Classification of Graduation

Prospective graduate
  • Students attending their last semester (i.e., those who are scheduled to graduate at the end of the semester) or who have completed all necessary courses
  • The Certificate of Prospective Graduation is issued between the opening of the semester (March 1 or September 1) and the day before graduation.

Qualified for graduation
  • Students who have achieved all credits required for graduation (including the required number of English-mediated courses)
o Who have acquired at least 130 credits and an overall GPA 1.75 or higher (4.0 for early graduation students)
  • Who have met the graduation requirements for the major (including proof of English proficiency and Chinese character comprehension).
o International students (including transfer students) who entered in 2011 or after must achieve at least TOPIK Level 4 or Level 4 of the Korean language program at KU’s Korean Language Center.
  • Students will not graduate automatically even though they fulfill all credit hours required and other graduation requirements (English Proficiency Test Score, Chinese Test Score, TOPIK, etc.). They must receive a final graduation approval in early February or August.


Disqualified for graduation
  • Students who have failed to acquire the credits required in all credits for graduation (e.g., general education, major, total required credits); as a result, their course completion is extended to the ninth semester.
  • In their ninth semester, students must pay tuition after applying for tuition reduction depending on the number of credits they register for.
o Refer to the portal site or the KUBS website for detailed information regarding tuition reduction and enrollment extension.


Completing the course
  • Students who have completed the credits required for graduation but have failed to fulfil other conditions (e.g., English proficiency, Chinese character comprehension) do not need to register for additional courses or pay tuition (those who have been approved as a completed students only).
  • When they satisfy the unfulfilled conditions and submit a certificate of proof, they can graduate at the end of the semester (it does not mean that students will graduate immediately after their submission. They must go through an approval process first).
Submission deadlines: January 15 for February graduation, July 15 for August graduation.
  • Students will not automatically become a completed student even though they fulfill all credit hours required for graduation. They must receive a final approval in early February or August.​
 
Notes for prospective graduates


Final course registration
  • Check the credits and other requirements required for graduation before registration; visit the Academic Affairs Department to confirm if needed.
  • Register for courses in the categories that are yet to be fulfilled.
  • Course registration period
o Registration: Early February/August (conducted by school year)
o Add/Drop: Refer to the notice of course registration (by school year of student)
 
※ Warning: Some courses required for graduation may not be offered during summer and winter sessions; aim to complete all courses necessary for graduation by the eighth semester.


Submission of certificates for graduation and confirmation of prospective graduates
  • Submit certificates required for graduation (February graduation by January 15; August graduation by July 15).
o A copy of the certificate is allowed (however, it needs to be compared with the original certificate).
  • Check graduation-related matters frequently during the semester.
  • Apply for the Graduation Qualification English Test administered by the Institute of Foreign Language Studies.
o Third- or fourth-year students without an English proficiency test score can use this test.
o The Institute of Foreign Language Studies announces the test and receives applications at the beginning of every month.
  • Apply for the substitute course for a graduation requirement of English test score at the Academic Affairs Department.
o Students admitted as talented athletes, North Korean defectors, 12-year program and international students as well as those in their last semester (eighth semester or more) who want to take the course are eligible.

o Students apply to the Academic Affairs Department -> The Academic Records and Registration Team delivers the list of students -> The Institute of Foreign Language Studies receives the request to open the course -> The Institute of Foreign Language Studies reviews the request and makes an announcement.
 
 
Multiple majors (second majors, minors, and dual degrees)
  • Second majors (double, interdisciplinary, and independent majors)
o When the graduation requirements for the second major are satisfied, the results are passed on to the first major college to review alongside the graduate requirements for graduation.

o When second major (double, interdisciplinary, or independent majors) students do not satisfy graduation requirements nor withdraw from their second major, they are disqualified for graduation and therefore need to enroll in another semester.
  • Minors
o If a student satisfies the credits and conditions required for graduation in their main major, they can graduate regardless of whether their minor has been completed or not.

o If a student satisfies the graduation requirements for their minor before graduation for their main major, the completion of the minor is recognized. If not, the minor is no longer valid and they graduate only with a degree in their main major.
  • Dual degree
o Those who fulfill the graduation requirements for their first major may enter a dual degree course (with a Certificate of Dual Degree Program issued).

o Upon satisfying the graduation requirements of the dual degree, dual degree students can graduate with their first major and dual degree program (with the Certificates of Graduation issued separately).

o Those who intend to withdraw from their dual degree program may submit a Withdrawal Application and graduate with a degree in their first major.

