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Universities in Seoul

Konkuk University

Konkuk University originally began as a vision of Dr. Seok-Chang Yoo, a Korean doctor who in the 1930s and 1940s established both a hospital for the needy and a school for rural Koreans that would give them the opportunity to receive an education and become leaders in Korean society. These two institutions later merged and became the foundation for Konkuk University, now a fully comprehensive private university that continues to grow. Konkuk is composed of 20 colleges with 100 departments and has an enrollment of over 20,000 students, with approximately 1,800 of them being international students.

The university is recognized and accredited by the South Korea Ministry of Culture and Education. Known as the "fastest growing university in Korea", the university is ranked 15th in Korea by the 2014 University Web Ranking. The downtown Seoul campus continues to expand, and now includes a university-owned mall and hotel. In November 2015 Konkuk acquired the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, making it an ideal location for Business students from all over the world.

Located in the southeastern part of Seoul, by the Han River, Konkuk University feels very accessible by metro as it is served by a metro station of the same name. The ISA Seoul office is also a short metro ride away. American students will feel very much at home on the campus as students from around the world come to study at Konkuk, and the local Korean students go out of their way to help visitors feel welcome. Students may also participate in the numerous clubs and organizations available through the student activity center.

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Korea University


Known as the oldest higher education institution in South Korea, Korea University is one of the largest and most selective universities in Korea. Since its establishment in 1905, Korea University provides a top quality educational experience for its students, with a wide variety of courses taught in English in all professional fields offered to both local and international students. KU excels in their business courses in the Business School and is the only and first business school in the country to have acquired both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation. KU has an enrollment of over 35,600 students, with approximately 1,733 of them being international students.

Popular areas of study at Korea University include:

  • Business Administration
  • Media and Communications
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Chemical Engineering

Korea University is Korea's top ranked University. Known as the "Ivy League" private university in the country, KU is a world-class institution featuring a dynamic educational environment, beautiful and conveniently located campus, and top-quality student facilities. Students have access to tutoring, computers, cinemas, a CDL Theater, a Music Center and both indoor gyms and outdoor sports fields at the university. Students may also participate in over 150 clubs and organizations available through the Student Club Association.

In 2014, Korea University ranked 18th in Asia and 6th in South Korea according to QS Asia University Rankings. It prides itself not only in being a progressive and globally conscious institution, but also one that plays a role in preserving and developing Korea's unique culture.

Hanyang University

Hanyang University is well known throughout South Korea as being one of the top private research institutions in the country, and it attracts some of Korea's top talent. The university was founded in 1939, during the tumultous time of Japanese occupation. After much of the university being destroyed during the Korean War, Hanyang spent years rebuilding the university to make it one of the country's most prestigious, which still holds true to this day.

ISA Students will have the opportunity to take courses as part of Hanyang's International Summer School, with students from around the world. Building on Hanyang's tradition on high quality education in various different fields, ISA students will be able to take courses ranging from Art & Design to Engineering.

Popular areas of study at Hanyang University include:
  • Korean Language & Korean Studies
  • Business Management
  • Communications
  • International Studies
  • Engineering
Located in the eastern part of Seoul, the university's campus is easily accessable to the rest of the campus. Although in an extremely urban environment, the Hanyang campus similar to most campuses of American universities, and offers similar amenities. The university is home to around 16,000 students, including an ever-growing international contigent.
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