Kyonggi University

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City, Country:
Suwon-si, South Korea
Program term:
Academic year, Fall or Spring
Field of study:
Art, Business, Culture, Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Korean, Literature, Management, Philosophy, Social Sciences
Kyonggi University credit system:
1 KGU credit = 1 SHSU credit
Additional information:
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Kyonggi University (KGU) is an accredited, private higher education institution, established in 1947. Kyonggi has over 17,000 students in various majors in undergraduate and graduate programs on two campuses, Seoul & Suwon. The main campus is in Suwon, which is a traditional and cultural city located 30 miles south of capital Seoul. The Seoul campus is located in the center of downtown Seoul. 

Kyonggi University has 9 colleges containing 62 programs of study and 9 graduate schools offering various majors. The strength of Kyonggi's KGU campus hillacademic programs and research lies in Tourism, Hospitality, Arts & Design, Business, International Studies, Environmental Engineering, and Architectural Engineering. KGU has dominated the leading position in the field of Tourism and Hospitality Management. The International Industrial Information program teaches all courses in English. Kyonggi has actively established sister-university relationships with 233 universities in 38 countries and put a premium on providing a wide range of international programs. KGU has an excellent Korean language program. Over 900 international students are studying at Kyonggi.

About Suwon, South Korea

Suwon was built as a planned city during the reign of Jeongjo (1752-1800), the 22nd monarch of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The urban construction was based on Silhak, a new school of philosophy at the time that emphasized science and practical learning. Due to its geographical location, Suwon is the southern gateway to Seoul. The city has a number of attractions, including the Hwaseong Fortress, a magnificent example of fortress architecture that is designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, as well as Korean Folk Village and Everland Resort. One of the city's culinary specialties is the Suwon galbi ribs. The City of Suwon operates the City Tour that allows visitors to hop on a city tour bus accompanied with an English and Japanese guide, and visit Hwaseong Fortress and some of the major tourist sites in Suwon.

Academic Matters

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Academic year: March-December
Fall: September-December
Spring: March-June

Academic Pre-Approval of Study Abroad Credits

Students often ask how they know what courses taken abroad will transfer back to SHSU. During the study abroad application process students complete the Course Equivalency Form which, once signed, will guarantee a course taken abroad will transfer to SHSU as a pre-approved SHSU course.

  1. Students should preferably identify (8) classes per semester they intend to be abroad. That would be four (4) classes they are interested in taking plus four (4) back up course choices.
  2. Populate the Course Equivalency Form with the course number, title and credits of the course you want to take abroad and the SHSU course you think it equal to.
  3. Obtain signature from Department Chair’s of each SHSU course you put down in step 2. Be prepared to provide course description and syllabus of the host institution's course.
  4. Obtain Academic Advisor’s signature.
  5. Obtain Major Department Chair’s signature.
  6. Sign form.
  7. Return original form to SHSU Office of International Programs.

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SHSU students participating on a SHSU exchange program are required to maintain full-time student status at SHSU through enrollment in SHSU’s study abroad courses SABR 1000 while abroad for the duration of the exchange. This means that SHSU students will be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of credit in SABR 1000 courses. The SABR courses are placeholders that will be changed to the pre-approved courses according to the Course Equivalency Form once the transcripts from the Host Institution have been received.

The SHSU Office of International Programs will enroll students in the SABR courses. Students are responsible for enrolling in the courses preapproved in the Course Equivalency Form at the Host Institution. The Host Institution will inform the students how to enroll in their courses.

Available Courses

The majority of courses at Kyonggi are taught in English, however Korean courses are available as well.

Fall Course List

Spring Course List


Exchange students are required to stay on campus during their semester(s) at Kyonggi University and will be housed in Kyonggi Dream Tower. The residence hall opened in 2011 and KGU Dream Towers dormsaccommodates two thousand students providing double and single rooms with private bath.

Kyonggi Dream Tower Residence Hall features:

  • Dining Hall
  • Laundry Facility
  • Fitness Center
  • Convenience Store
  • Copy Center
  • 24 Hour Security System

Room features:KGU dorm 1

  • Double room with beds
  • Shower and toilet
  • Writing desks and chairs
  • Wardrobe
  • Air-conditioning system
  • High-speed internet

Double Occupancy: KRW 1,600,000 / 4 months, KRW 2,300,000 / 6 months
*Rates are subject to change without prior notice

Passport and Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to obtain a passport and determine whether a visa is necessary for travel to any countries visited while traveling to and during this program. Limited information may be provided by the SHSU Office of International Programs and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Withdrawal Policy.

  • General U.S. passport information.
  • If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the closest Passport Acceptance Facility.
  • It is recommended that you travel on a passport that will remain valid for at least six months after the program return date.
  • Visa information specific to Korea.
  • Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens are advised to contact the Office of International Programs and begin independently researching the visa requirements as soon as possible.


Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one or more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Although SHSU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the SHSU Office of International Programs can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.


Your SHSU tuition will be the same tuition rates for the term that you are participating in an Exchange Program.

2019-2020 Cost Comparison Between a semester at SHSU vs a semester at Kyonggi University
Tuition & Fees $5,241 $4,966*
SHSU Study Abroad Service Fee $0 $200
Room & Board $4,835 $2,450
Books & Supplies $686 $100
Transportation $1,002 $1,400
Miscellaneous $35 $375
Personal Spending $896 $1,500
Total Estimated Costs for One Semester $12,695 $10,991
  • Figures rounded up to the nearest whole dollar.
  • Amounts will vary according to exchange rate fluctuations.
  • SHSU 2019-20 Cost of Attendance (COA):
  • SHSU Fall 2019 Tuition and Fees based on UGRD TX resident taking 15 hours:
  • * Students studying abroad do not pay the Recreational Sports Fee, Student Center Fee and Medical Fee ($275).
  • SHSU Study Abroad Service Fee: paid with tuition for semester abroad.
  • SHSU 2019-20 Room & Board based on on-campus housing (see SHSU COA chart).
  • Estimation Provided by Kyonggi University and Internet.
  • Transportation (KGU) includes round trip from IAH to Seoul and local transportation.
  • Miscellaneous (SHSU) is Fed Loan Fees figure (see SHSU COA chart).
  • Miscellaneous (KGU) includes passport fee, student visa fees, alien registration fee and international insurance.
  • Personal spending varies based on individual spending habits so students may spend more or less than the average amount quoted.

Estimated Program Cost for Kyonggi University


Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. The earlier you start planning the better. The personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the Study Abroad Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the estimated program cost sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Meet with a Coach from the Student Money Management Center to better understand your financial aid package and develop your funding plan.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.

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Applying to Study Abroad

Ready to start your study abroad journey? Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session and setup an appointment to meet with the Study Abroad Coordinator.

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