Admissions & Aid
The Brooklyn College exchange program with Dongguk University is open to Brooklyn College and other CUNY students. A wide range of academic course work in English, as well as intensive Korean language instruction, is available. Participants will have the opportunity to study for a semester or year at this highly rated comprehensive university while paying CUNY tuition, international travel, and onsite living costs. Financial aid and scholarships apply. This program is competitive and spaces are limited.
This program is open to all college students, though preference is given to Brooklyn College students. Applicants should have:
Students receive credit and grades for the courses taken at Dongguk University. Exchange students must take a full-time course load of 12 to 18 credits. Prior to the end of the semester before studying abroad, all participants should obtain written approval for credit equivalencies. The Study Abroad Course Equivalency Form (pdf) provides information on how to do so. Participants who are not Brooklyn College students should confer with their home university’s study abroad office for instructions on attaining equivalencies.
Students may apply to pursue course work in many areas, including but not limited to:
For more information on Dongguk University semester courses taught in English, see the English-Taught Courses page on the Dongguk University website.
Visit Dongguk University’s website for an updated academic calendar with specific dates.
Below is an approximated cost breakdown based upon Dongguk University and other estimates. Keep in mind variations in personal lifestyle and spending preferences:
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There are two parts to the application process. First, an application is submitted to Brooklyn College and, upon acceptance, a second one to the Dongguk University.
Most scholarships and financial aid that a student receives for semester study at Brooklyn College can be applied on semester abroad exchange programs. Students should consult the Office of Financial Aid about specifics on how their financial aid applies. Scholarships are also available for semester study abroad. Refer to the IPSA website or visit the Brooklyn College Office of Scholarships. If you are not a Brooklyn College student, any financial aid you are currently receiving is administered by your home institution’s Office of Financial Aid. Questions about financial aid should be directed to that office.
On- and off-campus housing options are available. On-campus housing in Namsan Residence Dormitory is less expensive than off-campus housing but has strict rules, including curfews. For students wishing more flexible living arrangements, Dongguk University can connect students with off-campus providers. Note that an on-campus housing application is completed as part of the general admissions application. You can view more information and available options on the Dongguk University Housing Information Sheet (xlsx).
A student visa for South Korea is required for study at Dongguk University for any program over 90 days. Students will need to be registered as full-time students (12–18 credits). Students should initiate their visa application through the Dongguk University process at the same time as they apply for admission as exchange students. When accepted for study, the student will receive a “Certificate for Recognition of Visa Issuance” showing Dongguk University as the sponsor. The student will include this document when applying to the South Korean consulate for the student visa. Schedule your consulate appointment as early as possible (45 to 90 days before your trip), and bring all required documents. Please view the Visa Information for South Korea on the Korean Ministry of Immigration website.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the embassy or consulate of your home country, as requirements and fees differ.
International Programs & Study Abroad
1108 Boylan Hall
Dongguk University Exchange Program
Ms. Sejin Kwon, International Relations
P: (+82) 2-2260-3465