Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS)
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.
- Fall Semester: late August through mid-December
- Spring Semester: late February through mid-June
- Academic Year: late August through mid-June
Exchange participants are required to take a full-time course load (at least 12 Temple credits) while abroad and will earn transfer credit.
HUFS offers a wide array of courses taught in English in the following areas:
- Asian studies
- Business (introductory courses only)
- English literature
- Foreign languages
- International studies
- Political science
- Korean studies
Students proficient in Korean may have additional course options.
To access the course listing, click the link above. At the top of the page, click the link for Courses. In the page that appears, there will be a menu on the left side of the page; click the link for Undergrad (Seoul). Wait a few seconds for the page to load in its entirety. The page will be categorized by college. Select a year and term for any college you have an interest in. When the new tab or page opens, you will see a list of courses; courses taught in a foreign language (usually English) will be designated with a V on the right side of the page. To confirm if a course is taught in English or another foreign language, you can access a syllabus by clicking on the course title or clicking the paper icon under the Syllabus column header.
Prior to departure, students must complete the Course Approval process. Part of this process will require students to speak with the appropriate faculty members to evaluate courses and assign a corresponding Temple requirement. Courses that are taken abroad may have a direct Temple course equivalent, may fulfill an upper level elective or a lower level elective, general education requirement etc. Faculty will approve and assign corresponding Temple courses or requirement, but do not indicate the number of Temple credits that will be received for each course taken abroad. Students are advised to seek pre-approval for about twice as many courses as they can take, in the event that they need to change their schedules upon arrival.
Upon arrival, if students find that they must make a last-minute course change and enroll in a course that has not been pre-approved, students should e-mail the details of any new courses to the appropriate departments for evaluation. However, due to the time it takes to have a course approved from overseas, in some cases final determination on course approval may not be made until students return. It is therefore always advised to include any and all courses that a student might take abroad on their External Program approval form.
Transfer of Credits
After Temple receives an official transcript from HUFS, approved courses that have been passed with a grade equivalent to a C or better will be accepted by Temple and appear on students' transcripts as transfer credit. The number of credits received for each course will be evaluated at this time. HUFS classes typically transfer on a 1:1 ratio with Temple (e.g. 3 HUFS credits equals 3 Temple credits). Temple GPAs will not be affected by grades earned on an exchange.
Language of instruction
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.
Students may choose to live in university-arranged housing or find independent housing.
Students who decide to live in university-arranged housing can choose to live in the Globeedorm or HUFS International Houses A or B.
Exchange students are assigned to double rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with the following amenities:
- Bed, desk, closet, locker, telephone (free international calling), refrigerator
- Internet access (ethernet)
- Bathrooms in each room
Laundry rooms are located on every other floor. No cooking facilities are available, but lunch is served everyday 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).
HUFS International Houses
International House A is exclusively open to female students. International House B is open to both male and female students. Exchange students are assigned to double rooms with bunk beds. All rooms are air-conditioned and come equipped with following items:
- Bed, desk, closet, locker, refrigerator, washing machine, kitchen facilities
- Internet access (ethernet and wifi)
- Bathrooms in each room
There is no curfew at either International House A or B.
Students pay Temple tuition and university service fee directly to Temple.
Open to qualified students matriculated at Temple University.
Applying to the program
Application Deadline: March 1 for the fall semester/academic year and spring priority; September 1 for the spring semester