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Kyung Hee University Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Calendar Year, Academic Year, Summer


Seoul, South Korea




Good academic and disciplinary standing; 3.0 GPA; refer to the Application tab for more details

Application Due

Summer: Mar. 6

Fall & Academic Year:

Mar. 15

Spring & Calendar Year:

Sept. 27

Program Cost:

Refer to Application tab for more details

Study Abroad Advisor:

Ana Jimenez

Kyung Hee's main campus in autumn
Kyung Hee's main campus in autumn (Photo Credit)

Kyung Hee University is known within and beyond South Korea as a center for internationalization and a leader in Korean language learning. This exchange allows UI students to study at Kyung Hee for a semester, academic year, and/or summer term. The program is open to undergraduate University of Iowa students and does not require any knowledge of the Korean language, as there are many courses offered in English.


Exchange students have the option of taking courses taught in English at either Kyung Hee's main Seoul Campus or at the Global Campus located in Suwon outside Seoul. The Seoul Campus offers courses in the following disciplines: Business, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Students at the Seoul Campus can also take beginner or intermediate Korean language classes. At the Global Campus, students can take courses in Engineering, Applied Sciences, and Humanities, including International Studies. Kyung Hee's website includes courses in English recently offered at both the Seoul and Global Campuses. When applying for this program, students must indicate at which campus they plan to study. Due to the distance between the campuses, students are not able to take classes at both the Seoul and Global Campuses during the same academic term.

Exchange students are required to take a minimum of 12 s.h. per semester and are able to take up to 18 s.h. per semester while studying at Kyung Hee. Credit received from Kyung Hee will be treated as transfer credit. Interested students should make an appointment with the UI Study Abroad advisor for more information on transfer credit and be prepared to consult with their academic advisor, as well.

Summer Program

Student participants in the Global Collaborative Summer Program (Photo Credit)


Each summer, Kyung Hee hosts the Global Collaborative Summer Program on the university's main Seoul Campus. The program "seeks to promote a better understanding of the world" with courses that focus on the themes of "world peace" and "global common good." All courses (apart from Korean language courses) are taught in English. Students can take two courses at 3 s.h. each for a total of 6 s.h. Please see below for information about taking these courses to fulfill UI General Education Requirements.

Students may find it helpful to take a Korean language course for daily communication, but it is not required. Beginning and intermediate Korean courses are available. A placement test will be conducted prior to the beginning of the program.

General Education Courses

If you do not see the course(s) you are interested in below, please contact the UI Study Abroad advisor to have your preferred course(s) reviewed. Please read about the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Education requirements first before requesting the review. When emailing your UI Study Abroad advisor, please include the Kyung Hee course title and the specific UI General Education category for which you would like the course reviewed.

The following courses have been reviewed for General Education requirements at the University of Iowa:


  • Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Futures - Approved for International Global Issues
  • China's Reform and the Global Economy - Approved for International Global Issues
  • Sustainable Development: The Challenge and the Promise - Approved for International Global Issues
  • The Politics and Everyday Practice of International Humanitarianism - Approved for International Global Issues
  • The Global Arctic: The Rise of Asia and Climate Change - Approved for International Global Issues
  • North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom? Politics, Economy, and Human Rights - Approved for International Global Issues
  • The United Nations and Global Issues: Understanding the Dynamics... - Approved for International Global Issues
  • Environmental Energy in Northeast Asia: Policy and Technology - Approved for Natural Science (non-lab)
  • Culture and Society of Modern East Asia - Approved for Historical Perspectives
  • How We Became Posthuman: Posthumanism and Film - Approved for Values, Society & Diversity
  • Contemporary Korean Narratives in Film & Fiction - Approved for Literary, Visual & Performing Arts
  • Denials

  • Environmental Energy in Northeast Asia: Policy and Technology - Denied for International Global Issues
  • The United Nations and Civil Society: The History of Shared Values... - Denied for International Global Issues
  • Korea and Central Europe: Comparative Approach - Denied for Literary, Visual & Performing Arts
  • Korean Popular Culture - Denied for Values, Society & Diversity
  • Understanding What You Want: Desire and Culture - Denied for Values, Society & Diversity
  • Creativity and Innovation in NGOs: Understanding How to Become a Social Entrepreneur - Denied for all GE areas
  • Remaking East Asian Cities: Past, Present, and Future - Denied for all GE areas
  • Can the World Be Governed? International Relations in an Age of Disorder - Denied for all GE areas
  • Cultural Activities

    The program includes opportunities to explore Seoul and Korean culture beyond the classroom. In addition to a city tour of Seoul, Students can opt to participate in historical and cultural activities provided during Korean Culture Week. Participation in Korean Culture Week carries an additional fee of approximately $250.


