Experience a new learning environment, include a part-time internship in the Korean workplace, and build your international network as an exchange student at Kyungpook National University.
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- Language proficiency in either English or Korean
- Nomination and Application Schedule
|Starting Semester||Nomination Deadline||Application Deadline||Acceptance (Email)|
|Spring Semester||October 15||November 15||Late December|
|Fall Semester||April 15||May 15||Late June|
- Online application: fill out through here
- Letter of nomination from applicant’s home university
- Official transcript from applicant’s home university (out of 100-point grading scale)
- A copy of valid passport (face page)
- A color ID photo
- BA Diploma (for MA student only)
※ Language Proficiency Test (TOEFL/TOEIC) submission is not required
※ All required documents should be submitted through the online application site below
The acceptance packet will include the certificate of admission (if needed for visa purposes), the letter of acceptance, the welcome letter (including the arrival information sheet, the course registration and academic schedule). The acceptance packet will be delivered to a student’s email individually so that the student can apply for the student visa.
- Spring semester starts on March 2
- Fall Semester starts on September 1
※ Orientation for both semesters will be given upon arrival
- Available on the KNU website here
- It will be sent to international students’ home university coordinators in July (for the spring Semester), and February (for the fall Semester)
A variety of courses are offered in English by individual colleges and departments, along with courses specially designed to offer a new perspective and understanding of Korea.
The list of courses taught in English will be available in January for the following spring semester or July for the following fall semester. In addition, this list will be sent to all accepted exchange students by e-mail with instructions on course registration.
The normal course load for students at KNU is 5-6 courses (which is usually 18 Korean credits). Most KNU classes are three-credit courses and in order to get three credits in KNU, students have to complete 45 hours of studies (3 hours × 15 weeks). (1 course = 3 US credits, 45 class hours per semester, including exam period)
- Undergraduate : Maximum number of credit that undergraduate students can take per semester is 18 credit (six courses) including three internship credit.
- Graduate : Maximum number of credit that graduate students can take per semester is 9 credit (three courses) including three internship credit.
Based on a diverse network of Korean companies, including multi-national conglomerates, SMEs, local government, and NGOs, KNU offers international students the chance to integrate internship into their exchange semester.
English is used as the language of communication, and activities range according to the background and skills of the individual student and the needs of the host company.
The internships are arranged at the beginning of the semester, and last for 12 weeks based on 12 hours per week for 3 credits. Most internships are unpaid.
Full-time internship options are also available during the summer and winter vacations.
All exchange students are automatically assigned to a shared room (double room) in one of several on-campus dormitories. The dormitory fee for one semester varies depending on the requested meal plan and can range from around USD$500 for no meal plan to USD$1000 for three meals per day at the dormitory cafeteria.
※ The dorm cafeteria cannot be offered due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. In the case the dorm fee will be charged except the meal plan.
All new coming exchange students are assigned a Korean student buddy who will help you adjust to a life at Kyungpook National University. Your buddy will contact you via e-mail prior to your departure for Korea.
Any international students who is staying in Korea holding a D-2 visa is subject to a mandatory subscription to National Health Insurance from March, 2021. According to the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS), the generic cost for international students is around KRW 43,490 ($40); the exact cost will be available on your monthly bills. Once you enroll, you can receive various benefits including dental and oriental medical treatment, health checkups, and pregnancy and childbirth-related medical expenses as the Korean citizens receive.
No action is required from students, as you are automatically subscribed to health insurance by the NHIS once you receive your ARC. Your NHI card and subscription guide are sent to your residential address in Korea based on the information of ARC.
- French and Japanese citizenship holder can apply not to subscribe the NHIS by visiting the Office of NHIS in Buk-gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea, after one’s arrival at KNU.
- NHIS Website: here
- Call: 033-811-2000 (English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Uzbek)
If you need further information or any help, please contact the exchange program coordinator, Ms. Haejin Shin at email@example.com (for European partnerships), and Ms. YUJIN LEE at firstname.lastname@example.org(for non-European partnerships).
As a national university, Kyungpook National University adheres to the policies of the Republic of Korea regarding abuse, harassment, discrimination, sexual exploitation and blackmail. Reporting and investigation procedures are that of the Republic of Korea.