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AJOU UNIVERSITY
Located in Suwon, South Korea
Where is it?
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It is located in Suwon,
20 km south from Seoul, the
capital of South Korea.
It is home to 14 university
campuses including Ajou
University
The population is
1,067,117
Suwon is considered a
major educational center
Some Facts about Ajou University
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The student population is about 14,000
Classes are for the most part taught in English or
Korean
There are graduate level studies available at the
university
Things provided by the University
 Student
ID card
 Airport Pick-up
 Field Trips and Other Cultural Events
What is offered?
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This University does offer courses in English.
 Undergraduate
program
 Graduate program
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Ajou University offers ( not associated with the
above)
 Exchange
Program! (K-State is a Partner University)
 Individual Applications
 Language Program
 International Summer School
Academic Calendar- Language
Program
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Fall Semester
 September
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Spring Semester
 March
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10th- May 19th
Summer
 June
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15-November 23rd
9th-August 19th
Winter
 December
15th- February 23rd
Academic Calendar- Exchange
Program/ Individual applications
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Fall Semester
 August
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15th- December 15th
Spring Semester
 January
15th- May 15th
What can you study?
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The Korean Language
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are different levels starting from beginner all the
way to advance.
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Ajou University offers different courses, but some
might not be in English
 Check
out the list of English courses here.
How Much Does It Cost (Fall)?
US Currency
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Exchange Student Total= $8,398.00
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Study abroad fee
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Tuition
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$25.00
insurance
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$703.00
Cashier's Office MLANG enrollment fee
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$3,336.00
KSU tuition-based fees
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$150.00
$120.00
Room & Board
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$4,064.00
How Much Does it Cost (Fall)?
Other Expenses
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Exchange Student Total= $5,435
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Passport
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Accommodation
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$200
Airfare
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$600
Visa
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$135
$1,500
living and personal expenses
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$3,000
How Much Does It Cost (Spring)?
US Currency
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Exchange Student Total= $4,334
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Study Abroad Fee
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Tuition
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$3,336
KSU tuition- based fees
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$150
$703
Insurance
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$120
This is based on the Spring 2012 fees- subject to change
How Much Does It Cost (Spring)?
Other expenses
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Exchange Student Total=$5,485
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Passport
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Accommodation
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$200
Airfare
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$650
Visa
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$135
$1,500
Living and personal expenses
$3,000
This is based on the Spring 2012 fees- subject to change
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Summer Cost
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Around $845 through the K-State exchange
program
Accommodation
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Ajou University Dormitory "Woncheon Dormitory
Complex" houses over 2,300 domestic and
international residents consisting of 4 buildings.
At Hwa-hong Hall, over 300 international students
can accommodate either in two-people-shared
room or in four-people-shared room.
Apartment living is also available
What should you bring?
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Passport
Visa
Tickets
Prescription medicine
Glasses (If needed)
Money already in Korean currency
Other official documentations
Important contact numbers (US Embassy etc)
What should you bring?
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Backpack (for class and for day-trips)
Pocket Knife (don't put this in your carry-on!)
Camera/Journal
Appropriate weather clothes
Gifts (It’s nice to leave things at you dormitory for the
next person)
An inventory list of the items you packed in your
checked baggage
Identification tags with your contact information on them
Laptop
What should you bring?
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Toiletries
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can buy toiletry items while in South Korea, but you
want to make sure that you don’t need to immediately
go shopping for items when you get there
 Soap/
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toothpaste/ towels/ Kleenex / toilet paper etc
Whatever you bring, you should not bring anything
that you aren’t willing to lose.
 No
important keep sakes or precious items
 You passport should be the most important thing on you.
Currency?
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Korean Currency
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Coins
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Currency Rates 1 USD = 1,300 Korean Won
10 won, 50 won, 100 won, 500 won
Bills
1,000 won, 5,000 won, 10,000 won
Checks
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Bills in denominations over 100,000 are in the form of
checks. When you actually use a check, you will generally
be required to endorse it with your name, address/phone
number, or ID number. You may also be requested to present
your ID card.
Interesting Places in Suwon
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Hwaseong Fortress
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Mr. Toilet House
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It’s a toilet Museum shaped like a toilet! The point of the museum is to raise awareness about the
importance of water and sanitation and, through fund-raising projects and dialogues with different
groups, help provide toilets in countries lacking in proper toilet facilities
Korean Folk Village
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A wall that surrounds the center of Suwon. It was built in the last 18th century by King Jeonajo of
the Joseon Dynasty. It is Located 19 miles south of Seoul and enclosing much of central Suwon. it is
considered a World Heritage site since 1997. The Suwoncheon, the main stream in Suwon, flows
through the centre of the fortress.
This folk village has a collection of thatched and tiled traditional houses. It takes about half a day
to look around and to see the live performers, consisting of farmers music and dance, acrobats on a
tightrope, equestrian events and a traditional wedding ceremony.
Gwanggyosan Mountain
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Located in the north end of Suwon. It is in north end of Suwon and offers an excellent of view of
Suwon and the surrounding area. There are a number of peaks as well as a number of trails of
varying difficulty
Vaccinations
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The vaccinations needed depend on personal
records and what you feel is most comfortable for
you
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more comprehensive list is here
If you decide to travel outside of Suwon and into a
more rural area, make sure you research the
diseases most common there to keep yourself safe.
If nothing else, make sure that you are up-to-date
for routine vaccinations
What to look out for
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As with every major city, there is crime and as a
foreigner in another country you could possibly be
targeted.
 Watch
for pick-pocketers and don’t carry all your
money on you
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Don’t go anywhere by yourself
 Stay
in groups
 Don’t go to shady areas
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Keep your passport and important items in a safe
location
Preparations Before the Trip
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Do your own research
 Look
up the Korean culture.
 Research stereotypes of American Tourists
 Might
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be viewed as rude, loud, and obnoxious
there scholarships for going to Ajou University?
 There
is financial support offered by the university
depending on the GPA. More information here
Preparations before the trip?- VISA
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Students planning to study for the summer may apply
for the C-3 Visa. This visa can be issued immediately
upon application at either the Korean Embassy or the
Consulate Office
Required documents for application are:
1) Passport
2) Visa Application
3) Letter of Admission/Letter of Acceptance
4) Notarized Sponsorship Letter
Preparations before the trip?- VISA
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Students applying for the Fall or Spring semester should apply for the D-2
Visa.
Students planning on studying for more than one term (more than 91 days)
should apply for the D-2 visa. This visa is usually good for 6 months and
can be renewed within Korea. Since this visa takes approximately 1 month
to be processed, students should apply for this visa at least 2 months before
leaving for Korea. Required documents for application are:
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1) Passport
2) Visa Application Form
3) Official Letter of Acceptance
4) Financial Statement
5) Money Transference/Exchange Certificate (more than $3000 USD)
6) Letter of Sponsorship

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