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Sogang University

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Sogang University is one of the leading research and liberal arts universities in Seour, South Korea. It ranked first in Korea among four-year universities without medical schools in 2008 by JoongAng Ilbo ranking evaluators, while it took the second place in terms of reputation of graduates' ability in 2009. Currently, Sogang has joint academic agreements with over 227 partner universities in 54 countries. Over 400 students study abroad every year and around 2,500 international students study annually at Sogang in various academic programs.

Sogang University is in Shinchon, the heart of Seoul. All major attractions can be easily reached by bus or subway, with 3 subway stations within a 5-minute walking distance. The area is youthful and full of energy. You can find everything here, including Shinchon Hyundai Department Store, discount marts, innumerable trendy stores to shop at, and every kind of restaurant and bar that you could imagine.

Highlighted Program(s)
As a leading research university, Sogang University strives to foster leading edge research by the faculty and the students. Sogang is a home to several major research centers funded by the central and local governments. The following is a partial list of major research institutes at Sogang:

  • Center for Quantum Spacetime
  • Center for Nanoporous Materials
  • Institute for Integrated Biotechnology
  • Sogang Research Institute for Market Economy

In addition, Sogang University earned an accreditation of the Asociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is considered one of the top five business schools in Korea; while the college of Economics at Sogang has made significant contribution to the rapid economic growth of Korea during the last four decades. Considering that some of its faculty members have been deeply involved in the design of the economic development program of Korea through top level cabinet positions in the government. 

Course selection
International students participating in the exchange program may register for courses offered in Korean or English to take a maximum of 19 credits per semester.

Language of instruction
Although the main medium of instruction is Korean, many courses are offered in English, a list of which can be found on the Office of International Affairs website. Exchange students are fully integrated into the regular programs with Korean students. This allows exchange students to experience Korean culture to the fullest extent. All courses offered in the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) are lectured in English. Exchange students may also register free of charge in Korean language courses offered by the Korean Language Education Center.

Semester Dates
Spring Semester is from late February/early March to mid June, while Fall Semester is from late August/early September to mid December, for more information please check the Academic Calendar. Deadlines for submission of application is as follows:

  • November 10 for Spring Semester (March 1 ~ June 23)
  • May 10 for Fall Semester (August 27 ~ December 15)

Living costs
The toal cost of living is dependent on the individual lifestyle, however the estimated costs for four months is as follows:

  • Housing (Dormitory, 2 students per room): $1,678
  • Meals (13 meals per week included in the housing fee): $250-$600, while measl on-campus usually costs $2-$3 per meal and the off-campusoptions are priced at $5 and higher per meal.
  • Books: $200 -$300
  • Transportation: About $1 per ride with free transfers between buses and subways
  • Health Insurance: $200 - $300