Korea University


The Korea University Department of Public Administration (KUPA) was founded in 1955, at the very beginning of the reconstruction and development era after the Korean War. It launched as the nation’s one of the first public administration programs. Since its inception, KUPA has maintained the reputation as the most respected public administration research and education institution in Korea. Korean media has consistently ranked KUPA as the best public administration program in the nation. KUPA education aims to foster leaders in the public sector to work for the greater good in society. Its curriculum expects students to enhance knowledge and skills in four key areas: public management, public policy, governance, and methodology.

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Level: Undergraduate

Number of placements available: Up to 3 students per year

Semester of study available: Fall or Spring

Academic Calendar:

Spring Semester
Early March – Mid June
Fall Semester
Early September – Mid December

Areas of study: law, finance, management, policy, and economics

Language of instruction: English

Courses: USC undergraduate students will be able to take courses that are offered at the Department of Public Administration at Korea University (KUPA). Students will take classes that are relevant to their degree and career objectives. KUPA will integrate USC students into regular classes given to degree-seeking students with the same academic requirements.

USC undergraduate students must only take upper division courses at KUPA. Upper division courses at KUPA are considered third and fourth year courses, since the KUPA undergraduate program is a four-year program. KUPA states that courses numbered 300 and above are considered upper division courses. Each semester KUPA will offer 6-7 select courses in English, and USC students will select their courses from this list. KUPA undergraduate students typically take 6 courses (18 credit hours) per semester.

KUPA states that students may take courses in other departments outside of KUPA, such as political science, economics, sociology, international studies. However, all USC students participating in the exchange program will be required to consult with their program administrator/advisor and/or department chair/program director prior to departure regarding their course selection and to ensure that USC requirements are followed. Course prerequisites may apply.

All classes that USC students take will be taught in English; therefore, there is no foreign language proficiency requirement.

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