Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Seoul, South Korea

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) was established in 1954 and is the birthplace of foreign language education in Korea.  It played a significant role in reconstructing Korea after the Korean War by producing numerous CEOs and diplomats. HUFS is a specialized university that educates students to become creative experts, international citizens and independent researchers who will contribute to the development and exchange of cultures. HUFS is a coeducational school with around 15,000 students in 51 departments within 15 colleges. HUFS has educational exchange ties with 257 universities in 74 countries worldwide.

Program Overview

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Academic Program

Exchange participants are required to take a full-time course load (at least 12 Temple credits) while abroad and will earn transfer credit.

Language of Instruction

English and Korean

Best for

Liberal Arts

Learn more about the academic program, course approvals and transfer credit process.

    Location & Facilities

    HUFS Seoul Campus is located in the eastern part of Seoul, approximately 20 minutes by subway from City Hall, the center of Korea's educational, cultural, political and economic activities. Numerous shops and cafés surround the campus, providing students with an array of places to shop, eat and relax. However, with the HUFS subway stop a five-minute walk from most campus buildings, students enjoy easy access to the rest of the city and all that Seoul has to offer. 


    • Classrooms equipped with smart technology
    • Computer labs and campus Wi-Fi hotspots
    • Sports facilities
    • Library
    • Cafes
    • Open-Air Theatre
    • Administrative offices

    HUFS Campus Map

    Program Dates
    • Fall Semester: late August through mid-December
    • Spring Semester: late February through mid-June
    • Academic Year: late August through mid-June

    Program participants are required to be present for the entire length of the program, from the official arrival date through the program end date.


    Choose to live in university-arranged housing or find independent housing.

    University-Arranged Housing

    If you select this option, you can choose to live in the Globeedorm, Global Hall, or HUFS International Houses A or B.

     GlobeeDormInternational House A&B
    Available RoomsRooms for 2 and 3Rooms for 2
    Prices (per semester)$990$1379
    FacilitiesLounge, Study Room, Laundry Room 
    Curfew on weekdaysYesNo
    Items included in the roomBed (drawer under the bed), desk, closet, phone, cooling & heating system, shower stall, washroom, internetBunk beds, cooling and heating system, bathroom/shower, small kitchen, internet

    In Globee Dorm and Global Hall, there are no cooking facilities are available, but lunch is served every day in the student cafeteria.

    A list of Globeedorm rules can be found online. Please note that there is a curfew of 12:00 AM on weeknights and 1:00 AM on weekends; students may request to stay out overnight up to five times per month (Fridays and Saturdays excluded). 

    Further information and videos of each housing can be found in the Exchange Pre-Arrival Guide.

    Faculty & On-site Support

    As an Exchange Program participant, you will have access to the support provided by your host institution.


    Program Costs

    Temple Tuition and Standard University Fees

    Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple. Visit Temple’s Bursar for per-credit tuition rates. All students pay University Services Fee.

    More details

    For complete details about billable costs and estimate for non-billable expenses, such as airfare, meals, and personal expenses, view the program cost sheet.

    View Program Cost, Scholarships and Financial Aid.

    Health & Safety

    Your health and safety abroad are our highest priority. View our Health and Safety page and stay tuned for more details about health and safety on this program.


    For more information, contact Education Abroad: 215-204-0720;

    Eligibility Requirements

    Temple programs are open to qualified students matriculated at any U.S. or Canadian college or university.

    You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements.

    Are enrolled fulltime and will have completed 2 semesters before studying abroad
    • You are enrolled as a full-time matriculated student at the time of application as well as during the semester prior to studying abroad.
    • You will have completed at least two (2) semesters of college-level study by the program start.
    Are in good academic standing and meet minimum GPA requirement for the program

    You meet minimum cumulative GPA requirement, on a 4.0 scale from all colleges/universities attended. The requirement varies by program:

    • Temple Semester Programs: 2.75 (Internships: 3.0)
    • Temple Summer Programs: 2.5
    • Exchange Programs: 2.75
    • External Programs: 2.5

    You remain in good academic standing from the time of application until the start of your term abroad; students on academic warning are not eligible to participate.

    Have a valid passport

    You will need a passport, valid well beyond the length of your program, by the application deadline.

    View deadlines and validity requirements for your host country.


    Are in good disciplinary standing

    You are in good disciplinary standing at the time of application and remain so through the start of your term abroad. Students who have been found responsible for a code of conduct violation and will not be in good disciplinary standing (including disciplinary probation) may submit a petition for review.

    Meet the minimum age requirement

    You are at least 18 years old at the time of application.

    For HUFS, the following additional considerations apply.

    Non-U.S. citizens: you are welcome to study abroad if you meet the eligibility requirements; however, you are not permitted to study abroad on an exchange program in your home country. Please speak to Education Abroad if you have questions about your eligibility.

    Application Requirements

    The standard application requirements pertain to all students applying to Temple programs.

      Additional Requirements for HUFS

      • All students applying for an exchange program are required to meet with a program manager before submitting their application. 
      • If taking courses in the language of the host country:
        • Foreign language evaluation, completed by a faculty member in the appropriate language department. You can send the evaluation form electronically to your evaluator from the online application or download a paper form from your application that you can submit directly to Education Abroad.

      Admissions Timeline

      • Admissions is not rolling.
      • Temple nominates students for Exchange Programs after the deadline for the specific term.
      • Once you submit your application, you should expect a decision by the decision deadline, about one month after the program application deadline has passed.

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