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Undergraduate Degree-seeking (Int'l Students)

Why Konkuk?

Prepare for Your Future

Established in 1931, Konkuk University (KU) is one of South Korea’s leading comprehensive private universities, often recognized among the top 10 out of the country’s 370 higher education institutions. KU has two campuses—the main campus in Seoul and the GLOCAL campus in Chungju—with 21,600 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students. The university is particularly known for its art and design, biomedicine, bioscience, business administration, and real estate studies departments, and more than 500 courses are taught in English each semester. With some of the nation’s top academic programs and distinguished professors, KU will help you achieve your goals.

Student Life in a Vibrant City

Konkuk’s main campus is located in the heart of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. It is just steps away from the Konkuk University subway station, which is serviced by two lines—Line 2 (green) and Line 7 (olive). Line 2 circulates downtown Seoul and offers easy access to almost anywhere in the city, all within one hour. Also nearby the campus is a large shopping mall with a Lotte Department Store, multiplex, and hundreds of cafes and restaurants. Students can leisurely walk over to the Han River Park to bike, swim, and have a picnic as well.

Safe and Friendly Campus

Seoul is a safe city by global standards and the entire Konkuk community feels especially safe thanks to the dedication of campus policemen, security guards as well as student volunteers. For emergencies, 15 call boxes are strategically located to provide direct lines to the campus police 24 hours a day. KU is also a diverse, multicultural institution with the Office of International Programs offering customized services to foreign students. Through a volunteer program, current KU students also assist foreign students in settling down.

Global Partnerships

As of October 2016, KU has entered into agreements with 481 institutions in 60 countries. Through the agreements, an increasing number of dual-degree programs, exchange programs, language courses, and short-term programs are becoming available to both KU and foreign students. In 2015, a total of 984 KU students studied abroad and 1,162 foreign students were registered at KU during the fall semester.

Application Requirements

Nationality and Academic Requirements
  • Freshman Applicants
    All applicants must meet both of the following:
    • Applicants have graduated or are expected to graduate from accredited primary and secondary schools overseas AND
    • Applicants and their parents are foreign nationals without Korean citizenship.
      ※ If an applicant or his/her parent have Korean citizenship, please visit Admissions for Korean Students.
  • Transfer Applicants
    In addition, transfer applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
    • Applicants have completed or are expected to complete at least 2 years of a 4-year undergraduate degree program with at least 50 percent of the credits required for graduation at an accredited Korean or foreign university with good academic standing OR
    • Applicants have graduated or are expected to graduate from a 2- or 3-year associate degree program at an accredited Korean or foreign college with good academic standing
Language Proficiency Requirements
  • All applicants must submit one or more of the following documents:
    • TOPIK report with Level 3 or above
    • Korean Language Program Completion Certificate issued by Konkuk Language Institute with Level 3 or above

※ All international students at Konkuk University must acquire TOPIK Level 4 or above to graduate. Admitted students may be required to take Korean language courses based on their proficiency.

Korean proficiency Language course requirement
TOPIK Level 3 or Korean Language Program Completion Certificate issued by KU Language Institute with Level 3 or above Practical Korean 1 and 2
TOPIK Level 4 or 5 Practical Korean 3
TOPIK Level 6 Exempted from taking Practical Korean courses

Application Timeline

Online Application > Submission of Required Documents > Admissions Decisions > Registration and Tuition Payment > Issuance of Certificate of Admission and Korean Visa > New Semester Begins

  Period Remarks
Online Application October 31, 2016 at 09:30 -
November 25, 2016 at 17:00
Apply through UWAY APPLY (http://www.uwayapply.com)
Submission of Required Documents November 7, 2016 at 09:30 -
November 25, 2016 at 17:00
Submit the documents in person OR through registered mail
Release of Admissions Decisions December 23, 2016 at 15:00 Admissions decisions are released on Konkuk University’s website
Tuition Payment January 2, 2017 at 15:00 -
January 9, 2017 at 16:00
Tuition invoice and important notices can be printed out through the admitted students’ website
New Semester Begins March 2, 2017 Spring 2017

Application Process

Online Application

All applicants must submit their online application through UWAY (www.uwayapply.com)
between 9:30 a.m. on October 31 and 5:00 p.m. on November 25, 2016. The direct link for Konkuk University is http://ipsi1.uwayapply.com/foreign/konkuk/?CHA=1.

