University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office of International Education (OIE) WEB GUIDE

Kookmin University, S. Korea

: Seoul, Korea
Dates: Spring: early March - mid-June; Fall: late August - mid-December
Courses: Courses are offered in English in Advanced Materials Engineering, Business Administration, Business IT, Ceramics, Computer Science, Economics, English Language and Literature, Food and Life Science, Forest Resources, General Education, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Painting, Physical Education, Political Science and Diplomacy and Sociology.
Accommodation: dormitory
Program Model: Student Exchange
Contact: Office of International Education or Andrew Redington, A/C 503, 424-1349 for arts & metalworking

Kookmin University specializes in metalworking, ceramics, graphic design and other arts, offering interactive "hands-on" classes and giving students the opportunity to fully integrate into the classroom and the culture.

The campus is located 20-30 minutes by shuttle/bus from downtown Seoul and includes unique libraries (including a Design Library), a museum, a design solution center, a historical house, a language teaching institute, and a wellness center. Check out a map of the campus.

This could be you at International Students Day !!!

The Ubiquitous Design Solution Center (UDSC)

The Ubiquitous Design Solution Center (UDSC) aims to produce designers trained for an environment that transcends the limits of time andspace by supplying design solutions. The UIT Design Solution Center promotes design development. It holds a contest to promote design-solution centered business. The Center will increase cooperation with small and medium businesses to find UIT solutions using improved design technology.

The Korean Language Institute

Despite its relatively short history, The program which puts emphasis on the Korean language and cultural studies is continuously evolving as one of the largest program in the institute. In the five years of the Korean Language Program, over four hundred students from ten nations have completed the course of study.

The Myungwon House

Myungwon house is affiliated with Kookmin University and has been designated as Seoul Folklore National Treasure No.7. This house is being utilized as a space for the education and experience of traditional Korean culture. It especially focuses on teaching the traditional Korean tea ceremony.

The Wellness Center

The Wellness Center supplies customized exercise programs to improve the physical strength and health of visitors. Employees at the Wellness Center have extensive training and a great deal of background experience in supplying proper advice and specialized exercise regimes.

Academic Coursework

airplanePointer Host Institution Course Selection

Before committing to an exchange program, applicants must spend time looking through the course selection available at the host institution. Final course lists are not established, however, until just prior to the start of each semester. For planning purposes, you must use the prior year's fall course list to plan for future fall enrollment and the prior year's spring course list to plan for future spring enrollment.

Majors at Kookmin University

Courses offered in Korean may be available to students who have little to no prior Korean language knowledge. These courses will generally be art and metalworking courses.

To browse a list of courses in a specific college, follow these steps:

1) Click on the Academics tab on the top of the Kookmin University Academics page.

2) Under the Colleges/School column on the left side, choose the college that best fits your preferred field of study.

3) Next to the picture, under the title of the college, click on the web adress in gray. This will open in a new tab or window, depending on how your browser settings are configured.

4) From here, either choose a more specific department or curriculum. Each college's webpage is set-up differently, so you may have to search around to find the courses.

Course Registration

You will register for courses using the Kookmin Total Information System (KTIS) during the registration period. (Because the registration system page is entirely in Korean, it is best to open the page from within "google translate". While the translation is by no means perfect, being able to read something is better than being able to read nothing!)

Exact dates for the registration period will be announced in the KMU "Exchange Student Guide" emailed to you by KMU.

airplanePointerCourse and Credit Transfer

When you study abroad/away on a program which does not grant UW Oshkosh credit, you may request that your courses be transfered to UW Oshkosh at the end of your program by soliciting prior approval for course and credit transfer. Transfer without prior approval IS NOT AUTOMATIC and IS NOT GUARANTEED.

Follow the instructions on the Transfer Credit Prior Approval form to have your courses pre-approved for transfer.

airplanePointerTo Complete Your Course Transfer

Before you depart from abroad, you must request that your host institution send your transcripts directly to the Transfer Student Coordinator in the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office. Do not send your transcript to the Office of International Education. The UW Oshkosh OIE cannot request transcripts on your behalf and you cannot receive credit at UW Oshkosh without the official transcript.

