Sogang University, SOUTH KOREA



Sogang University is a Jesuit university, which means that it was started through Catholic missions and combines Korean tradition with high academics. Sogang University aims to educate students with outstanding leadership abilities who can contribute to world peace by understanding the current changes of the world at all times, and respond to the changes with critical judgments. Sogang is located in Seoul, South Korea and has about 11,000 students. The campus is urban and self-contained.



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Basic Information

Language of instruction: Korean, English (20-30% of classes)

Best major/minor: Art & Design (limited classes), Biology (limited classes), Business majors, Economics, Electrical Engineering, International Studies, Languages, Mathematics, Political Science

*Please note: There are classes taught in English on various topics other than the listed majors above. Please review the course list (found under “How to Search for Courses”) 

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


Gonzaga Hall is the on campus residence hall. The room type is double (two people per room). Facilities include a cafeteria, laundry room, prayer room, and gym. Standard rooms include two single beds, wardrobes, desks, bathroom and shower, telephone, air conditioner, and internet access.

Koreans use 220 volt outlets so you will need an adapter. You will need to bring or purchase your own bedding and towels.

Gonzaga Hall Website

Meal Options

There is no private kitchen in Gonzaga Hall but there are 2 types of meal plans , Plan A - 60% of total number of meals. Plan B- 85% of total meals. Prices for the meal plans range between $500-$600* per semester. Students can also purchase meal vouchers when needed.

Only breakfast and dinner are served at Gonzaga Hall.

Estimated Cost of Participation

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

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

For information on estimated costs of living in Seoul, please visit Sogang FAQ

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 NMU 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.

  5. After nomination is accepted by Sogang, students will receive application instructions by email, which includes information needed to submit an online application.

  6. Complete the Sogang University online application and upload the required documents. You will need the following documents:

    • Copy of passport(valid until at least 6 months after the end of the exchange term)

    • Official academic transcript

    • Photo

    • On-Campus housing application

    • Health Report form with official hospital stamp

    • Proof of international health insurance

  7. Students also need to submit these optional forms through the online application system:

    • Sogang Global Scholarship form

    • Buddy request form

    • Korean Language course application

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 15th

  • Spring Semester: October 15th

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: April 30

  • Spring Semester: October 30

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.

To find course taught in English, 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.

In general, courses at Sogang are 3 credit courses.

The Pre-Course Evaluation Form (the form is available in the IES office) 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. Sogang transcripts are typically issued a month and a half after the end of the semester. 2 copies of the transcript will be sent to a student’s home university.

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

Other important links

Sogang University Website
Sogang University Exchange Website
Sogang Fact Sheet 
Sogang Arrival Checklist
Sogang Summer School Program


Last updated: 2/17/20
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.