FAQ

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You can go to One-Stop Service Center for all kinds of certificates such as certificate of enrollment, academic transcript. You can also get your document officially sealed.

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If you haven’t paid the Mutual Health Aid Association fee or submitted a copy of your private insurance policy, you won’t be able to issue your certificates at all until you submit a proof of buying insurance to GSC

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a) Student ID card with no financial function : Take a passport sized photo along with your passport or ARC and go to One-Stop Service Center for a general student ID card.

b) Student ID card with debit card function : Take a passport sized photo along with your passport or ARC and go to Hana Bank on campus for a student ID card with financial function.

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Once you submit the ‘Leave of absence’ form to your department, your visa will expire within the next 14 days. Please make sure you do not exceed 14 days as you may face financial penalty by the immigration if you do.

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You must submit the ‘Reinstatement form’ to your department office. Once your return is confirmed by the department office, GSC would prepare COA(Certificate of Admission) which is required for you to get D-2 visa and send it to you.

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All international students must have insurance until they graduate from Korea University. It is mandatory to submit a copy of your insurance to Global Services Center via email or in person at the beginning of each semester. The reminder would be sent to all via email and also the detailed notice would be put up on Announcements.

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Since you made an international wire transfer to pay the tuition fee, when it is finally transferred to KU Hana Bank A/C, the actual amount may be less than what you intended to send due to the currency rate difference and international transaction fee. This is the reason why you are considered as ‘Didn’t pay the Mutual Health Aid Association Fee’, and keep receiving the reminder emails to submit a copy of private insurance policy.

It’s always better to pay a bit more than the total tuition fee to avoid doing double work.
Here is an example, (please ready carefully)
1) Tuition bill for Spring 2017
Tuition fee : 3,560,000 KRW
Mutual Health Aid Association Fee : 10,500 KRW
Total Amount Due : 3,570,500 KRW
2) Actual amount received : 3,530,000 KRW (Amount due : 40,500 KRW)

If this is the case, even if you have opted for the Mutual Health Aid Association fee, it is automatically considered as tuition fee only. Therefore, in the month of May, you will be asked to pay the rest of the tuition fee which comes up to 30,000 KRW. (Now the amount you should pay is 30,000 KRW, not 40,500 KRW, because Korea University does not accept the Mutual Health Aid Association fee payment after the final enrollment period.)

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GSC would have sent a series of emails asking you to either submit a copy of private insurance or buy a private insurance and submit at the beginning of each semester.
The group insurance application period is from the beginning of semester to the last day of April for Spring semester, and to the last day of October for Fall semester.
So, if you click the given link after the deadline, you will automatically be charged for an individual insurance rate which is more expensive.

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You can update your personal information at Portal(KUPID) -> Registration&Graduation -> Edit University Registration. Personal information such as phone number, email and physical address can be updated.

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You need take your bankbook, opened in any bank in Korea, and visit the department office to update your bank account information.

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The ID and PW that have been sent to you by email is only for the use of course registration. You need to create your own ID and PW for Portal(KUPID) by clicking ‘Regist Single-ID’.
However creating ID requires a verification process via email or phone, so please update your personal information with the international admissions team before the orientation week.

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All current international students who study a full-time undergraduate degree program are allowed to work part-time during the semester. Undergraduate students are allowed to work 25 hours a week during the semester.

First of all, you need to fill out a ‘Part-time Work of Foreign Student Confirmation’ form and get the employer’s signature on it. Then you need to submit a Certificate of Business Registration (of your intended workplace) along with the application form to GSC in person. If everything is right, GSC will confirm it by stamping an official seal. Then you must submit this application to the Immigration Office so that you can legally work part-time in Korea.

※ It is recommended to check the permitted working hours with GSC as the regulation of the immigration frequently changes.

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GSC does not act as a part-time job agency. Moreover, the part-time jobs like private tutoring, baby-sitting and housekeeping are illegal by the immigration law.

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If there is any job opening for specific nationalities and you are eligible, GSC would notify you by email individually. Also we would like to advise students to check ‘Career’ menu regularly.

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You can no longer stay in Korea for more than 30 days from the date of ‘Leave of absence’ submission since your visa becomes invalid. 

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Yes, KUISA (Korea University Student Assistant) conducts the 1:1 course registration session in order to help all NEW international students complete their course registration successfully. It would be held during the orientation week, and the detailed notice would be put up on Announcements.

