Seoul, South Korea
Chung-Ang is a comprehensive institution located in vibrant Seoul, South Korea in the midst of a major political, technological, and culturally innovative international city. With its many rigorous academic disciplines and strong reputation, Chung-Ang has plays a major role in developing the knowledge, infrastructure, and skills in students that keep propelling South Korea forward.
Language of Instruction: English, Korean
Best for majors/minors: Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, English Literature, Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Design, Foreign Language, International Studies, Mathematics, Nutrition & Food Science, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre, Writing & Linguistics
Eligibility: Students should have completed 45 credit hours at the time of application and have an institutional GPA of 2.5.
Fall term: August – December
Spring term: February – June
Accommodations: On-campus residence halls are available to all exchange students. Students should expect to live in a double room, though single rooms may be available. Each floor offers a bathroom, laundry facilities, and a TV/common lounge. Each hall offers a workout area, computer lab, and study rooms to students. Learn more about accommodations at CAU.
Meal options: A meal plan for the campus can be purchased, and it highly encouraged by CAU. This plan provides students access to all on-campus dining services. Otherwise, as the campus is situated in Seoul, food, restaurants, and eating options outside of the campus offerings are plentiful and easy to access.
Estimated Cost of Participation: Students pay their tuition, fees, and medical insurance costs to Georgia Southern, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad. The cost of accommodations, meal plan, and additional services will be paid directly to Chung-Ang. Click here to view the breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a term at Chung-Ang University.
How to Apply
In order to apply to participate on the exchange to Chung-Ang, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the Office of International Programs & Services by the posted deadline. Students are encouraged to submit all items together.
- Georgia Southern Application for Exchange
- 500-750 word essay of motivation/educational intent
- Two letters of recommendation from a professor or academic advisor
- Official copy of your Georgia Southern transcript
- Host Institution Course Request List
- Copy of your passport information page
- Certification of finances no more than 1 month old by the application deadline*
- Two (2) Passport photos
- Copy of your current course schedule
Students who submit all materials by the deadline and meet the eligibility requirements will be invited to the Office of International Programs & Services for a brief interview before committee.
Once formally selected to participate in the exchange program to Chung-Ang, students will need to complete and print the Chung-Ang application for admission.
*As the Embassy of South Korea does not set a minimum for exchange students, the OIPS and Chung-Ang recommend documenting roughly USD$6,000 per each semester that a student intends to study at Chung-Ang.
How to Search for Courses
Students should note that Chung-Ang University does its best to ensure exchange students can enroll in as many of their first-choice courses as possible. Based on the information provided for each course, students should make sure they are have completed any coursework at Georgia Southern that will assist them in preparing for the course selections.
To find courses, student should use the use the listing of available courses in English. Students will see a list of courses divided by college, the credit hour value, and semester term in which the course is taught. You will also see the Year of the course on the far right column. This indicates the level of difficulty and the course’s placement in degree program progression. Typically courses offered in years 2, 3, and 4 are the best fit for finding coursework for major credit.
In the far left menu column, students may scroll through the offerings at the Seoul Campus, the Anseong Campus, and the Korean Language offerings. Students may take coursework from either the Seoul or Anseong campus; each campus is a better fit for some degree programs. The campuses are about 15 minutes apart by bus and easily accessible.
Students planning to take intensive language coursework through the Korean Language Institute should meet with and advisor to review the application process and cost structure for this program. Some language credit is available through the General Education side (these can be found here), but there will not be enough offerings to be enrolled in language courses full-time. In order to receive only language credit full-time, once accepted as an exchange student, students will enroll in the Korean Language Program. There is an additional cost for this program. Currently, the normal fee is 1,500,000 KRW. The exchange students receive a 20% discount and only need to pay 1,200,000 KRW. The application fee is waived for exchange students. This is an additional cost to the Estimated Cost of Participation.
When completing their Host Institution Course Request List, students should make sure to provide some alternate course options, as well.
Understanding Grades and Credits
Students must take the equivalent of at least 12 Georgia Southern credit hours while abroad. In the Korean system, courses credits are typically calculated similarly to the U.S. system. So 3 credits at Chung-Ang is the equivalent of 3 Georgia Southern credit hours. So students should plan to take 4-5 courses while attending Chung-Ang during the semester.
Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Georgia Southern. To see how grades transfer from Chung-Ang to Georgia Southern, click here.
Last updated: 10/28/2016