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  • Locations: Asan, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: French, Erin Housing Options: Dormitory
Classification at Departure: Sophomore, Junior, Senior Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Korean
Online Course Catalog Available: Yes Sponsor: Iowa State
ISU Course: EXPRO Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

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Soonchunhyang University Exchange


The College of Human Sciences and Soonchunhyang University's School of Global Education and Exchange participate in a reciprocal exchange agreement. This exchange program is available to undergraduate students in any College of Human Sciences major for a fall, spring or academic year.  The number of students selected will depend on the exchange balance for the year. Students from other colleges are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to CHS students. If you are from a different college, contact

Soonchunhyang (SCH) University is widely acknowledged as one of the best universities in the Republic of Korea (South Korea).  It is located in Asan, which is approximately 60 miles from Seoul, the capital city, only a 40 minute train ride away.  The university features experienced and knowledgeable staff, a wide variety of courses offered in English, multicultural classrooms, on-campus fitness centers and athletic fields, an award-winning library, suite-style living arrangements and a beautiful campus. Participants in this exchange can take advantage of extracurricular activities, enriching field trips and festivals, language exchanges, integrated multicultural facilities, a strong international community and the opportunity to make life-long international friendships.

More information is available in the video at the bottom of this page and at these links:
Soonchunhyang University homepage
Soonchunhyang University School of Global Education and Exchange
Exchange student life
Study abroad with a cultural internship
Campus map and sky view
University introduction
Photo gallery

Classes and Academic Calendar

There are wide variety of classes taught in English at SCH, including Korean Society and History, International & Korean Business, Korean Culture and Literature, Education, and International & Korean Politics. Exchange participants also have the opportunity to take Korean speaking and writing classes at the beginning, intermediate or advanced level.  Classes taken at SCH will transfer back to Iowa State University, and classes will fulfill different requirements for each major. Before participating, interested students should discuss this opportunity with their academic adviser. The SCH academic calendar for the fall semester is very similar to ISU's calendar. Classes start in late August and meet until mid-December. The SCH spring semester is a bit different, with students arriving in mid-February and finishing their semester in June. 

Cultural Internship

Participants in this exchange are required to undertake a 6-credit cultural internship during their semester at Soonchunhyang University.  As a Cultural and Language Ambassador, ISU exchange participants will attend group meetings, participate in language and culture exchanges, and live side by side with Korean students in specially designed dorms. Interns will be expected to devote approximately 15 hours per week to group meetings and exchanges.  Interns will receive a reimbursement for part of their airfare expenses, a weekly living stipend of around $100, and a full fee waiver for their on-campus housing. Learn more about the cultural internship here
Living on Campus

Soonchunhyang University’s campus has many things to offer its new and returning students. From joining one of the many clubs, meeting up with friends for karaoke, to playing a variety of sports at the new court, the campus is alive with many activities and events.

International students live in a dormitory community called the Global Village. The 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. The communal living room is furnished with a TV, couch, table, and air conditioning. Students can also spend time in the comfortable and relaxing atmosphere of the Global Village Lounge.



Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

Participants must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Open to any student but preference will be given to CHS students

Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials as part of their ISUAbroad application:

  • Two electronic letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts

The College of Human Sciences may check a participant's current GPA at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA may affect participation in an international program.

Costs and Financial Assistance

Students participating in this exchange program will pay ISU tuition and fees. As a reminder, Iowa State students on this program will have their room and board covered through the cultural internship program (see above). Participants are also responsible for the following expenses:

  • Transportation to and from host institution (some of which will be reimbursed to the student by SCH)
  • CISI insurance
  • Student Union fees, if applicable
  • Textbooks, clothing and personal expenses
  • Passport and visa costs
  • All other debts and incidental expenses incurred during the course of the exchange period

Budget sheet for Soonchunhyang University Exchange 
College of Human Sciences International Scholarships
College of Human Sciences Financial Resources for International Programs





All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information


Contact and Additional Information

Questions about this exchange should be referred Nicole Humphrey in the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office at or in 131 MacKay Hall.

This program is currently not accepting applications.