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If you have found it during the Add/Drop period, you can drop the class. You can not simply drop the course after the Add/Drop period or withdraw from the course as per the University regulation. You are responsible to have a thorough check on the list of registered courses during the Add/Drop period.

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First, check whether the supplementary level test is scheduled. If you have already taken the test, please wait for the result and register for the course according to your level during the Add/Drop period. If you have missed the supplementary test, you should take the test at the beginning of next semester.

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If you have attended the class during the orientation session and given the attendance to the staff members of GSC, you do not need to attend again. Please send us an email with your department, student ID number, name. GSC will inform the Human rights & Gender equality center that you have already attended the session. (gsc@korea.ac.kr)

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You need to fill out an application form. The detailed notice would be put up on Announcements. All undergraduate international students who are currently enrolled at Korea University can apply for the class.

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Free korean language class will be held during summer and winter vacation. You need to fill out an application form. All undergraduate international students and exchange/visiting students are eligible to apply. The detailed notice would be put up on Announcements.

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You can simply send an email with your name, student ID number, phone number to whynotkuisa@gmail.com

For more information about KUISA at

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/kuisarecruit

Naver cafe : http://cafe.naver.com/kuisarecruit

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Currently enrolled international students may benefit from the following scholarships:
1) Academic Excellence Scholarship (covers 100% of tuition fee)
- Students who have achieved an outstanding GPA will be automatically considered for the scholarship (no application is required)
2) Academic Improvement Scholarship (covers 50% of tuition fee)
- Students with significantly improved GPA when compared the two previous semesters can apply for the scholarship.
- Students who wish to receive the scholarship must fill in the application form.
  The detailed notice would be posted on Announcements and Portal(KUPID) in January for spring semester and in July for fall semester.
3) Need-based Scholarship (covers 50% of tuition fee)
- Students who are financially disadvantaged can apply for the scholarship.
- Supporting documents such as explanatory statement, recommendation letter from professor, parents’ income/tax payment statement are required including the application form.
- The detailed notice would be posted on Announcements and Portal(KUPID) in January for spring semester and in July for fall semester.

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Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded to students who have achieved high GPA based on relative evaluation process. Academic performance of current students may vary from semester to semester which result in varying cut-off GPA every semester.

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You can ask your academic advisor to write a recommendation letter for you. (Check who is your academic advisor : Portal -> Registration&Graduation -> University registration inquiries) However, if the professor is out of office or the professor does not know you well enough to write a recommendation letter, you can ask your Head of Department or other professor who might know you better.

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The selection criteria depends on the number of applicants with different exchangeable languages, self-designed program plan, department and academic performance.

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The result would be informed only to the recipients by email individually. If selected, the scholarship amount would be deducted from the tuition fee on the recipient’s tuition fee invoice.

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Apply for a student visa as soon as you receive a Certificate of Admission from Korea University. It is your responsibility to ensure you receive your student visa (D-2) in time to commence studies at the university. 

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For Information about visa fees and charges, please visit the immigration website link here:

Please visit the immigration website Fees for permissions to stay

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You need to change your visa type from D-4 to D-2(student visa). Type D-4 is only for Korean language training and type D-2 is for degree program.

Please visit the immigration website (hikorea) and make an online reservation for a visit and print out the receipt of your online reservation

Required Documents

  • Receipt of the online reservation & Application Form
  • Certificate of Admission (issued by the international admissions team)
  • Passport (original and copy)
  • Alien Registration Card (only those who have)
  • Passport sized Photo (3.5cm×4.5cm with white background which was taken within the past 6 months)
  • Tuition payment receipt
  • Fee 130,000 KRW in cash
  • Evidence of the place of residence
    - For students living on-campus require a receipt of dormitory fee payment
      (If you are a freshmen (transfer student) you must submit ‘Confirmation of Residence’ issued by the CJ I-House office)
    - For students living off-campus require one of three from the followings;
      ⑴ a utility bill payment for any public services
      ⑵ a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn
      ⑶ Lease contract under your name
  • Tuberculosis Test result
    - 19 countries only
      Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Thailand, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
      (If you did not submit after 2016. 3. 2 you have to resubmit it)
    - The one close to the campus is Seongbuk-Gu Community Health Center 성북구보건소 (Students must take their passport)

* Do not forget to scan your fingerprint before you leave the Immigration Office

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In order to change your visa to D-2 visa (student visa), please visit the immigration website (hikorea) and make an online reservation for a visit and print out the receipt of your online reservation.
Prepare the followings and visit the Sejongno Immigration Office

