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Konkuk University

The university prioritizes supporting students in need, and its medical center is recognized for extraordinary patient care. Upon graduation, KU students become the driving force of the Korean society with their integrity and knowledge.

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History

The history of Konkuk University (KU) dates back to 1931 when the People's Hospital was founded. The establishment of the Chosun Political Science School followed in 1946, which was later renamed Konkuk University.

Education

Konkuk offers extensive courses in English, and international students also have many opportunities to learn Korean culture and language by mingling with their Konkuk classmates. Hence, a diverse group of international students study at Konkuk every semester. In the spring semester of 2016, more than 1,000 undergraduate students were pursuing their undergraduate degrees at Konkuk. There were an additional 251 participants in Konkuk’s exchange and visiting student programs during the same period. Approximately 100 students also come to Konkuk for short-term summer programs.

Research

Konkuk University (KU) officially launched the Research and University-Industry Cooperation Foundation in 2005 in order to conduct tasks concerning new knowledge and technologies that reinforce the nation's future and competitiveness. The specific responsibilities of the Research and University-Industry Cooperation Foundation include the promotion of joint cooperation among industries, research institutes, and the University, as well as the provision of research support.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
571 10
2019
581 70
2018
651
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
-
2019
601 -100
2018
501
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
-
2019
788 24
2018
812
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

The administrative offices of Konkuk University (KU) are committed to working together and with our international students, faculty, and visitors to provide the best academic and social conditions for an enjoyable experience here at Konkuk. For any of your questions or concerns, please contact or visit our offices.

Housing services

KU:L House is Konkuk University's (KU) modern, on-campus residence which opened in August 2006. Open to foreign and domestic students studying at Konkuk, the dormitory is divided into four halls: Vision Hall, Frontier Hall, Dream Hall, and Lake Hall. KU:L House can accommodate more students than any other university housing facility in Seoul, as its four halls can accommodate up to 3,000 students. Male and female students live in separate halls. (Dream and Frontier Halls for females; Vision and Lake Halls for males)

Library services

Sanghuh Memorial Library was opened in 1989 to commemorate Konkuk University’s (KU) 43rd anniversary. The library has space for more than one million volumes and a total capacity of 3,300 seats. Most materials are on open shelves, directly available to faculty and students. The library has fully automated systems for searching the library catalogs and checking materials in and out.

Medical services

The Student Life Team at Konkuk University (KU) operates the Health Center (on-campus clinic) to assist with the healthy campus life of Konkuk students, faculty, and staff. A nurse is present during opening hours to provide health counseling, general pharmaceuticals, and aid for injuries or accidents that occurred during class, practical training, or events on Konkuk campus.

Student Life

Campus life

KU's main campus is located in the southeastern part of Seoul near the Han River. The university is easily accessible from Incheon International Airport and downtown Seoul by public transportation.

Sports facilities

Konkuk University (KU) provides several options to Konkuk students, faculty, and staff to choose from for their sports and fitness needs.

  • KU Stadium
  • Gymnasium (including a weight room)
  • Tennis Courts
  • KU:L House Gym (for KU:L House residents, all faculty, and allstaff)
  • Basketball Courts
  • Sports Science Town (Icheon, Gyeonggi-do)

Student clubs

Konkuk University (KU) has nearly 70 student clubs, encompassing diverse areas of students' interest. Participating in these clubs as a foreign student may enrich your campus experience by meeting Korean and other international friends and engaging in various activities focused on a particular area. If you would like to join a club, visit the club offices in Student Union Buildings A and B, or visit the Student Club Association in Room 218 in Student Union Building B. (See Campus Map.)

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