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Off-Campus Study

ISEP University of Seoul

 

Interested in Asia or simply want to learn a new perspective? Korea is the perfect destination to study abroad.and you don’t have to speak Korean.

The University of Seoul is a public comprehensive university supported by Seoul Metropolitan Government, offering strong academic fields including Urban Sciences, Engineering, Business Administration, and more. The internationally-friendly campus offers various kind of interesting activities with the assistance of Seoul Mates, a Korean students group to assist international students.

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

Program Type

Exchange

Locations

Seoul, Korea

Languages of Instruction

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

Program Dates

Fall 2018: Late August to Late December

Spring 2019: Early March to Late 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 3.0 out of 4.5 equivalent and minimum of Sophomore status.  
  • Language Requirement: For courses taught in Korean, fluency is required.
  • Students must submit ISEP language proficiency report in application, even if native speaker

 

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.


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

Location

Conveniently located in the northeastern neighborhood of Seoul, the beautiful campus is close to public transportation and a few minutes from Hanyang University.

Academics

The University of Seoul is a public comprehensive university supported by Seoul Metropolitan Government, offering strong academic fields including Urban Sciences, Engineering, Business Administration, and more. The internationally-friendly campus offers various kind of interesting activities with the assistance of Seoul Mates, a Korean students group to assist international students.

Exchange students should take at least 6 credits and can take up to 20 credits for a regular semester. 1 credit meets 15 class hours per semester, and a semester lasts for 16 weeks including 1 makeup week. Since the business program is the most popular, Business major students can take up to 3 business courses. 

 

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. 

 

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.

 

PROGRAMS

Art, Music, Visual/Industrial Design, and Physical Education, Business Administration, Engineering (Electrical, Computer, Chemical, Environmental, Mechanical, Information, Civil, Materials Science, Computer Science, and Nano Science), Humanities (Korean and English Language, Korean History, Philosophy, Chinese Language and Culture), Natural Science (Environmental Horticulture, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, and Life Science), Public Affairs and Economics, and Urban Science (Architecture, Urban Planning, Transportation Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Urban Administration, Urban Sociology, Geo-Informatics)

 

HINTS FOR RESEARCHING COURSES

From http://global.uos.ac.kr, go to For International Students and find a list of courses in English and the syllabi at News and Notice board. Each semester’s list of courses taught in English is confirmed a month before the semester starts.

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

Service Learning and Volunteering program are sometimes offered by Office of Student Affairs or Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Student Life

A public university uniquely supported by Seoul Metropolitan Government, UOS roles as a think-tank for SMG to solve the problems of megacities and to advise urban development for the cities of developing countries.

 

ORIENTATION

The orientation program covers academic advice, housing, health, emergencies, safety and general information. A local tour will help students get acquainted with our campus and tourist sites downtown.

 

ARRIVAL DETAILS 

Students arriving on the Official Arrival Date will be met at the airport by their Seoul Mate if given notice at least TWO WEEKS before the official arrival date. Otherwise, students should follow arrival directions in the acceptance packet.

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

International students have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities as there are more than 50 student organizations available, such as theatre, Taekwondo, and academic clubs. The Seoul Mates bring together international and local students for cultural exchange, social activities, and travel.

 

MEET YOUR ISEP COORDINATOR 
Ms. Sohee KIM, a very experienced staff at the international office of the University of Seoul, has been working in the field of international education for more than 10 years. She is an expert at helping international students administratively.

 

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in single or double rooms in one of the residence halls located on campus. Students receive a monthly stipend of 400,000 KRW for the month’s meal at the university’s dining hall.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover 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

 $4,835

Total

 

$32,347 

 

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, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, 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.