Factsheet &



Institution Name

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), Korea

Institution Website

International Summer Session



Program Eligibility

Exchange students must have:

  • completed at least one semester at their home university at the time of participation;

  • and their GPA should be over 2.5 out of 4.0.

Language Proficiency


For taking classes taught in English

One of the following:

    • IELTS - overall band score of at least 6.0

    • TOEFL/TOEFL ITP - 550 or higher

      • computer-based 213 or higher

      • internet-based 80 or higher

    • TOEIC - 750 or higher

    • Letter from a university professor familiar both with the expected standards of an English-medium university program and with the student's ability to perform in an English-medium academic atmosphere.

No requirements for taking Intensive Korean Language only


For taking classes taught in Korean

One of the following:

    • TOPIK 3+

    • KLAT 150+ (B2)

    • 15 hours (4-5 classes) of university-level Korean language courses (e.g., Korean 101, 102, 201, 202, 301)

    • HUFS Intensive Korean Program Level 4 Certificate

No requirements for taking Intensive Korean Language only

Benefits for Exchange Students

    • Wide range of course selection from many faculty

    • Intensive Korean Language course

    • Diverse Cultural Activities

    • Buddy Program

    • Foreign Language Peer Tutoring Scholarship Opportunity

Nomination & Application Period

Spring Entry

August 1 - October 30

Summer/Fall Entry

February 1 - April 30

Semester Dates

Spring Semester

March 2 – June 21

Fall Semester

Sept 1 – Dec 21

International Summer Session 2023

New Student Orientation Dates


Friday, February 24, 2023


Friday, August 25, 2023

Dormitory Check-in/out Dates


In: February 22 – 23, 2023

Out: June 21 2023


In: August 23 – 24, 2023

Out: December 21 2023

Required Application Documents

New Submission Method!!

Please have students submit documents using this form:

  • Please have students include their name on each file:

      • HONG_Gildong_Application.pdf

      • SMITH_John_Transcripts.pdf

      • DOE_Jane_IDphoto.jpg

  • If you need to update (i.e., replace/modify) a document you already submitted, please email us the new one so we can update it for you.


Individual File Submission (.pdf, .doc, or .jpg)

      1. Printed (PDF) version of Online Exchange Application form http://wis.hufs.ac.kr:8989/src08/jsp/fexchange/index.html

      2. 1 brief essay of personal history and plan of study

      3. 1 copy of academic transcript

      4. 1 certificate of current enrollment at home university

            1. 1 copy of evidence of proficiency in English language or reference letter if applicable

      5. 1 copy of the information page of passport

      6. Dorm application form

      7. Health examination form (Dorm applicants only)*

      8. Financial Stament (please wait for us to request this item- it is time sensitive - we will request it about 2 weeks before we plan to issue Admissions Packets:

        • 4 months Exchange - 6,800 USD

        • 6 months Exchange - 10,200 USD

        • 10 months Exchange - 17,000 USD

        • 12 months Exchange - 20,000 USD

.jpg Photo File

      1. 1 color photo (.jpg format only) (3X4cm) with white background

* All dormitory applicants must send in a scanned copy of completed health form signed by the doctor to reserve dormitory and they must also present the original copy as they check-in at the HUFS dormitory.

Financial Statement

HUFS is not the party requiring financial documents for your exchange - the Ministry of Justice (i.e., Immigration) is now requring that exchange students submit (to the univeristy) proof of financial stability following the length of their exchanges:

  • 4 months - 6,800 USD

  • 6 months - 10,200 USD

  • 10 months - 17,000 USD

  • 12 months - 20,000 USD

This amount must be in a bank account (i.e., a savings account/checking account) in your or your parents' names. Your last names must match or you need to also submit to HUFS a document showing the family relationship. This statement will be requested around the time that we start issuing the Certificates of Admission as your statement must be issued within 30 days of the Certificate's issuance date.

HUFS Online Application Demo

Student Document Submission Demo

Document Submission Form

    • https://forms.gle/kbGLFpKMqmsBrcVU6

Admission Package to Partner University

    1. Letter of Acceptance by HUFS

    2. Certificate of Admission

    3. Certificate of Business Registration

Above items will be sent via registered air mail upon approval in most cases. Average shipping time is 11 days to most countries from Korea. Please consult with your local Korean embassy/consulate for other documents that you personally may need to provide (items vary by country).

Visa Process

D-2-6 VISA (Study Abroad) is REQUIRED before entering Korea.

Students can obtain visa at nearest Korean Embassy with the admission package. An additional step is required for students from the *21 nations listed below.

