History, Affiliations and Rankings
Korea University, located in Seoul, South Korea, is a private research university. It was founded in 1905 as the Bosung College and in 1907 awarded the first of degrees to its graduates. Today, after a series of several expansions, in infrastructure and in academics, the University is considered one of the country's top three institutions. It is one of the members of the SKY universities. The university is accredited by the Open University of Tanzania, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), Washington University in St. Louis, and the McDonnell International Scholars, Academy. According to the QS World University Rankings 2023, Korea University ranks between #201-250, while it is placed #74 and at #272 in Best Global Universities Rankings by US News and World Report.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Korea University is divided into two campuses, one in Seoul and the other in Sejong. Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Life Sciences, and Jeongneung are the four subdivisions of the Seoul campus. It is part of the larger Seoul metropolitan area, which has a population of about 20 million people. A variety of restaurants, pubs, stores, and even a well-known Buddhist temple are all within a five-minute walk of the campus. On foot, it takes roughly 20 minutes to walk from the main campus buildings to some science or medical campus facilities. Korea University is well-known throughout the country for its dedication to education and academic excellence. There are currently 21 Colleges and Schools, 23 Graduate Schools, and 145 Research Institutions at the university. Korea University has distinguished itself in the fields of Law, Business Administration, Humanities, Asian Studies, Science, Engineering, and Medicine, among others.
Accomplishments and Alumni
In QS Subject Rankings 2021, Korea University ranks in the top 100 in 27 subject areas and is the first among local private universities and ranks first among private universities in Korea for the fourth consecutive year in Social Sciences and Management, Engineering and Technology, and Natural Sciences. Korea University is well-known for its colonial-era nationalistic roots as well as its legal education quality. In 2003, students from Korea University Law School made up more than 15% of the approximately 900 people who passed the annual Korean bar exam. Recently, students with disabilities at Korea University created an application to facilitate mobility of disabled students on the campus. In addition, Korea University is home to well-known personalities, including Lee Myung-bak (Former President of Korea), Kim Yuna (South Korean Figure Skater), and Oh Se-hoon (Mayor of Seoul).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
More than 36,676 students from all around the country and the world attend Korea University. Approximately 4,000 international students attend Korea University each semester, with another 1,000 enrolling in the university's Korean language and cultural programs. There are multiple clubs where students can discover their interests and make connections with fellow students, such as clubs for Social Science, Art, Religion, Language Studies, Sports, Literature and more. Various fests are held at the University, including the Granite Tower Festival, April18 Marathon, Yonsei Korean Friendship Games, and more. Graduates from Korea University work at top multinational brand such as Amazon, Deloitte, Samsung Electronics, Google, and others.