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Sogang University in Korea

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Sogang University

Sogang University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1960, is the only Jesuit institution in Korea. In spite of its short history, Sogang has risen to establish its place as one of the top universities in Korea. Sogang has approximately 8,000 students (including 1,350 international students) and 24 majors, as well as master’s and doctoral programs.
Sogang has a total of 75 student clubs and associations, including those that focus on traditional Korean culture such as dance, music and Taekwondo. Sogang also hosts several festivals throughout the year. Among these are “International Student Night” and a Korean Film Festival. Because it is smaller, Sogang offers a family-like atmosphere and special care for international students to help them adjust and feel at home.

Program dates

  • Fall Semester: early September through mid-December
  • Spring Semester: early March through mid-June
  • Academic Year: early September 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.

Course Offerings

A number of courses taught in English are available in the following disciplines.
  • Accounting
  • American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English Literature
  • Finance
  • History
  • International Business
  • Korean Language
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Science (biology, chemistry, physics electives)
  • Sociology

Students proficient in Korean will have additional course options. To access the course listing, click the link above. Choose the appropriate year and semester, understanding that 1st Semester refers to Spring and 2nd Semester refers to Fall. Under Position, click the drop down menu to select The Undergraduate School. To see courses taught in English, check the box Courses for Exchange Students. If you click Search, a list of courses will appear after a few seconds. To access syllabi for each course, click the Inquiry button under the Syllabus column header.

Course Approvals

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 Sogang, 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. Sogang University classes typically transfer on a 1:1 ratio with Temple (e.g. 3 Sogang credits equals 3 Temple credits). Temple GPAs will not be affected by grades earned on an exchange.

Grading Scale

Sogang Grade  Temple Equivalent
A+ A
A- A-
B+ B+
B- B-
C+ C+
C- C-

Language of instruction

  • English
  • Korean

School location

Sogang University is in Shinchon, the heart of Seoul. All major attractions can be easily reached by bus or subway with 3 subway stations within a 5-minute walking distance of campus. Shinchon is a vibrant and energetic community with lots of options for students to experience the local culture. 


  • Classrooms equipped with smart technology
  • Computer labs and campus Wi-Fi
  • Student Union
  • Gym and Sports facilities
  • Library
  • Administrative offices


Students may choose to live in university-arranged housing or find independent housing.

Students who choose to live on campus will stay in Gonzaga Hall.
Gonzaga Hall opened in the Fall of 2008. Students will need to apply for on-campus housing via the accommodations office once they have been accepted to the program.
Two students are housed per room and they typically assign one American student and one Korean student. The dormitory fee includes 13 meals per week, typically breakfast and dinner. For other meals, students may eat at the food court across the street from the dorm or in many of the on-campus restaurants. Students should expect to spend about $450 per semester on additional meals.
Independent Housing
Sogang does not assist with finding independent housing. A list of potential websites to search for independent housing can be found on their website.

Program costs

Students pay Temple tuition and fees 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

Students applying for a Korean exchange should apply only to their first choice university. In the event that you are not selected for your first choice, you will be contacted about deferring to your second choice university. You do not need to complete two applications.