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|Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:|
|Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Fall||2017||03/01/2017 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Academic Year||2017-2018||03/01/2017 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
|Program Type:||Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program||Academic Area:||Agriculture, Agriculture - Agricultural Economics, Agriculture - Agricultural Leadership, Agriculture - Animal Science, Agriculture - Biochemistry/Biophysics, Agriculture - Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture - Ecosystem Science & Management, Agriculture - Entomology, Agriculture - Horticulture Sciences, Agriculture - Nutrition and Food Science, Agriculture - Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Agriculture - Poultry Science, Agriculture - Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences, Agriculture - Soil & Crop Sciences, Agriculture - Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Architecture, Architecture - Construction Science, Architecture - Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Architecture - Visualization, Bush School of Government & Public Service, Business, Business - Accounting, Business - Economics, Business - Finance, Business - Information & Operations Management, Business - International Business, Business - Management, Business - Marketing, Education, Education - Administration and Human Resource Development, Education - Educational Psychology, Education - Health & Kinesiology, Education - Teaching, Learning & Culture, Engineering, Engineering - Aerospace Engineering, Engineering - Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Engineering - Biomedical Engineering, Engineering - Chemical Engineering, Engineering - Civil Engineering, Engineering - Computer Science, Engineering - Electrical Engineering, Engineering - Industrial Distribution, Engineering - Industrial Engineering, Engineering - Materials Science & Engineering, Engineering - Mechanical Engineering, Engineering - Nuclear Engineering, Engineering - Petroleum Engineering, Fine Arts, Fine Arts - Art/Art History, Fine Arts - Fashion Design, Fine Arts - Performance Studies, Foreign Language, Foreign Language - Arabic, Foreign Language - Chinese, Foreign Language - French, Foreign Language - German, Foreign Language - Greek, Foreign Language - Italian, Foreign Language - Japanese, Foreign Language - Korean, Foreign Language - Other, Foreign Language - Portuguese, Foreign Language - Russian, Foreign Language - Spanish, Geosciences, Geosciences - Atmospheric Sciences, Geosciences - Environmental Sciences, Geosciences - Geography, Geosciences - Geology, Health/Medicine, Health/Medicine - Allied Health/Nursing, Health/Medicine - Biomedical Sciences, Health/Medicine - Community/Public Health, Health/Medicine - Health & Kinesology, Health/Medicine - Nutrition and Food Science, Law, Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts - Anthropology, Liberal Arts - Communication, Liberal Arts - Economics, Liberal Arts - English, Liberal Arts - History, Liberal Arts - International Studies, Liberal Arts - Performance Studies, Liberal Arts - Philosophy, Liberal Arts - Political Science, Liberal Arts - Psychology, Liberal Arts - Sociology, Science, Science - Biology, Science - Biomedical Sciences, Science - Chemistry, Science - Mathematics, Science - Physics & Astronomy, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine|
|Academic College:||Any||Minimum GPA:||3.0|
|Language courses available:||Yes||Language requirement:||No|
|Language of instruction:||English, Korean||Program Advisor:||Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz, Katy Lane|
|Housing:||Dormitory||Open to non-majors:||Yes|
|Classification:||Junior, Senior, Sophomore||Additional features:||Internship|
|REEP Program Type:||University Wide Exchange|
Soonchunhyang University (SCHU) enrolls around 12,000 students every year, including 800 international students, and has a strong emphasis on global partnerships with close to 100 universities worldwide. Through their Global Village Program, Soonchunhyang University strives to expose Korean students to Western culture at home as well bring American students to South Korea to learn their language, politics and customs. Exchange students have the opportunity to study, live, and socialize with Korean students. To facilitate this exchange, SCHU brings in students from 69 universities from around the world to serve as English language conversation interns while taking Korean language and culture courses. Texas A&M University students studying at SCHU participate specifically in the Global Village Program in which students serve as a “Cultural and Language Ambassador.”
