Korea University Summer Program

Study in Seoul this summer across a variety of disciplines with students from around the world!

KU's summer program is one of the biggest in Asia, drawing over 2000 students from 300 institutions across 50 countries around the world.

*For 2021, the Summer Program will take place 100% online. See the "Academic information" section below for details. 

Key information





Program type


Application information

Application status



Summer 2022 applications

 Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 

Apply from November 1, 2021 to January 10, 2022 

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 2022 applications

Open November 1, 2022

Program details

Choose from a wide variety of over 120+ courses in a variety of fields including Art & Design, Business, Economics, Philosophy, Media & Communications, History, Korean & East Asian Studies, Art History, Korean Cinema, Korean (Language), Psychology, Sociology, Law & Society, International Relations, Political Sciences, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Earth Sciences, and Engineering courses, all taught by renowned professors from around the world.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in a month-long internship in Marketing, Sales, Advertising, Public Relations or Operations prior to the International Summer Campus program. This is a competitive placement process so students are not guaranteed a spot in this program.

Course Information:

Students can take up to three courses in the summer program (9 credits). Three credits = 3 UCalgary units

The International Summer School runs for 6 weeks from late June to early August. If students add on the internship component it will run for a month before the ISC program starts so students will need to arrive in Korea in late May.

2021 Dates: 
6 week - June 28 to August 5, 2021
4 week - July 12 to August 5, 2021
Internship add-on start: N/A for 2021


2021 Information

Since the program will be virtual for this year, there are no housing costs.

Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

On-Campus Housing Costs for program (2019 est.):

Program CJ SingleCJ DoubleFrontier DoubleGlobal Triple

6-weekKRW 1,170,000KRW 990,000KRW 990,000KRW 764,000

4-weekKRW 1,170,000KRW 696,000KRW 696,000KRW 609,000


Seoul cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here 


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Students can choose to live on campus during the program.

This will not be applicable in 2021

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the U of C, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

What's special about the KU Summer Program?

KU Summer offers internship opportunities at companies or national organizations in Korea, complimentary extracurricular activities (K-pop dancing, Korean cooking, LotteWorld Amusement Park, Nanta performance, watching a baseball game), and volunteer activities.

KU Buddies is a buddy program offering summer school participants to be matched with KU student assistants, where the local KU students organise social and cultural events for the exchange students.

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Vivian Elzinga

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.