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Exchange Student


Experience a new learning environment, include a part-time internship in the Korean workplace, and build your international network as an exchange student at KNU!

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Application Procedure

Starting Semester Nomination Deadline Application Deadline Notification of Acceptance by Email Acceptance Packet Sent
2021 Spring Semester October 15, 2020 November 9, 2020 End of November Mid December
2021 Fall Semester April 15, 2021 May 1, 2021 End of May Mid June
2022 Spring Semester October 20, 2021 November 1, 2021 End of November Mid December

Required Documents

  1. Online Application Form - fill out Online Application here
  2. Letter of Nomination from applicant’s home university
  3. Official Transcript from applicant’s home university (100-point grading scales)
  4. A Copy of Valid Passport (face page)
  5. A color ID photo
  6. BA Diploma (MA student only)

※ Language Proficiency Test (TOEFL/TOEIC) submission is NOT required.

※ All required documents should be submitted through the online application site below.

Acceptance Packet

The acceptance packet will include your Certificate of Acceptance (if needed for visa purposes), Letter of Acceptance, Orientation Letter, Arrival Information Sheet, and other important information, as needed. The acceptance packet will be emailed to your home university so that you can apply for your Student VISA.

Academic Calendar (exams included)

  • 2020 Spring Semester: March 2, 2020 – June 19, 2020
  • 2020 Fall Semester: September 2, 2020 – December 18, 2020
  • 2021 Spring Semester: March 2, 2021 – June 18, 2021

Orientation for both semesters will be given upon arrival

Expected Arrival Date (expected dormitory check-in date)

  • 2020 Fall Semester: August 29, 2020 (Starting at 12pm)
  • 2021 Spring Semester: February 27, 2021 (Starting at 12pm)

Orientation for both semesters will be given upon arrival


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  • It will be sent to international students’ home university coordinators in July (Spring Semester) / February (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. 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 X 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 21 credit (seven 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.

See Internship Instructions for Spring 2021


All exchange students are automatically assigned to a shared 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$400 for no meal plan to USD$1000 for three meals per day at the dormitory cafeteria.

KNU Student Buddy Program

All exchange students are assigned a Korean student buddy who will help you adjust to a life at KNU. Your buddy will contact you via e-mail prior to your departure for Korea.

More Information

If you need further information or any help, please contact the Exchange Program Manager, Ms. Haejin Shin at
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