International Exchanges – Korea: Korea University

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

Program Title: Pitzer/ISEP Exchange with the Korea University

korea-korea-universityLocation: Seoul, Korea

Host Website: ISEP Korea University
ISEP Korea

Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College. ISEP requires students to have a 2.75 or higher GPA. Preference given to juniors and first semester seniors but qualified sophomores are eligible if space is available. Previous study of Korean language is not required but is highly recommended.

At least one Asian area studies course is strongly recommended before departure. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will complete the ISEP Exchange application. If accepted by ISEP, students will then complete the University application.

Program Dates
Fall semester: September to late December
Spring semester: March to late June
Full year: September to late June

Required Courses
Participants are required to take a full course load equivalent to four Pitzer course credits including a Korean language course and one course with content on Korean history, politics, literature or culture. In addition, students take the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.

Intensive Language
A Korean language class is required of Pitzer students. Instruction is available at six different levels, plus intensive writing and reading classes.

Independent Study
See a Study Abroad Adviser.

Course Options
About 30 percent of KU’s courses in Liberal Arts, Life and Environmental Sciences, Political Science and Economics, Science, Engineering, Education, Life Sciences, Division of Art and Design, Information and Communications, Journalism and Mass Communication are taught in English. All courses offered by the Division of International Studies and Graduate School of International Studies are taught in English. Visit the ISEP website shown above, select ‘Academics’ and follow the Hints for Researching Courses.

Credit Possible
Students must take the equivalent of a full course load at the university (15 to 16 credits) to equal four course credits at Pitzer. Credit amounts vary for each class at KU so students may be enrolled in anywhere from 4 to 6 classes. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the writing course via Sakai. (See above under Required Courses.)

Housing and Board Options
Students live at KU International, a state-of-the-art international house. A meal stipend is provided by ISEP.

Additional  Notes
The chance of placement is limited.