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Education Abroad Office

Korea University Business School

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Seoul
Country: South Korea
Term: Spring

Korea University Business School (KUBS) was the first university department in Korea to open its doors to business studies. In 1905, when Korea lost its sovereignty to Japan under the Korea-Japan Treaty, Korea University was born out of national aspirations to save the nation through education. Originally known as Bosung College, it was founded with two departments, Plutology and Law. Plutology, the scientific study of wealth, evolved into Commercial Science and then into the business school we see today, one of the cornerstones of modern-day Korea University.

KUBS has been operating "The KUBS Worldwide Business Research Ranking" since 2015, based on the vision of "World-Class Knowledge Hub in Business." This system was established in order to independently improve and develop the pre-existing ranking systems in the world. KUBS, as a leader of business education in Asia and beyond, will not merely be evaluated by other entities.

As the best in Korea, KUBS has educated numerous talented individuals with the potential to lead Korea's future over the past 110 years and will continue in playing its role as a pioneer in history in the global era of the 21st century.

Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, all courses taught in English

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to KUBS. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Seoul. KUBS recommends that students budget approximately ₩822,000 to ₩1,161,000 for on-campus living expenses and ₩5,660,000 to ₩11,100,000 for off-campus living expenses. These costs are estimations and the actual cost can differ depending on the student’s lifestyle. To get an idea of ​​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in Seoul compared to other countries in the world.

Students typically earn 12-15 UofSC credit hours per semester. Each semester KUBS offers 65% of their courses in English.  Students register for courses in early February. 

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

KUBS offers several opportunities to get involved. Each spring involves a sightseeing tour, a welcome event, annual school festival, and a farewell ceremony. Additionally, students can participate in two different types of buddy programs to help learn about Korean culture and the university.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Students may apply to live on-campus at KUBS which is about a 20 minute walk to campus. On campus housing is not guaranteed, and it highly recommended that students prepare to find off campus housing. There are numerous student accommodations, called Goshitel, near campus. You can learn more about accommodation, application, and cost on their website

The academic year runs from March to December and is made up of 2 terms at KU. The terms are approximately 16 weeks long. Spring semester classes begin in late February and end in mid June. IB students will study abroad at KU during the Spring term.

Orientation is mandatory for all incoming exchange students. Airport pick-up service is provided for students who are staying at either the KU on-campus accommodation or the off-campus housing options around the campus.

Upon receiving their acceptance materials from KUBS, all exchange students must apply for a D-2 Korean student visa before arriving in Seoul. UofSC students may apply through the Korean Consulate in Atlanta, or whichever consulate is closest to their home. Upon arrival in Korea, students will be required to obtain the Certificate of Alien Registration card.


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