Required Documents

  • Receipt of the online reservation & Application Form
  • Certificate of Admission (issued by the international admissions team)
  • Passport (original and copy)
  • Alien Registration Card (only those who have)
  • Passport sized Photo (3.5cm×4.5cm with white background which was taken within the past 6 months)
  • Tuition payment receipt
  • Fee 130,000 KRW in cash
  • Evidence of the place of residence
    - For students living on-campus require a receipt of dormitory fee payment
      (If you are a freshmen (transfer student) you must submit ‘Confirmation of Residence’ issued by the CJ I-House office)
    - For students living off-campus require one of three from the followings;
      ⑴ a utility bill payment for any public services
      ⑵ a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn
      ⑶ Lease contract under your name
  • Tuberculosis Test result
    - 19 countries only
      Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Thailand, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
      (If you did not submit after 2016. 3. 2 you have to resubmit it)
    - The one close to the campus is Seongbuk-Gu Community Health Center 성북구보건소 (Students must take their passport)

* Do not forget to scan your fingerprint before you leave the Immigration Office

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Even if you have a D-2 visa (student visa), you need to get a new one under the name of Korea University. Please visit the immigration website (hikorea) and make an online reservation for a visit and print out the receipt of your online reservation.

Prepare the followings and visit the Sejongno Immigration Office.

Required Documents

  • Receipt of the online reservation & Application Form
  • Certificate of Admission (issued by the international admissions team)
  • Passport (original and copy)
  • Alien Registration Card (only those who have)
  • Passport sized Photo (3.5cm×4.5cm with white background which was taken within the past 6 months)
  • Tuition payment receipt
  • Fee 60,000 KRW in cash
  • Evidence of the place of residence
    - For students living on-campus require a receipt of dormitory fee payment
      (If you are a freshmen (transfer student) you must submit ‘Confirmation of Residence’ issued by the CJ I-House office)
    - For students living off-campus require one of three from the followings;
      ⑴ a utility bill payment for any public services
      ⑵ a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn
      ⑶ Lease contract under your name
  • Tuberculosis Test result
    - 19 countries only
      Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Thailand, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
      (If you did not submit after 2016. 3. 2 you have to resubmit it)
    - The one close to the campus is Seongbuk-Gu Community Health Center 성북구보건소 (Students must take their passport)

* Do not forget to scan your fingerprint before you leave the Immigration Office


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You would be asked to pay a fine if you do not extend your visa on time. The date on which you made an online reservation will be counted to check whether you have applied for the extension of your visa on time. Therefore you must make an online reservation within the validity period of your visa but the date of actual visit can be after the validity period. The date of actual visit does not count, please do not worry even if your visit falls after the validity period. If you fail to extend your visa within the validity period, your visa will no longer be valid.

Please visit the immigration website (hikorea) and make an online reservation for a visit and print out the receipt of your online reservation. Prepare the followings and visit the Sejongno Immigration Office

Required Documents

  • Receipt of the online reservation & Application Form
  • Certificate of Enrollment
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Passport
  • Fee 60,000 KRW in cash
  • Transcript
  • Financial proof Document (4,200,000 KRW/extension for 1 year if previous semester's GPA is above 2.0, it can be exempted)
  • Evidence of the place of residence
  • Tuberculosis Test result (if you did not submit after 2016. 3. 2 you have to resubmit it)

Undergraduate students who are doing additional semester(s) outside of normal length of studentship (8 semesters) due to lack of credits must submit 2 additional documents

  • Explanatory Statement for Additional Semester(s) 외국인 유학생 초과학기 사유서(학부생)
  • Certificate of bank balance under applicant’s name in Korea, the account must have at least 4,200,000 KRW for 6 months extension

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You may be able to bring your spouse and dependent children to Korea. For more detailed information please refer to the contact information below.  

1) http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/main_en.pt
2) https://www.visa.go.kr/
3) Call at +82-1345 / +82-2-6908-1345-6

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Immigration regulations require that all non-Korea citizens report their residential addresses within 14 days of address change, to the nearest community service center (Dong or Gu Office) For residents in Seongbuk-Gu area please visit http://www.seongbuk.go.kr/foreign/en/main/main.jsp

This requirement applies to all Alien Registration Holder who intend to stay in Korea for more than 30 days.

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Students with ARC holders must report to the Sejongno office if there has been any personal change occurred. The report must be done within the next 14 days since the change has been occurred.

