Seoul, South Korea (Outgoing Program)
University and Location
Sogang University is a top-ranked South Korean Jesuit institution located in downtown Seoul. Like Loyola’s College of Business, Sogang holds AACSB Accreditation. It is a small school with a big reputation where students can enjoy intimate classes while benefitting from the expertise of internationally renowned faculty.
The Global Korean Studies department provides courses in English on a variety of topics ranging from Korean political economy to Korean literature and popular culture (the Korean Wave). Classes at Sogang’s Korean Language Education Center complement additional English–language course offerings in Korean history, philosophy, art and religion.
Sogang’s classes are offered in English. Loyola students will be able to take courses in their major as well as common curriculum classes. Loyola students are fully integrated into the regular programs with Korean students.
Click here to see a list of Undergraduate Programs with courses in English. To view the specific courses in a major, click on 'Courses Offered' from the menu on the upper left, select 'Undergraduate School' in the Position drop down menu, and then the specific major in the next drop down menu. Make sure to check the case for "Courses for Exchange Students". Courses are offered in English in the School of Humanities and International Cultures, School of Social Sciences, School of Integrated Knowledge, School of Natural Sciences, School of Economics, Undergraduate Sogang Business School, and School of Communication.
Korean Language Courses
There are two Korean language programs offered for exchange students in the Korean Language Education Center (KLEC). Exchange students who wish to take the Korean language course at KLEC will get a tuition waiver from the Sogang Office of International Affairs under the condition that students complete the Korean language program and that their attendance rate is above 80%.
Credits and Grading
The following grade conversion chart is approximate:
Loyola Fall Semester is Sogang's 2nd Semester: End of August through mid-December
Loyola Spring Semester is Sogang's 1st Semester: End of February through mid-June
Finances and Budgeting
Please refer to the BUDGET SHEET. Typically fall and spring terms are estimated to cost the same. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of spring.
Housing and Meals
Loyola students at Sogang live on-campus in Gonzaga Hall, a multicultural dorm that hosts about 1000 students. The dorms are double rooms (2 students per room), single rooms are not available. The facilities include a cafeteria, laundry room, prayer room, gym, and more. Two meals are included in the housing fee, breakfast and dinner on weekdays and only breakfast on Saturdays. Internet access is available in the dormitory rooms as well as throughout the entire campus. Learn more here.
Sogang Service Learning Program
This program is a one-credit service learning course consisting of 7-8 classroom sessions (lecture, discussion, student presentations, etc.), and at least 24 hours of community service during the academic semester offered to undergraduate exchange students to Sogang. Participants in the course will consist of international and Korean students. Volunteer work placements will be assigned in the course, and course materials, discussions and student presentations will be in English.
Click here to read more about Sogang's Service Learning Course
STEM Lab Internship Program
Undergraduate exchange students, majoring in math, chemistry, biology and physics can apply for an internship at one of the many research labs at Sogang. Interns will have a hands-on learning experience through interactions with professors and graduate students. The internships will have flexible hours, with a maximum of five hours per week during the academic semester. Students will be assigned to a research lab based on the information in their Lab Internship Program applications.
Click here to learn more about Sogang's STEM Lab Internship
Sogang University has a buddy program, which matches an exchange student with a regular Sogang student, to assist exchange students better adapt to life at Sogang and to promote reciprocal cultural experiences.
There are a total of 75 student clubs and associations currently at Sogang University including Taekwondo, Korean traditional music, Korean traditional dance clubs, and many more that are related to Korean culture. Students can also participate actively in other areas of interest such as sports and music.
Sogang University Visa Issuance Information
Hi Korea Portal with information on visas
ISEP Visa Guidelines
University International Office: Office of International Affairs at Sogang
U.S. State Department Country Information
ISEP Country Handbook South Korea
TimeOut Guide Seoul
Lonely Planet Guide Seoul