1. International Exchange

1) International Programs - Inbound

Q.What is an inbound exchange student program?

A.It is a program where our partner university or institution recommends students who will study at Sejong for one semester or one year

Q.Who is qualified to apply for the program?

A.The qualifications for application are determined by individual university. Generally a student is qualified if he/she has completed at least one semester at the university and the average grade is B0 or higher.

Q.Are the program participants required to pay tuition at Sejong University?

A.That depends on what the two universities agreed upon. If your school and Sejong have agreed to mutual exemption of tuition payment, you don’t need to pay tuition fees at Sejong. If there is no exemption agreement, you need to pay the tuition fees for the department you study in.

Q.Are there any limitations applied to the inbound exchange students while studying at Sejong?

A.Inbound exchange students are awarded the same status as the local students under the agreement between the two universities. Therefore, they are free to access any campus facilities that allow student access and participate in various student community activities.

Q.Does applying for the program guarantee a spot in the program?

A.Basically, the first screening for the program is carried out by the home university in accordance with its rules and procedures to select students to recommend to Sejong, which in turn reviews the candidates’ qualifications and select the participants. Therefore, you cannot be guaranteed a spot in the program simply by applying.

Q.Can you participate in the program as a visiting student?

A.Even if your school does not have any partnership or exchange agreement with Sejong, you can still study at Sejong under visiting student status for up to one year but need to pay full tuition as opposed to the tuition reduced by 50% if your school has signed a partnership agreement with Sejong. This program is offered only for regular semesters.

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2) Sejong International Programs – Summer Semester Course, Short-term

Q.What is the Sejong International Summer School?

A.It is a summer semester course offered by Sejong University for international students during the months of July and August where they can learn basic Korean and about Korean culture.

Q.When and how long is a summer semester?

A.A summer semester runs for two to four weeks during the months of July and August every year. The starting date varies year to year depending on the academic schedule.

Q.My school is not a partner university with Sejong. Can I still enroll in the course?

A.You can enroll in a summer course even if you are not from a partner school, in which case, however, you need to get your Korean entry visa on your own.

Q.What does the program cost?

A.The cost for the two-week course is USD 1,400 as of 2015, which includes the lecture fees, housing, weekday breakfasts and various activities. The cost and the availability of the course may vary year by year.

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3) Outbound Exchange Students

Q.What is the difference between an exchange student and a visiting one?

A.The difference is that an exchange student pays tuition only to his/her home university and studies at a host institution, whereas a visiting student pays tuition fees to both his/her home and host universities. Other than that, the programs are identical. In order to assist visiting students financially, Sejong University offers international exchange scholarships, which are equivalent to 70% of the tuition at Sejong.

Q.How long can an exchange student stay and study?

A.The period varies from one semester to one year depending on school.

Q.How do I get my credits earned at the host institution recognized?

A.First, the host university will send your transcripts for the corresponding semester to Sejong. The transcripts will then be sent to the head of department’s office for approval, upon which the credits will be recognized properly. Credit recognition is granted for up to 18 credits per semester.

Q.How do I get my credits recognized?

A.The head of the student’s department will review the course syllabus, etc. before giving approval for credit recognition.

Q.Can a student on a leave of absence apply?

A.Yes, as long as the student re-enrolls before the semester begins.

Q.Can a senior student apply, too?

A.Yes. If you are in the first semester of your senior year at the time of application and spend the second semester studying abroad, you need to come back to complete your last semester (the excess semester – your 9th) at Sejong before graduation. If you are in the second semester of your senior year at the time of application, you will be participating in the program under ‘excess semester student’ status and need to come back to Sejong to complete his/her last semester before graduation here. An ‘excess semester student’ is not eligible for the scholarship benefits and therefore must pay the full tuition regardless of the number of credits to earn at the host university. However, you cannot apply if you have met the credit requirements for graduation and your status is “Completed”.

Q.Can a non-major student apply?

A.You can always apply and take the non-major courses to earn credits in liberal arts. (For example, if you are a computer engineering major, you can still go to a school that offers spaces only in its business department and take business courses to earn credits in liberal arts.)

Q.In this case, do major students have an advantage over non-major students?

A.No, major and non-major students will be subjected to the same screening criteria.

Q.What are the screening criteria for students with English and/or Chinese language skills?

