Inbound Exchange/Visiting Program

Sungkyunkwan University is one of Asia’s premier study destinations. SKKU’s Humanities and Social Sciences Campus is in the old city center of South Korea’s capital, Seoul. It is a unique representation of the force combined Korea’s ancient history with the futuristic modernity, which makes Korea a pioneer in the field of business and technology. Beyond this, SKKU’s large Natural Science Campus in Suwon, a Korean techno valley, directly south of Seoul, has many advanced facilities as well as a relaxing atmosphere.

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The Exchange Student Program(ESP) is designed for international students from partner universities. SKKU welcomes all students coming from around the world to a challenging academic and unique cultural experience on our campus, where traditional and contemporary features are beautifully harmonized. SKKU is ready to meet international students’ academic needs by providing interesting and enlightening courses in foreign languages, the Regular Korean Program (RKP), and the International Summer Semester (ISS), along with various intriguing cultural activities where you can experience Korea’s culture and history.

The Visiting Student Program (VSP) is aimed at recruiting competent students from overseas universities not partnered with SKKU. Visiting students will experience a fruitful campus life at SKKU with other domestic and international students. With more than 600 years of history and a unique culture, SKKU provides not only high-quality courses delivered by eminent professors and lecturers, but also unique campus ambience that you cannot find at other universities in Korea. Both Korean students studying at foreign universities and international students are welcome to apply for the program.

As dormitory and tuition waivers are not provided to visiting students, they are required to arrange housing by themselves and pay for tuition by the given due date. Without these two factors, visiting students are given the same status as exchange students. Tuition is approximately 4,000 USD per semester, and it varies depending on student’s major and level of study.

SKKU’s Office of International Relations (OIR) is the primary office responsible for the exchange program. In order to provide a well-organized academic experience to exchange students from partner universities, the OIR:

  • Helps exchange students in the application process with visa application, online application, etc.
  • Supplies course information, and helps students select and sign up for courses
  • Organizes a special orientation and cultural/group activities in collaboration with GSN HI-CLUB
  • Takes care of students’ everyday inquiries and requests
  • Sends academic transcripts to exchange students’ home universities after they complete exchange study

Exchange Student Orientation and Cultural Activities

SKKU offers exchange students an orientation session to help them adapt to new environment. During the orientation session, students receive valuable information and insights needed for both academic and everyday life at SKKU. The main issues are: academic issues, course information and registration, housing plan and policies, and visa-related matters. This is followed by a brief campus tour and a reception where students have a chance to get to know each other. SKKU’s Office of International Affairs also organizes cultural activities and social events for all exchange students. Through these events we aim to increase our students’ sense of globalization and multicultural understanding.

Visiting Student Orientation

SKKU offers visiting students an orientation session to help them adapt to new environment. The orientation covers: academic issues including course information and registration, housing plan and policies, visa-related matters, and so on. This is followed by a brief campus tour and reception where students have the chance to get to know each other. SKKU’s Office of International Relations also organizes cultural activities in which all visiting students are invited and have the opportunity to mingle with the others. The series of events increases students’ global awareness and multicultural understanding.

GSN HI-CLUB (Student Buddy Group)

SKKU’s Office of International Relations closely cooperates with the Global Student Network: Help & Information Club (GSN HI-CLUB), which is a volunteer student buddy group that helps and supports exchange students to adapt to living in Korea. HI-CLUB also organizes a number of cultural events where exchange and SKKU students can get together with each other. It is one of the most valuable resources of help and information that is always accessible to exchange students.

Their main responsibilities are :

  • To hold an orientation for exchange students in collaboration with the SKKU OIR
  • To organize cultural events for exchange students
  • To help students deal with academic and practical matters

Extension of Exchange

The period of exchange can be extended as long as SKKU and a student’s host university agree to it. To apply, an international exchange coordinator at the host university must officially confirm an exchange student’s intention of extending the exchange period by sending an email to their counterpart at SKKU. The request for the extension will be evaluated and considered based on the applicant’s performance in the previous semester(s).

Extension of Visit

Students intending to extend the visiting period have to submit the application form by the given due date.


Mr. Yeonsoo Jung
Inbound Exchange Program Coordinator
E-mail: n2hermit@skku.edu
Tel: 82-2-760-0155 / Fax: 82-2-760-0159

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