South Korea


General information 

South Korea is an engaging, welcoming place where the benefits of a fully industrialised, high-tech nation are balanced alongside tradition and the ways of old Asia. 

The capital and largest city, Seoul, is the centre of Asia's third-largest economy. This round-the-clock city is constantly on the move. Yet there are plenty of areas to escape the crowds, as the Lonely Planet demonstrates: 'get further off the beaten bath than you could believe possible by sailing to remote islands, where farming and fishing folk will welcome you into their homes and simple seafood cafes. Or sample the serenity of a Buddhist temple retreat where the honk of traffic is replaced by meditation and the rhythmic pre-dawn chants of shaven-headed monks.'

Please note that some partners may not be available for exchange for a particular academic year, if this is the case it is stated below.




  Partner universities
Seoul, Korea University

Korea University website

Fast Facts

  • Language of instruction: English and Korean
  • Number of students enrolled: 37,000
  • Number of campuses: 1
  • Academic year: September - June
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September - December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: March - June

Things to do

Seoul is a city of 10.5 million people, and has been the Korean capital for 600 years. Popular tourist spots include the ancient palaces and royal shrines of the Joseon Dynasty, the historic Namhansan Mountain Fortress, the Han River which runs to North Korea, and the Seoul World Cup and Olympic Stadia.

Top attractions: Bukchon Village, Gyeongbok Palace, Shinsegae Department Store, Bugaksan mountain trails, N Seoul Tower, Itaewon district and Namdaemun Market

According to Lonely Planet, “Fashion- and technology-forward but also deeply traditional, this dynamic city mashes up temples, palaces, cutting-edge design and mountain trails, all to nonstop K-Pop beat."

More about South Korea from Lonely Planet

More from Visit Korea

Travel opportunities

Seoul is within comfortable flying distance of Japan and China, with Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai all less than three hours flight away. The Haerang Rail Cruise offers an unrivalled tour through the whole country, while South Korea also boasts a number of beautiful mountain ranges. The lakeside city of Chuncheon, a popular tourist destination, is also within travelling distance.


Seoul has hot, humid summers, with temperatures exceeding 35°C, and very cold winters, when temperatures can drop below -10°C. The most pleasant seasons are Autumn and Spring, which offer comfortable temperatures and blue skies.

Finance 2018/19

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at KU:

  • Means tested Global Travel Bursary of £750 dependent on household income for students begining their studies in 2016 or after. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the finance webpage, as the award criteria differs(available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)

  • KU Universitas 21 scholarship: The U21 scholarship is given to exchange students from Universitas 21 universities, including the University of Nottingham, studying at Korea University. Students don’t need to apply for the scholarship since it’s automatically provided. For students studying at U21 member universities outside Asia, including Nottingham, the amount of scholarship available is 500,000 Won (approximately £300).
  • Korea ASEM DUO scholarship worth approx €4000 for a maximum of one semester. Only one nominated student from Nottingham can be put forward for this competitive award.
  • Global KU scholarship which includes an admissions scholarship, travel schoalrship and merit scholarship, all competitive.

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 11 hours): £550-650
  • Visa costs: £150-200
  • Medical Insurance (compulsory): approx £100-150
  • Accommodation: £640-1450

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.


On-campus acconnodation: Korea University has two excellent quality international dormitories, Anam Hall 2 and CJ International House. Rooms are not guaranteed to exchange students.

Private sector accommodation: For those who do not find on-campus housing or who prefer to live in the private sector, advice and assistance is available from

Accommodation information

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2016/17 = 13%
2017/18 = 13%

Further information

The Office of International Affairs

Module catalogue

Korea University disability support



International Office

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

t: +44 (0) 115 951 5247
f: +44 (0) 115 951 5155
e: Email the Study Abroad team


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