  • All required spaces must be filled out on the online application.
  • “Application Category (지원구분)” on the Application Form: Choose “Freshman (신입학),” “Transfer (편입학),” or “Dual-Degree (복수학위)” first, then select “College (대학)” and “ Unit (모집단위).”
  • Applicants cannot apply for a major related to their native language. For example, a Chinese student cannot apply for the Department of Chinese Language & Literature.
  • Applicants should upload their color photo taken at a studio for the online application.
  • Applicants must provide their valid and frequently-used email address. Important information and updates will be sent by email and it is the applicants’ responsibility to check their email accounts regularly.
  • Changes or cancellations cannot be made after the online application deadline.
  • For trouble shooting regarding the online application, please contact UWAY directly (☎+82-2-1588-8988).
Application Fee
  • The application fee of KRW 107,000 can be paid through UWAY’s website.
  • A refund may be given only before the online application deadline and with the authorization of the admissions officer (☎+82-2-2049-6202).
Submission of Required Documents

All applicants must submit the following documents between 9:30 a.m. on November 7, 2016, and 5:00 p.m. on November 25, 2016.

The required documents must arrive at the following address before 5:00 p.m. on November 25, 2016.

  • The documents must be submitted either in-person or via registered mail (e.g. DHL, UPS, EMS).
  • When using registered mail, applicants must confirm whether their documents arrived in an appropriate and timely manner.
Korean (05029) 서울특별시 광진구 능동로 120
건국대학교 국제학사 103호 국제처 외국인학생센터
외국인 특별전형 담당자 앞
English Admission Officer
Center for International Faculty and Student Services,
Office of international Affairs
Konkuk University
120 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu,
Seoul, Republic of Korea 05029

Tuition and Expenses

Enrollment Fees by Colleges
College Entrance Fee Tuitionper semester Enrollment Fee
College of Liberal Arts/ College of Political Science
College of Commerce & Economics
College of Business Administration
College of Global Integrated Studies (Division of Global Business)
KRW 938,000 KRW 3,316,000 KRW 4,254,000
College of Science
College of Sanghuh Life Science
College of Art & Design (Apparel Design)
College of Global Integrated Studies (Division of Interdisciplinary Studies)
KRW 938,000 KRW 3,979,000 KRW 4,917,000
College of Architecture
College of Engineering
College of Software Convergence
College of Art & Design (Departments other than Apparel Design)
KRW 938,000 KRW 4,642,000 KRW 5,580,000
  1. Enrollment Fee: Entrance Fee + Tuition
  2. Entrance Fee is billed only for the first semester.
  3. The fees listed above are for Fall 2016 and are subject to change in Spring 2017.
Estimated Expenses
  Korean Won US Dollar
Tuition *‎₩4,254,000–‎₩5,580,000/semester $3,740 – $4,910/semester
Dormitory ‎₩1,702,000/semester $1,500/semester
Meals **‎₩277,400–‎₩558,900/semester $240 – $490/semester
Health Insurance ‎₩150,000/year $130/year
Personal Expenses ***‎₩1,500,000/semester $1,320/semester
Total ‎₩7,808,400 – ‎₩9,415,900 $6,880 – $8,290
  1. Tuition varies depending on the department.
  2. Three different meal plans are available.
  3. Living costs may vary among students.


New Students
Korean Proficiency Scholarship
TOPIK Level 3
(or Korean Language Program Completion Certificate issued by Konkuk Language Institute with Level 3 or above)
30% tuition waiver
TOPIK Level 4 or 5 50% tuition waiver
TOPIK Level 6 70% tuition waiver
Current Students

Students who successfully obtained more than 15 credits and with good academic standing will be awarded scholarships ranging from 40% to 100% tuition waiver.

Contact Information

Mr. Junghyuk Lee
Assistant Director
Center for International Faculty and Student Services
Office of International Affairs

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Please click here to start your application.

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