Konkuk University

Seoul, South Korea

Important Information:

  • Semester Dates:
    • Fall semester: Late August - mid December
    • Spring semester: Early March - late June (Orientation: Late February)
  • ​Website: Visit Here
  • For further information, visit the International Centre for Students at the University of Lethbridge in SU060 or email us at outgoing@uleth.ca 

South Korea, officially known as the Republic of Korea, lies adjacent to China and Japan. The northern border of South Korea is formed by the Amnokgang (Yalu) and Dumangang (Tumen) rivers, which separate it from Manchuria. A 16-kilometer segment of the Dumangang to the east also serves as a natural border with Russia. The west coast of the Korean Peninsula is bounded by the Korean Bay to the north and the West Sea to the south; the east coast faces the East Sea.

There are about 3,000 islands belonging to South Korea. The islands are located mostly off the west and south coasts; only a handful of them lie off the East Sea. At the end of World War II, the peninsula was divided into a northern zone occupied by Soviet forces and a southern zone occupied by U.S. forces.

Mountain ranges have traditionally served as natural boundary markers between regions. Because these natural boundaries inhibited contact between peoples living on either side of the range, substantial regional differences developed in both the spoken language and customs of the people.

Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. Seoul is the world's 16th largest city, and forms the heart of the Seoul Capital Area, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province. The Seoul Capital Area houses about half of the country's population of 50.22 million people with 678,102 international residents.

Situated on the Han River, Seoul's history stretches back more than two thousand years when it was founded in 18 BCE by Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. It continued as the capital of Korea under the Joseon Dynasty. The Seoul Capital Area contains five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Seoul is surrounded by mountains, the tallest being Mt. Bukhan, the world's most visited national park per square foot. Modern landmarks include the iconic N Seoul Tower, the gold-clad 63 Building, the neofuturistic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Lotte World, the world's largest indoor theme park, Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, the world's longest bridge fountain and the Sevit Floating Islands. The birthplace of K-pop and the Korean Wave, Seoul received over 10 million international visitors in 2014, making it the world's 9th most visited city and 4th largest earner in tourism.

Today, Seoul is considered a leading and rising global city, resulting from an economic boom called the Miracle on the Han River which transformed it to the world's 4th largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$845.9 billion in 2014 after Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. In 2015, it was rated Asia's most livable city with the second highest quality of life globally by Arcadis. A world leading technology hub centered on Gangnam and Digital Media City, the Seoul Capital Area boasts 15Fortune Global 500 companies such as Samsung, one of the world's largest technology companies, as well as LG and Hyundai-Kia. In 2014, the city's GDP per capita (PPP) of $39,786 was comparable to that of France and Finland. Ranked sixth in the Global Power City Index and Global Financial Centres Index, the metropolis exerts a major influence in global affairs as one of the five leading hosts of global conferences.

