The Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the surrounding area is a region of growing economic and geopolitical importance to the U.S. and the world. South Korea is now the United States seventh-largest trading partner and is the 13th-largest economy in the world. Experience the phenomenon first-hand through the UW-Eau Claire semester and yearlong exchange with Ajou University!
Ajou University has an active student exchange program that allows students from around the world to spend a semester or a year studying at Ajou. Students can take Korean language and/or courses taught in English. The English language courses are designed for international students and Korean students to take discipline-specific course work in an international atmosphere. In particular, the program is designed to assist students who are interested in pursuing careers in Asia or with multinational corporations. To learn more, click here.
South Korea faces China to the west across the Yellow Sea and Japan to the east across the Strait of Korea. Ajou University is located in Suwon, a city of approximately 1 million people. Suwon is located in northwestern South Korea and is only a half-hour drive from Seoul, the capital.
HOUSING & MEALS
You will live on campus. Rooms are double occupancy. Each room is equipped with internet access that allows you to connect to Ajou's on-line system. Bathroom/shower and kitchen facilities are shared. You can purchase meal tickets to eat at the student cafeteria and/or cook your own food in the kitchen on your floor.
Ajou University offers a few housing scholarships to partner universities each year. Selected students would not pay accommodation fees for one semester.
Students can take Korean language courses or choose courses in a number of disciplines including Engineering, Business Administration or English. To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - South Korea Semester
Below you will find more information on the program costs: Fall 2017, Academic Year 2017-2018 and Spring 2017
- Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
- Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
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Student life at Ajou University is very international. Not only will you meet Korean students, you will meet students from around the world as Ajou University has active exchange partnerships in several universities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. The International Office also plans a number of field trips for international students. Past field trips have included business visits to South Korean multinationals (i.e. LG Electronics, Hyundai Motors) or cultural sites (i.e. Gyeonju, the Royal Palace, etc.).
"I would sum up my experience abroad as incredible. I was immersed in a different cultures the entire time, not only that of my host country but of all the amazing people whom I am lucky to have met. I have gotten a glimpse of so much more of the world than I ever anticipated. I wouldn't trade my experiences abroad for anything." - Delaney, Spring 2016
"My time spent in Korea was wonderful. There was so much to do and yet so little time to see everything there is. The international students made dorm life so much more comfortable. It really felt like home." - Ali
"Going abroad has really shown me that there are so many opportunities out there for me." – Mainhia
EXPLORE SOUTH KOREA!
Upon arrival at Ajou University, you will have an orientation where you will get to learn about the local community. Ajou also organizes a optional field trips that you can participate in for an additional fee. These trips allow you to see other parts of South Korea. Past trips have included a tour of the DMZ (demilitarized zone between the two Koreas), Donggang River rafting, and a temple stay.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.