Sookmyung Women’s University
The University at Albany, SUNY continues to monitor and assess the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus pandemic. All Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 education abroad programs worldwide are suspended, and Fall 2021 remains uncertain. While there are no definite answers on when education abroad programming will resume, programs abroad are not expected to all re-open at the same time. Instead, when education abroad relaunches only a limited number of programs and destinations will be available, evaluated based on global travel conditions, health and safety guidelines, SUNY System Administration re-opening protocols, and UAlbany priorities. Therefore at this time, students cannot apply for any UAlbany education abroad programs for Fall 2021 or any future term, as we await guidance and approval from SUNY System Administration. The process of review and approval to re-open programs and destinations will be ongoing. As you plan now for your global future, our dedicated Education Abroad team remains ready and available to assist and guide you! Join our virtual events throughout the Spring 2021 semester and check out our credit bearing virtual options for Summer 2021.
Study abroad in Seoul, South Korea’s capital. Come to a city filled with energy, where you can see traditional palaces and temples just as much as high-end shops and cafés while hearing the latest K-Pop music. Seoul’s highly-rated mass transportation system makes it easy to get around the city and take in all this vibrant metropolis has to offer.
Sookmyung Women’s University offers a wide range of courses for undergraduate students.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
Programs taught in English, such as Liberal Arts, Science, Human Ecology, Social Science, Law, Economics & Business Administration, Global Service, English, and Communication & Media are available at Sookmyung Women’s University. You can choose from over 150 English-taught courses, plus hundreds more taught in Korean. Korean language courses are also available for incoming students.
Courses Taught in English
Please follow these instructions to view the courses offered in English:
- On the Course Search page, Select the academic year and semester from the dropdown menus
- Click “Type of lecture”
- Select “English”
Four unique courses offered each semester to provide you with a better understanding of Korea and its history and culture include:
- Taekwondo & Korean Sports Culture
- An Introduction to Korean Traditional Dance
- The Beauty of Korean Cuisine
- Modern Korean History
Review Sookmyung Women’s University’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
During this program, you will live in a double or triple occupancy on-campus dormitory with a communal kitchen. You will share a private bathroom with your roommate(s). Each room is Western-style, and is equipped with a bed, desk, closet, and internet connection. There is also coin-operated laundry on-site. Note: Sookmyung Women’s University has strict expectations for student conduct while living on campus. This includes, among other expectations, a nightly curfew.
There is no meal plan for this program. You may choose to purchase meals in the cafeteria, cook, or eat out at local restaurants.
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Academic Year 2019-20 Estimate of Costs
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors of all majors with at least a 2.8 GPA are eligible to apply. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with the study abroad program coordinator.
Korean language proficiency is not required. However, if you plan on taking classes that are taught in Korean, you will have to prove your Korean language ability.
Korean natives are eligible to apply for this program.
Men are eligible to apply for this program.
University-arranged excursions are not included in this program, but you may enjoy tourist attractions and events off campus, on your own.
Student Clubs and Organizations
There are several student clubs at Sookmyung Women’s University that arrange activities and trips.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
About the City
Sookmyung Women’s University is located in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Seoul is one of the leading and rising global cities in the world. It is also home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and offers many temples and other cultural attractions.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are required to obtain a visa to enter Korea.
For all other nationalities, please check with your government and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea website to determine whether you are required to obtain a visa for this program.
More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Academic Year 2020-2021
August to June (specific dates forthcoming)
March to June (specific dates forthcoming)
About the Program
Sookmyung Women’s University is Korea’s first national private women’s school. It was founded in 1906 during the latter stages of the Korean empire, one of the most difficult periods in the nation’s history.
The University at Albany’s exchange program with Sookmyung Women’s University offers an exciting opportunity for you to study at an academically-rigorous university, taking courses taught in either English or Korean in the vibrant global metropolis of Seoul, South Korea.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at Sookmyung Women’s University, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
Sookmyung Women’s University’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.