Transfer Student Coordinator
Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901

NOTE: When the Transfer Student Coordinator receives your transcipt, it will be matched to the Transfer Credit Prior Approval Form you completed during the application process for your program. If you did not take the courses you listed on your prior approval form, there is no guarantee that your courses will transfer. If you took courses which won't transfer, this will retroactively affect your full-time status as reported by UW Oshkosh and may affect your financial aid.

You should consider ordering a copy of your host institution transcripts for yourself if possible.

airplanebulletpointStudy Abroad and Graduation

Students graduating at the end of a spring semester study abroad experience must choose a summer graduation date. Summer graduates may walk in the May or December graduation ceremony.

Full Estimated Cost of Participation

The "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" includes your Program Fee (the amount due directly to UW Oshkosh), your airfare and other expenses related to your participation on this program.

Full Estimated Cost of Participation:

As part of the application process for this program, you are required to review, sign and submit the "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" worksheet for your program. The worksheet includes all of the cost details for your program and is linked from STEP III of the "Apply" section of this guide.   

Accommodation & Meals


Accomodation at Kookmin University includes dormitory-style living. The dorms are a one room flat with beds, desks, shower stalls, toilets, and a LAN communication network. Common areas include a large cafeteria, a laundry room, and a lounge that provides students with a comfortable living space. Usually students are four per room and may choose Korean students or international students as roommates.

In addition, Kookmin Community Center is an off-campus residential facility for international students only. Each room is equipped with internet acces, beds, desks, chairs, and other necessities. There are common kitchens, living rooms, shower rooms, and laundry areas. Four students share a room.


KU offers an optional meal plan. Students who don't take the meal plan must purchase food and cook on their own or eat in restaurants.

Review the estimate for the amount of money you should bring to cover meals in the Full Cost of Participation worksheet. It is not reasonable to think that you can save money by spending less than the food estimate provided by the OIE! This estimate is meant to be the BARE MINIMUM in relation to your particular destination!


At a minimum, eligible students on student exchange and direct enroll programs have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5, are in good standing, and may come from any academic discipline. Students who will study in a foreign language must also meet proficiency requirements as listed on each program's web page. Students with a GPA below 2.5 should contact the OIE before applying. In some cases, partners abroad will accept applicants with a slightly lower GPA. As part of the application process, your disciplinary file will be reviewed. If you have a campus disciplinary file, this will be taken into consideration when determining your eligibility.

Language Skills
Courses are offered in both Korean and English. There is no Korean language requirement for students studying in English. Students planning to study in Korean will be required to submit evidence of Korean language proficiency.

Pre-/Post-travel Class Dates

Inability or failure to attend class prior to or following your program abroad may affect your ability to participate, course grades and/or ability to receive and use financial aid.

Application Process

airplanePointerBefore You Apply

  1. Write the deadline for completing the On-line Study Abroad Orientation - AND the date on which you must attend your Pre-departure meeting - in your calendar. Failure to complete orientation will affect your ability to participate.
  2. Write all payment deadlines in your calendar.
    If you aren't the person who will be making payments, share this information with the person who will be.
  3. Understand how seats are assigned on study abroad programs.

airplanePointerSecuring Your Place on a Study Abroad Program

Seats are assigned in the order in which qualified applicants have completed STEPS I & II of the application process, provided STEP III has also been completed by the STEP III application deadline.

This means that you may be conditionally admitted following completion of steps I & II, but NOT receive a seat if you then fail to complete STEP III on time.

If you are on the waiting list, you may receive a seat if applicants who have been conditionally admitted have not completed STEP III by the deadline.

After the deadline, seats are assigned in the order in which qualified applicants have completed all three steps.

airplanePointerApplication Deadlines

Spring Semester Programs

STEPS I & II: Friday September 28th, 2018 by NOON

STEP III: Friday October 5th, 2018 by NOON

Fall Semester Programs

STEPS I & II: last Friday in February by NOON

STEP III: 1st Friday of March by NOON

airplanePointerApplication STEPs & Application Checklist

Complete the three steps below in order, or work on all three steps simultaneously. Check off items as you SUBMIT them to the Office of International Education.

Step I
Complete the on-line study abroad/away application.

**Be aware that the application will time out without warning! Save often, and if you answering the longer questions we recommend typing them into a Word document and pasting them in to the online application.
Refer to the Orientation section for orientation dates.
Step II
Print the application packet and sign where appropriate.
Pay the UW Oshkosh application fee
( $200 for in-state residents and $300 for out-of-state residents) per the instructions in the application packet and turn in your receipt to the OIE. If you have mailed the application fee to the Cashier's Office, notify the OIE so that OIE staff can contact the Cashier's Office for confirmation.
Print an unofficial copy of your university transcript

course prerequisites (if applicable) and final GPA.

