Sookmyung Women’s University (SWU)

About the university

Founded in 1906, Sookmyung Women’s University (SWU) is Korea’s first royal private educational institution for women. The name “Sookmyung” comes from the ancient characters meaning “elegant” and “bright.” In 2009, SWU became Korea’s first university to operate a Reserve Officers' Training Corps program for women. Although a women’s university, student exchange is open to all genders. Located in the Yongsan neighbourhood in central Seoul, the SWU campus is the perfect blend between nature and urban landscape.

Sookmyung Women’s University

About the destination

Situated on the Han River, Seoul's history stretches back more than two thousand years when it was founded in 18 BC by Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. The Seoul Capital Area contains five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Seoul is surrounded by mountains, the tallest being Mt. Bukhan, the world's most visited national park per square foot. Modern landmarks include the iconic N Seoul Tower, the gold-clad 63 Building, the neofuturistic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Lotte World, the world's largest indoor theme park, Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, the world's longest bridge fountain and the Sevit Floating Islands. The birthplace of K-pop and the Korean Wave, Seoul received over 10 million international visitors in 2014, making it the world's 9th most visited city and 4th largest earner in tourism.

Course information

SWU offers up to 150 courses in English through undergraduate and graduate programs. Students can choose a variety of courses such as Korean language, International Studies, Korean Studies, Business and Economics, etc. There are also many opportunities to experience traditional Korean culture on and off campus through lectures and field trips.

You can find the complete course list and their descriptions on here. Click on the type of lecture tab and set the language to English to see all courses available.

Accommodation information

SWU provides multiple accommodation options for students, including accommodation for male students.

Academic calendar

  • Fall Semester: September - December
  • Spring Semester: March - June

For exact dates, visit SWU's Academic Calendar.

Language of instruction

  • English
  • Korean