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Korea University


The Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Korea University (KU) offers one of the leading international relations programs in Korea and Asia. Since its establishment in 1991, KUGSIS has been preparing students for leadership roles in governments, international organizations, multinational firms, international financial institutions and NGOs. Students engage an all-English curriculum that offers a mixture of theoretical frameworks for defining the pressing issues facing firms, cities, nations, regions, and the globe and the practical tools required to formulate policies and strategies to address those issues. GSIS offers a truly multicultural learning environment with one third of the student body comprised of international students and a strong commitment to promoting multicultural awareness and international engagement.

Course Work

Graduate students can choose to enroll in courses within two programs of study in the GSIS outlined below:

  • International Studies, which incorporates a variety of socio-political and economic perspectives and includes the following major tracks:
    • International Commerce
    • International Development and Cooperation
    • International Peace and Security
    • Regional Studies
  • Korean Studies, which focuses on Korea, contemporary social modernization, and economic development.

Language Requirement

The GSIS curriculum is taught entirely in English. Students wishing to improve their Korean language skills may enroll in Korean language classes. 

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: August/September-December
Spring semester: March-June


  1. Students are registered through the SIS Office of International Programs for nine (9) AU-KU exchange credits (SIS-697). These exchange credits cover courses at KU only; research and/or internship credit is registered under normal AU guidelines.
  2. Students are required to meet with their AU academic advisor and obtain formal pre-approval before enrolling at KU. This ensures that credits earned at KU can be applied toward the student’s AU degree.
  3. Students register for classes with the Program Manager at KU once they arrive on campus for orientation.

Credit articulation: Grades and credits earned at KU are articulated at AU upon receipt of an official transcript from KU. For conversion purposes, students should expect 1 KU credit to equal 1 AU credit.

Tuition and Fees

While at AU, students will be billed according to the tuition and fee schedule published by the University.

While at KU, students pay regular tuition, emergency international health insurance, and technology fees to AU. Students do not pay the student activity fee, sports center fee, or SIS fee.

Students are responsible for any incidental costs, such as library fines and lab fees, incurred during the program. Students are responsible for all personal expenses including housing and transportation. Students will be billed directly by KU for the activity and medical fees.


There is limited housing available to graduate students KU. Students who wish to live on campus should contact KU directly for information on availability, application, and pricing.

Visa and Immigration

Once admitted to the Program, students are issued a Certificate of Eligibility by KU. Students take this document to the closest Korean Embassy to apply for a student visa. Students need to take the Certificate of Eligibility, passport, bank statement, visa application, and application fee to the Embassy. 

Students are responsible for researching the most up-to-date immigration requirements and arranging all immigration documents. 

Student Orientation

During the semester prior to the start of the program, the SIS Office of International Programs conducts a mandatory pre-departure meeting. Topics covered include administrative, logistical, security, health, and cross-cultural issues. KU will hold an orientation for all international students upon arrival in Korea.

How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit the KU application to the SIS Office of International Programs (OIP) by the specified deadline for the semester in which you intend to study abroad. Students may not apply directly to Korea University.
  2. After all applications are received and reviewed, students will then be notified by e-mail from OIP with a decision regarding their nomination for study abroad.
  3. Once nominated, you will be instructed to complete the KU application which requires the following information:
    • Official transcripts
    • Copy of passport photo page
    • Two letters of recommendation from SIS faculty members
    • Statement of purpose
  4. OIP will collect all paper applications and supplemental materials and mail them directly to KU.
  5. KU makes the final admissions decision and corresponds directly with Program participants regarding all admissions and enrollment matters.
The Program is competitive, and applying does not guarantee admission.

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Application Deadlines

Spring 2017: October 14, 2016

Fall 2016: CLOSED

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KU Grad Exchange Application

Additional Information

Study Korean in DC

Travel information about Seoul from Wikitravel and Lonely Planet

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

South Korea consular information sheet from the U.S. Department of State

KU GSIS Course Catalog

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