Business Courses in English with Locals & Korean Language
Konkuk University is known as the "fastest growing university in Korea". Its downtown Seoul campus continues to expand, now including a university-owned mall and hotel, giving many new internship and business training experiences for Konkuk students. American students will feel very much at home on campus as students from around the world come to study at Konkuk, and the local Korean students go out of their way to help visitors feel welcome. Despite being in metropolitan Seoul, the university feels very accessible, with trees covering the majority of campus and a beautiful lake at its center. In November 2015, Konkuk acquired the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. Konkuk University is ranked as one of the top 100 universities in Asia in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.
Fall 1 2019
Aug 25, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019
May 10, 2019
12 - 18 Credits
2.50 Minimum GPA*
- This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.
Designed to hone your knowledge of business, economics, and Korean language, this program is ideal for business students who are willing to explore the unique Korean culture.
All courses are taught in English with the exception of Korean language courses, which are available for students at a beginning through advanced level of proficiency. Courses will be taught by local and international faculty. You will have classes with local Korean students, ISA students, and visiting international students from all around the world.
You can combine the Spring + Fall OR Fall + Spring sessions at a discounted price. For more information about this option, please contact your ISA South Korea Site Specialist.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
At the time of application, you should have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your program.
You must be enrolled as a full-time degree-seeking student in a U.S. college or university. Gap students must provide an official acceptance letter proving their enrollment at a U.S. institution for the semester immediately following their program at Konkuk University.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
12 - 18
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 18
Course Availability and Selection
- The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. While the list may be used as a general guide while completing your pre-registration form, course offerings and enrollment will not be confirmed until students are on site.
- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers and scheduling. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancellations.
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the ISA South Korea Program Manager.
- Per Konkuk University, 3 credits are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.
- Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students’ home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Course Level Recommendations
- ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on Konkuk University's course year classifications of 1, 2, 3 or 4, which correspond with the Korean four-year undergraduate level system. Courses listed in Konkuk's course catalogue classified as year 1 or 2 are recommended as lower division. Courses listed in Konkuk's course catalogue classified as year 3 or 4 are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
Korean Language Courses
- Konkuk University offers two different Korean language options for students participating in a semester program. Students can either enroll in Beginning Korean, or take an upper-level Korean course.
- Students will be required to take a placement exam at the beginning of the semester. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of Korean lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Seoul. You will have the option of staying in the on-campus or off-campus dormitory with other local and international students or secure your own housing and receive a discount from ISA. The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding as long as you stay open-minded at all times.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
The Konkuk University dormitory, named KU:L House, is conveniently located on-campus, which helps you immerse yourself into Korean student life and get to your classes in no time. You will stay in a double occupancy room with a private bathroom that is shared with your roommate. Each room also includes an internet connection and air conditioning. On the basement floor, you will have access to the KU:L House Dining Hall, where you may purchase a meal plan for an additional fee. KU:L House is divided into separate halls for male and female students, and opposite sex guests will not be permitted to visit your room.
You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.
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K-drama set experience; Dae Jang Geum Park
Explore one of the largest outdoor film sets where many historical dramas, movies and advertisements have been filmed; Dae Jang Geum Park in Yongin. Dating from the post-Three Kingdoms Period to the Joseon dynasty, the architecture on set has been thoroughly researched and recreated using the authentic techniques of the day. Take a journey back in time to historic drama sites and to check out where popular scenes were shot.
Korea’s Traditional Food Capital; Jeonju
Historic Jeonju is one of Korea’s most picturesque cities, known for it's historic architecture. With more than 800 traditional Korean Hanok houses clustered in a single area, Jeonju retains a rustic and elegant charm that brings you back to the Joseon Dynasty. As the birthplace of bibimbap, there are myriad varieties of bibimbap in local restaurants, along with enormous selections of street food. Give your adventurous taste buds a treat in this foodie city!
Tokyo * Optional
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Cultural Activities in Seoul
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Seoul. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Seoul special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included tours of Gyeongbok Palace, The War Memorial Museum, shopping in the historical markets of Gwangjang, Dongmyo, Insadong & Hanbok and Korean movie nights.