The POSTECH International Exchange Program will give you the opportunity to study and immerse yourself in the Korean culture and actively participate in research activities under supervision of an advising professor. The POSTECH International Exchange Program is offered for undergraduate/graduate students from partner universities of POSTECH around the world.
○ Types of Program
International exchange students may take courses at POSTECH and transfer credits to their home universities. About 70% of academic courses are taught in English.
Exchange students may participate in the research program supervised by a POSTECH professor. Applicants are required to directly contact an advisor-to-be at POSTECH for admission. Maximum period of research is 12 months, and research participation period will be determined by the exchange student and the POSTECH advising professor.
Course-taking + Research
○ Application Information
• Undergraduate or graduate students nominated by the international office of partner institutions
• CGPA Requirement: ‘B’ or above
• English Proficiency Requirement (for non-native English speakers): TOEFL iBT 79, IELTS 6.0, or above*
* It may be substituted with equivalent proof documents.
Application Period & How to Apply
• Application Period for Fall Entry: March 15 ~ April 1
• Application Period for Spring Entry: September 15 ~ October 1
• Application for research exchange program must be completed 90 days prior to the start date.
• Apply (under construction)
• Completed application form must be signed by an exchange coordinator of applicants’ home universities and sent to the inbound coordinator of POSTECH via email.
Required Supporting Documents for Exchange Application
• Academic Transcript in English
• Official Score of English Proficiency (for non-native English speakers only)
• One Recommendation Letter from Home University Supervisor
• Copy of Passport
• Letter of Approval from POSTECH Professor (for research exchange only)
• All exchange students for course-taking are required to identify 3 supervising professors-to-be at POSTECH on the online application form. Available POSTECH professors will determine the applicants’ admissions and approve course registrations.
• Research exchange applicants are required to directly contact an advisor-to-be at POSTECH for admission and receive an approval letter, which will be uploaded on the online application system.
• Fall Entry: by the first week of June
• Spring Entry: by the first week of December
• Research exchange applicants’ outcomes will be announced within 30 days after submitting online applications.
• Admitted students will receive an application packet including Certificate of Admission, Admission Letter, Housing, Health Insurance Information and Online Exchange Guidebook.
○ Academic Information
Academic Calendar (Link)
• 2016 Spring: March 2 ~ June 14, 2016
• 206 Summer Session: June 20 ~ July 29, 2016
• 2016 Fall: September 5 ~ December 23, 2016
• 2016 Winter Session: December 26, 2016 ~ February 7, 2017
• 2017 Spring: February 20 ~ June 9, 2017
• 2017 Summer Session: June 12 ~ July 21, 2017
Academic Program (Link)
Course Catalog (Link)
Course List Offered (Link)
Minimum & Maximum Credits
• Minimum: 15 credits/semester
• Maximum: 22 credits/semester
Course Registration Period for Exchange Students
• 2016 Spring: March 4 ~ 14, 2016
• 2016 Fall: September 7 ~ 19, 2016
How to Register Courses
Incoming exchange students will register courses through POVIS (POSTECH Vision Information System) during the course registration period if spaces permit.
Official academic transcripts will be sent to outbound exchange coordinators of partner institutions one month after each semester ends.
※ Undergraduate exchange students may take graduate courses.
※ Graduate exchange students may not take courses for undergraduate junior (3rd grade) level or below.
※ Subject to completion of pre-requisite courses, exchange students may take cross-faculty courses.
Academic Policy (Link)
○ Visa Requirement
Once exchange students receive an admission packet, they are required to apply for their visas individually at the nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate in their home countries prior to entering Korea. A student visa (D-2) is required to study in Korea for all exchange students. Please contact your nearest Korean Embassy or consulate to find more details about visa requirement and process.
※ Exchange students must obtain a visa if they receive any financial support from POSTECH though stay period is less than 90 days and they are from countries with visa exemption agreement. Please contact your nearest Korean Embassy or consulate for more information.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is to support and assist the international members of the university so that they can achieve their educational as well as personal success in POSTECH. ISSS provides services for arrival, housing, orientation, settlement, visa, and leaving and more. ISSS is always ready to help international members and give them advice whenever they need
※ Link to ISSS web page: ISSS
○ Medical Insurance
All exchange students are required to purchase a health insurance (travel, study abroad) from their home country which will be valid during the entire period of their stay in Korea
On-campus dormitories are guaranteed for all international exchange students, and most international exchange students will be assigned to DICE (Dormitory for International Cultural Exchange).
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will host a one-week orientation program a week before each semester begins. Orientation programs will include informative sessions and various cultural activities including campus/city tours, visit to historical sites and traditional cultural centers and more.
Mr. Kiljong Yoo
Inbound Program Coordinator
POSTECH International Relations
○ Reference Materials