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Study Abroad

Seoul, Korea - Sogang University

Sogang Lead Photo

Exchange Program

Spend a semester or an academic year studying at the only Jesuit university in South Korea, all while living in Seoul: one of the largest cities in the world. This exchange program offers a variety of course options in English, with Korean language offerings as well.

Sogang University (enrollment of 8,000 undergraduates—1,350 foreign students)

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 and Korea

“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.”

(Source: www.wikipedia.org)

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 the Songang University's website (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 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. Students can search available course lists here.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher to apply. 

Sogang University offers English courses in a range of areas, such as:

  • Humanities
  • Social Science
  • Natural Science
  • Engineering
  • Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Interdisciplinary (i.e. Korean Studies, Japanese Studies, Gender Studies, Science of Education, etc.)

PLEASE NOTE: Students who study abroad on Global Exchange programs should prepare for a highly independent and immersive experience. You will take courses with host university faculty and be held to the same academic policies and standards as local students. Academic support will vary across programs and often differs from the support you receive at Loyola. While the coursework and support may be different than what you are used to in the U.S., the grades you receive abroad will still factor into your LUC GPA.  Check out our policies page for more information on academics.

Residence Halls: Gonzaga Hall 


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. Each room has a phone for receiving phone calls only. Outgoing calls can be made on a student's personal cell phone or a pay phone. Laundry rooms are located in B1 of each dorm. The dorms are locked between midnight and 5 a.m. and curfew is strictly enforced.

Fee: $1,400 - $3,000 USD depending on number of weeks (16 or 25) and meal plan selection. 

(Housing fees are paid directly to Sogang by the student)

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)

Program Costs

Semester or Full Year sessions: Students pay Loyola tuition + Sogang University room and board (approx. $1,400 - $2,000 per semester)

Summer sessions: Student pays Sogang University tuition + Sogang University room and board (approx. $3,000 for the program). For more information on costs, see their summer program website.

Loyola (OIP) Fee—$100 for all programs

CISI Insurance Fee

*To see a detailed list of additional estimated expenses, click here.

Aid Transfer (semester or year-long program only)—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.