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  • Locations: Gwangju, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Virginia Tech applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language(s) in which classes are available: English, Korean Language Experience required for admission: 0 none
Program Type: Bilateral Exchange Areas of Study: Agribusiness, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics (AEMN) Minor, Agricultural and Life Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Animal and Poultry Sciences (APSC) Minor, Biochemistry, Biological Physics (BIPH) Minor, Biological Sciences, Biological Sciences (BIOL) Minor, Biological Systems Engineering, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, Biomedical Engineering (BME) Minor, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Biomedical Technology Development and Management, Business, Business (BUSR) Minor, Business Information Technology, Business Leadership (BLC) Minor, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemistry (CHEM) Minor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Classical Languages (CLL) Minor, Classical Studies, Classical Studies (CLA) Minor, Communication (COMM) Minor, Communication Studies, Computer Engineering, Economics, Economics (ECAS) Minor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, English, English (Creative Writing) (CENG) Minor, Finance, Food Science and Technology, Food Science and Technology (FST) Minor, Geography, Geography (GEOG) Minor, Green Engineering (GREN) Minor, History, History (HIST) Minor, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise (HNFE), Industrial and Systems Engineering, International Business (IB) Minor, International Studies, International Studies (IS) Minor, Literature (LIT) Minor, Literature and Language, Management, Marketing, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine and Society (MSOC) Minor, Political Science, Political Science (PSCI) Minor, Psychology, Psychology (PSYC) Minor, Sociology, Sociology (SOC) Minor, Statistics, Statistics (STAT) Minor, Strategic Communications (SCOM) Minor
Housing Options: Dorm/Residence College Sponsor: *Open to All Majors, CALS, CAUS, CLAHS, CNRE, COE, COS, Graduate School, Pamplin, University Studies, Veterinary Medicine
Program Description:

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University Information

CNU Fact Sheet (PDF)


More Information

Find more information here.

General information for international students and estimated cost of living.

South Korea
Academic Year, Fall, Spring

Semester Exchange at Chonnam National University

Due to the terms of the exchange agreement, this program is not accepting applications for the upcoming term.

Founded in 1952, CNU has remained committed to fostering global leaders and professionals. It is one of Korea’s most innovative universities with a reputation for its research, teaching and taking an important role in local communities. Located in the Chonnam province, southwest of Korea, CNU encompasses 16 colleges and 11 graduate schools. With 2,200 academic staff members, it provides comprehensive services to 35,000 students including 1,200 international students from 75 different counties in its strive to build a “World Class” University, meeting the “Global Standard” with an open campus and an administrative system. 


The City of Light: With a population of 1.5 million, Gwangju Metropolitan City is the fifth largest city in South Korea. Gwangju has consistently played an important role in the history of Korea’s democracy and human rights movements. In particular, the May 18 Democratic Movement, in resistance against military rule, had set an example for many Asian countries aspiring for freedom and justice. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Summit and the Women’s Forum in 2006 and 2007 respectively offered opportunities to raise awareness about the spirit of Gwangju, democracy, human rights, and peace around the world. Gwangju is also a city rich in culture and art, and always has ongoing exhibitions and performances making the city vibrant and colorful. 

Approximate Semester Dates

Semester 1 (fall)*: September to December
Semester 2 (spring)*: March to June

*Academic calendar does not align with VT's academic calendar. This may affect the date of your financial aid disbursement.


This program is open to all VT students across all majors, although we encourage students to explore the course offerings in English (see "Academics" section) to determine whether it is appropriate for their course of study.


The university offers a wide range of courses in both Korean and English. The list of courses offered in English is sent out approximately a month before classes start.

Language of instruction
The list of courses that are taught in English is available here. In addition, all international students coming to CNU are invited to attend Korean Language Courses.

Chonnam students

Student Life

CNU has more than 80 actively operating clubs in the areas of liberal arts, academics, athletics, volunteer service and religion and college also has specialized clubs. The CNU Club Association hosts an annual event that advertises clubs and helps new students get to know their own interests.

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Housing Style: Student Apartments
-  Students will be housed in dormitories. The dorms are suite/apartment style with a shared bathroom and 3 rooms per suite and 2 people in each room. 
-  Wired Internet access is available.
*  IP will be given to each room. Students need to purchase a LAN cable to get access  to the Internet.

** Exchange students need to pay the accommodation fee in cash within 7 days after your arrival to the Office of International Affairs, CNU.

Chonnam housing


University Tuition & Comprehensive Fees

Virginia Tech tuition and comprehensive university fees will be billed according to the University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term and residency status:

Study Abroad Administrative Fee

Participants in exchange programs will be charged a $300 administrative fee through the Bursar.

CISI Travel Medical Insurance (required)
Participants will be required to enroll in Virginia Tech's travel medical and security insurance coverage for the duration of the program. The cost is approximately $35 per month.

Room and Board

Room and board is not included in the exchange. Students are responsible for finding and arranging their own housing and meals. The cost is:
                 -  Short-term(during semester): 527,250 KRW (502 USD) room charge
                 -  Long-term(including vacation): 749,350 KRW (685 USD) room charge

Visa Requirements

The regulations for obtaining a visa change from time to time. Successful applicants will receive a “Certificate of Admission” from CNU. Students are required to apply for a Student Visa (D-2) at a Korean embassy/consulate located in their home countries. After arriving in Korea, all exchange students are required to visit the Gwangju Immigration Office to apply for an Alien Registration Card. The card will be used as an ID (residence permit) during their stay in Korea. It takes 3 weeks on average to have it issued.


*Additional expenses are likely to include travel costs i.e. round trip international airfare, passport/visa fees, immunizations, books/supplies, telecommunications, and personal expenses. 

*Visa requirements and Medical Insurance are different for different countries. For international VT students, please check the requirements for your country.


GEO website: Information on scholarships and financial aid.

Undergraduate students from the US can apply for the NSEP David L Boren Scholarship or the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

There are also scholarships available to students studying in South Korea. The list of scholarships can be found here. Please read the requirements for each scholarship to see if you qualify.

As Virginia Tech is one of CNU's Best Partner Universities, CNU will provide a 500,000KRW scholarship to all VT students who will study at CNU for Spring semester!!


VT GEO Application Deadlines

Fall semester: February 15
Spring Semester: September 15

VT GEO Application

Begin your application by clicking . All documents should be completed by the corresponding deadline. Please note that a copy of your passport (valid for at least 6 months after the end of the program) or a copy of a passport application receipt will be required at the time of application.

Contact Information

VT GEO Contact

Maureen Deisinger
Assistant Director for Partnerships & Affiliations
VT Global Education Office

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/15/2019
09/15/2019 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 02/15/2020 02/15/2020 TBA TBA

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