Summer Study at Korea University

Location: Seoul, South Korea

This six-week program offers students an opportunity to study in Seoul at Korea University, and to experience Korea, the Land of the Morning Calm. Seoul is the most wired city in the world with the highest internet connection speed, home to the headquarters of numerous global brands, and a rising entertainment center and the origin of a new pop culture known as K-pop.

The Summer Study Abroad in Seoul at Korea University program is open to all undergraduate students – liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, and nursing. Students will take two courses taught by professors from all over the globe, and engage in cultural immersion activities in and around Seoul. A wide variety of unique courses are available. (See the Course Offerings section below.)

Dr. Q Chung, Professor of Information Systems in the Villanova School of Business, will be the Faculty Program Coordinator. A native of Seoul, Dr. Chung will be traveling with the students, available throughout the program.

Course Offerings

Please visit the Korea University summer course catalog to view available course offerings. Students will enroll in two 3-credit courses for a total of 6 VU credits. In addition, students may take 1 Korean language course, although its credit will not transfer back to Villanova. Students will work with Dr. Chung to ensure that the courses which they have selected will be awarded VU transfer credit. This will take place when students have their application interview.

*All courses are worth 3 VU credits unless otherwise noted. Students may not repeat courses which they have already taken at VU. Please speak with the coordinator with questions related to course selection.

Villanova University transfer credit policy states that students must earn a minimum grade of a "C" or better in order to receive Transfer credit. Credit will appear on the VU transcript as a T and will not affect the GPA.

Students should understand that KU will generate a transcript with actual graded classes that will be available from KU should it ever be required. One example would be for graduate school applications, which require students to provide transcripts from all universities attended, especially in the case of transfer credit where the graduate school needs to confirm the actual grade received for the 'T' transfer credit.

Additional Academic Requirements

  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale; non-Villanova students must submit a recent official university transcript of their undergraduate work.
  • University student status without disciplinary or academic probation, and/or financial holds on VU account.
  • Language of instruction is English, and there is no language requirement. However, students who are interested in sharpening their Korean language skills may choose a Korean language class at an appropriate proficiency level, in addition to the two regular courses.
  • Optional, two-credit courses may be chosen upon arrival. Students may incur an additional cost for these optional two-credit courses.

Housing and Meals

Students will be placed in on-campus dorms at Korea University with double occupancy, and the cost of housing is included in the tuition.

Cost of meals is not included in the tuition. Dining cost is very reasonable and there are numerous on- and off-campus dining options available.

Excursions & Cultural Immersion Activities

Various cultural immersion activities are offered each week. They are a mandatory component of the Summer Study Abroad in Seoul at Korea University, and the cost is included in the tuition.

Program Dates: June 26 – August 5, 2018
**Students should plan on arriving June 24-25 for dorm check-in.

2018 Itinerary

June 24-25: Students arrive at Korea University; Dorm check-in
June 26: Orientation
June 27: Summer session begins
August 2: Summer session ends; Graduation Ceremony
August 3-5: Dorm check-out
August 3-5: Students depart Seoul for USA


Program Fee: $5,500

For a detailed breakdown of the expenses, click here

Includes tuition, airport pickup, on-campus housing, and cultural immersion activities. At time of final billing, a $15 VU fee will be added to the program fee.

The round trip air fare, meals, textbooks, and personal expenses are not included.

Upon acceptance, student will have 2-weeks to submit a $450 non-refundable commitment fee. Program balance is invoiced directly to the VU student account during the first week of April, with final balance due May 1.

Students interested in financing should first review the OEA Scholarship page. Should there be a need to secure additional funding through loans, Villanova University students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

Students with a Federal Pell grant should consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship!

Villanova University has the right to make cancellations, substitutions, or changes in case of emergency or changed conditions, or in the interest of the program.

Program Snapshot

Faculty Coordinator

image of Seoul

Dr. Q Chung
Department of Accountancy & Information Systems
Villanova School of Business
Bartley Hall 3089