Transfer students (general transfer and transfer with a bachelor’s degree)
  • General transfer
o If the transferred credits (completed in the previous university and recognized by KUBS) include major courses required by KUBS, students should take additional elective major courses equivalent to the number of transferred credits.
  • Transfer with a bachelor’s degree
o Students should complete the credits required for dual degree (designated courses) in accordance with the entry year.


Confirmation of the English names of prospective graduates and application for revision (newly input)
  • Confirmation and application
o Confirmation: Portal Login > Registration & Graduation > University Registration > Registration Inquiries
o Application: name in Korean and English and student number should be sent to shjin@korea.ac.kr
- The English name should be identical to the one in the passport.
  • Period
o Prospective February graduates: From the beginning until the end of December
o Prospective August graduates: From the beginning until the end of June
  • Note: Students who do not enter their English name are not provided with a Certification of Degree in English.
 
Application to participate in the commencement (graduation) ceremony
  • The date of the commencement (graduation) ceremony is posted on the KUBS website.
  • Check the date and indicate intention to attend the ceremony.
o Period: Refer to the notice about the graduation ceremony (at the end of January for February graduates).
§  Because no commencement (graduation) ceremony is held in August, August graduates may attend the February ceremony.
o How to apply: Refer to the notice.

 
 
Credits required for graduation and other conditions
2014 entry or later

※ Details on graduation conditions
Refer to Academics  > Curriculum  > Requirements for Graduation

 
Criteria for Graduation
General Education – Major-related
Principles of Accounting, Principles of Economics I, Business Statistics, Understanding of Business Administration
General Education – Required
Thinking & Writing I, II
Academic English I, II

General Education – Core (Course Code)
World Cultures (GEFC)
Literature & Arts (GELA)
Ethics & Philosophy (GECE)
Science & Technology (GEST)
* Choose 1 from 3 of the 4 categories

Major – Required
Marketing Management, Financial Management, Introduction to Operations Management , Intermediate Accounting I, Introduction to Management Information System, Organizational Behavior, International Business, Management Strategy

Major – Elective: At least 15 credits
- Major elective courses of KUBS
  (Courses codes start from BUSS200 and Topic course )
- Courses of other colleges that are acknowledged by KUBS as major electives:
  Microeconomics (ECON201), Macroeconomics (ECON202), International Finance (ECON335), Business English (IFLS161), Business English Lab (IFLS162), Business Law I (JURA158), Business Law II (JURA159), Introduction to Public Administration (PAPP150), Administrative Law I (JURA305), Administrative Law II (JURA306), Remedies in Administration Law (JURA332), Public Finance (ECON333), Public Finance (ECON334)
- Courses of the International Summer School recognized as identical or similar to major elective courses of KUBS
- Courses taken from exchange semester recognized as major elective courses of KUBS
(the International Office of KUBS will review and approve these courses)

Intensive Major: At least 27 credits (or credits required for graduation with a second major [double, interdisciplinary, and independent majors])
- Complete credits from major elective courses
※ Students who entered in the 2004 academic year or after should select one of the following choices as their second major: intensive, double, interdisciplinary, or independent.

Pre-requisite course
Principles of Economics II

Others
Complete at least 130 credits from General Elective, General Education and major courses as desired.