A.Official language test scores are not required. Candidates will be evaluated during the screening interview to determine whether they are ready to take courses in the respective languages.

Q.Are there a minimum GPA required?

A.Anyone can apply regardless of their GPA, but the grades will be considered during the screening process along with the interview score and language skills.

Q.I took a language test but have not received the score report yet. Can I still apply?

A.You must be able to at least take a screenshot to show the score by the application due date. You cannot apply if you are not able to show the score.

Q.Does my language test score need to be effective at the time of application?

A.Yes, the score must be from a test take within the last two years of your application date to be considered.

Q.Are the past records of acceptance rate available?

A.As the rates differ drastically from semester to semester and the universities that offer spaces for exchange students also change every semester, no reliable records of acceptance rates are publically available.

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2. Admissions and Student Assistance

1) Undergraduate Admissions

Q.How do I apply for undergraduate admission?

A.You should complete online application and then submit all the required admission documents on time. Detailed information is provided in the admissions guide, which is available on the Sejong University website.

Q.When is the application period?

A.Sejong University offers undergraduate admissions every semester (twice a year). For admission for the spring semester (semester starts in March), applications will be accepted from late September through early November of the previous year. For admission for the fall semester (semester starts in September), applications will be accepted from March through early May.

Q.Should I submit the required admission documents in person?

A.Documents can be submitted by post and/or by an agent. However, it is recommended that you submit your documents in person because that way, you will know what is missing in your submission in case there is any.

Q.I do not know Korean at all. Can I still apply for undergraduate admission?

A.Yes. Those who are fluent in English can apply for Business Administration, Hospitality & Tourism Management or Computer Engineering, which offer their entire courses in English.

Q.Will there be an interview or test for evaluation? If yes, when will that be?

A.Some departments will conduct interviews or tests for evaluation. The interview/test periods will be announced in the admissions guidelines and detailed information (dates, formats, etc.) will be provided to each applicant by the department office.

Q.I want to cancel my application. Can I get a refund of the application fee?

A.Yes. You should send an email to CISS (intadmission@sejong.ac.kr) with your application number, name and the major you are applying to. A refund will be made within 1-2 weeks to the bank account from which the application fee had been paid.

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2) Graduate Admissions

Q.I would like to apply for graduate admission at Sejong University. How do I do that?

A.You should complete online application and then submit all the required admission documents on time. Detailed information is provided in the admissions guide, which is available on the Sejong website.

Q.When is the application period?

A.Sejong University offers graduate admissions every semester (twice a year). For admission for the spring semester (semester starts in March), applications will be accepted from late October through mid-November of the previous year. For admission for the fall semester (semester starts in September), applications will be accepted from early April through mid-May.

Q.Should I submit the required admissions documents in person?

A.Documents can be submitted by post and/or by an agent. However, it is recommended that you submit your documents in person because that way, you will know what is missing in your submission in case there is any.

Q.I do not know Korean at all. Can I still apply for graduate admission?

A.Yes. Those who are fluent in English can apply for Business Administration, Hospitality & Tourism Management or Computer Engineering, which offer their entire courses in English.

Q.Will there be an interview or a test for evaluation? If yes, when is it?

A.Some departments will conduct interviews or tests for evaluation. The interview/test periods will be announced in the admissions guidelines and detailed information (dates, formats, etc.) will be provided to each applicant by the department office.

Q.According to the admissions guide, I can get a full scholarship if I am recommended as a research assistant (RA) for an external research project by the leading researcher (Sejong faculty member). What should I do to be named as a research assistant?

A.It is recommended that you contact a Sejong faculty member with whom you want to study and introduce yourself (providing your CV, etc.). If the faculty member accepts you as his/her RA, ask them to sign Form 7, Letter of Recommendation on a Research Assistant (RA) for an External Project. and then submit it to CISS. You can find the contact information of individual faculty member on the faculty profiles posted on the Sejong website in English.

Q.Does Sejong offer an MBA program?

A.Yes, the Graduate School of Business (GSB) has MBA programs. For program details, please contact the GSB office.

Q.I am a company employee. Do you have any graduate school programs consisted of night classes?

A.Yes, we have an Asian Studies program at the Graduate School of Policy Studies (GSPS). For program details, please contact the GSPS office.

