Ajou Faculty Advisor:
Eunseong Kim, Ph.D
Suwon is a city rich in both history and culture. Suwon is home to the Hwaseong Fortress and the Hwaryeongjeon Shrine. Suwon also has many festivals, like the Suwon Hwaseong Baekjung Festival, throughout the year. Seoul is a little over an hour away by train. Seoul has been the center of the country since the prehistoric era to the present day and is a city where Korea’s traditional and modern cultures coexist.
Ajou University, established in 1973 under the motto of "Asia's best university for the 21st century," is a leading research university with 9 colleges in Korea. Located in Suwon, about 30km south of Seoul, Ajou has 14,000 students (9,000 undergraduate, 3,500 graduate, and 1,500 in other courses).
The strength in Ajou's academic programs and research lies in Engineering, IT, BT, NT, Medical Science, Business and International Studies. Ajou is widely recognized for its innovative international programs and strong support for international students and has collaborative partnership with about 146 universities in 42 countries. There are wide range of international programs at Ajou including student and faculty exchanges, international summer school, Korean language program, etc. International students are taking courses offered in English by various majors. Today Ajou is welcoming about 600 international students a year.
Consistent with its emphasis on global education, Ajou University offers a variety of courses taught in English and Korean on a regular basis. These courses provide an excellent opportunity for both international and Korean students to study their chosen fields in an international atmosphere. EIU students who participate in the Ajou University Exchange Program are eligible to take regular English/Korean classes for a semester or year, or participate in the International Summer School or the Korean Language Program. All programs are beneficial for students anticipating careers in Asia or with multinational corporations as well as to those seeking advanced degrees in international or area studies.
Tuition and Fees (EIU students are exchange students from partner universities)
Course and Syllabus:
Korean Culture Workshop
Cultural & Social Programs
There are lots of activities and support for exchange students, including myB (my buddy program), Ajou Friends Club, Ajou International Traveling Club, International Day Festival, Cross-Cultural Awareness Program, Airport Pick-up, Welcoming and Farewell Party, Masquerade, Temple Stay, Ceramic Festival, Sports Together, Making Korean Food, Everland Amusement, Visit to Global Businesses, Korean Movie Night, etc. For more information, visit Campus Life.
In order to promote their semester exchange program, Ajou University offers a scholarship for free-dormitory housing to incoming exchange students along with various cultural trips and social activities. For the summer program, they offer a 3-day free field trip (prior to the start of classes) to historical sites in Korea instead of the free housing scholarship.
Ajou University offers various type of accommodations, providing comfort and modern technology to residents. Ajou University Dormitory "Woncheon Dormitory Complex" houses over 2,300 domestic and international residents consisting of 4 buildings.
At Hwa-hong Hall, over 300 international students can accommodate either in two-people-shared room or in four-people-shared room. The hope is for native Korean students and international students alike to learn about each others' cultures and broaden their sense of international perspective.
Visit Accommodations for more information.
Foreign Entry Requirements
Students applying for the Fall or Spring semester should apply for the D-2 Visa. Students planning to study for the summer may apply for the C-3 Visa. This visa can be issued immediately upon application at either the Korean Embassy or the Consulate Office. Required documents for application are:
Students palnning on studying for more than one term (more than 91 days) should apply for the D-2 visa. This visa is usually good for 6 months and can be renewed within Korea. Since this visa takes approximately 1 month to be processed, students should apply for this visa at least 2 months before leaving for Korea. Required documents for application are:
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.