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A student with intermediate Korean language competence and majoring in Korean can participate in an exchange program conducted in English at a host university. The student can study units in Korean language, Korean studies, and possibly also in other areas.
The University requirement is a credit average of at least 60% in the results so far in a student’s current course, and 70% in the result of Korean intermediate 1, but a student may need much higher marks in order to be recommended to a host university of their choice. In addition, students should note some restrictions. As the application process takes a long time, it is difficult if not impossible for a postgraduate student whose course is for only three semesters to go on exchange. A student who is unable to enrol in Korean language units of 24 points, for example, a single degree student from another Faculty will find it very difficult to go to Korea on exchange. Please also see the answers to the questions below.
Students usually go on exchange from the first semester in their third year. Please note that The Faculty of Arts do NOT encourage students to complete their final semester abroad as we do NOT recommend students complete their major or minor studies while abroad.
The final application deadline is 1 June to go on exchange from the first semester in the following year, and 1 December to go on exchange from the second semester in the following year. However, students should get their study plan approved by the Korean Program and by the Faculty. As these dates are far in advance, students should plan ahead of time.
Monash University has exchange agreement with three prominent universities in Korea: Korea University, Seoul National University and Yonsei University.
How much does it cost to live in Korea as an exchange student?
Minimum expenses are for accommodation, transport and meals.
- Accommodation: approx. $300~500 per month including water and electricity.
- Transport: If you live on campus, you will incur no transport costs to go to your university. If you take a train or bus, it may cost $5~10 per day.
- Meals: You may find the prices of groceries and eating out in Korea to be lower than in Melbourne. For example, buying lunch at a cafeteria at a Korean university will cost much less than doing so at Monash Campus Centre.
- Other cost: It totally depends on the student’s lifestyle, but you may not find it as expensive as you think. KOREA TOURISM ORGANIZATION website has a comparative guide to costs of some everyday consumer items: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto
Are scholarships available?
Yes. Although it is getting increasingly competitive, Monash exchange students going to Korea may apply for the Australia Korea Foundation (AKF) scholarship.
Details on how to apply for the AKF Scholarship Program can be found at:
An Arts student who completed his Korean Major in 2012 received the Australia-Korea Foundation Scholarship, and in 2013 he is studying at Seoul National University’s Korean Language Education Center.
Before you come and get your study plan approved …
- You should check your course progression, fill your ‘course map’ with unit names and codes, and bring a completed map with you:
- You should know which Monash Korean language units (year level, core units/elective units, etc.) they need to take equivalents for during the exchange.
- For further information contact Dr. Young A Cho: email@example.com
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