    Fall semesters are typically from late August through mid-December.

    Spring semesters are typically from late February through late June.

    The summer program is typically from late June through late July.

    Visit Kyung Hee's exchange student webpage for further information and dates specific to exchange students.

    For More Info

    If you have questions or are ready to apply to this program, please make an appointment with program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5).

    Ana Jimenez
    Study Abroad Advisor & Program Coordinator
    Tel: +1 319-335-0353

    Kyung Hee University

    Campus in winter
    Campus in winter (Photo Credit)

    The motto of Kyung Hee University is "Creating a civilized world," and this central goal informs the institution's approach to higher education. With 23 colleges and several graduate schools, Kyung Hee has developed diverse academic offerings while striving to become a leader in internationalization. Indeed, students from across the world come to Kyung Hee to study Korean language at the university's Institute of International Education, which also provides language and culture training for certain government programs.


    Seongsan Bridge and the Han River (Photo Credit)

    Seoul is the political and cultural capital of South Korea. Its population of 10.5 million are spread throughout a city about the same size as Chicago. Neon signs, skyscrapers, and an incredibly computer-savvy populace are juxtaposed with the city's 2,000-year-old history. Seoul’s international atmosphere has turned it into one of the most cosmopolitan cities in not just Asia, but the world.

    South Korea

    South Korea is a country of about 50 million people located on the Korean Peninsula. Its neighbor North Korea grabs more headlines due to military exercises and political tensions, but South Korea is not a country to be overshadowed. With a strong, industrialized economy built after the Korean War, South Korea is one of the most economically successful nations in Asia. The Visit Korea website has a lot of good information about this fascinating country.

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    Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

    Living Arrangements

    Exchange students can indicate their preference to live at the on-campus dormitory Sewhawon or at the off-campus dormitory I-House. Beginning in Fall 2017, exchange students who meet all application deadlines are guaranteed housing at Sewhawon, which costs approximately $850 per student each semester. Double rooms at Sewhawon include a shared fridge, air conditioning, high-speed internet, a water purifier and study rooms on each floor, and coin laundry facilities. A student cafeteria is also conveniently located in Sewhawon.

    The double occupancy rooms at I-House include a shared fridge, high-speed internet, and cooking and laundry facilities. Accommodations at I-House are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and range from approximately $1,100 to $1,300 per student each semester.

    Summer students can also choose to be housed at Sewhawon or I-House. In either case, the cost for accommodations is approximately $450. On-campus housing is not guaranteed for the summer program.

    Students who prefer to seek independent housing arrangements are allowed to do so but should note that it can be extremely difficult to find quality short-term housing in Seoul as a student. UI and Kyung Hee staff will not necessarily be able to assist students with finding independent housing arrangements.

    Campus Facilities

    Student cafeteria on Global Campus (Photo Credit)

    Kyung Hee offers on-campus dining facilities on both the Seoul and Global Campuses. The average meal at the student cafeterias costs between $3 and $7. Health-related services are available to exchange students at Kyung Hee's Campus Clinic and the Kyung Hee Medical Center, which is located near the main gate of the Seoul Campus.

    Local Transportation

    The Seoul Metropolitan Subway is quite impressive, allowing travelers to get almost anywhere in the city where they would like to go. It is the world's most extensive system by length and is the second largest in the world by number of stations (after NYC Subway).

    Students at Kyung Hee can access Seoul's subway system at the Hoegi Station (Dark Blue Line #1), which is about a 10-minute walk from campus. Transportation between Kyung Hee's Seoul Campus and Hoegi Station is available via maeul bus (minibus) that requires a fare of approximately $1 each way.

    For more information on local transportation options, please look at Visit Seoul's Transportation Guide.