English-mediated courses: At least 10 courses
- English-mediated courses beginning with BUSS
- Native-speaker instructor courses beginning with BUSS
- Courses of the International Summer School recognized as identical or similar to major elective courses of KUBS
- Courses taken from an exchange semester recognized as major elective courses of KUBS

Business English I and II
- Students who entered the Business Administration Department (as their first major) in the 2008 academic year or after should complete Business English I & II (Pass/Fail).


Graduation conditions

Submit one of the following English proficiency test scores.
- 800 or higher for TOEIC
- CBT 230/IBT 89 for TOEFL
- 6.5 for IELTS
- At least the same score as those above in the Graduation Qualification English Test from KU’s Institute of Foreign Language Studies

Chinese Characters comprehension test
- Level 3 or above of KU’s Chinese Characters (Hanja) Comprehension Test (contact the Institute of Chinese Characters & Korean Literature in Classical Chinese)
- Acquisition of Level 2 or above in a certified Chinese characters comprehension test from one of the following institutes: Institute of Korean Language & Literature, Korea Institute of Hanja Level Qualification Evaluation, Corporation of Korea HANJA Education Research Institute, Korea Foreign Language Evaluation Institute. Corp., Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Korea Life-long Education & Evaluation Institute, Korea Chinese Characters Proficiency Development Institute, YBM Sisa, Hankook Association of Information, and Korea Chinese Characters Proficiency Development Institute.

*Korean language or Korean language program*
- International students (including transfer students) who entered in 2011 or after must achieve at least TOPIK Level 4 or Level 4 of the Korean language Program at KU’s Korean Language Center.
 
 
Students should complete all of the following requirements for graduation.
 
Classification
Total credits
Enrolled Semester
Total grade
point average
Other requirements
First-Year Students
130 credits
8 semesters
1.75 or above
- Official English Score
- English-mediated courses
- Certificate of Comprehension of Chinese Characters(From Class of 2004)
For Early Graduation
130 credits
6 or 7 semesters
4.00 or above
- Official English Score
- English-mediated courses
- Certificate of Comprehension of Chinese Characters(From Class of 2004)
Transfer Students
130 credits
8 semesters
(Transferred Academic terms + KU semesters)
1.75 or above
- Official English Score
- English-mediated courses
- Certificate of Comprehension of Chinese Characters(From Class of 2004)
Dual Degrees
-Class of prior to 2005 : 69 credits
-Class of 2006~2007 : 66 credits
-Class of 2008~ : 63 credits
4 semesters
1.75 or above
- Official English Score
- English-mediated courses
- Certificate of Comprehension of Chinese Characters(From Class of 2004)
Double Major
-Class of prior to 2003:
 63 credits
-Class of 2004~2005: 
 51 credits
-Class of 2006~2007:
 54 credits
-From Class of 2008:
 51 credits
8 semesters
1.75 or above
- Official English Score
- English-mediated courses
- Certificate of Comprehension of Chinese Characters(From Class of 2004)
Class of 2004~2005
Class of 2006~2007
Class of 2008~2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Major Required Basic(9)
Major Required Basic(12)
Major Required Basic(12)
Major Required Basic(12)
Major Required Basic(12)
- Principles of Accounting
- Management Mathematics
- Principles of EconomicsⅠ
- Modern Corporate Management
- Business Statistics
- Principles of Accounting
- Principles of EconomicsⅠ
- Understanding Business Administration
- Business Statistics
- Principles of Accounting
- Principles of EconomicsⅠ
- Understanding Business Administration
- Business Statistics
- Principles of Accounting
- Principles of EconomicsⅠ
- Understanding Business Administration
- Business Statistics
- Principles of Accounting
- Principles of EconomicsⅠ
General Education Courses(8)
General Education Courses (8)
General Education Courses (8)
General Education Courses (8)
General Education Courses (8)
- Thinking & WritingⅠ,Ⅱ
- Practical English Ⅰ,Ⅱ
(= Academic English I, II)
- Thinking & WritingⅠ,Ⅱ
- Practical English Ⅰ,Ⅱ
(= Academic English I, II)
- Thinking & WritingⅠ,Ⅱ
- Academic English Ⅰ,Ⅱ
- Thinking & WritingⅠ,Ⅱ
-Academic English Ⅰ,Ⅱ
- Freshman Seminar I, II
- Thinking & WritingⅠ,Ⅱ
-Academic English Ⅰ,Ⅱ
- Freshman Seminar I, II
Core General Education Courses (12)
Core General Education Courses (12)
Core General Education Courses (12)
Core General Education Courses (12)
Core General Education Courses (9)
World Cultures(GEFC) 1
Literature & Art(GELA) 1
Ethics & Philosophy(GECE) 1
Science & Technology (GEST) 1
World Cultures(GEFC) 1
Literature & Art(GELA) 1
Ethics & Philosophy(GECE) 1
Science & Technology (GEST) 1
World Cultures(GEFC) 1
Literature & Art(GELA) 1
Ethics & Philosophy(GECE) 1
Science & Technology (GEST) 1
World Cultures(GEFC) 1
Literature & Art(GELA) 1
Ethics & Philosophy(GECE) 1
Science & Technology (GEST) 1
World Cultures(GEFC) 1
Literature & Art(GELA) 1
Ethics & Philosophy(GECE) 1
Science & Technology (GEST) 1
* Take one of each three area (out of four) that you select freely.
* AND take 3 credits more from General education courses in order to meet the graduation guideline.
* Take one of each three area (out of four) that you select freely.
Basic Major (39)
Basic Major (39)
(Major Required 24 +Major Electives 15)
Basic Major (39)
(Major Required 24 +Major Electives 15)
Basic Major (39)
(Major Required 24 +Major Electives 15)
Basic Major (39)
(Major Required 24 +Major Electives 15)
- Marketing Management
- Financial Management
- Production Management
(Introduction to Operations Management
- Intermediate Accounting Ⅰ
- Introduction to Management Information Systems
- Management Accounting
- Organizational Behavior
- International Business
- Management Strategy
- Business Ethics

