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 each fall semester. A maximum of two CHS students will be selected to participate in this exchange program each year.
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. 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.
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.
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, 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
Undergraduate student in any CHS major
Completed ISUAbroad application (do not apply directly to SCH)
Must satisfy all SCH admissions requirements
Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials as part of their ISUAbroad application:
Two electronic letters of recommendation
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)
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
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: