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.
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 1st semester while the Fall semester (August - December) is considered the 2nd semester at Sogang.You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. More than 30% of the courses are taught in English. Students who are fluent in Korean may also enroll in Sogang courses taught in Korean. 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.
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.
Eligibility Requirements Korean and Korean American students are eligible to apply to this program. However, additional documents mandated by the Korean government will be required based on new Korean immigration regulations. Please consult with the Education Abroad Adviser before applying to this program to ensure you are aware of these additional requirements.
Education Abroad Credits You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your PennState cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis.
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.Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. You can learn more about housing here. Students must pay Sogang directly for any housing fees (meal plan, dormitory fee, housing deposit).
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.
Program Costs For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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.
For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships, including the Whole World Scholarship. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs at 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.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler, the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
Dates / Deadlines:
NOTE: Dates are tentative. Official dates will be communicated with students by the Sogang international office.
NOTE: NOTE: Please note: The dates listed above are not the actual dates of the program. At a later date your program dates will be provided to you. Should you have any questions, please follow up with your Education Abroad advisor.
** 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.
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