Inbound Experience

Welcome to the KUBS Student Exchange Program KUBS has 102 Partner Universities in 29 Countries (as of Spring 2019)

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Global Initiative Korea University Business School

KUBS History

1905First Commerce Department in Korea
1953First MS/Ph.D. program in Korea
1963First Evening MBA (Korea MBA) in Korea
1994First Global Internship Program in Korea
2003First Executive MBA program in Korea
2006First Full-Time MBA Programs (Global MBA, Finance MBA) in Korea
2007Accreditations from AACSB (2005) and EQUIS (2007)
2008Tri-University Collaboration Program (S3 Asia MBA: Fudan-NUS-KU)
2010Re-accreditations from AACSB and EQUIS
2011First Business School in Korea to be ranked in the UTD Top 100 Business School Rankings

2nd re-accreditation from AACSB and EQUIS

Academic member of CEMS alliance in Korea


Founding of KUBS Worldwide University Business Research Rankings

Opening of KUBS Startup Institute

2017Asia Tri-lateral Seminar (KUBS-Hitotsubashi-PHBS)

KUBS Achievements

  • Dual International Accreditations

    First education in Korea accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS

  • Faculty Size

    82 full-time faculty members (largest in Korea at the college level)

  • Ranked 20th in Financial Times Top 100 Executive MBA Rankings 2017 (1st in Korea)
  • Ranked 47th in Business & Management, 46th in Accounting & finance in 2018 QS World University Rankings by subject.
  • Ranked 98th in 2018 Best Global Universities Rankings: Economics and Business Area (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Ranked 68th in THE World University Rankings 2018 by Subject (1st in Korea)
  • Ranked 120th in the UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings
  • No. 1 MBA in Korea for 5 consecutive years (2013-2017, Hankyung Business Assessment by HR Managers from the Top 200 Domestic Companies)
  • Ranked No. 1 Business School in Korea for 10 consecutive years (2008-2017, Hankyung Business Survey of HR managers from the Top 200 companies)
  • Ranked No.1 among Korean private universities in producing the largest number of CEOs in Top 500 companies (2018, CEO score)
  • KUBS, Top-Ranked Business School in The 2018 University Rankings By Korea JoongAng Daily

KUBS Student Body

(As of 2018 Fall semester)
Programs TargetSegments Total No.of Students No. of International Students
Undergraduate Degree (BBA) Top-level high school graduates 2253 521
Academic Graduate Degree Programs MS 4 Year college graduates 107 29
Ph.D. Master graduates 28 2
MS & Ph.D. Integrated Unified course of the master’s and the doctor’s 8 1
Professional Graduate Degree Programs Full-time S³ Asia MBA Mid-level managers in Korea, China, and Singapore 50 28
GMBA & CEMS Mid-Level managers 64 23
Finance MBA Prospective finance industry experts 30 0
Part-time Korea MBA Part-time (Evening) MBA 373 2
Executive MBA Senior managers 96 2

Pragram Details

KUBS Academic Programs for Exchange Students

Program Term Details
Semester - 65% of courses conducted in English
Semester - 50% of courses conducted in English
- Eligibility: students studying at the MS (or graduate) level who acquired a Bachelor’s degree at their home institution
GMBA Module - Approximately 90% of courses conducted in English
- Eligibility: students who acquired a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, Master’s/Doctor’s degree if applicable) and experienced business professionals

Academic Schedule & Deadlines

Academic Schedule Nomination Deadline Application Deadline
Month Semester (BBA&MS) Module (GMBA)
September ~
Fall Semester
(1st semester)
Module 1 30 April 31 May
Module 2
March ~
Spring Semester
(2nd semester)
Module 4 31 October 30 November
Module 5

How to Apply

Nomination & Application

Entry Requirements

- Must have good academic standing
- Must be currently enrolled at home institution
- Must be officially nominated by home institution
- Must be fluent in either Korean or English (recommended English Proficiency Test
scores: TOEFL IBT 89, TOEIC 800, or IELTS 6.5. English level acknowledgement letter from the home institution can also be used)

Students who are in their final year of study and/or have required courses that must be taken for graduation are not recommended to participate in our exchange program, as there is a high demand for several of our courses and it is highly possible that students will be unable to take the courses that they need.

Required Documents for Application * All supporting documents MUST be written in English or have English translations and submitted through online application link.

