Program Overview

The World Endeavors Study Abroad in South Korea program takes place in Seoul. Hankuk University is a renowned program for expeditiously and effectively learning about the Korean language and people. As South Korea’s booming economy makes it an attractive destination for those looking to expand their international business acumen, the ability to effectively navigate the Korean business marketplace is invaluable, not to mention the enrichment that comes with exploring the customs and history that make Korea so special.


Calling all K-Pop and K-drama lovers! Experience the bustling energy of Seoul and explore the famous Gangnam district, stroll along the Han River, and visit the cosmopolitan neighborhoods of Itaewon and Hongdae. Immerse yourself in South Korea’s rich history, vibrant traditions, and modern culture, offering a unique blend of old and new.

Learn from renowned professors and make international friends at Korea’s most globally-minded university.


  • Current official undergraduate degree transcript. Must be enrolled in a higher education institute (a reputable, accredited college or university) and must have completed at least 1 semester.
  • Valid passport until at least 12 months after your program start date. Copy of your passport (photo page).
  • All international students residing outside Korea will need to apply for a student visa at the embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea in their home country. (The application process can be extensive but World Endeavors staff will walk you through it!)
  • You will also apply for an Alien Residence Card once in Korea. The card works as an identification card and enables you to make trips abroad during your semester in Korea. The host university will help you get the Card after you’ve arrived.
  • According to the official guidance of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, you have to leave Korea within 1 week of the semester’s ending date, otherwise you’ll be heavily fined by the Korean Immigration.


Seoul is the beating heart of South Korea. A bustling metropolis overflowing with energy and culture, travelers are spoiled for choice when visiting this breathtaking gem of a city. Notoriously tourist-friendly, Seoul boasts streets that are peaceful and exceptionally safe, signs in public areas are often in English and Korean, and public transportation both around the city and across the country is punctual and pristine. Nightlife is king in Seoul, and nowhere is this more evident than Itaewon and Hongdae, Seoul’s famously chic, vibrant nightlife districts. Browse the sundry wares of local vendors at markets in Myeongdong and Gwangjang or take in sweeping views of the fourth most populous city in the world from the top of Seoul Tower. For those who appreciate a stroll, the palatial complexes of Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung sit nestled in between the mountains of northern Seoul, with the charming Bukchon Hanok village between them, a remarkable preservation of 15th-century Korean urban life.


There are multiple housing options when studying at HUFS. On-Campus and nearby campus housing is an option for students where rooms will range from single, double or triple occupancy dormitories or shared flats. All dormitories are located in close walking proximity to campus. Free wifi is provided along with access to a laundry and study room via a key card system.

Life in Seoul

Seoul is the vibrant, fast-paced cultural capital of South Korea. Study Abroad in this dynamic city that mixes regal palaces, peaceful temples, cutting-edge cityscapes, and mountain trails – all set to a nonstop K-Pop beat. You’ll attend Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, the #1 international university in Korea known for its foreign language education and diverse student body.


World Endeavors study abroad programs offer full support, starting with airport pickup and accommodation transfer upon arrival followed by an on-site orientation covering health, safety, and local tips. Emergency support from your in-country coordinator, 24/7 travel medical insurance, and continuous contact with your advisor for additional assistance throughout the program helps you feel secure and supported. Whatever challenges life throws your way, we’ve got you covered!


After successful completion of the program, academic credit and transcripts will be issued by Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, which is approved and accredited by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Korea.

The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.


  • Students will need to obtain a visa with a duration that matches up with the time they expect to be in Korea
  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Must be currently enrolled at an institution of higher education (university of applied sciences or similar) and must have completed at least 1 academic semester.
  • You should have sufficient English skills (at least B2 level). You will need to submit written proof of your English skills together with your application.
  • Valid passport until at least 6 months after your program end date. Copy of your passport (photo page).

Course Load

Students will have the ability to choose from a range of classes that span nearly all disciplines. Some courses will be restricted based on the necessary completion of prerequisites.

For complete course lists within each discipline, please go to HUFS Official Course Finder Portal. Course descriptions are available for each course under ‘Syllabus´. The courses marked with a purple ‘V,’ under ‘Taught in a Foreign Language’ are taught in English. However, if only a few class participants are international, the class may be held in Korean.

Examples of courses are below:

  • Social Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Global Business Administration
  • Education
  • Division of International Studies
  • Korea Studies
  • English
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Occidental Languages
  • Oriental Languages
  • Others (Global Campus)
  • Others (Seoul Campus)

Interested in Dance, Taekwondo or Swimming? Check out the courses under ‘Others’.

Exchange students will also be able to opt into a complementary beginner-level Korean language course!


What's Included/ Costs


  • Dedicated Program Advisor who is accessible and experienced
  • Tuition: 12-18 credits per semester (up to 5 courses)
  • Academic transcript from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
  • Pre and post arrival orientation; re-entry guidance
  • Student services and learning support
  • Access to university facilities, clubs, and extracurricular activities
  • 24/7 emergency phone support
  • Airport reception and welcome
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Travel visa guidance and support
  • Advice on how to get a local phone number


  • Round-trip transportation to Seoul
  • Meals
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Textbooks and other course materials
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses
Study in South Korea (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)
Cost: $13,600

Dates & Deadlines

Fall Semester 2024:  September 2 - December 21, 2024

Application Deadline: May 30, 2024

Spring Semester 2025: March 4 - June 21, 2025

Application Deadline: October 30, 2024

Program dates listed are for reference only and are subject to change. Please wait until after acceptance and you have received the confirmed dates to book any flights.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.


  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations


  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world


  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator


  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports


  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad


  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance


When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.


South Korea is a captivating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge modernity. Here are some recommended activities and places to check out in your spare time:

  • Go to Namsan Seoul Tower: For a panoramic view of Seoul, trek up or take a cable car to Namsan Seoul Tower, especially beautiful during the evening.
  • Visit Palaces in Seoul: Explore historical sites such as Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces. Don’t miss the changing of the guard ceremonies.
  • Try Korean BBQ: Taste Samgyeopsal (pork belly) or Galbi (marinated beef ribs) at local BBQ places.
  • Explore Traditional Villages: Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul and Jeonju Hanok Village in Jeonju offer a glimpse into traditional Korean life.

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South Korea FAQs

Is South Korea safe?

Although petty crimes in busy areas exist, South Korea is a safe destination with low crime rates. While there’s ongoing tension with North Korea, daily life is stable. The country’s robust healthcare system effectively managed COVID-19. Visitors should be aware of local customs and watchful in traffic. It’s wise to consult recent travel advisories before planning a trip.

How big is South Korea?

South Korea, located on the Korean Peninsula, covers an area of approximately 100,210 square kilometers (38,690 square miles). It’s roughly similar in size to the U.S. state of Indiana or the country of Hungary. Despite its relatively compact size, South Korea boasts a diverse landscape ranging from mountainous terrains to coastal plains, and it’s home to a population of over 50 million people.

What type of government does South Korea have?

South Korea is a democratic republic with three branches: executive, legislative, and judiciary. The President, elected through direct popular vote for a single five-year term, acts as both head of state and government. The National Assembly represents the legislative arm, while the Constitutional Court stands at the pinnacle of the judicial system. The President cannot be re-elected for a consecutive term.

Do I need a visa to travel to South Korea?

Whether you require a visa for South Korea depends on your nationality and the visit’s purpose and length. Many races have visa-free access for short stays (usually up to 90 days) for tourism or business. A visa might be needed for extended stays or specific purposes like work or study. Always consult the latest guidelines and contact the World Endeavors team for advice before planning your trip.

What is the capital of South Korea?

The capital of South Korea is Seoul. Nestled along the Han River in the northwest, Seoul stands as the nation’s political, economic, and cultural epicenter. A blend of ancient heritage and contemporary marvels, the city boasts historical sites like palaces and temples alongside cutting-edge skyscrapers. As a global metropolis, Seoul symbolizes South Korea’s remarkable evolution and modern achievements.

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