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Inbound Exchange Student Program

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SKKU offers more than 7,000 courses throughout the academic year in every field and level of study. As of now, over 30 percent of courses are conducted in foreign languages, primarily English. The reason for this is twofold: first to provide a change for SKKU students to improve their global competence and language capabilities, and secondly to provide a larger selection of classes for international students who are not fluent in Korean. SKKU is actively recruiting renowned foreign professors, while providing a series of retraining programs for Korean faculty aimed at enhancing language and lecture skills.

Academic Year

SKKU’s academic year starts around March 1 and lasts for 12 months. The start date of a specific academic year may vary slightly according to each year. All academic schedules, including course signup, add and drop, withdrawal, exams, and course evaluation are to be planned based on this.

Course Restriction

Not all courses are open to exchange students as they require special application eligibility or completion of prerequisite courses. The following are fields of study that are exclusively offered to major students.

Course Restriction
Graduate School
  • Special Graduate School
  • Specialty Graduate School (Except for ASIA MBA program)
Undergraduate School
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Global Business Administration*
  • Global Economics*

Majors with an asterisk may open to a few select major students among all accepted applicants who have shown excellent academic performance in their respective area.

Credit Issues: Maximum Credit and Credit Transfer

One SKKU credit requires students to fulfill one study hour per week. Most SKKU courses require 48 hours of study in the classroom, not including extra work, while language courses and experiment courses weight one or two credits in general.

credit issues
Study Load
/ Week / Semester
1 credit course 1 hr 16 hrs
2 credit course 2 hr 32 hrs
3 credit course 3 hr 48 hrs

An exchange student’s home university is responsible for transferring SKKU credits, while SKKU provides information on the grading system and the academic policy for reference. SKKU’s Office of International Affairs sends the necessary documents, including academic transcript, to the home university by express mail to help the exchange student who completed the exchange program to ask for a credit transfer.

Exchange students are allowed to take up to the following credits in accordance with their major.

Undergraduate Postgraduate
18 credits 9 credits (15 credits for MBA students)