Health Examination

Students will need to have a health examination for Tuberculosis at a hospital designated by the Korean embassy as part of the visa process. Please consult the Korean embassy or Consulate for further details.

This health exam result can be used for applying to HUFS Dormitory as well.

      • Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

Health Insurance

Exchange students or their parents/guardians are responsible for the cost of treatment should any medical emergencies arise.

Students should bring comprehensive travel and medical insurance before coming to Korea and verify that the insurance policy they carry covers hospitalization and medical care occurring during international travel and sojourns, as well as repatriation to their home country in case of medical emergency.

Otherwise, a new law in Korea implemented in Spring 2021 will require students to pay for National Health Insurance Corporation (NHIC)'s monthly premium.

ENGLISH-Taught Course Areas

You can find classes, which are taught in English, mostly in the following departments/majors:

      • English for International Communication and Conferences (EICC)

      • English Linguistics and Language Technology (ELLT)

      • Department of English Education

      • Division of International Studies (DIS)

      • College of Business (significant registration restrictions exist - see below)

      • Department of International Economics and Law

Please keep in mind that most international students (i.e., degree-seeking students) at HUFS take classes taught in Korean.

Restricted Courses

Restricted Courses for Exchange Students

    • Law School

    • Language & Diplomacy

    • Language & Trade

    • Communicative Languages (a foreign language class which is a student's L1)

    • Business College Courses (from late January, 2020)

      • These are not technically restricted, however the College has imposed more requirements that will most likely make it difficult to impossible for Exchange Students to register for any of their courses - please see our Nominations Instructions' Important Changes section.

HUFS Grading Scale

Regular Semester Course performance is graded on the following 100- point scale.

    • A+ 100-95, Ao 94-90|B+ 89-85, Bo 84-80|C+ 79-75, Co 74-70 |D+ 69-65, Do 64-60 | F 59 - 0


Double occupancy dormitory (on and off campus dormitory)

"Off Campus" dorms are only about 250-300 meters away from the center of campus. See our pre-arrival guide's housing section for more info.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee will be fully waived for exchange students during the fall and spring semester periods for regular credit courses as well as the Intensive Korean program.

As of Fall 2019, students who wish to take the Intensive Korean Program during winter and/or summer must pay the tuition fee, at 30% discounted rate (about 1,141,000 KRW ). From Fall 2020, the program fee has been raised to 1,620,000 KRW.

Currency at HUFS

Korean WON (KRW)

USD $1 = approximately 1,200 Won

Enrollment as of Fall 2022

2,437 Undergraduate (1,829)/graduate (608) international students between the Seoul and Global (located in Yongin city) campuses.

INternational OFfice Address

Office of International Admissions and Management (OIAM)

Historical Archives Building #102

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

107, Imun-Ro, Dongdaemun-Gu, Seoul 02450, Korea

Inbound Exchange Inquiries

Exchange Students

Dr. William STEWART and Mr. Jaewoo KIM

Office of International Admissions and Management

Visiting Students/International Summer Session

Ms. Hae Seung GEUM

Office of International Admissions and Management

Outbound Exchange Inquiries

Mr. Jimmy JEON

Office of International Affairs

Useful Websites

Pre-arrival Guide


International Student Guidebook


Academic Credits

More Info

Credits and Class Hours

    • One credit

      • 16 in-class contact hours = 50 minutes of a regular course or 100 minutes of a lab course/ over a period of no less than two weeks.

    • A single class with 3 HUFS credits = 48 hours of class time.

    • 12 credits per semester = 192 hours of time spent in class*.

      • *This does not include any study work spent outside of the lecture/lab period.

Undergraduate Students

    • 18 HUFS credits are the very maximum we can allow for exchange and visiting students to take during one semester, but the average regular undergraduate student at HUFS will take between 15 to 17 HUFS credits in order to graduate in 8 semesters with 134 credits.

Graduate Students

    • Graduate exchange and visiting students can take a maximum of 12 HUFS credits in graduate-level classes. Due to the nature of adjusting to a new academic environment, we usually recommend our exchange and visiting students to take 12 HUFS credits a semester, with a minimum of 9 HUFS credits.

Intensive Korean Program Students

    • Students solely enrolled in the intensive Korean language program are not required to take regular semester courses, but can take up to a maximum of 9 HUFS credits.

    • The intensive Korean language program does not offer HUFS credits, but rather offers 200 hours of language instruction. Exchange and visiting students should work with their home universities to determine how they may transfer those hours into their own universities' credits.