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Kookmin University


Kookmin University 

Seoul, South Korea 


Program Type

  • Exchange 



Founded in 1946, Kookmin University was the first national private university in Korea after being liberated from Japan. It is currently the seventh-largest university in Seoul and is home to nearly 24,000 students. The campus is located adjacent to Bukhansan National Park, a nature preserve located right in the heart of one of the world's biggest cities. The clean, green campus is complimented by the most up-to-date educational facilities; the campus is home to several libraries and computer labs, a wellness center, an art museum, and the historic Myoungwon Folk House. 

Kookmin University is one of the leading private universities in Korea, with a total of 15 various colleges and 15 postgraduate schools. With an educational mission to foster leaders not only for Korea but for the world, Kookmin provides students with a global perspective and with opportunities to experience the world academically, culturally, and professionally. 

Located on the Han River, Seoul is South Korea's capital and largest city. Indeed, the Seoul Capital Area, which includes Incheon and Gyeonggi, is the second-largest metropolis in world after Tokyo. Settlement in the area dates as far back as 4000 BCE, though the city itself traces its origins to 18 BCE. In the 20th century, the fate of Seoul was a microcosm of that of the Korean Peninsula, enduring occupation by Japan and being controlled at different times by both sides in the Korean War. Since the armistice, Seoul and South Korea have grown into economic and technological powerhouses. The city hosts the corporate headquarters of such companies as Samsung, Hyundai, and LG and hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics and several matches during the 2002 World Cup. 


Language of Instruction

  • Korean, English 


Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time, degree-seeking CWU student 
  • Minimum 18 years of age by the time of departure 
  • Minimum sophomore status at the time of participation 
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA 
  • No knowledge of Korean language is required. 

NB: Students of Korean heritage may be considered citizens of the Republic of Korea by ROK law, even if they have never been there and do not have an ROK passport. As a result, they may be required to obtain an ROK passport and apply to Ewha--and subsequently enter the ROK--as a Korean citizen rather than as a US or other citizen. Students of Korean heritage should consult with their families and/or the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle to determine whether they are subject to this requirement. 


Terms Available

  • CWU Fall Quarter/Korean Semester II: September–December 
  • CWU Winter + Spring Quarters/Korean Semester I: March–June 
  • US Academic Year 
  • Korean Academic Year 
  • Summer (Direct-Enroll instead of exchange may be required) 

Korean universities follow a calendar similar to the Southern Hemisphere Calendar, in which the academic year roughly falls in line with the calendar year rather than straddling two calendar years.  Spring Semester is the first semester of the academic year, which may have an impact on course availability. 


Available Fields of Study

  • Art
  • English (Literature)
  • Asian Studies
  • International Relations
  • Business (General)*
  • Korean Language & Culture
  • Economics*
  • Political Science

*Kookmin University is not AACSB-accredited. 


Finding Classes

15~20% of undergraduate courses at Kookmin University are offered in English, mostly within the College of General Education. Classes initially offered in English from other Colleges may be switched to Korean if there is insufficient demand for English. Please review the attached lists of classes and identify which syllabi you would like to request through CWU. 

When admitted to Kookmin, exchange students are assigned to a School/Department and may choose classes from that area and the College of General Education. 



  • Dormitory 
  • Private Accommodation 

Kookmin University: Accommodation 


Estimated Total Costs

Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) Scholarship for Study Abroad in Korea-eligible program
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship-eligible program
Freeman ASIA Scholarship-eligible program
Boren Scholarship-eligible program 
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship-eligible program 



CWU Deadlines: 

  • Fall Start: March 1 
  • Spring Start: September 1 

Application Portal: 


Partner Website

Kookmin University Home 

Guide for Exchange Students 

Kookmin University Fall 2021 Exchange Information Sheet (PDF)

Video: Kookmin University Promotional Video (ver. English 2019)

Video: Kookmin University International Student Services PR Video (English Ver.)


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