Hongik University



Hongik University is one of the largest universities in Seoul and is known for its artistic orientation. The College of Design, Arts and Architecture has a particularly outstanding reputation, and as a result high acceptance criteria. It has a particularly elite profile within Asia. Nevertheless, Hongik University is a university with a broad spectrum of subjects. Almost all disciplines are represented.

The Department for Mechanical and Systems Design Engineering is particularly notable with a special focus on a unified, systematic approach in product development. The university links the variety of the subjects through numerous interdisciplinary course offerings, preparing students for later every day professional life.

Hongik University also has a few graduate schools such as the International Design School for Advanced Studies. The Master's courses there are often offered in English. As a part of the partnership, students are allowed to select courses from among these as well.

General Information


South Korea





Number of Students



Hongik University

Fact Sheet


Type of Agreement

Partnership with Faculty 2 and Faculty 4

Who can apply?

Bachelor students starting in the 3rd semester
Master students
Doctoral candidates

Type of Stay

Studies, or research upon agreement

Length of Stay

One to two semesters

Time of Stay

Winter or summer semester

Number of Exchange Placements

two for Department 2, five for Department 4

Study Details

Semester Dates

1st semester: end of August to the end of December
2nd semester: end of February to the middle of June

Study Possibilities

Department of Mechanical and System Design Engineering

Master Product Design IDAS Graduate School

School of Architecture

Course Offerings

Overview of the Colleges

Language Courses

International students can take the regularly offered language courses. Placement and admissions tests are typically held during the first week of the semester.

Prerequisites for the Application At least good academic performance
Language Requirements

At least good English skills
TOEFL is not required

Submit application to

Department 2: Susanne Rupprecht-Reinke

Department 4: Application portal of Faculty 4

Your contact persons

Department 2: Susanne Rupprecht-Reinke

Department 4: Vera Mattner and Professor Manuel Löwer

Application Deadline Please contact your faculty.

Tuition Fees Tuition fees waived
Average Cost of Living

The cost of living varies from region to region and is very high in metropolises, such as Seoul. There they are around 1000 to 1200 Euros (without a student dorm room) and approximately 700 Euros in a student dorm.

Funding Possibilities

BAföG for abroad
RWTH scholarship database
DAAD scholarship database
PROMOS scholarships abroad
Financing Study Abroad

Practical Information

Support from the partner university: Yes
Information from the partner university: The costs for a spot in dorm (2 students per room) are a little over 100 Euros per month. International students usually receive a spot. Due to the high cost of rent and the lack of accommodations near the university, we recommend taking advantage of this offer. A room outside of the dorm costs 350 Euros or more per month.

Health Insurance Students are responsible for having sufficient insurance coverage. We highly recommend health insurance and private liability insurance for abroad. Some partner universities have particular requirements for insurance protection.
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Additional Information

Foreign Office



External Links

  • Location of the university

    Hongik University is located in the Mapo-gu district and thus located north of the mighty Hangangs (Han River) and is located in the northwestern area of the heart of Seoul. Mapo-gu is particular well known for the Hongdae neighborhood, from which Hongik University takes its name, and Sinchon. As a result of the large universities (Hongik University, EWHA Womans University, Sogang Universtiy) located here, there is a unique student culture. Shopping possibilities, restaurants and bars, and options for evening entertainment are endless. Hongdae, especially, is known as the "party mile" and attracts visitors from all over the world both day and night. Transportation is ideal with the Metro lines 1, 4, and 6, and the Airport Express Line. You can quickly reach all of Seoul's places of interest or go by foot along the riverbank.