I. Application Procedure
The online application system will be open on October for spring semester, and April for fall semester. The required materials, such as academic transcript, passport copy, and overseas insurance, must be submitted through the online application system.
A. Tentative Timeline for Exchange Students ApplicationStepWhat to Do1Submit the application form2Receive Certificate of Admission3Apply for visa4Pick up visa5Book plane ticket6Notify arrival time (send Flight Details Form)7Arrival in South Korea (Official arrival [dorm check-in] date)8Arrival (welcome) orientation
▣ IMPORTANT: You must apply for a Student Visa in your home country.
B. Required Documents (scanned copy):
- 1. Official transcript in English;
- 2. A photocopy of your passport;
- 3. A copy of your overseas health insurance policy.
C. Required Documents (original copy):
- 1. Two passport-sized photos (upon your arrival).
▣ IMPORTANT: All documents must be in English or Korean.
II. Academic Information
A. Academic Calendar (Spring 2016)
DataMonthDateSchedule129 – 2. 4
16 - 19Application for Leave of/Return from Absence
Course Registration for Spring Semester219
22 - 26Commencement Ceremony
Freshman Convocation Ceremony
Enrollment for Spring Semester32
3 - 8
14 - 18
22 - 25Spring Semester Begins
Course Add/Drop & Course Registration Confirmation
Credit Withdrawal Period
Course Withdrawal Period418 - 22
28 - 5. 2Midterm Examination Period
Spring Semester Midterm Examination Grades Check513
16 - 25Foundation Day
Application for Dual Major, Minor66 - 22
13 - 17
23 - 27Spring Semester Course Evaluation
Final Examination Period
Summer Vacation Begins / Summer Session Begins
Spring Semester Final Examination Grades Check71 – 5
16 - 22Application for Leave of/Return from Absence
Course Registration for Fall Semester819
22 - 26
30 – 9. 2Commencement Ceremony
Enrollment for Fall Semester
Fall Semester Begins
Course Add/Drop & Course Registration Confirmation920 - 23Course Withdrawal Period1017 - 21
27 - 31Midterm Examination Period
Fall Semester Midterm Examination Grades Check117 - 16
5 - 21Application for Major, Dual Major, Minor
Fall Semester Course Evaluation1212 - 16
22 - 26Final Examination Period
Winter Vacation / Winter Session Begins
Fall Semester Final Examination Grades Check11 - 7
14 - 17Application for Leave of/Return from Absence
Course Registration for Spring Semester217
20 - 24Commencement Ceremony
Freshman Convocation Ceremony
Enrollment for Spring Semester
B. Course Offerings
Almost all courses are open to exchange students, including the courses taught in English as well as the regular courses taught in Korean.
- - All exchange students should work closely with their advisor from their home institution to ensure that the courses they take in Korea are approved for credit by their advisor.
- -Exchange students will be fully enrolled in each course they take and will be held to the same requirements and grading system as full time matriculating students. Therefore, it is important to choose courses at the appropriate level. Students may receive an official transcript from Sejong University upon completion of their program or have an official transcript sent to their school.
C. Registration Schedule
- 1. Course Offerings Announcement
- : Course offerings will be announced about a month before each semester begins, in late January for the spring semester, and late July for the fall semester.
- 2. Course Registration
- : Courses can be added or dropped during the "Course Registration Period" at the beginning of each semester by submitting the "Course Registration Form" in person by the due date.
III. Pre-departure Information
A. Way to Sejong:
Please book a flight to arrive at the Incheon International Airport—South Korea’s major international airport.
B. Information for students who will come to the campus on their own:
Students who wish to come to the campus on their own will be required to provide their own transportation using one of the following methods:
- 1. Airport Bus:
- Bus Number: 6013
Fare: 10,000 KRW
- Bus tickets may be purchased outside of the arrival gates. The bus departs from Platform Nos. 5 and 12. Inform the bus driver of your destination: Children’s Grand Park / Sejong University; sit close to the driver; and, listen very closely to the recorded announcements on the bus loudspeaker indicating each stop. The Children’s Grand Park / Sejong University stop is about an hour from the airport, four or five stops after the bus turns off of the expressway. As you get off the bus, you will see Sejong University across the street, with a colorful traditional-style gate. Enter through this gate and proceed to the tall building on the right hand side of the Main Gate known as the “Student Union Building”, the Center for International Students and Scholars office is located in Room 209 of this building.
- *If you want to use an airport pick up service from the Incheon Airport to Sejong University, please apply for the VASCO pickup service. Multilingual speakers will be welcoming you at the airport and a comfortable bus will take you directly to the Sejong dormitory.
- 2. Taxi: A taxi ride from the airport to Sejong University can cost between 80,000 and 100,000 KRW.
- 3. Train/Subway: Although this could be an option, we do not recommend that students come to the campus using this option. It tends to be very confusing and time-consuming, especially to those who are new to South Korea and must be pretty tired after long flight.
It must be noted that students arriving earlier than the scheduled program date will not be allowed to move in early at the Sejong University International Students Dormitory.
C. Currency Exchange
The national currency of South Korea is the South Korean Won (KRW). This is the only currency accepted in commercial transactions. Students have the option of obtaining KRW in their home country or in South Korea, although we have found that currency exchange rates in South Korea tend to be lower than those outside of the country. Banks with currency exchange desks are plentiful in Seoul; and Sejong University has a bank on campus where students are able to exchange their foreign currency into KRW. You need your passport and visa for all such transactions.