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  • If you lived in South Korea, you’d never have to leave home to eat. Most restaurants will deliver straight to your apartment via motorcycle drivers—who are notorious for speeding through traffic to deliver the food on time. And after you’re done eating, you can just put your dirty dishes outside your door because the delivery guy will come for them later. Even McDonald’s delivers 24/7.
  • Despite a reputation for being uber-macho, South Korean men are obsessed with cosmetics. It turns out that South Korean men are spending close to $900 million a year on makeup. BB cream foundation is the product of choice, but facial cleansers, anti-ageing moisturizes, and eye creams are also extremely popular. There are even TV shows dedicated to the subject of the manly makeover.
  • In 2012, a prison in the city of Pohang became home to the world’s first robotic prison guards. These guys come with 3-D depth cameras and two-way wireless communication systems that allow correctional officers to speak with the inmates. Sometimes the robots are controlled by guards with iPads, but sometimes they patrol the cell blocks on their own by following navigational markers. Thanks to “pattern recognition algorithms,” the robots can identify illegal or dangerous activities, such as gang fights or suicide attempts, and then call for human backup
  • Valentine’s Day is popular across the world, but in South Korea, it has a little twist. Unlike most countries where guys have to worry about flowers, candies, and cards, Valentine’s in Korea is all about the men. This is a day where women show the love by giving chocolates and gifts to their husbands/boyfriends. Of course, everything changes on March 14. Known as White Day, this is the holiday where men buy gifts for the girls, but there’s a catch: A guy is supposed to spend three times the amount of the gift he received on Valentine’s.
  • Traveling to South Korea is a bit like traveling into the future. The moment you step across the border, you automatically turn one year older. In Korea, a baby is one year old at birth, instead of zero as in most other cultures.
  • People in South Korea are automatically stereotyped thanks to their blood type. While this belief originated in Japan, it has taken a firm hold in South Korean culture, and it might even make a difference in who marries whom.
  • South Koreans top the list worldwide in terms of hard liquor consumption, and Jinro Soju, Korean distilled rice liquor, is the best-selling liquor in the world for the 11th year in a row. It outsold Smirnoff Vodka, which came in second by 37.48 million cases.
  • South Korea is the largest market for plastic surgery per capita in the world. It is estimated between 1/5 and 1/3 of the women in Seoul have gone under the knife for at least one cosmetic procedure.
  • Group blind dating in South Korea is called “Meeting” or “So-getting” and is a very popular way for young university students to meet over dinner and drinks.
  • Since 1998, millions of people from around the world have flocked to South Korea’s Boryeong Mud Festival, where for 10 days revelers enjoy mud massages, mud photo contests, mud marathons, and mud wrestling contests. It was originally conceived as a way to advertise mud cosmetics.
  1. Seoul: The vibrant, modern city of Seoul definitively lives up to the ‘24-hour party’ tag that other cities can only pay lip service to. A buzzing urban expanse that is striving to reshape its hardened concrete and steel edges with gorgeous city parks, cultural landmarks and tasteful design.
  2. Gyeongju: Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, Gyeongju is a coastal city in South Korea with a rich selection of cultural and historical attractions. Its Silla heritage stretches back over 1000 years, with ancient sites, relics and ruins found throughout the city.
  3. Seoraksan National Park: Designated as a Biosphere Protection Site by UNESCO, the 400 000 sq km Seoraksan National Park’s unique rock formations, wildlife, hot springs, dense woodland and temples from the Silla-era make it an area of South Korea that simply has to be visited. Each area of this incredibly beautiful park has its own unique appeal and attractions.
  4. The Demiliterized Zone (DMZ): The Korean DMZ or Korean Demilitarized Zone is a buffer zone between North and South Korea. Created in 1953 at the end of the Korean War, the DMZ remains as one of the most militarized regions in the world. The Military Demarcation Line (MDL) runs directly through the middle of the DMZ, marking the exact point where the front lines were before the agreement between the Soviet Union, The People’s Republic of China and North Korea, and the UN and South Korea.
  5. Andong & Hahoe Folk Villages: Andong’s peaceful, rural surroundings are in stark contrast to the buzz of Seoul. Set in the heart of Gyeongsangbuk-do, Andong is noted for having preserved much of its traditional spirit. A great place to see Korean traditions unfold is the cultural village of Hahoe, where the noble Ryu family originated and have lived for the past 600 years. Traditional buildings, beautiful surroundings and a range of cultural activities make a visit to Andong and Hahoe Village a good opportunity to take in the local culture and learn a thing or two about Korea’s rich heritage.

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U of L Tuition and Other Fees

The Tuition fee is paid to the University of Lethbridge according to the current fee schedule:

  • U of L 2017/2018 Undergraduate Program fees for Canadian students:
    • One course: $658.82
    • Two courses: $1,197.97
    • Three courses: $2,045.67
    • Four courses: $2,584.82
    • Five courses: $3,123.97

These fees are subject to change. Current U of L fees can be seen in the fees section of the academic calendar

Health Insurance

All International students studying at Konkuk University are required to enroll in the health insurance as a condition of admission. Students must enroll and pay the premium for the full study period, from the date of departure to the date of return, including periods of travel before or after their time at Konkuk University.

Students are advised to purchase health insurance from their home countries prior to their trip.

Summary of Approximate Expenses

Airfare

CAD 2,000

return

U of L Tuition

CAD 2,045.67

per semester, for three courses

Rent

CAD 800-900

per semester

Food

CAD 2-6

per meal

Textbooks

CAD 16-20

per course

Transportation

CAD 0.50 -2.00

per bus ride

Visa

CAD 65

 

All exchange students are required to apply for the D-2 (student) visa.

For further details about this visa, contact the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Vancouver:

The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Vancouver
1600-1090 W Georgia St
Vancouver BC V6E 3V7Tel: +1.604.681.9581
Fax: +1.604.681.4864
Email: vancouver@mofat.go.kr
Website: http://can-vancouver.mofa.go.kr/korean/am/can-vancouver/main/index.jsp

The visa application process may have changed since this page was updated. Please email International Programs (int.programs@uleth.ca) for the most current information.