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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Korea University

2005 marked Korea University’s 100th anniversary as Korea’s foremost university of higher learning. Asiaweek Magazine ranked KU 14th overall in Asia. The university’s reputation for quality is based on excellence in teaching and research, as well as service to society. Eminent faculty, outstanding students, and internationally recognized research programs all contribute to the university’s academic fame. A major comprehensive university of 33,000 students, Korea University offers a rich variety of courses in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as in professional fields of law, medicine and business administration. As a global university, it is comprised of numerous international programs and international faculty.


This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.


For more information about ISEP Korea University click here.

Program Type



Seoul, South Korea

Languages of Instruction

Korean, English

Program Dates

Fall 2018: August to December

Spring 2019: February to June 

All dates are tentative and may change. ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  


Students applying to ISEP Korea University must apply for an Exchange option.


Located in South Korea’s capital of Seoul, Korea University’s 128-acre campus provides students with an opportunity to meet others from across the globe. Korea University boasts an International One-Stop Center to assist students with academic inquiries, cultural excursions, and exciting club opportunities. Students seeking an unforgettable experience, including interactions with top world diplomats, will find Korea University to be the perfect international experience.


Courses in English

Students may take courses in Agriculture, Architecture, Area Studies, Biology, Business, Communications, Engineer, English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. 

Note: exchange students are not permitted to register for Medicine, Nursing, Philosophy, Education, Law and MBA courses.

For more information on courses click here



Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

The social aspect of university life for Korean students is very important and students enjoy socializing with peers on campus when they are not attending class. While some students may have negative opinions regarding school study, Korean students generally agree that the most difficult part about university life is passing the entrance examinations.     

Students are generally required to take a midterm and final examinations.  Other tests, presentations, research papers, and projects may also be expected of students.  A student‘s performance in a course is determined by the results of examinations, class attendance, and participation of the student. Student performance is usually graded on a 100 point scale. 

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.


Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

Experiential Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

Exchange students have the opportunity to intern while studying at Korea University. Once students arrive on campus they are free to visit with the designated staff at the International One-Stop Service Center(IOSC) for more information on possible internships.


Volunteer Opportunities

International students can participate in volunteer opportunities through the KU Social Service Organization. Once students arrive on campus they are free to visit with the designated staff at the International One-Stop Service Center(IOSC) for more information on volunteering and possible internships.

Student Life


Clubs and Organizations

There are 180 clubs (such as Taekwondo, basketball, tennis, bible study club and more) for international students to join. There are also a number of special events planned throughout the year including:

  • Student welcome party
  • International networking dinner
  • Sports day event
  • Ipselenti festival (KU festival)
  • Various field trips
  • Korean language program
  • Farewell party

Housing and Meals

Exchange students have the option to live in residence halls or live off campus. Students receive a monthly stipend for the month’s meal at the university’s dining hall.


Resident Halls

All resident hall rooms have a standard twin size beds/bunk beds, desk(s) and chair(s), bookshelf, closet space for each resident, telephone for incoming calls only, air conditioner and heater, curtains, waste basket, broom, and dustpan. 

All resident halls also have a lounge/TV area, laundry room with coin operated washers and dryers, kitchen facilities equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, gas range oven, water purifier, table and waste basket.

Note: Individual student rooms are not equipped to accommodate the electrical and sanitary demands of cooking.


CJ-1 House

CJ International House is an air-conditioned, suite style facility for 230 men and women. CJ International House offers doubles and singles and has semi-private baths. Bathroom facilities are connected to the suite and are shared by the suitemates.


Anama Global Home

International House is an air-conditioned, coed home for 406 men and women. Anam Global House offers triples, doubles, and singles and has semi-private baths. Bathroom facilities are installed in the room and are shared by the roommates.


For more information about Housing click here

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world. 

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)


College Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application


College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)


ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses





Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.