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Sogang University was established by the Society of Jesus in the 1940s to provide an education based on Catholic belief and inspired by the Jesuit educational philosophy, in conformity with the Korean tradition of education. The University welcomes students of all backgrounds. Although a small institution with about 7,500 undergraduates, it is considered to be one of the top schools in South Korea. The campus is in a central location easily accessible by public transportation. The immediate neighborhood has many small Korean restaurants, shopping, movies, cafes, etc. The campus is small, so everything is within easy access. This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in engineering, business, and natural sciences.
Situated on the Han River, densely populated Seoul is the capital and largest city in South Korea. This vibrant business and financial hub and cultural center is home to more than 100 museums, numerous religious monuments, parks and surrounding mountains, markets, festivals, sports teams, and tourist attractions including the Gyeongbok and Changdeok palaces. And that’s just the start.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Use the on-site English-taught course catalog (check the "Courses for Exchange Students") or the Pre-Departure Guide to find more information about specific courses taught in English. When searching for course options, the Spring semester (March - June) is considered the first semester while the Fall semester (August - December) is considered the second semester at Sogang. You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. More than 30 percent of the courses are taught in English.
If you are proficient in Korean, you can take classes taught in the Korean language. To look for courses taught in Korean, do not check the box next to "courses for exchange students" when searching the course catalog. In order to take courses taught in Korean, you will need to submit a recommendation letter or test at "level 4" on the Korean Proficiency Test.
Students can also choose to take Korean language courses offered at the Korean Language Education Center. Only students majoring in Korean langauge or Korean studies will be able to take intensive Korean language courses in the afternoons. All other exchange students will be able to take evening Korean language courses. The intensive course meets Monday-Friday afternoons for a total of 200 hours throughout the semester or 12 credits. The evening Korean language courses meet for 60 hours or 3 credits.
Course registration takes place during the semester prior and during the on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses may not be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits). Students can enroll in the Intensive Korean language course, but it is not a part of the fee that you would be paying to Penn State. Sogang offers a scholarship that will cover the costs for exchange students, but students will still have to pay a deposit. The deposit is refundable if students remain in the class for the entire semester and meet the attendance requriement.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Seoul Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Housing and Meals
Students live in the on-campus Gonzaga dormitory with two to four students per room and separate floors for male and female students. Two meals per day are provided. Students must pay Sogang directly for any housing fees (meal plan, dormitory fee, housing deposit).
The Sogang University Office of International Affairs runs an airport pick-up services and buddy program with the H.U.G (Hands Up for Gathering) student organization. Students can request airport pick-up and apply for a buddy through the Sogang Office of International Affairs website.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
Sogang Global Scholarship
The Sogang Office of International Affairs offers the Sogang Global Scholarship which covers 50% of the dormitory fee (about KRW 900,000). Interested students may submit the online scholarship application to Sogang once they have been accepted by Penn State Education Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
NOTE: Start date marks beginning of on-campus housing check in. End date marks end of spring semester, housing dates may vary.
NOTE: Start date marks beginning of orientation week. Arrival date may depend on your housing arrangements. End date marks departure from program housing. Confirm dates with Sogang University before purchasing airline tickets.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.