1) Online application form

2) One photograph (ID picture)

3) Official academic transcript

4) Letter of academic reference

- MUST be completed by a student’s professor or an academic advisor who is familiar with the student’s college-level work and is able to attest to his or her character, maturity and self-sufficiency.
- MUST include the recommender’s name, title, and the school’s logo

5) Certificate of Health – official form available at the KUBS online application link

6) Statement of purpose and goals – describes the purpose and goals of his or her exchange semester in 1 or 2 pages (A4 size)

7) Copy of Passport Identification Page (which shows a student’s photo, name, and passport number, etc.) – passport MUST be valid for six months beyond the period of the student’s intended stay in Korea

8) Letter of confirmation for private insurance (for non-Korean passport holders only)

- MUST state the dates of coverage and benefits in ENGLISH
- Insurance MUST be valid throughout the entire study abroad period
- Insurance can be submitted after the student is admitted to KUBS.

9) Pledge – Attached on the KUBS online application link. Personal information should be filled out and signature needed.

Nomination and Application Procedure for Student Exchange Program

1. Before the official nomination, program managers at partner universities MUST jointly agree on the number of exchange students for each academic year with the KUBS exchange program manager.

2. Once the number of nominees are confirmed, the KUBS Nomination Sheet will be distributed at the end of March (for fall semester) and end of September (for spring semester).

3. A link to KUBS’s online application will be given to the nominees at the end of April (for fall) and October (for spring), and they MUST complete the online application by the deadline indicated.

4. After final review of the students’ application, a ‘Letter of Admission’ will be sent to the students who are successfully admitted through e-mail first. By the end of June (for fall) and December (for spring), the ‘Admission Package’ including 1) original copy of Letter of Admission, 2) Certificate of Admission, and 3) Business License of Korea University will be sent to the home institution.

5. All the exchange students MUST have worldwide insurance coverage for a study abroad program during the whole duration of their stay at KUBS. Those who do not submit the letter of confirmation for private insurance will NOT be allowed to enroll at KUBS even if they have received the Letter of Admission.

6. The letter of confirmation for private insurance can be submitted either at the time of online application or via e-mail within 2 weeks of receiving the Letter of Admission.


Q1. Course Registration

Course Information

Majors Accounting / Finance / International Business / Logistics, Service & Operations Management (LSOM) / Management / Marketing / Management Information System (MIS)
Course List Refer <Academic offerings>
Class Size - BBA: 15~100 (less than 35 students per class on average)
- MS: 5~15 (less than 20 students per class on average)
- GMBA: Different each semester
Tests Midterm exam, Final exam, Presentations, Group work, etc. (varies by class)
Workload per Credit Hour - 3 credits= 3 hrs/wk, 16 wks/semester
- 2 credits= 4 hrs/wk, (GMBA) 8 wks/module
Credit Hour Limit
Program Limit Regular (non-exchange)
BBA 19 credits per semester Normally take 4-6 classes
(12 - 19credits)
MS 12 graduate credits per semester
(If student takes undergraduate courses, max 19 credits)
Normally take 3-4 classes
(9 - 12credits)
GMBA Two modules cannot exceed 19 credits  
※ Students must take at least 1 course per semester/module.

Grading System

Professors have full authority for evaluating students. Each student’s academic performance is graded according to the following criteria: exams and assignment results, attendance, and class participation, etc. A minimum of 70% attendance is required in order for a student to earn a passing grade.

Letter Grade Grade Point Percentage
A+ 4.5 95 – 100
A 4.0 90 – 94
B+ 3.5 85 – 89
B 3.0 80 – 84
C+ 2.5 75 – 79
C 2.0 70 – 74
D+ 1.5 65 – 69
D 1.0 60 – 64
F Fail 59

Academic Offerings

BBA Courses (Undergraduate) > Major Subject > Korea University Business School

- Students may refer to the course list from the previous corresponding semester.
(e.g. 2017 Fall semester for 2018 Fall Semester) The course list are to be used as reference not all courses may be offered.

- Students are responsible for checking the latest course list in July for the fall semester and in January for the spring semester. The lists offered in Fall and Spring may differ, so please check carefully.

- Courses conducted in English are indicated as “(English)”.

- All KUBS undergraduate courses taught in English are open to the exchange students. (Exception: “BUSS163 Introduction to Business” and “BUSS402 Management Strategy”)

- Click on the Course No. link to see the syllabus. If no information is available, please click the ‘Upload File’ link at the bottom of the page for the syllabus.

- Exchange students can take non-business courses if pre-requisites are met and they have successfully registered online. (Non-available subjects: Medicine, Nursing, Law, Information Security, and all the courses provided by the departments at Sejong campus, which is indicated as S in the Campus category)

- BBA students CANNOT take MS/MBA courses.

MS Courses (Graduate) > Graduate School Courses > Graduate School > select ‘Department of Business Administration’ or ‘International Business’

- Students may refer to the course list from the previous corresponding semester. (e.g. 2017 Fall semester for 2018 Fall Semester) However not all courses are guaranteed to be open, and only a selected number of classes will be available among the courses which will be announced after application.

- Courses offered in English are indicated as “(English)”

- Click on the Course No. link to see the syllabus of each course. If none is available, please click the ‘upload file’ link at the bottom of the page

- The final list of business courses available to exchange students will be distributed via email to individual students in August for the fall semester and in February for the spring semester.

- Students MUST be aware that not all business graduate courses are available. By participating in KUBS exchange program, they will be coming at their own risk of taking limited courses. Students are recommended to come at the spring semester, as course availability is more limited in the fall semester.

- Students can take graduate courses provided by other departments regardless of major, as long as they meet the requirements (prerequisites) and have the professor’s permission. (Only subjects under the category of “Graduate School” are available. GMBA courses or Graduate School of International Studies are not available. Non-available subjects: Medicine, Nursing, Law, Information Security, and all the courses provided by the departments at Sejong campus, which is indicated as S in the Campus category)

- MS students are allowed to take BBA courses but GMBA courses are not available (students are responsible for checking with the program manager at their home institution regarding the compatibility of KUBS courses in terms of credit transfer).

MBA Courses > Graduate School Courses > Graduate School of Business Administration* > GMBA
* There are 2 Graduate School of Business Administration tabs please select the 2nd one

- Change the setting for Year and Term to the previous corresponding module.
(e.g. 2017 module 3 for 2018 module 3)

- Click on the Course No. link to see the syllabus. If no information is available, please click the ‘Upload File’ link at the bottom of the page for the syllabus.

- The final list of courses available to exchange students will be distributed via email in August for module 1, September for module 2, February for modules 4 and March for module 5.

- As core courses are offered in the fall (modules 1&2) and electives are offered in spring (modules 4&5), it is recommended for exchange students at the MBA level to come in spring in terms of course selection since most students will have already taken their core courses at their home institution.

- MBA students CANNOT take BBA/MS courses, or courses other than GMBA

Korean Language Courses

- Korean language courses for BBA/MS students are offered during regular semesters. There are 6 different levels from Beginner to Advanced

- Korean courses for exchange students can be found at > General Subject > General Studies > Electives > IFLS108 – 113 / IFLS240 – 247.

- Non-credit Korean language classes for 4 weeks are offered during the summer/winter vacation to exchange students who completed a regular semester at KU, regardless of academic level. For further information please refer to

Course Registration

Schedule Fall Semester Spring Semester
Preparatory Preferred Course Listing Mid-July N/A N/A Mid- January N/A N/A
Course Registration Beginning of August End of August Mid-August Beginning of February End of February Mid-February
Add/Drop Period Early
First week of
first module
First week of
first module

※ Preparatory Preferred Course Listing for BBA students allows students to expedite course registration before the official registration period begins.
※ More detailed information with specific dates and complete instruction will be sent to students prior to the course registration period in July/August for the fall semester and January/February for the spring semester, and students are responsible for reading and following the guideline very carefully.

Q2. Accommodation

On-campus Accommodation

All on-campus accommodations are located within about 20 minutes of walking distance from the main campus.

Residence Hall Type Fall Semester
(4 months)
Summer A / Winter A Summer B / Winter B Spring Semester
(4 months)
CJ International House (w/ Bath) Single KRW 2,000,000 KRW 680,000 KRW 1,000,000 KRW 2,000,000
Double KRW 1,580,000 KRW 540,000 KRW 790,000 KRW 1,580,000
Anam GlobalHouse (w/ Bath) Single KRW 1,580,000 KRW 540,000 KRW 790,000 KRW 1,580,000
Double KRW 880,000 KRW 300,000 KRW 440,000 KRW 880,000

Applying for On-campus Accommodation

Online Application Period

  • Fall Semester: Early June ~ Early July
  • Spring Semester: Early December ~ Early January

Residence Office

※ However, please note that it is very difficult for KUBS exchange students to get a room in one of the on-campus dormitories due to its assignment priority and limited spaces. Therefore, it is highly recommended for students to find and prepare to stay in off-campus accommodation in case on-campus housing is not provided (which is very likely).

Off-campus Accommodation

There are numerous private student accommodations called Goshitel near the campus, reachable by 5-10 minutes’ walk. These accommodations vary widely in terms of room size and rate. Prices range from approximately KRW 450,000 to KRW 700,000 per month, and the average price is about KRW 550,000. For more off-campus housing options, please refer to

Moreover, general information on housings in Seoul is also available at the Seoul Global Center website, > Living > Housing.

Homestay Korea ( can arrange students with families willing to host a homestay student, and reservations are available in English.

