Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
International Summer Session
in Korean and Asian Studies
Welcome to HUFS 2021 International Summer Session!
Collaborative, Online, International, Learning!
Given the important role HUFS performs in the teaching of languages and area studies in Korea, the launch of the International Summer Session in Korean and Asian Studies was simply a natural extension of the university’s mission.
Since the program’s inception in 2003, our goal at HUFS ISS has been to fill a unique niche in the offerings in Korean and Asian Studies by bringing together students and scholars residing in Korea as well as abroad and providing them with a sequence of intensive courses and associated co-curricular activities around which a learning community based on a shared interest in Asian Studies could be forged. In this learning community, supported and guided by our outstanding faculty of internationally renowned scholars, we hope you, the student, will develop lifelong bonds of friendship and solidarity in an atmosphere of collegiality.
HUFS Seoul Campus, Main Administrative Building
HUFS Global Campus, Centennial Building
Because language proficiency takes years to develop, we wanted to offer Korean and Asian Studies courses taught in English in order to eliminate the barrier which lack of proficiency in the Korean language poses for those students from abroad, who are seriously interested in pursuing Korean and Asian Studies, but who do not yet have sufficient mastery of the Korean language to enroll as regular students in a Korean university. We encourage overseas students majoring in East Asian Studies or Korean Studies, as well as students of Korean heritage, to browse through our course offerings as you will no doubt find several of interest that may not be offered at your home institutions.
International diversity among the student body as well as among the faculty is one of the hallmarks of our program. Professors from the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden as well as Korea teach in our program.
Each summer students from approximately 30 different countries attend the ISS (overseas students in past years have come from the U.S., Canada, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Japan, China Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, and many more). Approximately 20% of the students enrolled in the HUFS ISS program are domestic Korean students earning credit toward their university degrees. The Korean students are thus able to improve their international competency and language abilities while sharing classroom and extra-curricular activities with the international students and the overseas students are integrated quite spontaneously into the lifestyle of contemporary Korean college students.
We look forward to welcoming you to the HUFS campus this summer. Our dedicated ISS faculty and staff are hard at work preparing for this summer session, building on our past successes and fine-tuning our program to offer you an outstanding educational experience in Korea.
In Chul Kim, Ph.D.
President, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Dr. In Chul Kim
2021 ISS Overview
How to Apply
Admission to the ISS is open to anyone who has completed at least one semester or two quarters of college or university study. The minimum GPA required for admission is 2.00 on a 4.00 scale (or equivalent).
(Under special circumstances, qualified high school graduates who will be enrolled in a university program by the Fall 2020 semester may petition for acceptance into the program.)
Students currently attending a university where English is the medium of instruction or who have graduated from an English medium high school do not need to submit proof of English proficiency.
Students who graduated from high school in Korea, as well as students who are enrolled at non-English speaking universities must submit proof of a CBT TOEFL score above 197 (Internet Based Test IBT 71), TOEIC score of 700, or a HUFS FLEX score of 625.
These language proficiency requirements have been established to ensure that all students registered for ISS are able to adequately participate in and benefit from the instructional activities, which are all provided in English.
If a student does not have a TOEFL, TOEIC or FLEX score, alternative verification of sufficient English proficiency may also be provided in the form of a letter from a university professor familiar both with expected standards in an English-medium university program and with the student's ability to perform in an English-medium academic atmosphere.
The professor's letter should explicitly certify that the student has a sufficiently high proficiency in English to be able to actively participate in a program of study where lectures, class discussions and exams are conducted in English and where term papers are expected to be written in academic English.
If you attend one of our partner universities (but are not attending HUFS yet), please click the button below! Even if you are currently an Exchange student in the Spring, you need to also be nominated for the summer!
Each University has a different number of nomination slots. (If you do NOT receive a recommendation from your home university, you can register as International Student.)
If you attend one of our partner universities but does NOT have a slot for HUFS ISS, please click the button below!
If you do NOT receive a recommendation from your home university, you can apply as International Student. (Scholarship applicable)
Bank Transfer Information
Hankuk Univ. of Foreign Studies Branch
HUFS Faculty Building, 1st floor
107 Imun-Ro, Dongdaemun-Gu, Seoul, Korea 02450
Account Number: 1005-401-618491
Account Name: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Swift Code: HVBKKRSEXXX