    The Kyung Hee University Exchange is open to UI students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:

    • Clear interest and commitment: Students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in the program's subject matter and a commitment to engage responsibly in coursework abroad.
    • Preparedness and maturity: Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel. Students must demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibly abroad while respecting cultural differences. Students are expected to obey both local laws and program directives conveyed to participants before and during the program. The University of Iowa Code of Student Life applies to all program participants while abroad.
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA: Students must have at minimum a 3.0 cumulative GPA to participate in this program.
    • Good academic and disciplinary standing: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad. In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance, will not be allowed to study abroad, and are wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.
    • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing: Students must have sophomore, junior, or senior standing at the time the program begins. First year students cannot participate in this program.
    • Approval of UI Study Abroad advisor: A student's application must be reviewed and approved by their UI Study Abroad advisor.
    • Acceptance by host institution: The number of participants is limited by reciprocity in the numbers to be exchanged, and meeting the minimum requirement for eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Even if a student is nominated by their UI Study Abroad advisor to participate in the exchange, the final acceptance decision is made by the international student office and the sponsoring departments at Kyung Hee based on their own internal requirements.

    Program Costs


    University of Iowa students pay their regular University of Iowa tuition and mandatory student fees to study at our partner university. Estimates for additional costs will be outlined on the program cost sheet.

    Note: For the Global Summer Collaborative Program, University of Iowa students must also pay a supplemental tuition fee of about $1,050 to Kyung Hee University.

    Study Abroad Administrative Fees

    University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are charged for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

    Cost Sheets

    Cost sheets are documents that outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

    The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. Please contact your UI Study Abroad advisor with questions regarding cost sheets by calling 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

    Fall, Spring, and Academic Year Cost Sheets

    Cost Sheet for Kyung Hee University Exchange, Fall 2018 - for College of Liberal Arts & Sciences studentsPDF

    Cost Sheet for Kyung Hee University Exchange, Spring 2018 - for College of Liberal Arts & Sciences studentsPDF

    Summer Cost Sheets

    PDFCost Sheet for Kyung Hee Exchange, Summer 2018 - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences students

    Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. Students are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

    Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

    Withdrawal Policy

    After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

    Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
    Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
    Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
    Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
    Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
    100% of UI Tuition and Fees

    Consult with your UI Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

    Application Deadline

    The online application for the Spring semester program will be available from Aug. 1 to Sept. 27.

    The online application for the Summer program will be available from Jan. 2 to Mar. 6.

    The online application for the Fall semester and Academic Year programs will be available from Jan. 2 to Mar. 15.

    Any supplemental materials are due to the Study Abroad office one week later.

    How to Apply

    Interested students should make an appointment with the designated UI Study Abroad advisor to discuss the program and the application process. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 319-335-0353. During the appointment, the advisor will provide full application instructions. Note: Application materials will not be reviewed unless a student has already met with the advisor to discuss the program.

    The application process consists of three major steps:

  • Step 1: After meeting with the UI Study Abroad advisor, students must complete the online UI Study Abroad Application. PLEASE NOTE that for Winter 20-21, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 study abroad programs, students will not be charged the $50 application fee until travel takes place. If a student chooses to withdraw prior to departure due to COVID-19 concerns, the application fee will not be charged.
  • Step 2: The UI Study Abroad Application is reviewed. If the student meets the requirements for the program and there are sufficient spaces available in the exchange, the UI Study Abroad advisor nominates them for study at Ewha.
  • Step 3: Once nominated, the student completes the online application process for Ewha. The application is reviewed by Ewha, which makes the final acceptance decision.
  • Confirmation of Participation

    Coming soon.

    Additional Information for Review

    In addition to submitting their Confirmation of Participation form, students should review the following:

    Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

    UI Financial Aid Information

    Students are also encouraged to complete the PDFHealth Preparation Guide for International Travel form with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.


    In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

    Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

    You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

    Program-Specific Orientation

    This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

    Travel Arrangements

    Students are advised not to purchase airline tickets until they receive acceptance confirmation from both UI and Kyung Hee. If you have questions and/or concerns, please contact the UI Study Abroad advisor at 319-335-0353.

    Students are expected to find their own flights to South Korea, though UI Study Abroad can assist by providing advice regarding airline booking options. Kyung Hee will provide accepted students with more information on arrival details closer to the date of departure.


    Any students who will need to apply for a Korean visa will need to wait until receiving their official admission letter from Kyung Hee before they can begin applying for a Korean visa. UI Study Abroad staff can provide some assistance and advising on the Korean visa application process, but ultimately the individual traveler (the student) is the person who is responsible for providing correct information on the visa application and securing the visa and all other required documentation prior to travel.