To print your unofficial transcripts:
1) Login to TitanWeb
2) Select "Transcript: View Unofficial" using the drop-down menu
3) Select "Unofficial Transcript" in the Report Type drop-down menu
4) Click "View Report"
5) The transcript will process as a PDF. This can take a few minutes. If you do not see your transcript, turn off your pop-up blocker.
6) Print
Special Student Form for Undergraduate Admissions
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not a student at UW Oshkosh OR if you are not a student at all.
Graduate Registration Form and Graduate Special/Non-Degree Information Form
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn graduate level credit, or if you are in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn undergraduate level credit.
Submit the Disciplinary Clearance Form
Complete ONLY IF:

1) You are a student at a university or college OTHER THAN UW Oshkosh. Submit this form to the appropriate office on your HOME campus; request that the office on your HOME campus submit the form directly to the UW Oshkosh OIE by the deadline for this step of the application process.
2) You transferred to UW Oshkosh in the last 12 months. Submit this form to the appropriate office on the campus(es) you transferred from; request that the office on your transfer campus(es) submit the form directly to the UW Oshkosh OIE by the deadline for this step of the application process.

Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:
Two Recommendations
One recommendation must be from a professor in a department related to your major. The second must be from another professor or from a professional person with whom you work.
Transfer Credit Prior Approval form
The OIE recommends choosing twice as many courses as you plan to take per semester and completing the Transfer Credit Prior Approval for all of these courses. In the case that a course you intended to take abroad is full, not offered or is not what you expected, you will then be able to easily make changes to your enrollment while abroad.
Kookmin University Exchange Application
Statement of Purpose
Portfolio (students applying to the College of Design only)
Official Passport Photo
Required regardless of whether or not you already have a passport. Submit 1 passport-size photo (2” x 2”) taken by a professional passport photographer. Write your name on the back of the photo prior to submitting.
OPTIONAL: Click here to apply for the State of Wisconsin Travel Grant!
Step III
Review, sign and submit the
Fall Full Cost of Participation worksheet
Spring Full Cost of Participation
Academic Year Full Cost of Participation worksheet.
Edit the "medical" and "medical III" sections of your on-line study abroad application to ensure that every question is complete. Each and every question must be answered, even if the answer is obviously "none" or "n/a"!
Provide proof of passport
Complete only if you will travel outside the U.S.

If you already have a passport
, edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include all requested passport details.

If you do not already have a passport, apply for one and submit a copy of your receipt to the OIE showing that you have applied.

Click here for passport forms and instructions.
Edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include your full name.

If you are traveling OUTSIDE the U.S., enter your full name EXACTLY as it appears on your passport or on your passport application.  DO NOT GUESS! 

If you are traveling WITHIN the U.S. (including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), enter your name EXACTLY as it appears on your driver’s license.  DO NOT GUESS! 

Your name will be printed on your airline ticket exactly as you enter it.  If the name on your airline ticket does not match the name on your identification, you will be charged a correction fee or may not be allowed through airport security.
Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:

Step IV (post-application deadline)

Photocopy of your Passport
You must turn in a COPY of your signed passport valid for 6 months from the date of departure from the foreign country. The copy should only include the following two pages: the page with your photo on it and the page with your signature on it (the signature page is just above the page with your photo).
Tuberculosis Test
Within 90 days of your arrival at Kookmin you will need to get a TB Test and send your results to the OIE. This is required for all students living in the dormitories at Kookmin University. Students can have the test done at the Student Health Center for $20.
Apply for a visa
A visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country (in this case, Korea) in a U.S. passport that makes it possible for the bearer to visit that foreign country for a specific purpose. You will apply for your visa following directions provided by the Consulate General of Korea in Chicago.

Kookmin University issues a "Certificate of Admission" and other documents required for the student visa application. You cannot apply for your visa until after you have received these documents. Futher instructions on the visa process will be provided at your pre-departure meeting.



Paying Your Program Fee

airplaneBulletPointFinancial Aid

Using financial aid to cover some or all of your costs? See our detailed financial aid information.

