- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) is a private, highly ranked research university in South Korea, founded in 1398, offering many majors including library and information science, computer science, law, life sciences, literature, psychology, medicine, and business, as well as MBA and other professional masters, masters of science and doctorates. Sungkyunkwan University was founded at the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty in 1398 as the highest national educational institute in the early years of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. As the oldest university in East Asia, it has fostered leaders of our society for over 600 years.
On this exchange program, students can choose from hundreds of courses offered in English and have the option to enroll in SKKU's Korean Language Program. Students can enroll in courses at SKKU's Humanities and Social Sciences Campus in Seoul and/or the Natural Sciences Campus in Suwon. Students can take courses at one or both campuses and may choose to live on one of the two campuses, but take courses at the other. There is a shuttle bus that operates throughout the day taking students back and forth between campuses (free of charge and can take up to one hour and ten minutes or more one way depending on traffic). Learn more about the shuttle bus and campus transportation by visiting SKKU's website.
Humanities and Social Sciences Campus in Seoul
At SKKU's Seoul campus, students can take general education courses, elective courses, and non-STEM related courses. Fields of study include Confucian Studies and Eastern Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Economics, Business, Education, and Art. Students must meet with their academic adviser before choosing their courses.
Natural Sciences Campus in Suwon
At SKKU's Suwon campus, students can choose from STEM related courses in the fields of Science, Information and Communication Engineering, Software, Engineering, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, and Sport Science. Students must meet with their academic adviser before choosing their courses.
Academic Year: early September - mid June
Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: early March - mid June
Please note that the Korean academic calendar runs from spring through fall, which is opposite of the Penn State academic calendar. In addition, their spring semester starts much later and ends later than the normal Penn State spring semester.
This program may have limited space, so we recommend that you identify an appropriate backup program and complete the Education Abroad Backup Questionnaire in your Penn State Application when applying to this program. Should you not be accepted for your first-choice program, you will automatically be reviewed for your backup choice. For help on choosing an appropriate backup, please contact your education abroad adviser.
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways, and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces, and street markets. Notable attractions include futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and Jogyesa Temple to name a few.
SKKU's Humanities and Social Sciences Campus is located inside the city walls, within the original capital of Joseon. Located on the original Sungkyunkwan site, the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus is spread over a hill looking down on Jongmyo Royal Shrine, which has been designated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Suwon is the capital and largest metropolis of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea's most populous province which surrounds Seoul, the national capital. Suwon lies about 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Seoul. Suwon has existed in various forms throughout Korea's history, growing from a small settlement to become a major industrial and cultural center. It is the only remaining completely walled city in South Korea. The city walls are one of the more popular tourist destinations in Gyeonggi Province. Samsung Electronics R&D center and headquarters are in Suwon. The city is served by two motorways, the national railway network, and the Seoul Metropolitan Subway. Suwon is a major educational center, home to 11 universities.
SKKU's modern Natural Sciences Campus was established in 1978. This campus is situated 45km away from Seoul, on a 250-acre site. The campus is home to 5 Schools, 2 Colleges as well as various graduate schools. The management of the Natural Sciences Campus is considered a paragon of educational administration in Korea. When the new campus was built, the idea of a dual campus system was revolutionary in Korean higher education; this system remains unique in Korea.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Penn State Global website.