About the Location
South Korea, country in East Asia. It occupies the southern portion of the Korean peninsula.The country is largely mountainous, with small valleys and narrow coastal plains. The T’aebaek Mountains run in roughly a north-south direction along the eastern coastline and northward into North Korea.
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) is one of Asia’s premier study destinations. SKKU’s Humanities and Social Sciences Campus is in the old city center of South Korea’s capital, Seoul. Seoul is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Korea’s unique combination of ancient history and futuristic modernity makes the country a pioneer in the fields of business and technology. Beyond this, SKKU’s large Natural Science Campus in Suwon, a Korean techno valley, directly south of Seoul, has many advanced facilities as well as a relaxing atmosphere.
Sungkyunkwan University was founded in 1398 as the highest educational institution in Korea. SKKU, now a private research university that receives strong support from its foundation partner, Samsung Group, continues to excel its traditional strengths in the humanities, combined with state-of-the-art technology, engineering, and medicine. In recent years, SKKU has rapidly ascended in international rankings; in the most recent ranking reports of US News & World Report’s Best Global Universities in South Korea, SKKU was ranked #3.
The Business School of SKKU, which has over 3,000 students, runs undergraduate programs, several different types of Masters programs, and Ph.D. programs. In particular, SKKU established a new undergraduate business program (called Global Business Administration) in 2008 so as to educate high school graduates having excellent academic profiles, with a specialized business curriculum. This program admits students in the top 0.4% of the national college entrance exam, and all courses are taught in English. Information about Academics can be found here. Maximum credits students can receive is 18, which is equivalent to 6-7 courses.
This program is ideal for a highly-motivated student with a history of very strong academic achievement. Students considering this program should also possess a very high degree of independence and flexibility. The campus environment at SKKU is very different than that of Elon, and students should expect the various offices on campus to function more like those at a large institution with less individual attention. Students will be expected to work through various university processes in an independent fashion. For instance, students on this program will be expected to make their own way to campus in time for orientation. Students will also be required to request approval to enroll in individual courses, and in some cases that approval may not be granted. Students on this program must be able to handle some degree of uncertainty.
Additional Eligibility Notes
Completion of at least one year of study and be continuing towards a degree at their home institution
GPA minimum of 2.700
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
General Program Dates
Fall semester – early September to mid-December
Spring semester – early March to mid-July
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets (coming soon).
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
Myeong-ryun-hak-sa campus can accommodate about 1,400 Korean, international, undergraduate and exchange students living at Humanities and Social Sciences Campus in Seoul. The campus consists of Korean student dormitories (E-House, G-House, K-House) and foreign student dormitories (C-House, I-House, M-House). Meal plan is not available to those in the dormitories. Most dormitories are double rooms, single rooms are available for female students in I-House. Amenities for international students include: communal kitchen, study space, laundry facilities in the building, and a P.O. box to receive mail.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadlines webpage for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by the Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU).
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
View the Mandatory Orientation schedule for the semester programs .
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