South Korea: Soonchunhyang University

‌The name "Soonchunhyang" means "the peaceful hometown complying with the will of heaven." By providing excellent financial support, Soonchunhyang University offers English-speaking students the opportunity to learn about Asian culture. In exchange for internship participation, the university will provide top-notch room and board for free. Located in a rural town on the central west coast of South Korea, Soonchunhyang University is surrounded by quaint mountains and is near historical cultural attractions.

Dates & Deadlines

Term: Spring 2024
App Deadline: Sunday, October 1, 2023
Program Dates: Tuesday, February 20 - Saturday, June 15, 2024

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Asan is located in the north western region of Chungnam, less than 60 miles south of Korea’s capital Seoul and a 40 minute ride on Korea’s newest high speed railroad, the KTX. It is dynamically expanding with its population being expected to reach over 500,000 in a few years and is home for the world class semi conductor and automobile manufacturers, Samsung and Hyundai.

Asan is also famous for its natural hot springs, rich in minerals and healing properties. Many visitors from around the world look forward to relaxing in these hot springs, especially in Asan’s Dogo hot springs complex, where they can not only benefit from one of Asia’s top sulfur hot springs, but also enjoy swimming, horse riding, and a round of golf.

SCH has 80 foreign instructors and about 500 international students of various nationalities, the university is getting more globalized in the student body and faculty. It is an ideal place to study and experience Korean culture and pick up a language that has been designated a priority language by the U.S. government.

Students take an average of 5-6 classes each semester in a variety of subjects. There are courses available in the following areas listed below. The courses listed online are not offered every semester and will be confirmed with a final schedule upon arrival during orientation.

  • Literature and Culture
  • Business and Economics
  • Political Science and Diplomacy
  • Sociology and History
  • Education
  • Korean Studies
  • International Studies
  • Korean Language

Korean Language classes are usually taught by non-native English speakers, therefore the language courses will be authentic with native speakers. For students participating in the Cultural Internship, there might be an option to alternate the elective courses (2) for Korean language courses instead.

Credits            Grades
                    A+ (95-100)    = A
(3 = 3)          A0 (90-94)     = A
                    B+ (85-89)      = B+
                    B0 (80-84)      = B
                    C+ (75-79)       = C+
                    C0 (70-74)       = C
                    D+, D0, F (0-69)   = no transfer

NOTE: in S. Korea, only 25% of the class can receive an A in any given course, even if everyone earns the grade. Also, S. Korean classes are very strict in attendance, typically students can only miss class three times before they fail automatically. 

Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost: $12,054*

*estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

Estimated Total Program Cost $12,054
Estimated U-bill Charges $5,265
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs $6,789


Spring 2024 Estimated Budget Sheet (PDF)

Fall 2023 Estimated Budget Sheets (PDF)

Cost of Studying On Campus at UNI*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees $4,527
Room & Board $4,580
Books $400
Personal Expenses $878
Transportation $320
Total $10,705


‌Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
  • If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
    • Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • ‌Must be in good standing with the University
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements, if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.