Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, South Korea

Mount Holyoke students may apply to study on exchange with Sookmyung Women’s University (SMU) for a full academic year or one semester, either fall or spring. Application for the exchange is open to all qualified students regardless of their financial aid status.

Because the terms of our exchange with SMU are under review, we encourage students to apply also to our exchange with Ewha Woman's University.  

Sookmyung Women’s University

  • Founded in 1906
  • Approximately 13,000 students
  • Office of External Affairs coordinates co-ed international program for semester, year or summer study
  • Located in the western part of Yongsan-gu district of Seoul
  • Wide range of student activities, societies, sports, and events

City of Seoul

  • Capital and largest city of South Korea, population about 10 million
  • Located in the northwest part of South Korea
  • Yongsan-gu district population about 250,000

Academic Program

  • Two semesters: first semester runs from early September to mid-December, second semester from late March to mid-June
  • Students may apply for the full academic year, or for first or second semester only
  • Academic courses taught in English include Korean language, Korean culture, English and American literature, politics, international relations, and economics
  • Students who are proficient in Korean may enroll in regular classes offered by SMU to its degree-seeking students
  • Sookmyung International Summer School is not included as part of the exchange, but applicants from Mount Holyoke may be eligible for a tuition waiver, at SMU’s discretion

Living Arrangements

  •  Housing is guaranteed in Sookmyung’s International Guest House


  • Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Must have completed sophomore year (or at least three semesters, for spring entrants) prior to enrolling at Sookmyung
  • No previous knowledge of Korean language is required

Financial Arrangements

  • Exchange student pays MHC tuition; SMU waives its tuition
  • Exchange student pays directly for room and hall fees, and is responsible for her own meals, as well as nominal university fees, round-trip travel to Korea, books, and personal expenses
  • Students selected for the exchange who are eligible for need-based financial aid are guaranteed Laurel Fellowships; financial aid award will be based on total budget, including MHC tuition, MHC study abroad fee, any nominal SMU fees, and allowances toward room and board, books, personal expenses, and round-trip airfare
  • Students receiving merit-based financial aid (which ordinarily does not travel) may use that aid on the SMU exchange

How to Apply

  • Submit Mount Holyoke’s Request to Study Abroad (and Laurel Fellowship application, if applicable) according to the instructions on the Deadlines web page; applications are ordinarily due early in December for the full year or fall semester, late March for spring.  Because the terms of our exchange with SMU are under review, we encourage students to apply also to our exchange with Ewha Woman's University.   

  • Students will be notified by early February (for the full year or fall semester) or early May (for spring) whether they have been selected for the exchange

  • Exchange nominees will submit completed SMU application to the McCulloch Center, for forwarding to SMU (students must also be accepted by SMU)