Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) is a private, highly ranked research university in South Korea, founded in 1398, offering many majors including library and information science, computer science, law, life sciences, literature, psychology, medicine, and business, as well as MBA and other professional masters, masters of science and doctorates. Many programs are offered in English. The Humanities and Social Sciences Campus, where Library and Information Science is based, is located in central Seoul. The campus is surrounded by parks and royal palaces, cafes and restaurants, and is connected to the subway system.
Situated on the Han River, Seoul is a metropole with over 25 million inhabitants. In 2015, it was rated Asia's most livable city with the second highest quality of life globally. A world leading technology hub centered on Gangnam and Digital Media City, the Seoul Capital Area boasts 15 Fortune Global 500 companies such as Samsung, the world's largest technology company, as well as LG and Hyundai-Kia. Seoul is the world's most wired city and ranked first in technology readiness by PwC's Cities of Opportunity report. Its public transportation infrastructure is the world's densest. Seoul also provides unique opportunities to access attractions such as 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!
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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.
Refer to SKKU's Department of Library and Information Sciences on-site course catalog to see which classes are offered. The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology can provide a list of SKKU classes, as they correspond to courses required (and optional) for Information Sciences and Technology and Data Science majors, as well as gen-ed classes. Many SKKU classes and most Information Science classes are taught in English.
It is recommended that students take one Korean language course on this program.
Course registration takes place during the on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses may not be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in courses for which space is available and for which you meet SKKU's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits).
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.
Internships following the conclusion of the SKKU semester program may be available. Possible internship placements include Samsung, LG and Hyundai in departments relevant to Information Sciences and Technology. For more information about the internship placements, please contact Penn State Professor David Reitter.
This program is approved only for Information Sciences and Technology and Data Science majors within the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology.
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Students live in on-campus at the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus. Dormitories are assigned on a random basis using a computer lottery process. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and no late applications will be accepted. It is important that students apply for housing within the provided application timeframe window, as SKKU does not have enough dormitory rooms for all exchange students.
Meals plans are not available for students on the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus.
Students must pay SKKU directly for any housing fees (meal plan, dormitory fee, housing deposit, etc.).
The SKKU runs an airport pick-up service and provides a number of resources including a Survival Kit, which is helpful in learning more about the services SKKU provides to students.
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 the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
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.
How to Apply
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:
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
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.
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