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Program Description

Overview



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Quick Facts

  • June 15th is the priority review deadline for spring applicants and February 1st is the priority review deadline for fall applicants.  If space remains after this deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills
  • POSTECH  is devoted to cutting-edge research and education with the purpose of directly contributing to the betterment of society through science and technology
  • Eligibility: Students must be degree-seeking students who are enrolled full-time at ASU (min. 12 credits). Students must have already completed one full-time semester at ASU (min. 12 credits per semester), with all grades posted, during the time of the application. For transfer students, at least one full-time semester (min. 12 credits) must have already been completed at ASU or a previous institution, with grades posted, at the time of the application.
  • Note:  This is a new exchange and the competitiveness of this exchange program is currently unknown. Please contact the International Coordinator for more details.

 

Location


Pohang

Location Details

With a population of 500,000, Pohang is the largest city in Gyeongsangbuk-do.  Pohang hosts the nation's largest steel company, Posco, which makes it a great location for this STEM-focused university.

The heritage and tourism scene within South Korea is undeniable, with fortresses, temples, shrines, palaces and ceremonies all vying for your attention, along with modern skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, and multi-media and entertainment complexes, including the world-famous K-Pop scene.

Photo: Pohang, South Korea

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

Curriculum
Take a variety of courses from different departments as long as you meet the pre-requisite requirements and the course is not full.  Courses are taught in English and Korean.  You must enroll in a minimum of the equivalent of 12 ASU credit hours.  You may enroll in 18 credits maximum.  60% of courses at POSTECH are in taught in English.

Academic Opportunities/Restrictions

Course Restrictions Students must meet prerequisites to take courses, and there is high demand for IT and Mechanical Engineering.
Course List & Syllabi from Previous Semesters 1. Click here
2. Click "English"

3. Click on "LearningGuide"
4. Click on "Courses"
Submit a POSTECH Syllabus for Evaluation Click here
Courses Previously Taken by ASU Students (may not be offered during your term of study)  As this is a new program, these will be forthcoming.
Research Students can participate in research and courses, as long as they set-up research with a POSTECH faculty. Click here to search through departments and faculty.
 
Academic Culture

Academic structure will be similar to the U.S.  However, you may find less homework counting toward your grade in certain areas of study.

Academic Schedule
Term Dates (estimated) Semester 2 (Fall): Early September - Late December
Semester 1 (Spring): Early March - Late June
 
Course Registration Timeline Fall
Course list available: Late April
Course registration: July
Spring
Course list available: TBD
Course registration: TBD
Course Registration Process Online registration
 

Course Levels, Credits & Grades

 
  POSTECH ASU
Course Levels 1000 & 2000 Level Lower division
3000 & 4000 Level Upper division
  5000 Level  Graduate Students only
Credit All credits and grades will be posted to your ASU record after completion of your program.  As courses are graded, not pass/fail, they will be factored into your ASU G.P.A.
A credit and grade conversion scale for this program is forthcoming.
Grades

 



Orientation Classroom
Photo courtesy of POSTECH
 

Housing

Inside of POSTECH building

Program Housing

All POSTECH students are guaranteed on-campus housing.  There are over 20 residential buildings offering housing for all of the POSTECH students.

Dormitories are separated by gender, and each room will house 2 students.  Each dormitory has a snack room, laundry, wireless internet, and showers/bathrooms.  For more information on POSTECH housing, click here.

Please note that overnight guests are not permitted in residence hall rooms.  For a full list of dormitory regulations/policies, please click here.

Exchange students also have the option of finding their own accommodations in Pohang, but this is not recommended as it will be difficult to arrange.

Photo courtesy of POSTECH

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2020 02/10/2020
**
Rolling Admission 08/27/2020 12/24/2020
NOTE: February 1st is the priority application deadline for fall. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline or until the program fills.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2021 08/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: June 15th is the priority application deadline for spring. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline or until the program fills.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed