Sungkyunkwan University Factsheet

Sungkyunkwan University

Seoul and Suwon, South Korea

Fall Semester 2020

University: Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)

Student body: 25,286

International students at university: 2,149


Academic units:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences in Seoul
  • Natural Sciences in Suwon

Course load: IU students are expected to take 15 credits

Course catalog: View course catalog

Language of instruction: Primarily Korean. Approximately 30% of SKKU's undergraduate courses are taught in English.

Course equivalencies: Review the Credit Transfer Service to see how courses might be articulated to your IU record. Courses that are not in the database will need to be evaluated by IU faculty.

Grades + Transcripts: SKKU's will provide a transcript at the end of the exchange. At the student’s request, IU departments will review courses to determine how they will apply to your degree. Please note that IU does not accept Pass/Fail.

Academic calendar:

Fall semester: Beginning of September to third week of December (final dates for 2020-21 TBA)
Arrival date: Students should arrive before the start of orientation
[Academic Year: March 1, runs for 12 months]

View academic calendar dates

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Traveling to & living in South Korea

Student visa information: Exchange students need to apply for a D-2-6 visa.

SKKU provides guidance on the requirements for this process.

Learn about immigration + travel

Air travel: Exchange students will be responsible for arranging and purchasing their own round-trip international airline tickets for dates appropriate for the term at the host university. Exchange students should only purchase tickets once SKKU has confirmed the dates of arrival. Students who are nominated for the exchange are eligible for a travel grant from OIA.

Nearest international airport: Incheon International Airport (ICN)

Housing: SKKU has housing designated for exchange students but may not be able to provide accommodation for all due to demand. At the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus (Seoul), housing options are off-campus. At the Natural Sciences Campus (Suwon), housing is on-campus..

Learn more about housing

Pre-departure orientation: The College OIA staff will provide an in-person orientation near the end of the fall semester to help students prepare for their programs.

Departure preparation + arrival details: SKKU's International Student Orientation provides an orientation for students to discover campus resources, meet fellow international students, discuss academic issues and course registration, and have a campus tour.

Learn more about packing information + departure details

Estimated costs per semester:

  • Tuition: IU Tuition
  • Housing and food: $2,000-$2,800
  • Books and incidentals: $800
  • Transportation: $300
  • OVST administrative fee: $238
  • Plus insurance, visa, airfare

Application information

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Must be pursuing a degree within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Have completed a minimum of one year at IUB prior to enrolling abroad
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Have a passport by the time applications are due at the host university, valid at least 6 months after the anticipated return date

For this exchange program, students must be nominated by the College Office of International Affairs (OIA).

Application process:

  • If you would like to apply for this exchange, please visit
  • Click on Apply Now to access the application form.
  • Complete the form and upload a statement of intent.
  • Send the recommendation form link to the person who will supply a reference for you. It must be submitted by the application deadline.
  • OIA staff will conduct interviews with select students (semi-finalists) to determine their suitability and preparedness for the exchange. Students must come to the interview prepared with a list of prospective courses they might like to take abroad.
  • OIA will nominate finalists to SKKU. Upon acceptance, SKKU will contact students to invite them to apply for admission. An academic transcript and copy of your passport will be required at this point.

Have questions?

Questions can be directed to the College Office of International Affairs at