Seoul, Korea - Sogang University
Sogang University Exchange Program - Seoul, Korea
Program Focus: Full Curricular Studies
University Web Site – Sogang University
Late February– Late June (First Semester-Spring)
Late August– Mid December (Second Semester-Fall)
Late June – Late July (Summer Session)*
Submit an application before the Application Deadline.
For a detailed description of the program and application deadlines, click here.
*Note: Sogang Summer Session is not an Exchange Program, but LUC students can still attend. In this case they will pay the Sogang Summer Program costs.
Sogang University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1960, is the only Jesuit higher educational institution in Korea. In spite of its short history, Sogang University has established its place as one of the top universities in Korea. The university is located in the heart of Seoul and all major attractions can be easily reached by bus or subway. Currently, Sogang has joint academic agreements with over 66 sister universities in 21 countries, including Jesuit universities.
Sogang University, acknowledged for its high standards for quality education, has the highest rate of employment in major corporations in Korea, with over 40,000 alumni working in influential positions in various areas of the Korean society.
“Seoul is the capital largest city of South Korea (Republic of Korea). The city was the capital of Baekje (18 BCE – 660 CE) and the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Upon the establishment of the South Korea in 1948, Seoul became its capital and designated the nation's only Special City. Residents of Seoul are referred to as "Seoulites".
With over ten million people living within its city limits, Seoul is one of the largest cities in the world. With an area of only 605 square kilometers, smaller than London or New York City, it is one of the most densely populated major cities. Seoul's population density has allowed it to become one of the world's most digitally-connected cities.
The larger Seoul National Capital Area and commuter belt, which includes the major port city of Incheon, has almost 23 million inhabitants. This makes it the second most populous metropolitan area in the world, after Greater Tokyo. Almost one half of South Korea's entire population lives in Seoul and its environs. The city is the country's political, cultural, and economic center, as well as an international business center, and is considered one of the top 20 “world-class cities.”
As the symbol of the “Miracle on the Han River,” Seoul has played a key role in South Korea's economic development. In recent years, the metropolitan government has carried out an extensive cleanup of the city's air and water pollution. The revival of Cheonggyecheon, a stream that flows through downtown Seoul, has been lauded as a major success in urban renewal and beautification.”
International students at Sogang University can choose from a variety of undergraduate courses offered in English. For a complete list of English courses, please visit http://goabroad.sogang.ac.kr/ (click on "Academics" and "Courses offered in English"). Almost all courses offered at Sogang are open to exchange students. Students who are juniors or seniors can also take advantage of the graduate courses in the Graduate School of International Studies http://hompi.sogang.ac.kr/gsis/ with prior permission from the appropriate professors. According to their Korean proficiency level, students may choose to take regular courses lectured in Korean. Korean Language courses are also available to international students who wish to enhance their Korean language skills. For a sample list of courses that were offered in Korean http://klec.sogang.ac.kr/2000/1100.php . Students can search available course lists here http://sis109.sogang.ac.kr/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/zcmw9016?sap-language=EN#.
Sogang University offers English courses in a range of areas such as:
- Social Science
- Natural Science
- Business Administration
- Interdisciplinary (i.e. Korean Studies, Japanese Studies, Gender Studies, Science of Education, etc.)
The school of Economics and the School of Business Administration have combined their resources to offer a special program for foreign exchange students. It includes an additional scholarship of $2,000 for travel and/or living expenses, one or two semesters of study in the regular undergraduate program, and an opportunity for internship at one of the major multinational Korean companies such as Samsung, Hyundai, or LG. In addition, students may take classes at the Korean Language Education Center free of charge. The participating students are required to take at least one course at the School of Economics and another at the School of Business Administration.
The Summer School for Korean Studies, a five-week program offered by Sogang University, provides international students with a unique opportunity to achieve a better understanding of the various aspects of the Korean society. The summer School offers a number of 3-credit courses. Introductory survey courses, as well as upper-level undergraduate courses on Korean culture, history, politics, economy and industries are offered. There is an intensive course in the Korean Language, taught at 6 levels based on the student’s background. Field experiences are highlights of this program. Field trips to some of the most famous cultural heritage sites and economic and industrial centers in Korea are included. Students will have a chance to interact with participating Korean students in class and field trips.
For further information, click here.
- Residence Halls: Gonzaga Hall
Located near the rear gate of University Campus. approx. Fee: $1,464 or 1,756,400 Won - Korean currency (four month rate, fees are subject to change). Two meals a day are included in the dormitory fee.
Each room has a phone for receiving phone calls only. Outgoing calls can be made at any pay phone around. Students staying in the dormitory must follow the dormitory regulations. All rooms are equipped with the following essentials: beds, desks, study chairs, closet, locker, fan, shoe cabinets, microwave, sofa, TV, air conditioners, internet phone, internet LAN and bathroom. Laundry rooms are located in B1 of each dorm. Students should personally bring any items which they believe are essential during their stay in Korea such as a PC or notebook computer. The dorms are locked between 12:00 and 5:00 a.m. and curfew is strictly enforced.
- Boarding House
If the applicant is willing, the Office of International Affairs and Public Relations at Sogang University will assist in locating a suitable boarding house in the proximity of the university. Please ask the Office for International Programs about fees for this type of housing.
(Housing fees are paid directly to Sogang by the student)
Semester or Full Year sessions: Loyola Tuition & Sogang University Room and Board (approx. $1,464 per semester)
Summer sessions: Student pays Sogang University Tuition( (USD 200 per credit - Students taking 6 credits: USD 1,200, Students taking 9 credits: USD 1,800) plus Room and Board (USD 520) For more information on summer sessions, click here.
Loyola (OIP) Fee - $1000 for semester and yearlong programs, $500 for summer programs
*To see a detailed list of additional estimated expenses, click here.
Aid Transfer - Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP), Loyola University Chicago Grants and Scholarships, Alternative Loans.
1) Submit the LUC online application.
2) Submit the Sogang University Exchange application.