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A&M University Wide Exchange: Soonchunhyang University, South Korea
Asan, South Korea (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Approved Course Equivalencies Click here to view
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 09/15/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
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:
Patrick Moore
Housing: Dormitory
Open to non-majors:
Yes
Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Additional features: Internship
REEP Program Type:
University Wide Exchange
Program Description:

Soonchunhyang University

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.”

Campus


Location

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.   

 
Eligibility Requirements
  • 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 1 letter of recommendation from Texas A&M faculty member (forms within application)
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
 Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester (August to December)
  • Spring Semester (February to June)
  • Academic Year (August to June)

Courses

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
Limited courses are available in the following areas (However, not all of these courses are offered every semester):
                          • Literature & Culture
                          • Business & Economics
                          • Political Science & Diplomacy
                          • Sociology & History
                          • Education
                          • 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.

 

Housing

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
                   • Air-conditioning
                   • 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.


Korean City Life

Costs

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
Personal Spending $1,700+
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
 
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.

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Helpful Links

Academics
SCHU Homepage
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
 
Student Life
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
SCHU FAQs
South Korea Travel Guide
Currency Converter

 
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

“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!”
 
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student
Contacts

For more information about the exchange program to Soonchunhyang University, contact Patrick Moore in the Study Abroad Programs Office.