Drexel in Korea: Hanyang University
Seoul is the capital and largest city in South Korea. With a population of over 10 million, it is one of the world's largest cities. The Seoul National Capital Area, which includes the major port city of Incheon and most of Gyeonggi-do, has 24.5 million inhabitants, and is the world's second largest metropolitan area. Almost half of South Korea's population live in the Seoul National Capital Area, and nearly a quarter in Seoul itself, making it the country's foremost economic, political, and cultural center. Seoul is also home to a rapidly growing international population of over 250,000, reflecting its role as an important destination for immigrants to South Korea.
Located in Seoul, Hanyang is one of the premier private universities in Korea. 3,000 of Hanyang’s 25,000 students are international students coming from over 42 different countries. Drexel students are immersed in Korean culture, while learning alongside students from all over the world.
There are two program options:
This is the standard exchange program which allows students to take a full course load at the host institution. Offered in the fall or spring terms.
Students have the option of attending Hanyang University during their summer term. You must be scheduled for summer class at Drexel in order to participate in this program. For more information about the summer program, please refer to the Drexel in Korea: Hanyang Summer program brochure.
- 3.0 GPA
- KOR 101 language requirement
Please refer to the Course Catalog
to view course offerings in each college at Hanyang. Approximately 35% of Hanyang's courses are offered in English. Drexel students may choose from any course in the Hanyang course catalog but should be aware of the language of instruction of their selected courses. All students going to Hanyang may take Korean language courses either as part of the regular course offerings or as part of an intensive Korean language program. The course catalog is only for fall and spring terms.
has a list of pre-approved Hanyang courses. These are courses Drexel students have taken at Hanyang before, which means you do not have to go through the course approval process again. However, you must still complete the pre-approval form. Please note there is no guarantee that pre-approved courses will be offered in the future.
Students participating in the program are asked to complete an academic pre-approval form. For this form, we ask you to review the course offerings at the host institution and discuss with your academic advisor which courses are best suited for your plan of study. You must obtain approval by the appropriate department for each course you plan to take abroad. For example, if you want to take a sociology course at the host institution for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel. Students are encouraged to elect 8-10 courses on the pre-approval form in case there are scheduling conflicts, or your top choices are not available.
Students are taught and graded by Korean faculty at Hanyang. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. Students must be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.
Fall Term Dates (Hanyang's Semester 2)
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Drexel students will have to arrive in Korea at the end of August, before the end of Drexel's summer term. Students should plan on leaving their spring/summer co-op early.
Spring Term Dates (Hanyang's Semester 1)
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Drexel students will have to arrive in Korea at the end of February, before the end of Drexel's winter term. Students should plan on leaving their fall/winter co-op early. Please double check the end date for the spring semester to make sure that you are back in time for Drexel's summer term.
Students will live in residence halls during their stay in Korea. Please note that many Korean dorms are single sex dorms, (male and female dorms). Female dorms frequently have some restrictions as to when the residents may receive visitors. The residence hall fill up quickly so upon receiving acceptance materials, participants are encouraged to apply for housing immediately.
All students are required to obtain a student visa in order to study in Korea. For more information about visas and the exchange program, please visit the following sites:
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
- For Language minors only. The College of Arts and Sciences offers Critical Languages Abroad Grants to support study abroad for Drexel University’s minors in critical and less commonly-taught languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and German. Awardees will receive support towards travel and housing while studying abroad to advance their language minor in critical or less commonly taught languages. Grants up to $2,500 will be awarded to eligible students. The amount will vary depending on factors such as country, length of stay, financial aid, and travel costs. Learn More.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.