Q3. Insurance


Private Health/Travel Insurance
(for non-Korean passport holders only)
All KUBS incoming exchange students except for those with Korean citizenship MUST have worldwide insurance coverage, and the benefits should provide for all injuries and illnesses that may occur during the whole duration of their stay in Korea.
Q4. Student Visa (D-2)


For foreigners of non-Korean descent
KUBS exchange students of non-Korean descent MUST have the D-2 student visa to study at KUBS. They can apply for the visa at the nearest Korean Embassy or a Korean consulate in their home country by submitting the three documents in the admission packet: Certificate of Admission, Letter of Admission, and Business License of Korea University (for those of Chinese nationality, students MUST apply in the country where their home institution is located).
Those who are going to travel and apply for the student visa in other countries than their home country MUST make sure to check if they can process the visa application there.

Important notice: When the student comes to Korea with a single-entry visa and the student leaves Korea before making an Alien Registration Card (ARC), their visa will be canceled. Please remember this before making travel plans after arriving Korea.
For foreigners of Korean descent /
individual holding Korean and other (dual) citizenship
In terms of visa issues, the requirements may vary by case for foreigners of Korean descent and/or individuals holding Korean and other (dual) citizenship; thus, they MUST check with the Korean Embassy or a Korean consulate in their place of residence before applying for our exchange program.
For Korean passport holders /
F-4 visa holders
Students holding a Korean passport or F-4 visa do not have to apply for any other specific visa to study at KUBS.

Campus Life

Q1. Arrival Guide
Orientation for Exchange Students Orientation is MANDATORY for all incoming exchange students.
- Fall Semester: a week before the semester starts in August
- Spring Semester: a week before the semester starts in February

* Specific dates to be announced.

Airport Pick-up Service Before the first day of the orientation in August (for fall) and in February (for spring), airport pick-up service is provided for students who are staying at either the KU on-campus accommodation or the off-campus housing options around the campus.

Those who would like to apply for this service MUST submit the online request form at > > Exchange/Visiting > Requests > Airport Pickup.

* Specific dates to be announced. (Usually around the weekend before orientation)

Recommended Arrival Date On-campus Accommodation Move-in Date
- Fall Semester: the same date as the airport pick-up service in August
- Spring Semester: the same date as the airport pick-up service in February

On-campus Accommodation Move-out Date
- Fall Semester: Sunday right after the finals week
- Spring Semester: Sunday right after the finals week

However, unlike the on-campus dormitory, there are no official check-in/out dates for off-campus housing, as the rental fee is calculated according to the date the student moves in.

How to Get to KUBS Those who are not able to use the KU airport pick-up service on the official dates or are coming to visit KUBS for non-academic purposes will need to arrange their own means of transportation.
- Airport Help Center:
- By public transportation: > > Introduction > Visit KU > Transportation
Q2. Living Expenses
Estimated Living Expenses in Seoul
Tuition Fee Waived at the host institution; paid only to the student’s home institution
On-campus Accommodation KRW 880,000 ~ KRW 2,000,000 (4 months)
Off-campus Accommodation KRW 450,000 ~ 600,000 per month
Food/Meals Approx. KRW 400,000 per month
Local Transportation Approx. KRW 80,000 per month
Academic Expenses Approx. KRW 200,000 per semester (mainly textbooks)
Personal Expenses Approx. KRW 200,000 per month but may vary
Q3. Student Services
Korea University Buddy Assistants (KUBA) KUBA is a buddy matching program that connects incoming exchange students with KU domestic students. International students will have the opportunity to experience and participate in KU's events and learn about Korean culture while building strong friendships with their buddies. All exchange students will be assigned a KUBA buddy by default.
KUBS Buddy Program (Undergraduate) KUBS Buddy is a KUBS student organization specifically designed to help KUBS exchange undergraduate students adjust to KUBS life and advise in course selections. KUBS exchange students will join the KUBS Buddy program without an application.
Campus Facilities Library, Ladies’ Lounge, Computer Lab, Fitness Club, Bookstore, Print Shop, Post Office, Stationery, Bank, ATMs, Cafeteria, Restaurant, Mobile Shop, Hair Salon, Convenience Store
Q4. Activities & Events
Seoul City Tour August February A sightseeing tour to famous places in Seoul
Beginning-of-Semester Party September March A welcoming event for international students
Annual Korea University
– Yonsei University Sporting Event
September A sporting event between Korea University and Yonsei University
University Festival (Ipselenti) May KU’s annual school festival
International Students Festival November A great opportunity for international students to introduce their culture to KU students
Farewell Ceremony December June A moment to reminisce about all the memories shared during the semester (specific schedule may be adjusted)