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Korea University Graduate Exchange GWSB
Seoul, South Korea (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Restrictions: GW applicants only
Cost Estimate Spring
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3
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Class Status:
Graduate Open to non-GW students: No
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Level of Immersion:
Fully Integrated
Program Description:

Korea University Business School

Is this program for me? Korea

Korea University, founded in 1905, is widely acknowledged as one of the country’s oldest, largest, and top-ranked universities, having educated many talented national and global leaders throughout its history. For more than a century, Korea University has been providing academic excellence under the motto, “Liberty, Justice, and Truth.” 

Korea University Business School (KUBS) is the first business school accredited both by AACSB & EQUIS in Korea. KUBS has spearheaded the development and innovation of management education in Korea and thus, has become one of the country's best business schools. KUBS is ranked 27th worldwide according to the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2015.
The KUBS exchange is open to all degree-seeking graduate students within the School of Business.


Seoul, South Korea is a city rich in history and tradition. The city was founded in 1392, when it became the capital of the Chosun Dynasty, which fell in 1910. It is now the capital city of South Korea, and traces of the former dynasty are still very much a part of the city's landscape. The capital city’s exciting modern architecture and cosmopolitan community help make Seoul the political, cultural, commercial, financial, educational and recreational center of South Korea. It is home to major corporations, banks, government offices, leading schools and universities, theaters and entertainment facilities. Seoul also offers rich and satisfying tourist attractions and events.


KUBS offers semester length courses and the MBA programs operate on a 6 module calendar outlined below:   

Fall Semester
Module 1: September - End of October
Module 2: End of October - Mid-December

Spring Semester
Module 4: Early March - End of April
Module 5: Early May - Mid-June

*Exact dates may vary depending on KUBS Academic Calendar.  For Global MBA and Finance MBA, elective courses are usually offered during Module 4&5.  MBA exchange students are encouraged to apply for the spring semester term.  MBA exchange students may participate in an exchange for one module. 


Business departments include: Accounting, Finance, International Business, Logistics, Service & Operations Management, Management, Marketing, and Information Systems Management.  The majority of classes have fewer than 35 students/class.  Graduate exchange students take 2-6 classes or 6-12 credits.  Exchange students register for classes during KUBS orientation.  Exchange students are eligible to take courses outside of the School of Business.

Language of Instruction

All courses taught are in English for the Global MBA and 50% of all other business courses are taught in English. Six different levels of Korean language courses are offered during the regular semesters, from beginner to advanced.  For those who wish to take Korean language classes, no prior knowledge of the Korean language is required but the placement test is mandatory. It will be held during the International Students’ Orientation.  Free Korean language classes (4 weeks) are offered to students who completed a regular semester at KU during the winter/summer break.  Note that GWSB students cannot earn GW credits for participation in Korean language coursework.


Exchange students can apply for accommodation in on campus housing at KU.  On campus housing is limited and competitive.  There is a wide range of off-campus housing available near campus, reachable by 5-10 minutes' walk. Most of the rooms are small but en-suite so many students prefer to stay off-campus.  The list of off-campus accommodations will be printed in the student handbook and the incoming advisors will provide information and assistance where needed.

Career Development*

Exchange students have access to the KUBS career center.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with The F. David Fowler Career Center prior to departure for the exchange.


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More Information

This exchange is managed by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.  Please set up an appointment to meet with Patricia Garcia at prior to applying to an exchange program.  Students are encouraged to visit our website for answers to frequently asked questions.

Application Deadline:

Fall Exchange - March 15th
Spring Exchange - September 15th