South Korea: Seoul Women's University Social Welfare Program

‌Seoul Women's University (SWU), is located in Seoul, South Korea. This university is open to both men and women. With student-oriented education programs and open systems, SWU is dedicated to elevating students' sense of responsibility and enthusiasm for learning and active competitiveness. SWU's student activities include events such as festivals for all, clubs and major activities to build up knowledge and human networks, and community programs for reaching out to local communities. Students participate voluntarily and actively in diverse community programs, which help them attain a sense of achievement, pride and joy in campus life.

Dates & Deadlines

Term: Fall 2024
App Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2024
Program Dates: Late August - December (Dates pending)

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Interested in study abroad in the spring of 2025 or later? Please fill out the waitlist form below and the study abroad center will notify you when applications for future terms open:

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Seoul is the capital city of South Korea. It is also the largest metropolis of the Republic of Korea. A fascinating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge digital technology, home to endless street food vendors and vast nightlife districts, an extraordinarily high-pressure educational system and serene Buddhist temples, a trend-setting youth culture and often crushing conformism, extraordinary architecture and endless monotonous rows of grey apartment buildings, Seoul is a city filled with stark contrasts.

SWU offers a tailored Social Welfare program for UNI Students. The customized program is intended to ensure that UNI Social Work students stay on track with graduation. In addition to an internship opportunity, students will take a language course, and depending on the semester, one or two English taught Social Welfare courses. Students can choose to take just classes, or classes and an internship/volunteer hours. Upon applying students will choose from the following agencies for their internship experience.

  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Medical Social Work and Mental Health Services
  • Community Social Welfare
  • Children and Youth Services, School Social Welfare
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • NGOs and other social work agency settings

SWU will help UNI students find agencies considering their needs.

Internship portion:

  • 120 hours
  • Fall/Spring: Eight hours every Tuesday for 15 weeks

Semester Breakdown: 

Fall (September-December)

  • 120 hour internship (3 units)
  • 1 language course (3 units)
  • 1 or 2 English taught Social Welfare courses (3 units each)

Spring (March-June)

  • 120 hour internship (3 units)
  • 1 language course (3 units)
  • 1 or 2 English taught Social Welfare courses (3 units each)

In addition to Korean Language courses, SWU Offers classes in the following subjects:

  • English Language and Literature
  • International Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Business Administration
  • Bio and Environmental Science
  • Industrial Arts

Credits at Seoul's Women's University are the same as in the U.S.

A+ (95-100)         = A
A (90-94)             = A
B+ (85-89)           = B+
B (80-84)             = B
C+ (75-79)           = C+
C (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: $13,175*

*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$13,175
Estimated U-bill Charges$5,426
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs$7,749


Seoul's Women's Cost Estimate Fall 2024 (Pending Update of UNI Tuition)

Cost of Studying On Campus at UNI*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees$4,527
Room & Board$4,580
Personal Expenses$878


Pending Updates for UNI Fall 2024

‌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.