*if NOT reported to the Sejongno immigration within the 14 days, financial penalty of more than 1,000,000KRW will be charged to individual.

Changes that must be reported to the immigration includes;

  • Name, Gender, Date of Birth or Nationality
  • Passport Number, Changes in the issuance dates or expiry date
  • Change of Institution (change of its name is included)
  • Change of Residence address

Required Documents

  • Passport & Alien Registration Card
  • Application form
  • Proof of institution change in addition to the proof of leaving a previous institution


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Please visit the Immigration website (hikorea) and make an online reservation for a visit and print out the receipt of your online reservation.

Prepare the followings and visit the Sejongno Immigration Office.

Required Documents

  • Receipt of the online reservation & Application Form
  • Passport (original and copy)
  • Alien Registration Card (only those who have)
  • Passport sized Photo (3.5cm×4.5cm with white background which was taken within the past 6 months)
  • Tuition payment receipt
  • Fee 30,000 KRW in cash
  • Evidence of the place of residence
    - For students living on-campus require a receipt of dormitory fee payment
      (If you are a freshmen (transfer student) you must submit ‘Confirmation of Residence’ issued by the CJ I-House office)
    - For students living off-campus require one of three from the followings;
      ⑴ a utility bill payment for any public services
      ⑵ a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn
      ⑶ Lease contract under your name
  • Tuberculosis Test result (19 countries only)
      (If you did not submit after 2016. 3. 2 you have to resubmit it)
    - The one close to the campus is Seongbuk-Gu Community Health Center 성북구보건소 (Students must take their passport)

* Do not forget to scan your fingerprint before you leave the Immigration Office


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All current international students with D-2 visa (student visa) are allowed to work part-time during their school years. The maximum part-time hours allowed is 25 hours per week and full-time during summer/winter vacation. 

First of all, you need to fill out a ‘Part-time Work of Foreign Student Confirmation’ form and get the employer’s signature on it. Then you need to submit a Certificate of Business Registration (of your intended workplace) along with the application form to GSC in person. If everything is right, GSC will confirm it by stamping an official seal. Then you can submit your application to the Sejongno Immigration Office which will finally confirm your part-time job. 

※ The time limit is subject to change. It is recommended to check the permitted working hours with GSC beforehand.

※ If you work without permission, there will be penalties regarding your residence in Korea and you will have to pay a fine.

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You can no longer stay in Korea for more than 30 days from the date of ‘Leave of absence’ submission since your visa became invalid. If your stay exceeds 30 days, you would automatically be considered as an illegal alien according to the Immigration Office’s rules and regulations.

A You must submit the leave of absence form to your department office in person. However, applying for leave of absence will invalidate your student visa. Student who applies for the leave of absence must depart within the 30 days from the date of submission. On departure, student must return his/her alien registration card to the immigration officer at the airport as it no longer is valid.
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You must submit the reinstatement form to your department office and receive new Certificate of Admission for your new student visa(D-2) application. To receive the certificate of admission for visa, student must pay for the document delivery fee of 3,000 KRW (domestic-korea) or 30,000 KRW (overseas)

Account Information:

KEB Hana Bank - Godae Branch (Swift Code: KOEXKRSE) 145 Anam-Ro, Seongbuk-Gu, Seoul, Korea 02841

Account Number : 391-904468-24637

Account Holder : Korea University

※ Please check once again that the exact amount in Korean currency (KRW) is transferred. You must consider extra charges subjected to your transaction, such as remittance fee, extra fee from intermediary banks, etc.

Your COA would be issued and sent to you in a week or two weeks by FedEx or registered mail.

Please make sure to fill in correct address to prevent it from missing.



A If you have completed 2 semesters at Korea University and achieved a GPA more than 2.8 can apply for student exchange program abroad.

Once you are selected as an exchange student, your current student visa will expire in the next 30 days since you will be departing from Korea.

For this, our center will help you re-apply for student visa(D-2) before coming back to Korea University upon the completion of your student exchange program.  

1. Attend the orientation session for International Exchange Students and receive the ‘COA application form’ 
2. Fill in the ‘COA application form’ and send it to GSC by email at gsc@korea.ac.kr. 
3. Make a visit to the nearest Korean consulate office for applying new D-2 visa (student visa). Make sure you contact them in advance to find out any necessary supporting materials for student visa apart from COA. 
*The COA has an expiry date of 90 days and it can only be issued once.



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