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3) Life in Korea

Q.Should all international students purchase an insurance plan?

A.Yes, purchasing at least one insurance plan is mandatory at Sejong University. It is to protect international students from high or unexpected healthcare expenses.

Q.I signed up for the National Health Insurance. Do I have to purchase a Sejong Insurance plan?

A.No, if you already signed up for an insurance plan other than the Sejong Insurance plan, you don’t have to purchase one. Please note that the charge for the Sejong Insurance plan will be added automatically to your tuition payment bill. However, you will get a refund if you submit a photocopy of your insurance policy and your bank account details to receive a refund to the Office of International Affairs.

Q.I purchased a Sejong Insurance plan. How can I submit a claim?

A.You will have to first pay your bill and file a claim with the insurance company for reimbursement.
Please refer to the following link for details:
http://www.foreignerdb.com/student/student_about.asp?sn=sejong
It describes your coverage, shows you how to claim and tells you which documents you need for a reimbursement.

Q.What is the coverage of a Sejong Insurance plan?

A.Please visit the following link for details:
http://www.foreignerdb.com/student/student_about.asp?sn=sejong

Q.What types of visa do I need when I am admitted to Sejong University?

A.If you are admitted to Sejong University, the University will issue the Certificate of Admission and you are eligible for obtaining a student visa (D-2 visa). Student visas are issued at Korean consulates. They can be extended in Seoul without having to leave the country, if time permits.

Q.I have a student visa (D-2/D-4). Can I work in Korea?

A.Any international student enrolled in a regular course of study may engage in part-time work of no more than 20 hours a week for undergraduate student and 30 hours for graduate student during semester time, and unlimited work during vacation time under the foreign student part-time work provisions of the Ministry of Justice. If you have a student visa (D-2, D-4), you must have completed six months study at a tertiary education institution of at least the level of a junior college. Please visit the Center for International Students and Scholars for Part-time Work of Foreign Students confirmation.

Q.How do I get an Alien Registration Card?

A.You have to apply for the Alien Registration Card at the Immigration Office within 90 days of your arrival in Korea. However, as this card is a requirement when applying for most services in Korea, students should get an Alien Registration Card as soon as possible. It will be issued in about three week after you submit your application. See below for the list of required documents:

  • - Passport
  • - Certificate of Enrollment (for students) / Certificate of Employment (for faculty members)
  • - Alien Registration Form (available at the Immigration Office)
  • - A color photo (3 X 4 cm) taken within the past 6 months
  • - Service charge

Q.How do I get a Sejong University Students ID?

A.In the first semester, CISS will have a student ID issued on your behalf.

Q.How do I open a Korean bank account?

A.To open an account you will need your passport and your Alien Registration card. You must also provide your local address and fill out an application form. On the form, you can choose optional services, such as online banking, phone banking, and a text message service linked to your mobile phone. Be sure to get at ATM card and a bank book ('Tongjang' in Korean) to keep record of your transactions.

Q.How should I apply for student housing (dormitory)?

A.There will be an announcement for student housing application on the Sejong University website every semester. An announcement will be posted one or two months in advance before the beginning of each semester. You can apply online.

Q.How do I pay the student housing fees?

A.There will be an announcement on payment on the Sejong University website every semester along with the housing application announcement.

Q.Does the dormitory have a curfew?

A.Yes, the curfew for the Sejong University dormitories is 12:00 midnight. Therefore, you will not be allowed to enter the dorm between 12:00 midnight and 05:00AM. The door will be locked.

Q.Where can I get a medical examination?

A.You can visit a local community health center for one. After your examination, you can get your results in 5 to 10 days. (Examination fee: 1,500 won)

Q.I lost my card key. What should I do?

A.Please visit the Global Lounge (2nd floor) in the Hak Seng Hwe Gwan (the Student Union building). A 10,000 won fee will be charged for a new card key.
Note: The fee is not refundable even if you find your lost key afterwards.

Q.When is the office hour for the student housing office/Global Lounge?

A.Global Lounge office hours: 09:00-17:30 (10:00-16:30 during the vacation periods)
Lunch break: 12:00-13:00
Call: 82-2-3408-2629; 82-2-3408-2630
For emergency, call: 82-2-3408-3114 (Sejong University Control Room)

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