University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Spring 2022: EXCHANGE Univ. Seoul South Korea

Program Dates February 24, 2022 - June 21, 2022 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed.

Program Overview Contact the faculty director to schedule a conversation if you are interested in participating in this exchange program.

Note: This program requires the even exchange of students between UD and the partner institution abroad. Therefore the number of exchange spots available to outbound UD students is dependent on the number of inbound students sent to UD by the partner instiution. If parity is not achieved, the exchange cannot take place.

If you do not have a current passport, you should be aware that COVID-19 has delayed passport processing times significantly. The U.S. State Department has announced that it now takes an average of 18 weeks (4.5 months) to process a passport.

Given the circumstances, if you want to study abroad in 2022, you need to apply for or renew your passport NOW - even if you’re not 100% sure about your study abroad plans yet. We recommend expediting both the processing time and the shipping time for your passport.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by CGPS).

The School of Public Policy and Administration in partnership with the Department of Urban Administration at the University of Seoul offers students interested in Public Policy and Administration the opportunity to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea, for one semester. Located in Dongdaemun-Gu near central Seoul, the University of Seoul is a comprehensive, doctorate-granting research university supported by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Seoul, with a population of 10 million, is the capital of South Korea and one of the world's leading global cities.

Under the terms of the agreement between UD and UoS, one student from each institution may be exchanged per semester. However, "If there is an imbalance of interested and qualified students those students not benefiting from the reciprocal agreement may be permitted to register at the host university provided that they pay tuition and fees to the host university and meet the host university's admission standards."

General Info / Student Life

The University: With more than 10,000 students enrolled, the University of Seoul comprises seven undergraduate colleges and almost 90 fields of study in the Graduate School. It offers courses of study in eight schools and twenty seven departments. Founded in 1918 as Kyung Sung Public Agricultural College, UoS acquired its current name and responsibility for being a pre-eminent international institution for urban sciences in 1997. As a public institution funded and supported by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the University of Seoul is committed to addressing the social, regional, technological, and creative issues of the urbanized world. For further details, see the University's main website, the page for UoS's Institute of International Cooperation and Education , and information for IICE's partners (as well as the info sheet at the bottom of this page).

Language: Although its primary language is Korean, UoS offers a selection of courses in English. Most Korean college students speak English well, and Seoul is surprisingly easy to navigate for English speakers.

Calendar: Spring semester (the beginning of the academic year in South Korea) runs from March through June. Fall (second) semester runs from late August through mid-December. (See online calendar for more informaion.)

Visas and Passports: Both are required for U.S. citizens. In addition to your valid passport, you will need to secure a Student (D-2) visa before traveling to Seoul. Upon arrival at UoS, you will be guided through the process of obtaining the required Alien Registration Card.

Transportation: Seoul is served by an extensive and inexpensive system of subways, buses, and trains. Seoul's metro (subway) system is particularly easy to navigate for English speakers: signage, maps, and announcements are in English as well as Korean. Taxi service is also very good and inexpensive in Seoul. South Korea has an extensive and efficient inter-city train network you use can for trips beyond Seoul.

Housing: It is unlikely that on-campus housing is available. Current advice from UOS regarding off-campus housing is to contact the appropriate IICE staff person for information ( Two off-campus options recommended by UoS in the past are near Hoegi Station, within walking distance of campus: CMS Inn (KRW550,000 to 950,000 per month, including breakfast and utilities; KRW 100,000 security deposit. Contact and Dwell (KRW 350,000 to 1,000,000 per month; KRW 1,000,000 refundable security deposit. Contact

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: All students must enroll in the 0-credit course UNIV 550 (placeholder for this travel study experience) and UNIV 372 (Discovery Learning marker). Each semester UoS offers some courses taught in English, as well as instruction in Korean language and culture for English speakers. These include some courses that can potentially be substituted for required courses in the PP or OCL majors, in consultation with your adviser, as well as many that can be taken as electives. Subjects include Public Administration, Law, International Relations, Business Administration, Urban Administration, Urban Sociology, and others. Exchange students may enroll for up to 20 credits at UoS (15 credits is the recommended course load). Courses completed with the equivalent grade of “C” or better will transfer to UD.

Before committing to the program students are encouraged to meet with their assistant dean or academic advisor to ensure that credits earned on the program will facilitate their progress towards graduation. It is the student's responsibility to secure the necessary UD transfer credit permissions prior to departure according to UD's standard transfer credit procedure, and to have an official transcript from the host institution sent to UD upon the conclusion of the exchange semester.
UNIV 372-037: Study Abroad - EXCHANGE Univ. Seoul South Korea (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$6,490.00$17,420.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$6,490.00$17,420.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

Contact Information:
Jonathan Justice
Faculty Director
Urban Affairs and Public Policy
298 N Graham Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2021

Interest Meetings:

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.