Konkuk University, SOUTH KOREA



Konkuk University’s main campus is located in the southeastern part of Seoul near the Han River. The university is easily accessible from Incheon International Airport and downtown Seoul by public transportation. The university has two campuses and enrolls about 30,000 students. International exchange students can study for one or two semesters at Konkuk.


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Basic Information 

Language of instruction: English, Korean

Best major/minor: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English, Environmental Sciences, International Studies, Political Science

*Please note: there are classes taught in English on various topics other than the listed majors above. 

Eligibility: Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Fall Semester:   Early September - late December

Winter/Spring Semester:  Early March  - late June


Konkuk University will guarantee on-campus housing to international students for one semester. The on-campus residence halls are called KU:L House. If an exchange student plans to continue at Konkuk for a second semester, they will be required to move off campus. However, there are volunteer students that assist international student in obtaining off-campus housing.

The dormitory fee is 2,080,000 Korean won ($1,740*) per semester and must be paid prior to arrival in order to save your room. The rooms are furnished single and double rooms. Room amenities include a private bathroom, linens, mini-refrigerator, air-conditioner, and free Wi-fi. Facilities include lounges, study rooms, laundry rooms, and mail boxes in each residence hall. Also there are many businesses nearby, including a cafeteria, bakery, café, hair salon, stationary store, convenience store, and restaurants.

Koreans use 220 volt outlets so you will need an adapter.

Meal Options

KU has several cafeterias that offer Korean and Western meals as well as snacks. Please note that hours of operation may vary. Meal plans are also available and can range from $1200 - $2400* per semester.

For information on campus dining, click here. 

For information on costs of meal plans at Konkuk, click here

Estimated Cost of Participation

Students pay their tuition and fees to Northern Michigan University, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad. The cost of housing, meal plans,  medical insurance, and services will be paid directly to Konkuk university.

Students must purchase additional international health insurance in their home country prior to departure. Exchange students who have purchased overseas health insurance are required to submit a copy of their insurance policy to KU at the New Student Orientation. The NMU International Education Services office works with a company called GeoBlue to provide health insurance to students who study abroad. Please visit the office to inquire about the cost.

Click here to view a breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a semester at Konkuk University. (link to cost worksheet)

How to apply

In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline.

  1. Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.

    • The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting.

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice by email.

  5. After nomination is confirmed with Konkuk, the application process can begin.

  6. Application Documents will be emailed to Konkuk:

    • Signed Application Form

    • Official Copy of your NMU transcript 

    • Scanned copy of your passport identification page

    • Recent color passport photo (3.5cm x 4.5cm)

    • Dormitory Application Form

Please note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences.


Nomination deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: April 18

  • Winter Semester: October 18

Application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: May 15

  • Winter Semester: November 15 

How to Search for Courses

Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university.

KU will provide the official course lists (taught in English) shortly about 1-2 months before the semester starts.  Please use the previous year’s course list (taught in English) to review the course that may be offered during the coinciding semester.

To review courses, click here.

Understanding Grades and Credits

Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad. Students will be required to have courses pre-evaluated by Department Heads before departure. After choosing classes, students should set up meetings with the appropriate Department Heads to determine NMU credit equivalencies. Please bring syllabus information and the Pre-Course Evaluation Form to the meeting.

The Pre-Course Evaluation Form should be submitted to the IES office when completed. This document will be kept in the student file and is necessary for the completion of transcript evaluation.

Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on NMU transcript.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University.

For more information on grading scale at Konkuk University, click here. 

Other important links
Konkuk University Exchange Website 
To see an NMU student’s instagram who spent the 2018-2019 academic year at Konkuk, visit “awanderingwildcat” on Instagram!


Last updated: 2/17/20
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