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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Hanyang University in South Korea

 

Study in the heart of Seoul, at Korea’s first engineering college. Recognized as the best university in general machinery, automotive, and civil engineering by the Korean Council for University Education in 2012, Hanyang University also ranked 1st for placement and management of international students by the Ministry of Education. Take classes in English or Korean, join one of many student clubs, or participate in volunteering and internship opportunities along with more than 5,000 international students.

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about Hanyang University here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange

Locations

Seoul, South Korea

Languages of Instruction

Korean, English - For courses taught in Korean, fluency is required

Program Dates

Fall 2018: Late August to December

Spring 2019: Late February to June

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  
  • Language Requirement: For courses taught in Korean, fluency is required.
  • Students must submit ISEP language proficiency report in application, even if native speaker

 

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Fair.

Location

The main campus is located in the center of Seoul. The University has its own subway station (Hanyang University Station) located on campus, providing students safe and convenient transportation to anywhere in the city.

Academics

Study in the heart of Seoul, at Korea’s first engineering college. Recognized as the best university in general machinery, automotive, and civil engineering by the Korean Council for University Education in 2012, Hanyang University also ranked 1st for placement and management of international students by the Ministry of Education. Take classes in English or Korean, join one of many student clubs, or participate in volunteering and internship opportunities along with more than 5,000 international students.

Recommended fields at Hanyang:
- Business & Economics: AACSB accredited, English track, largest number of exchange students enrolled in Korea
- International Studies: 100% English track
- Social Sciences (Journalism, Tourism, Mass Communication): well-known in Korea 

Students typically enroll in 4-6 classes per term which average to 12-19 hours in class per week. A term runs for 16 weeks. Students must take 15 credits to earn the equivalent 4 Lake Forest credits.

CLASSROOM CULTURE

please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

The social aspect of university life for Korean students is very important and students enjoy socializing with peers on campus when they are not attending class. While some students may have negative opinions regarding school study, Korean students generally agree that the most difficult part about university life is passing the entrance examinations.     

GRADING

Students are generally required to take a midterm and final examinations.  Other tests, presentations, research papers, and projects may also be expected of students.  A student‘s performance in a course is determined by the results of examinations, class attendance, and participation of the student. Student performance is usually graded on a 100 point scale. 

 

COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

To find the English Course List, go to the website, click Academic Information, then English Course List.

Both Basic and Intensive Korean language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for all levels.

College of Medicine and Department of Nursing are closed to ISEP students.

SPECIAL ISEP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

An audition is required for College of Performing Arts & Sports applicants. A portfolio is required for Design students.

 

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:

http://www.isep.org/students/Placed/country_handbooks.asp

 

ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp

 

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

 

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Experiential Opportunities

The Hanyang Volunteering Team was established as the first among Korean universities. The program offers a variety of volunteering programs both for local and international students. Internships are available through the Office of International Cooperation.

The Office announces internship placements every semester so that international students can apply to whichever they desire. Some internship placements are arranged only for Hanyang students.

Student Life

Hanyang has about 37,000 students in 22 colleges and 16 graduate schools. It was ranked 249th in the 2013 QS World University Rankings (79th in Engineering) and 15th in 2013 The Times Asia University Rankings International Outlook. There are about 5,000 International students on campus annually through degree programs, language programs, exchange programs, and the summer school program. Hanyang University has many notable alumni especially in the manufacturing industry (ex. The current CEO of Hyundai & Kia Motors, Samsung Corporation CEOs, etc.) and the film industry (many film directors and movie stars).

 

ORIENTATION

Orientation is scheduled on Friday three days prior to the new semester. At the orientation, all useful information is provided regarding Academics, Life in Hanyang & Seoul, Programs, etc. There is also a Campus Tour and Pizza Party following the Orientation.

ARRIVAL DETAILS 
Hanyang will provide arrival directions and arrange an airport pick-up service upon request.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

International students have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities as there are more than 70 student organizations available involving theater, football/soccer, judo, rock bands, skiing, scuba diving, etc. Moreover, the Global Student Union (GSU) and the Hanyang International Volunteering Association (HIVA) bring together international and local students for cultural exchanges, social activities, and travel. The Office of International Cooperation also has a program that matches buddies to each individual international student to help them better adapt to Korea.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in a twin room in one of the residence halls on or near the campus. ISEP students will have a chance to apply for on-campus dormitory rooms where only scholarship recipients reside. Cooking is only available in off-campus housing and students will receive a monthly stipend for their meals. 

Financial Information

The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to Hanyang includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item

Amount

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

$5,100

College Deposit (credit)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

$27,512

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

 $325

College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)

 $250

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP

 $360

Additional Meals

 $800

Estimated Airfare

 $1,600

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

 $1,500

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $4,610

Total

 

$32,122 

 

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2017. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.