Soonchunhyang University is located in Asan, South Korea, a city of 250,000 residents. Here is a link to a sky view video of Soonchunhyang's beautiful campus. Asan offers students mountains to explore, natural hot springs to enjoy, and historical, cultural attractions to experience as well as only being 60 miles from Seoul. South Korea's excellent transportation infrastructure allows students to explore all the country has to offer. Following its miraculous development over the last 50 years making South Korea that third largest Asian economy, the country has transformed into a modern, vibrant nation that still maintains its traditional culture.
- This program is open to all majors.
- Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
- Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
- Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
- Provide 2 letters of recommendation from Texas A&M faculty members (forms within application)
- Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
- Fall Semester (August to December)
- Spring Semester (February to June)
- Academic Year (August to June)
Through the Global Village Program, SCHU offers 50 courses taught in English focusing primarily on Asian and International Studies. Courses taught in English at SCHU are offered only through the English Global Village program. As such, a limited number of courses are available from students to choose from and offerings vary each semester based on the expertise of faculty members. SCHU requires that students enroll in 18-19 hours of course work. However, upon completion of the program, Texas A&M students must bring back a minimum of 12 hours of A&M equivalent credit for each semester. Thus, Texas A&M students can earn 12-19 hours of credit per semester at SCHU. At the university, exchange students have a set course load that is required.
SCHU Exchange Student Course Load Breakdown
- Cultural Internship Discussion (Conversation Partner & Cultural Exchange)
- Korean Language-Speaking
- Korean Writing-Writing
- Cultural Course (Dance, Traditional Percussion, Calligraphy, or Traditional Martial Arts)
- 2 Elective Courses of the Student’s Choosing
• Business & Economics
• Political Science & Diplomacy
• Sociology & History
• Medical Science
SCHU also offers an Intensive Korean Language Program in which all classes are taught in 100% Korean. Due to the demanding nature of this program, prior knowledge of all Korean language skills (speaking, listening, and writing) is required.
Exchange students are guaranteed university housing in the Global Village. This modern facility was built in 2006 with the sole purpose of creating an environment that facilitates cross-cultural interaction. One or two cultural and language ambassadors are placed with Korean students in a suite that includes:
• Six double-bed rooms
• Shared living room
• TV and a couch
• Each suite has two bathrooms, two showers, and two sinks
• 24 hour in-house security, employed by SCHU
• In-house laundry
• University employed seamstress to adjust students’ clothing
The Global Village Lounge provides a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for international and Korean students alike to study, watch TV or movies, eat, play games, or just hang out. The lounge includes big screen TVs, computers with high speed internet and Wifi.
There are three cafeterias on campus, but there are many places to eat around town as well. Students should be aware that there are few Western restaurants in Asan, but they can be found in Seoul.
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
|Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M|
|A&M Tuition & Fees||$5,100|
|REEP Administrative Fee||$300|
|Estimated Fees Paid Directly to SCHU|
|Accommodations & Meals||$0|
|Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)|
|International Airfare (will receive $700 reimbursement)||$1,500|
|Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies||$1,300|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST||$9,900+|
|Texas A&M Semester Cost||$13,636+|
|SCHU provides students with free on campus housing, a weekly stipend to cover living expenses, and partial airfare reimbursement|
SCHU Brochures & Information
SCHU Exchange Student Course Requirements
SCHU Intensive Korean Language Program
SCHU Academic Calendar
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
SCHU Campus Sky View
SCHU Global Village Housing webpage
SCHU Global Village Lounge webpage
SCHU Dining Services webpage
SCHU University Clubs webpage
SCHU Living in Korea
SCHU Sister Universities
SCHU International Student Photo Gallery
SCHU International Student’s Second Week of School Video
SCHU International Student’s Video on Life at the University
SCHU Exchange Student Alumni
South Korea Travel Guide
“Soonchunhyang’s exchange program has truly changed my life. Prior to coming to Korea, I did not know what to expect. After being here for a semester, I met amazing Korean students as well as international students. I have gained so much knowledge from the classes as well as from casual conversations with students. Experiencing Korea firsthand allowed me to see the culture from a different perspective thus leading to further understanding. I will not trade this experience for anything and will cherish every moment I have spent in Korea for the rest of my life. Soonchunhyang’s exchange program is AWESOME!”
For more information about the exchange program to Soonchunhyang University, contact Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz in the Study Abroad Programs Office.