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Fall Semester Programs

Spring Semester Programs


airplanePointerFirst Program Fee Payment

Your emailed study abroad acceptance letter (the one that says that you have been officially accepted to participate) includes a link to a statement for your first payment. This statement will not be sent to you in any other way. No one else will receive this statement or a copy of your bill; no further reminders will be sent. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the payment deadlines; you will need to forward your statement to the person who pays your bills if you are not that person!!!

The initial Program Fee Statement is also provided here. You can use this copy or the copy included in your acceptance letter (they are identical) when paying your fees.

airplanebulletpointSecond Program Fee Payment

You will receive a link to a statement for your second payment VIA EMAIL from the Office of International Education just prior to the second payment deadline. Some programs have been advertised using a range of fees; if this is the case, you must plan to cover fees at the top end of the range until you receive your second statement. This statement will indicate whether there have been cost savings due to increased participant numbers, exchange rates, etc. and, therefore, a reduced program fee.

airplanebulletpointTuition Payment

If your program includes a required tuition payment IN ADDITION TO YOUR PROGRAM FEE, this will be clearly indicated on the Full Cost of Participation Worksheet linked within the "Apply" section of this guide.

For interim programs, follow the program fee payment deadlines ($1,000 total due by the first deadline date, the remaining tuition and program fee due by the final deadline date).

For semester & summer programs, tuition will be billed by Student Accounts just before the term at UW Oshkosh begins, just as it normally is. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the normal university tuition payment deadlines.

airplanebulletpointPayment by Cash or Check

All payments by cash or check must be accompanied by a copy of your program fee statement. Make checks payable to “The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh” and write “Study Abroad” in the memo section. Pay fees at the Cashier's Office on the second floor of Dempsey Hall or mail your check to: Cashier's Office, UW Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901. Cashier office hours: Mon – Fri 8:30-4:00 (8:30-3:00 the day after Thanksgiving).

airplanebulletpointPayment by Credit Card or E-check

Payment by MasterCard or American Express carries a 2.5% convenience fee and can be made through TitanWeb E-checks carry a fee of $0.50 per transaction.

airplanebulletpointPayment by Financial Aid, Grant, Scholarship or External Loan

Submit the "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form to Student Accounts by the first payment deadline. Students who plan to to cover some costs on their own and remaining costs using financial aid, grants or scholarships must pay costs not covered by aid/loans/scholarships, up to $1,000, by the first payment deadline.

For UW Oshkosh students, financial aid will automatically be applied toward study abroad-related fees on your student account. If you are a student elsewhere, you may need to pick up your change check from your home campus, cash the check, and send payment to UW Oshkosh.

Once your "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form has been submitted, a "positive service indicator" will appear on your record indicating that financial aid will be paying your study abroad program fees.  This should not prevent you from doing anything except printing transcripts.


You may not work in S. Korea on a student visa, except as offered through the KU international office.


Scholarships offered through UW Oshkosh and outside organizations. 

Freeman-ASIA (not offered every year)

Gliman International Scholarship (a BIG one!)


Flight & Program Schedule


Mode of transportation: participants find their own way to the U.S. departure airport


Carry approximately KRW120,000 (about US$100) in cash to cover transportation fees from the local airport and living costs for the first few days.


Participants arrange and pay for airline tickets on their own. DO NOT purchase these until you have been officially accepted into the program by the HOST university. Information on finding and booking airline tickets is available elsewhere in this guide.

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S. Korea - Incheon International Airport (ICN)

Note that ICN is not in Seoul.

Once students arrive at the airport they can take an airport bus to Kookmin University. Specific directions on how to get from Incheon International Airport is available in the KMU Student Guide provided by email by KMU.

Students who have never traveled before should seriously consider taking a taxi from the airport to KMU rather than taking the bus.

airplanePointerAcademic Calendar

Kookmin's Academic Calendar is structured into four time periods:

  • Winter (mid-December - mid-January)
  • Spring (early March - mid-June)
  • Summer (mid-June - mid-July)
  • Fall (late August - mid-December)

Students from UW Oshkosh will need to arrive before the actual semester begins in order to participate in the in-country orientation.

