This is a bilateral student exchange between SJSU and Gyeongsang National University.
- Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses
- Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees
- Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships
- Immerse yourself in Korean culture
- Study for one semester or an academic year
- Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school
GNU was initially founded as Jinju Provincial Agricultural College in 1948. Since then GNU has become the national flagship University of South Korea, striving towards becoming a global institution in Gyeongsangnam-do, with 780 professors, 400 administrative employees, and an enrollment of 25,000 students. With the support of the central government, former GNU presidents, 100,000 alumni and local residents, GNU enjoys a reputation as a leader in higher education.
Gyeongsang National University is located near the southern coast of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in Jinju City, which is located in South Gyeongsang Province. Jinju is less than an hour's drive from Korea's southern coast and is about an hour's drive from Korea's famous Chiri Mountain. The city has a population of about 340,000 (including surrounding communities), which is relatively small by Korean standards. Nevertheless, the city has a long, rich history, modern infrastructure, and good public transportation (including a busy domestic airport). Surrounded by mountains and pine- and bamboo-covered hills and divided by the winding South River, Jinju is one of Korea's most beautiful cities.
There are cultural events held in Jinju every year. Among these are the Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival which is held in October for approximately ten days. This nationally designated cultural tourism festival, found only in Jinju, features a spectacle of lanterns floating on the Nam River to commemorate the patriotic spirit of the 70,000 militia corps and government troops who died for their country defending Jinju from the Japanese forces during the Imjin War (1592–1598). Other major festivals include: the Nongae Festival, the Korea Drama Festival, the Gaecheon Arts Festival and the Jinju National Bullfighting Contest.
The Nongae Festival, held in May each year commemorates and celebrates the sacrifice of the beautiful and patriotic gisaeng (professional Korean entertainer) Nongae's suicide-assassination of a Japanese general together with the 70,000 Koreans who lost their lives in the battle of Jinju Castle during the Imjin War. The festival features an emotional reenactment of Nongae's suicidal drowning of a Japanese general from uiam bawi (righteous rock) below Chokseongnu (Jinju castle pavilion) on the banks of the Nam River.
Gaecheon Arts Festival is annually held from October 3 to 10 and the entire city turns to the streets for celebration at Korea's first provincial culture art festival, which awakens the artistic spirit of the Korean people. The festival falls around Gaecheonjeol (National Foundation Day) and is widely regarded as one of Korea's finest.
The Jinju National Bullfighting Contest is recognized as Korea's oldest bullfighting event and spectators can witness a test of strength at this bullfighting contest held at a purpose-built traditional Korean sports arena near Jinyang lake.
90% of GNU's class offerings are in Korean, and about 10% are in English. The courses listed below are available in English, and there is no Korean language prerequisite to take these courses. If a student is proficient in Korean, the entire course catalog is available. Those students with no prior Korean language experience are strongly recommended
to take basic Korean language (2 credits).
Engineering (all fields)
Business (all concentrations)
A list of recent courses offered in English can be found here
: GNU Courses in English (Fall 2018)
1st Semester (Spring Semester): March - Mid June
2nd Semester (Fall Semester): September - Mid December
- GNU Buddy Program: encourages interaction between international and Korean students on a one-to-one basis. International students are matched with GNU Korean students. This program aims to promote community, friendship and continuing cultural and academic learning and interaction through shared experiences.
- ISA (International Students Association): The ISA was established for the promotion of fellowship and cooperation among GNU international students. ISA organizes various special events for international students such as international students day, sports days and field trips.
- Cultural Excursions and Special Events: GNU organizes various cultural experience programs and special events for international students throughout the year. All of these excursions and events will be provided free of charge. It is good opportunity not only to experience Korean culture, also to have meaningful memory studying in Korea.
- Club Categories: History & Heritage, Literary, Foreign Language, Martial Arts, Internationally Affiliated, Religious, Painting & Photography, Sports & Outdoor Recreation, Music & Performing Arts, Hobbies & Other Interests, Politics, Philosophy & Agenda, Community Service and etc. For a list of specific clubs in these categories Click Here.
- GSNU has two major campus events each year: the spring sports week and the fall festival. The spring sports week is a week of sporting events in which the students from the different majors compete with each other in different sporting activities. The fall festival is a week of student-sponsored entertainment and food booths that go late into the evening. Both festivals are very important to GSNU students.
Students can either stay on-campus in residence halls or off-campus in apartments. Exchange students are required to live on-campus for their first semester, but can live off campus for their second semester if going for the academic year. For more information about GNU's dormitories and to see rooms and buildings, please visit the following link: http://dorm.gnu.ac.kr/eng/main/
BUDGETING FOR YOUR SEMESTER
**These costs are current as of 2018–19. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses do vary between students: those who eat out at restaurants or plan to travel frequently should estimate higher.
* Health Insurance Students: All outgoing exchange students are required to purchase the SJSU-approved University health insurance plan through JCB Insurance Services. GNU also requires students to purchase their own separate insurance plan as required by the Korean Ministry of Education.
- SJSU Tuition & Fees: $3,900.00
- Round Trip Airfare: $1,500.00
- Housing & Meals: $700.00 - $1,150.00 (Depending on room types & meal plans)
- Books & Supplies: $100.00
- Insurance: $450.00 (*SJSU and GNU Insurance plans)
- Personal Expenses: $1,500.00
- Total: $8,150.00 - $8,600.00
FINANCING YOUR SEMESTER
Financial Aid: Students who are participating in certified SJSU study abroad programs can use all of the financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans (except work study) for which they are normally qualified. For more information click Here.
Scholarships: Scholarships for study abroad come in many forms: SJSU Study Abroad Scholarships, Program Specific, National and International scholarships. Find links for these scholarships and online scholarship search engines by clicking Here.