- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
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. Sungkyunkwan University was founded at the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty in 1398 as the highest national educational institute in the early years of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. As the oldest university in East Asia, it has fostered leaders of our society for over 600 years.
On this exchange program, students can choose from hundreds of courses offered in English and have the option to enroll in Korean language courses. Students will be taking their classes at SKKU's Humanities and Social Sciences Campus in Seoul.
Academic Year: early September - mid June
Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: early March - mid June
Please note that the Korean academic calendar runs from spring through fall, which is opposite of the Penn State academic calendar. In addition, their spring semester starts much later and ends later than the normal Penn State spring semester.
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways, and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces, and street markets. Notable attractions include futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and Jogyesa Temple to name a few.
SKKU's Humanities and Social Sciences Campus is located inside the city walls, within the original capital of Joseon. Located on the original Sungkyunkwan site, the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus is spread over a hill looking down on Jongmyo Royal Shrine, which has been designated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.