HANKUK UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) has been continuously ranked as the best international university in Korea. The ranking encompasses the areas of exchange student ratio and satisfaction, curriculum and teaching staff, and international cooperation and networks. HUFS was also ranked 3rd in the world in the category of Language Education in the QS World University Rankings in 2013.
Founded just after the Korean War, in 1954, HUFS has strived for reconstruction, development, internationalization and peace-building since its establishment. These qualities have come to define HUFS as the most international university in Korea, with an extensive network of governmental bodies and organizations both in Korea and abroad.
COURSES AND STUDYING
Study Languages, International Relations and Politics, Business and Economics, Social Sciences and Law. There are both Bachelor’s and Master’s courses available.
BACHELOR’S LEVEL COURSES
Exchange students at HUFS can pick courses freely from different Faculties’ course selection. There are some courses restricted to certain major, i.e. you have to be a Business major to take more advanced Business courses.
The courses that are marked with a purple ‘V’, under the heading ‘Taught in a Foreign Language’ are taught in English. However, if only a few of the class participants are international, the class may be held in Korean. The major ‘International Studies’ teaches all of its courses in English.
The course information below is the most up-to-date information currently available. You can use it as a basis for making your study plan.
- Social Sciences
- Business and Economics
- Global Business Administration
- Division of International Studies
- Korea Studies
- Occidental Languages
- Oriental Languages
Students can choose as many courses as they wish, as long as their total worth doesn’t exceed 18 local credits (30 ECTS/18 US credits). As the maximum amount of credits would be highly demanding, HUFS recommends exchange students to take max. 12-15 credits per semester. The majority of the courses are worth 3 credits but there are some, e.g. language, courses that are worth 1-2 credits. All the courses are Bachelor level courses.
Please also visit the official HUFS website for the previous semesters’ (including the spring semester) course catalogs. You’ll find the lists under ‘Courses’ and ‘Undergrad (Seoul)’.
Interested in Dance, Taekwondo or Swimming? Check out the courses under ‘Others’.
MASTER’S LEVEL COURSES
The Graduate School of International and Area Studies offers Master’s level courses in English in the following disciplines:
• Indian and ASIAN Studies
• Middle East and African Studies
• Russian and CIS Studies
• European Union Studies
• U.S. and Canadian Studies
• Latin American Studies
• International Development Studies
Students can pick courses freely from any discipline, at the most 4 courses per semester (12 Korean credits). Students can also take courses from other disciplines under The Graduate School of International and Area Studies, for example Japanese Studies or Regional languages, but in such cases the courses are taught in those languages. As long as students are fluent in the language in question, they may take such courses.
For the full course lists under each discipline, please go to international.hufs.ac.kr, select ‘Courses’ on the top menu and then ‘Course Finder’ from the left.
In the search box, pick Graduate School of International and Area Studies as the Faculty and then which ever discipline you are interested in under the Major/Common/Dissertation.
Course descriptions are available for each course under ‘Syllabus´. Examples of courses below:
- International Human Rights Law
- Democracy and Environment
- Introduction to Sustainable Development
- Case Studies in International Conflict Management
- Advanced Theories on International Trade
- Politics of International Organisations
- Russian Diplomacy
- Refugees and Displacement in the Middle East
- Islamic Securitisation
- Rural Development and Poverty in Latin America
- South-North Korean Relations
Pick some extra courses when making your initial course selection, in case one of your choices isn’t available. You can make changes to your initial course selections during the add/drop courses week at the beginning of the semester.
As most Korean universities, HUFS also uses the same credit system as U.S. universities. Students need to work a total of 16 hours in order to earn 1 credit. Most 3 credit courses have 3 lectures/seminars a week; the semesters last for 16 weeks. 3 Korean credits correspond to 5 ECTS. Usually the 3 credit courses contain three lectures or seminars per week.
After you’ve been accepted to HUFS you will be given your HUFS ID and password which enable your access to the university’s online registration system. You select your courses online about a month before the semester begins. The course registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis but international students can ask permission to attend from the professor teaching the course.
The first week of the semester is an add/drop courses week so if you are unable to register for courses online, you can register for them in person at HUFS. When dropping courses, remember to do it via the online system, otherwise you’ll get an F for the course.
FEES FOR A STUDY ABROAD SEMESTER
A study abroad semester at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies costs €1,790. This is significantly less expensive than for regular free mover students, who pay up to €2,500 per semester. You can check the regular prices on the university’s website. The application fee is €75.
The tuition fee covers all course and study fees. In addition, you will be given guidance before, during and after the semester. On arrival you will have an orientation to help you settle, as well as comprehensive support services and academic services throughout your course.
Students who complete two semester in Asia, either in the same destination or in two different destinations, will get a €100 discount on the second semester’s tuition fee.
APPLYING TO HANKUK UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES
It’s easy to apply to Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. You’ll get a confirmation from Asia Exchange within a week of applying. After that you can start preparing for the upcoming study abroad semester.
FOR WHOM IS THE PROGRAM INTENDED?
South Korean education system has been ranked as one of the best in the world for several decades now. The competition to get into the capital city’s best universities starts in kindergarten and is ruthless. HUFS suits students who are ambitious, have excellent language skills and are willing to work hard during their study abroad semester.
A semester at HUFS will also enable you to get to know the country’s history (and understand Cold War politics in action today), befriend K-pop stars in the Gangnam district of Seoul and build a highly global network of future colleagues by mingling with the student body of South Korea’s number 1 international university.
Still not convinced? Check out these blogs updated by students currently on exchange/who spent the previous semester at HUFS!
Antonia is a 21-year old public relations student reporting from her exchange period in Seoul Korea. Her blog is a mix of beautiful photos and stories about the South Korean lifestyle.
Pauliina is a Finnish visiting student in the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. She writes about her experiences in the vibrant capital of South Korea.
Niklas spent the fall semester 2015 in the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. In his blog he writes about both his studies as an exchange student and his personal insights from the city of Seoul.