- Modern Corporate Management
- Business Statistics 
- World Business & Corporate
- Marketing Management
- Financial Management
- Introduction to Operations Management
- Intermediate AccountingⅠ
- Introduction to Management Information Systems
- Organizational Behavior
- International Business
- Management Strategy
- Marketing Management
- Financial Management
- Introduction to Operations Management
- Intermediate AccountingⅠ
- Introduction to Management Information Systems
- Organizational Behavior
- International Business
- Management Strategy
- Marketing Management
- Financial Management
- Introduction to Operations Management
- Intermediate AccountingⅠ
- Introduction to Management Information Systems
- Organizational Behavior
- International Business
- Management Strategy
- Marketing Management
- Financial Management
- Introduction to Operations Management
- Intermediate AccountingⅠ
- Introduction to Management Information Systems
- Organizational Behavior
- International Business
- Management Strategy
* Specialized Major: additional 27 credits of Major Electives
*Specialized Major: additional 27 credits of Major Electives
*Specialized Major: additional 27 credits of Major Electives
*Specialized Major: additional 27 credits of Major Electives
*Specialized Major: additional 27 credits of Major Electives
Pre-requisite(3)
- Principles of EconomicsⅡ
Pre-requisite(3)
- Principles of EconomicsⅡ
Pre-requisite(3)
- Principles of EconomicsⅡ
Pre-requisite(3)
- Principles of EconomicsⅡ
Pre-requisite(3)
- Principles of EconomicsⅡ
General Education Courses (30)
: Major Elective/ General Elective possible
General Education Courses (27)
: Major Elective/ General Elective possible
General Education Courses (27)
: Major Elective/ General Elective possible
General Education Courses (27)
: Major Elective/ General Elective possible
General Education Courses (27)
: Major Elective/ General Elective possible
7 English-mediated courses
7 English-mediated courses
10 English-mediated courses
10 English-mediated courses
10 English-mediated courses
1.Official English Score
2. Certificate of Comprehension of Chinese Characters(From Class of 2004)
3. Can take one Major Elective subject(3credits) instead of Business Ethics
1. Official English Score
2. Certificate of Comprehension of Chinese Characters(From Class of 2004)
1. Pass Business English I, II
2. Official English Score
3. Certificate of Comprehension of Chinese Characters(From Class of 2004)
1. Pass Business English I, II
2. Official English Score
3. Certificate of Comprehension of Chinese Characters(From Class of 2004)
1. Pass Business English I, II
2. Official English Score
3. Certificate of Comprehension of Chinese Characters(From Class of 2004)
Take a minimum of  130 credit hours  total
Take a minimum of  130 credit hours  total
Take a minimum of  130 credit hours  total
Take a minimum of  130 credit hours  total
Take a minimum of  130 credit hours  total
* Class of (2004) means Year of Admission

