This exchange is unique in its pairing of academic coursework with a mentoring program designed to share your experience as an American with your fellow Korean students. The university is a close-knit community, with around 12,000 students, including 700 international students.
Located in Asan, a city which is rich in culture and tradition, there are many opportunities outside of the classroom to explore the vast treasures that Korea has to offer. Cultural field trips, volunteer education programs, and global leadership programs are just some of the more exciting reasons why many students consider studying abroad at Soonchunhyang University a life changing experience.
Unlike a traditional exchange, you will be closely tied to your fellow students and the international office, being an American cultural ambassador. There will be many opportunities to interact with fellow students, including the required mentoring with Korean students each week.
"Cultural Internship" Program Brochure
This exchange is located in Asan, South Korea. South Korea currently has the 13th largest economy in the world and the 4th largest in Asia. It is an amazing country to live in. The transportation systems are very easy to navigate through. The Metro system of Korea is connected by trains, subways, KTX high-speed trains, buses, taxis, highways and roads make it easy to get around and see the ancient or the modern culture of South Korea. There’s always some form of transportation available to get you anywhere you want to go.
This college exchange offers an educational experience that allows U of A undergraduates, particularly education majors, an opportunity to benefit from academic programs for a semester or year, while keeping on track to graduate from the U of A.
Education students, in particular, will find the required mentoring program a great way to earn some hands-on experience in teaching/mentoring, especially for English as a Foreign Language disciplines.
Students can find a list of courses available at Soonchunhyang here
and there is a list that the U of A has predetermined for this exchange here: https://waprd.uark.edu/web-apps/regr/courseequiv/Main
(Search for the name of the University under Foreign Colleges).
Students will be assessed U of A tuition and fees for 15 credit hours during each semester they study abroad on this exchange. Additionally, students are responsible for their round-trip airfare, housing, meals, local transportation, books, passport, student visa, and personal expenses. The independent nature of this program allows students to determine their own extracurricular activities, leaving flexibility not only in free time but also in the budget.
Click on the Budget above for a break-down of expected costs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. Students receiving a Pell grant should look into the Gilman International Scholarship
. And all students should read through our scholarship page
for more info on funding opportunities and deadlines. Additionally, in most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid
to help finance your semester in South Korea.
Students will be housed in apartments in the Global Village. The Global Village is one of the best dormitories in Korea. This modern facility was built in 2006 for the sole purpose of fitting the needs of the international and Korean students residing together. The dormitory is configured in "suite style" living arrangements, which allow 12 students to live in 1 suite. Each suite has 2 bathrooms, 2 showers, 2 sinks and six sleeping rooms that are connected by a common living room furnished with a TV and couch and air-conditioning.
For assistance with applications, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact:
U of A Study Abroad Program Manager and Exchange Coordinator