Founded in 1905, Korea University Business School was the first business school established in South Korea. Because of the school's leadership and innovation in management education, KUBS has indisputably become the most prestigious business school in the country. The teaching and research facilities at KUBS are cutting edge, and parallel the facilities found in top business schools around the world. KUBS has also ranked No. 21 in an average of the past three years in UK “Financial Times (FT) Global Top 100 Executive MBA Rankings” (No. 1 in Korea), reaffirming its international positioning in the world.KUBS is the first and only school in Korea to be accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS.
KUBS is the business school of Korea University, a private research university in Seoul with a population of 30,000 students. Over 65 percent of classes at KUBS are offered in English and exchange students receive priority registration!
Seoul is both the largest city and capital of South Korea. It enjoys a central location within East Asia with China on its west and Japan to its east. Seoul is truly a representative global city in the ways that it integrates traditional culture in contemporary life, making it an ideal place for students who are interested in studying abroad in South Korea to learn Korean language and traditional culture.
In addition to the unique classroom culture and college atmosphere on-campus, students will also explore the natural beauty of the country along with its royal palaces, Buddhist temples, and sleek skyscrapers, stellar subway system and cutting edge technology.
Seoul is one of the world's top ten financial centers, and is home to some of the largest technology corporations such as Samsung and LG. The city hosted the 1988 Olympics, the 2002 World Cup, and was designated the 2010 World Design Capital. Seoul is considered to have the best technological infrastructure in the world with near city-wide wireless internet and DMB (mobile TV technology).
In addition to the excellent academic and recreational facilities offered at KUBS, there are many student clubs available, and international students are encouraged to get involved. KUBS Student Services offers a number of special activities for international students and also coordinate a buddy program, which is highly recommended by past participants. You can find more information about Korea University Buddy Assistants, or KUBA, on the Korea University factsheet.
Past participants recommend trying to learn some Korean before a semester abroad at KUBS. "The more a person the knows, the better. Especially for Korean friends, they prefer talking in Korean because most think their English skills are bad. So it can be hard to communicate with them if you do not know Korean." Students who learn some Korean may enjoy more the experience of studying in Seoul.
Seoul has a lot to offer students outside of the university. Daehangno, meaning "the street of youth," is found in the heart of the city and offers many affordable restaurants, shops, and clubs for young people to enjoy. Other popular student hubs are Hongdae, Sincheon, Itaewon and Gangnam. The nightlife in Seoul is vibrant and many cultural festivals are offered in the city throughout the year. Seoul is a very large city and there are innumerable historic, cultural, and social activities for students to explore during their free time. Thanks to an excellent transportation system, and a group-oriented mindset, it is common for students to travel in groups together to mountains, beaches and nearby islands. In addition, exchange students often travel to other countries in Asia. Tokyo is only a 1.5 hour flight away. Thailand, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries are also popular destinations.
The Fall semester at KUBS runs September - December. The Spring semester runs March - June.
Ranking and Rigor
#45 in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
#47 in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Past participants report that level of academic challenge at Korea University is generally similar to Tulane.
Sixty-five percent of the business courses in the undergraduate program at KUBS are taught in English. Exchange participants can enroll in courses in Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing. Incoming exchange students get priority registration.
For a list of courses commonly offered at KUBS and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, please see http://sugang.korea.ac.kr > Major Subject > Korea University Business School.
Students may refer to the course list from the previous corresponding semester (e.g., Fall semester 2017 for Fall semester 2018) to get an idea of what will be offered during their semester abroad. Students are responsible for checking the latest course list in July for the Fall semester and in January for the Spring semester. Courses conducted in English are indicated as “(English)”. All KUBS undergraduate courses taught in English, except for “BUSS402 Management Strategy”, are open to the exchange students. Exchange students are allowed to take non-business courses if pre-requisites are met and they have successfully registered online. BBA students are NOT allowed to take MS/MBA courses.
Korean language courses are offered during regular semesters. There are 6 different levels from Beginner to Advanced. Korean courses for exchange students can be found at http://sugang.korea.ac.kr > General Subject > General Studies > Elective General Studies > IFLS108 – 113 / IFLS240 – 247.
Non-credit Korean language classes for 4 weeks are offered during the summer/winter vacation to exchange students who completed a regular semester at KU, regardless of academic level.
Preparatory Preferred Course Listing for BBA students allows students to expedite course registration before the official registration period begins. Preparatory Preferred Course Listing is available in July for the Fall and January for the Spring. Registration takes place in late August for the Fall and late February for the Spring. Course registration dates are noted on the KUBS academic calendar. Students can add/drop during the first week of classes.
More detailed information with specific dates and complete instructions will be sent to students prior to the course registration period in July/August for the fall semester and January/February for the spring semester, and students are responsible for reading and following the guidelines very carefully.
Classes are generally lecture- and discussion-based. Attendance and participation are required. Students studying at KUBS can expect homework assignments and group work. Workload depends on the classes you take. Past participants say "there is a lot of work, but not difficult." They rate the academics as "equally rigorous" to courses at Freeman. The students and professors at KUBS are very highly motivated and tend to work very hard in their classes.
Grades are based on attendance and class participation and scores on midterm exams, final exams, presentations, group work, and homework assignments (varies by class).
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
KUBS uses a grading scale similar to the U.S. grading scale. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at KUBS.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see the KUBS Fact Sheet19-20.pdf for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Dormitories for international students are designed to provide a comfortable, affordable living environment that maximize privacy and are conducive to scholarly pursuits. Each resident is provided with his/her own bed, desk and closet space. Each dormitory also features television & audio rooms, a recreation area, vending machines, laundry rooms, reading rooms and seminar halls. Community assistants or resident managers are assigned to assist residents with their needs during their stay in the community.
Each double room is furnished with single beds, mattresses, desks, chairs, study lamps, a telephone and wardrobes. Students provide their own towels. Communal bathrooms and showers are located on each floor. Rooms and major campus buildings have wireless LAN.
Past participants say, "Anam [Global House] is the best place to live if you go to Korea University."
Note: On-campus housing is NOT guaranteed for exchange students. It can be difficult for KUBS exchange students to get a room in one of the on-campus dormitories due to limited space and assignment priorities. Therefore, it is highly recommended for students to find and prepare to stay in off-campus accommodations in case on-campus housing is not provided (which is very likely).
There are numerous private student accommodations called Goshitel near the campus, reachable by 5-10 minutes’ walk. These accommodations vary widely in terms of room size and rate. Prices range from approximately KRW 450,000 to KRW 700,000 per month, and the average price is about KRW 550,000. For more off-campus housing options, please refer to http://goshipages.com.
General information on housing in Seoul is also available at the Seoul Global Center website, http://global.seoul.go.kr > Living > Housing.
Homestay Korea can arrange students with families willing to host a homestay student, and reservations are available in English.