Universities in Seoul, Korea with amazing architecture
Did someone say Korea? Sorry, I heard KBBQ, cosmetics and oppas. Teehee.
Unbeknownst to most, the universities there are attractions in their own right. Below is our guide to the top 5 prettiest campuses in Seoul, which are accepting exchange applications and offer classes in English, for anyone who’s planning to head there for exchange. Yes, including Singaporeans!
1. Yonsei University (연세대학교)
Do a Google image search on Yonsei University campus and you might do a double take after seeing the European-looking buildings.
Imagine studying in a campus like this!
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It may be a school in the heart of Seoul, but private research university Yonsei looks more like a giant European estate with its manicured gardens and vine-adorned brick walls.
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Rejoice if you’re a Business, Humanities or Communications undergraduate because this school offers a range of those modules in English.
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Fun fact: Yonsei University was also also a filming set for many dramas, commercials and movies including My Sassy Girl, The Classic and Iris.
Address: 50 Yonsei-ro, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Nearest train station: Sinchon Station (Line 2)
Ranking in Korea: 3
2. Korea University (고려대학교)
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Another gorgeous SKY university is Korea University (KU), one of the country’s most prestigious schools of higher education.
With it’s well-maintained castle-esque architecture, it actually resembles the following famous movie sets:
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Professor X wru
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The school offers a wide range of modules for many courses, but particularly so for majors in Business, Communications, Life Sciences and Psychology.
K-pop fun fact: Lead actress of 200 Pounds Beauty, Kim Ah Joong, graduated from KU with a Masters degree in Journalism.
Address: 145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
Nearest train stations: Anam Station or Seoul University Station (Line 6)
Ranking in Korea: 4
3. Hanyang University - Seoul Campus (한양대학교)
Step into Hanyang University (Seoul Campus) and you’d be greeted by Acropolis the grand facade of their College of Education.
The College of Education
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The university sits atop a hill, meaning lots of stairs, but also a great view of the surrounding landscape, both day and night.
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If you are a K-pop fan, this here’s an additional perk: within the school compounds is a large outdoor amphitheatre where famous K-pop groups and idols - like Blackpink and Sistar - perform during school festivals, known as Dae-Dong-Jae (대동제).
Blackpink will very literally be in your area.
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Course matching in this school shouldn't be a problem for Business and Humanities students.
Address: 222 Wangsimni-ro, Sageun-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Nearest train station: Hanyang University Station (line 2)
Ranking in Korea: 5
4. Ewha Womans University (이화여자대학교)
If brick buildings aren't your thing, then check out the modern Ewha University, with it’s statement multi storey deep cleft that acts as a central hangout area with facilities for sports, teaching, retail and food.
Ewha’s iconic cleft with underground facilities
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As its name suggests, Ewha Womans University is predominantly female. However, they do take in international exchange students of both genders. So ladies and gents majoring in the Business and Humanities, this might be the one for you.
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Ewha Fashion Street also lies smack outside the university gates, with its streets lined with cosmetic, fashion and food stores. You’d never really need - or want - to leave the area.
Ewha Women’s University
Address: 52 Ewhayeodae-gil, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Nearest train station: Ewha Womans University Station (Line 2)
Ranking in Korea: 14
5. Kyung Hee University (경희대학교)
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Situated in the outskirts of bustling Seoul, Kyung Hee University will make you feel like you’re on a holiday everyday with intricately designed neoclassical architecture all around campus.
View from the College of Fine Arts
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Sakura lovers, make sure to be there during the spring season (May to June) where the campus becomes awashed in baby pink from 200 odd cherry blossoms. Japan’s got nothing on this!
The school also offers English modules mainly for Business, Humanities and Engineering.
Fun fact: G-Dragon graduated from this school!
Kyung Hee University
Address: 26 Kyungheedae-ro, Hoegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Nearest train station: Hoegi Station (Line 1)
Ranking in Korea: 10
Head off to Korea’s universities for an exchange programme
With a great education system, a safe environment and good public transport system, it’s hard to go wrong with an exchange in Korea. With the choices and company, it could also easily be the best semester of your university life!
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