SPRING & FALL 2023 FACTSHEET
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), Korea
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.
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:
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
Foreign Language Peer Tutoring Scholarship Opportunity
Nomination & Application Period
August 1 - October 30
February 1 - April 30
March 2 – June 21
Sept 1 – Dec 21
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:
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)
Printed (PDF) version of Online Exchange Application form http://wis.hufs.ac.kr:8989/src08/jsp/fexchange/index.html
1 brief essay of personal history and plan of study
1 copy of academic transcript
1 certificate of current enrollment at home university
1 copy of evidence of proficiency in English language or reference letter if applicable
1 copy of the information page of passport
Dorm application form
Health examination form (Dorm applicants only)*
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 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.
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.
Admission Package to Partner University
Letter of Acceptance by HUFS
Certificate of Admission
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).
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.
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
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 for Exchange Students
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
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
Outbound Exchange Inquiries
Credits and Class Hours
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.
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 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.