D. Personal Spending Money
We recommend that students have 500,000 to 700,000 KRW available per month for personal expenses. In general, prices in Seoul are comparable to those in North America, Australia, and the U.K. Students will be responsible for all meal costs. International ATMs are available on the campus, but dispense only KRW.
E. Personal Computers
Students have the option of bringing their own personal computers, though they do so at their own risk of theft or damage due to travel. The electrical voltage in South Korea is 220, with a two-pronged plug; so, students should provide their own electrical adaptors. The International Student Dormitory has Internet LAN line service available, though students must provide their own cord. Our campus is equipped with Wi-Fi service, but computers purchased outside of South Korea tend not to be able to log onto this system; therefore, we strongly recommend use of the LAN service with a cord.
Personal cellular phones purchased from countries outside of South Korea often have difficulties working properly in South Korea. South Korean cellular phones and SIM cards are not compatible with those from North America or Europe. Roaming services may function within South Korea, but may be costly.
South Korean cellular phones are available for rental at Incheon International Airport, just outside the arrival gate, at a low cost. More information regarding this service can be found at: http://www.skroaming.com/en/rent/rental.asp. Sejong University staff will be available to offer assistance to students wishing to rent a phone upon arrival at Incheon International Airport.
Students can buy and use locally-sold international calling cards. Such cards are quite inexpensive and are very easy to use. These cards can be used at any pay phone in South Korea. It should also be noted that international calling cards purchased outside of South Korea tend to be far more expensive and seldom function properly within South Korea.
IV. Visa/Post-Arrival Information
A. Student Visa (D-2)
• In order to study in South Korea, you will need a student visa (type: D-2), which must be obtained from the Korean Embassy or Consulate abroad.
• Sejong University will issue the Certificate of Admission, which is one of the required documents for visa application at the Korean Embassy or Consulate in your country. You will also need to present a valid passport, evidence of financial support and any other documents required by the embassy or consulate. (Please check with the Korean Embassy or Consulate in your country to determine what documents are required for D-2 visa application.)
▣ IMPORTANT: Student must apply for a Student Visa in their home country.
Orientation is held just before the start of each term. The Center for International Students and Scholars offers housing services and a campus tour to help exchange students settle in and become familiar with important university locations. You will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the campus, as well as meet many of your future classmates and faculty.
C. After Arrival
▣ Certificate of Alien Registration
Within 90 days of your arrival in South Korea, you must apply for a Certificate of Alien Registration at the Immigration Service Office. The required documents include: a certificate application form; passport; 2 photos (3x4cm, white background only); application fee (30,000 KRW); and University-issued certificate of student status.
The foreigner ID card will be used under a variety of circumstances during your stay in South Korea. Many places with a minimum age restriction will ask to see your foreigner ID card.
You will be required to present your foreigner ID card when creating a mobile phone account under your name (meaning, the faster you create your foreigner ID, the sooner you will be able to create a mobile phone account).
IMPORTANT: Applying for your foreigner ID card should be your first priority upon your arrival.
*To apply for an alien registration card, medical check-up at the health care center and biometrics at the Immigration service office are mandatory procedures. If you apply for the alien registration card assistance service from VASCO, we help prepare your supporting documents and submit the application. A multilingual speaker will take you to the health care center and to the immigration service office in a comfortable bus as a group.
The Immigration Service Office (ISO)
- The Mok-dong office
- Tel: +82-2-2650-6212
- Located near the Omokyo Station of Subway Line 5
D. After Arrival
Students will be provided with a Sejong University student ID card early in the semester. This card will allow daily admittance into the university library, university computer rooms, as well as other Sejong University facilities. In order to get it, you must bring a photo (3x4cm).
A. Living on Campus
▣ Generally, exchange students are assigned to live in the International Student Dormitory because of the length of their stay. It is very difficult to find short term, furnished housing options in South Korea. Exchange students will be placed in the International Student Dormitory, depending on availability.
▣ In the International Student Dormitory (the Gwang Gae To Building) on the 13th and 14th floor, students share a kitchen and a laundry room located on the same floor as their accommodation. Every student gets a bed, a desk, a dresser and some closet space. Items you will need to bring are linens, a pillow, bedspread, towels, clothes hangers, and seasonal clothing.
▣ All University housing facilities are drug-, alcohol- and smoke-free.
B. Campus facilities:
• The Global Lounge
• Convenience Store and Coffee Shop
• University Library
• Gunja Building Bookstore
• Student Union Building
• Athletics Field
C. Contact PersonCentral Asia, America Continent & Russia
• Mr. Otabek JURAEV
- Uzbek, Russian & English
• Associate Coordinator
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Phone: 82-2-3408-4408West Asia & Europe
• Ms. Nidhi KUMARI
- Hindi, Urdu, English & Korean
• Associate Coordinator
• Email: email@example.com
• Phone: 82-2-3408-4406China & Taiwan
• Ms. Xiaoke REN
- Chinese, Korean & English
• Associate Coordinator
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Phone: 82-2-3408-3353East Asia
• Ms. Yoong NGUYEN
- Vietnamese, Korean & English
• Associate Coordinator
• Email: email@example.com
• Phone: 82-2-3408-4407Program Manager
• Mr. Joshua (JeongHun) HAN
- Korean & English
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Phone: 82-2-3408-3823
• Fax: 82-2-3408-3813