Visas & Residence Permits

airplanebulletResidence Permit

You are required to obtain a residence permit within 90 days of arrival in Korea. To obtain a residence permit as a student, you must submit two 3 × 4 cm photos, your original passport, a certificate of enrollment, and a fee of 10,000 won. You will visit the nearby immigration office in person to apply. Advising will be provided by KU upon arrival in Korea.

airplanebulletMedical Exam

You are required to have a medical exam on campus after arrival in Korea to check for contagious diseases such as tuberculosis. Staff in the KMU International Affairs Office will explain the medical exam and assist you.


Health Insurance

See our new "Insurance" page for details.

Emergency Contacts

In a life and death emergency ABROAD

U.S. Department of State Citizen Emergency Center (1-202-647-5225) will relay messages to the foreign Embassy. Embassy personnel may try to locate your student, pass on urgent messages and, consistent with the Privacy Act, report back.

To reach your student directly

If your student is staying in a hotel, use the hotel contact information listed on the web page for your student's program. The Office of International Education cannot give out private residence or homestay phone numbers unless authorized in advance by the student, but we will contact your student for you in an emergency.

To reach someone at UW Oshkosh during office hours (7:45 am - 4:30 pm M-F)

Office of International Education Phone: 1 (920) 424-0775
Jenna Graff: Director, Office of International Education -
Kelsey McDaniels, Study Abroad Advisor -
Mary Reinke: Program Manager -
Office of International Education Fax: 1 (920) 424-0185
Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-1410
Office of the Provost & Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-0300

To reach someone at UW Oshkosh outside of normal office hours

University Police: 1 (920) 424-1216

To reach an on-site local contact, IN AN EMERGENCY ONLY.

Mr. Jeongwon Lee, Associate Manager, Office of International Affairs, Kookmin University; Tel: 011-82-2-910-5806; Fax: 011-82-2-910-5830; email:


To help you prepare for your travel experience away, we'll begin with an orientation through which we'll share information on topics such as course registration & enrollment, flights, itineraries, housing, meals, emergency contacts, financial planning, program withdrawal, health & personal security, and travel.

Your orientation consists of:

  • required reading materials
  • required on-line presentation
  • orientation quiz submitted to the OIE
  • optional in-person Q&A
  • in-person orientation with program leaders or department advcoates (These may be required or optional, or may not be offered for your particular program; check your program web guide and/or with your program leader for more information.)

The orientation deadline for fall interim & spring semester programs is the 2nd Friday in November.

The orientation deadilne for spring interim, summer and fall semester programs is the 1st Friday in April.

  • Participants who do not complete the orientation requirements prior to the orientation deadline will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.
  • Share the this orientation with parents, spouses, and/or other family members who may also want to review the orientation. The orientation is open to anyone who would like to participate.


airplanebulletpointIn Person Q & A - OPTIONAL

The date below is what you will enter in the "Orientation" section of your online application!

Following completion of the on-line orientation, participants are invited to attend an OPTIONAL, in-person Q & A session on:

  • Fall Interim & Spring Semester programs: Sat, 11/10/18, 9:00am-1:00pm, Location TBA
  • Spring Interim, Summer and Fall Semester programs: Saturday, 4/6/19, 9:00am-1:00pm, location TBA

Family member attendance at the Q & A session is invited and encouraged. Family members who plan to attend the Q & A session should understand that this will not replace the orientation outlined above. Family members should review the full orientation prior to attending in person.

airplanebulletpointReading Materials - REQUIRED

Before beginning your on-line orientation, review the materials listed below; you will refer to these materials during the on-line orientation. Share these materials with interested family members.

airplanebulletpointOn-line Orientation - REQUIRED

Schedule approximately 90 minutes to focus on your on-line orientation.

To access the on-line orientation

  • Open the study away orientation in PowerPoint.
  • Click on the "Slide Show" tab along the top menu.
  • Click on the "Custom Slide Show" menu item.
  • Choose your program.

airplanebulletOrientation Quiz - REQUIRED

Complete your orientation requirement by submitting this orientation quiz to the Office of International Education by the orientation deadline.

airplanebulletPre-depature meeting: REQUIRED

All participants are required to attend a pre-departure meeting with the Study Away Coordinator. This orientation covers topics not already covered in the on-line orientation and focuses on topics about which participants will have questions and will need clarification.

Participants who do not complete in-person program-specific orientation will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.

The date and time of this meeting will be coordinated with all accepted students and take place in Dempsey 202.


This page was last updated on: May 16, 2018