    • Confirmation within one week
    • Asia Exchange Guide with lots of information about studies, visas, accommodation and other tips
    • Orientation days
    • 100 EUR discount when applying for two semesters.
  • Accommodation

    The university provides plenty of dormitory options for students. There are currently 3 different dormitories for you to choose, and they all are located within 2–3 minute walk from the campus.

    You can choose your preferred accommodation option in the application form for Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

    Find out more about the accommodation options in Seoul.

International Summer Session

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.

Find out more about HUFS Summer School

Student experiences

Ask former students

Ask our former students for practical hints and tips about living abroad and travel arrangements, what the everyday life at the study destination was like.


“Hey guys! The time in Korea was incredible! Both the educational and the personal experiences will make me never forget this beautiful country. I would be happy to help you experience the same wonderful exchange. Please don’t hesitate to ask any kind of questions.” 

Niklas, Germany (


“The first days in Seoul were fantastic and I really enjoyed the whole semester! Everybody at HUFS was very helpful and I met so many nice people. If you are thinking about a semester abroad in South Korea, send me an email!” 

Svante, Germany (

Student testimonials

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"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.

A student from Germany

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“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

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“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

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Blogs from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies


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.

Check the blog

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.

Check the blog

Become a blogger

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.

Want to read more student experiences?

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Study Abroad Reports from Seoul


Applying to study abroad at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

  • Applying to study abroad at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies is easy and quick. You only have to fill out and submit an online application form with a few attachments.
  • If you wish, you can also apply for two semesters right away. You can study for two semesters at either Hankuk University of Foreign Studies or combine any two destinations, as long as the semesters don’t overlap. When you apply for two semesters, you get a 100 EUR / 120 USD discount on the tuition fee of the second semester.
  • You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement already within 1 week. After this you can already start planning your study abroad semester.
  • You’ll also get to download a comprehensive Asia Exchange Guide for your destination. This Guide contains lots of useful information and helpful tips for your study abroad semester.

You can find detailed application instructions below, including information about fees and cancellation. Below you can also find the link to the application form. Please read the instructions carefully before you apply.

  • Who can apply?

    Minimum requirements

    • A minimum age of 18 years
    • You should be currently enrolled at an institution of higher education (university, university of applied sciences or similar)
    • You should have sufficient English skills (at least B2 level). You will need to submit written proof of your English skills together with your application (see required attachments below).

    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 and a study plan 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
    • Scan all the required attachments to your computer in PDF format.
    • Fill out the online application form below 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’re missing some attachment(s) when you first apply, you can send the missing document(s) later. However, please note that we won’t process applications without any attachments whatsoever.
    • All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
    • You can submit all the documents electronically. Please don’t send anything via regular mail.
    • There is a late application fee for applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline.

    Confirmation, official acceptance letter and visa

    You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement in 1 week, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents.

    You’ll receive the official acceptance letter 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.

    You need the official acceptance letter to apply for a student visa.


    The application fee invoice will be sent to you soon after the initial acceptance letter. This fee will be due within 10 days of receiving your confirmation. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide to cancel (see below). You’ll receive the invoice for the tuition fee about 2.5 months before the semester starts.


    If you’re unable to participate in the study abroad semester, you have the right to cancel your participation up to 1 month before the semester starts with no extra cost (the application fee will not be refunded, however). Let us know about your cancellation by writing us an email at info[at] Cancellations notified via phone, SMS or by any other means will not be considered. For more detailed information on our cancellation policy, please see terms and conditions for cancellation.

    We also reserve the right to cancel your participation if any of your fees becomes overdue. For more information, please see our terms and conditions.

    Travel insurance

    You are required to have a valid accident and health insurance either from your home country or an insurance recommended by HUFS for the whole duration of the program. The university may request a copy of the insurance certificate in the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.



Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Application Form

Note! 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 immediately.

Quick facts

4 months

Max. Credits:
ca. 30 ECTS

Tuition fee:
1990 EUR / Semester

Application fee:
75 EUR

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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 a wide number of courses available for both undergraduate (Bachelor) and graduate (Master) level students.

A shorter Summer School program is also available where you can get a compact introduction into Korean culture within just a month.

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