Sogang University was established in 1960 by the Society of Jesus, inspired by the Jesuit philosophy of education and based on Catholic beliefs. Comprised of 8 schools and over 600 majors, Sogang is an ideal study abroad destination for almost any CUA student. Interested students should also consider the wealth of culture, festivals, events, and social/sports groups that are available.
Academics & Curriculum
CUA students who participate in the semester exchange have access to courses in English and Korean, with the potential to earn 15 or 18 credits. Most classes are worth 3 US credits. When searching for courses to take in Seoul, check the box next to “Courses for Exchange Students” before pressing search. Please note that not all courses offered in English are open to exchange students. If proficient in Korean, a student may take courses taught in Korean pending university approval. Spring is “Semester 1” and Fall is “Semester 2”.
Students interested in learning more about course offerings can find information here
Summer participants take 2 courses and earn 6 credits in total. Potential course areas include politics, media studies, communications, sociology, and Korean language. Interested students can find more information on Sogang's summer page
Participants live on campus in the Gonzaga Residence Hall. A standard room has two occupants, furnished and outfitted with a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, shoe cabinet, internet cable, restroom, shower room, and telephone (exclusively within premises & receiving only). Each floor has lounge tables, a water purifier, and a shared refrigerator. The hall lobby has a security office, mail room, study room, and pay-to-use printer. Information on the campus library can be found here
Students apply for their housing as part of their online Sogang application.
Volunteer activities for rural communities are held during the spring, summer, and fall.
- Sogang Global Scholarship: The first two Catholic University students to attend the Sogang University exchange program will receive a $700 scholarship. Subsequent students may apply for the scholarship on a competitive basis. To obtain the scholarship, students must complete the Sogang Global Scholarship Form as part of their online Sogang University application.
- Freeman Awards for Study in Asia: Students with a minimum 2.8 GPA and demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply for a Freeman-ASIA scholarship. Semester awards are available up to $5,000.
Additional information and scholarship options can be found on the the study abroad scholarships webpage
Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students. This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide. Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.