Study in South Korea!
The founding idea of Chonnam National University is to foster future leaders of noble character as well as profound knowledge in professional fields and who will be able to contribute to the development of the nation and the world. As with most universities in South Korea Chonnam’s main language of instruction is Korea, however they offer several hundred courses in English across a wide range of disciplines.
Gwangju, Korea's sixth-largest city, may look like any other city but its history sets it apart: in 1980 a peaceful pro-democracy demonstration, known as the May 18 Democratic Uprising, was put down by the then military government and remains a strong part of the identity here. Gwangju also has a long history of harbouring artists and this is reflected in civic support for the arts which is witnessed through the regular exhibitions and performances. Korea’s developed transportation system makes travelling to other parts of Korea fairly simple.
- Fall Semester: Late August to Late December (Semester 2 in Korea)
- Spring Semester: Late February to Late June (Semester 1 in Korea)
For more information about the academic calendar please visit the Chonnam University website.
Chonnam will place visiting students in on-campus dormitories. Students do not need to submit a housing application.
As Chonnam is a full exchange program students will pay the Full Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian. Chonnam will cover the housing costs and provide a meal stipend to students during the program.
For more information about housing please visit the Chonnam website.
Paid to Appalachian State
The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
||$1300 - $1800
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||$100 - $200
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||$1000 - $1600
||$2000 - $3200
|Books and Materials
||$200 - $300
||$400 - $600
||$100 - $200
||$200 - $400
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|2US Based Health Insurance
|3Personal Travel and Spending
||$500 - $1000
||$1000 - $2000
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Fall, Spring, Academic Year.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
Korean Government Scholarship for study at Chonnam University
Chonnam is able to nominate up to 2 exchange students per semester for this scholarship. Recipients will receive roundtrip airfare, 500,000 won (500 USD) monthly living stipend, and 200,00 won (200 USD) upon arrival. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this scholarship. Chonnam will nominate students for this scholarship after their acceptance and recipients may not be decided until closer to their arrival date.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East of Southeast Asia.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
To locate the Chonnam University course offerings please visit the course search web page. To view a listing of majors at Chonnam please visit the international web page. When searching for courses please remember that semesters are opposite in South Korea (i.e. Fall semester here is Semester II in Korea). For more detailed course information please contact an advisor in the Education Abroad office.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Chonnam program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page