▶ Students admitted be on or after 2004 must apply for their 2nd major program and students who undertake the  intensive major program for Business Studies must take 27 credits in major elective courses.

▶ Only English-mediated courses in Business School (Unit Code : BUSS)

► International students(including transfer students) who were admitted on or after 2011 must submit TOPIK Level 4 or pass Korean language Programs Level 4 or higher at Korean Language Center at KU.


 

Graduation Procedure
Confirm credits
earned
for graduation
Submit English
proficiency score and certificate of comprehension of Chinese Characters(TOPIK as for international students)
to KUBS Office of
academic affairs by mid Jan. or July.
Apply for KUBS
graduation
ceremony(through website)


 
English Proficiency Score
- Copy of certificate must be submitted to Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office until mid July & January each semester.
 
~ Class of 2001 Class of 2002 ~2003 Class of 2004~
TOEIC TOEFL IELTS TOEIC TOEFL IELTS TOEIC TOEFL IELTS
750 83 (IBT)
220(CBT)
6.5 780 83(IBT)
220(CBT)
6.5 800 89(IBT)
230(CBT)
6.5
 
 
Comprehension of Chinese Characters(Hanja)

- KU test of the understanding of Chinese Characters(Hanja): Level 3 and above

- Official institutions for Chinese characters and literature recognized by KU
 
Institution
Title
Level
Korea Institue of Life-long Education Evaluation
Hanja proficiency level test
Level 2 and above
Corporation of Korea Hanja Education Research Institute
Hanja proficiency level test
Level 2 and above
Korea Foreign Language Evaluation Institute. Corp.
Practical Old Chinese Character Level Test
Level 2 and above
Hanja Promotion Association
Hanja proficiency level test
Level 2 and above
Hankuk Ah-moon Hwei
Hanja proficiency level test
Level 2 and above
Institute of Korean Hanja and Hanmun ability Development
Hanja proficiency level test
Level 2 and above
The Korea Chmber of Commerce and Industry
Hanja proficiency level test
Level 2 and above
YBM Sisa
YBM Hanja proficiency level test
 
Hankuk Association of Information Management
Hanja proficiency level test
 
Hankuk Institution of Evaluation of Education
Hanja proficiency level test
 

 
 TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean)
 
► International students(including transfer students) who were admitted on or after 2011 must submit TOPIK Level 4 or pass Korean language Programs Level 4 or higher at Korean Language Center at KU.

 

Early Graduation - Korea University Website
  • Eligibility: applicants should satisfy all conditions as follows
Completed at least 17(18) credits each semester (however, for an exchange semester at a foreign school, at least 15 approved credits should be completed) with no F for any course

Completed 108 credits or more from the fifth through sixth semesters (including summer and winter session courses)

Achieved a total grade point average of 4.00 or above.
  • Conditions
o Students without any academic warnings
o Not a transfer student
  • How to apply: For the first 20 days after the opening of each semester, submit an application to the Academic Affairs Department of the affiliated college (an Early Graduation Application [a prescribed form] and academic transcript)
o Students approved for early graduation will be reviewed following the same criteria as for prospective graduates for the semester.
 
 
Honor Graduate - Korea University Website