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Northwestern and South Korea

Northwestern and South Korea

Northwestern maintains vibrant partnerships with several universities in South Korea where students can study a range of topics, from engineering to law to business. In addition, Northwestern is home to over 200 students from South Korea every year, many of them Ph.D. students.


  • 230 students from South Korea at Northwestern:
  • 91 Undergraduate
  • 60 Masters
  • 79 Doctoral
For historical data visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website.
  • 8 Northwestern students in South Korea:
  • 8 Undergraduate


Partner InstitutionPartner Type & Sponsor
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • Research > McCormick School of Engineering
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology: School of Innovation
Seoul National University
  • Cooperative Agreement > McCormick School of Engineering

Units and Groups


The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers an education in the languages, cultures, and literature of Asia. Students will acquire linguistic and transcultural competence in one or more regions of Asia and learn to view Asia as a dynamic site of international cultural relations.
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Asian Studies Graduate Cluster

Faculty in the Asian Studies Graduate Cluster (ASGC) offer comprehensive yet focused exposure to Asian cultures, histories, and societies, with an emphasis on transdisciplinary research and methodologies. The program trains students in advanced research and interdisciplinary studies across the humanities and social sciences.
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Student Groups

  • Asian Pacific American Coalition
  • Koreans at Northwestern
  • Korean American Student Association
  • Korean Student Association
  • Treblemakers
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~1,300Northwestern alumni are based in South Korea.

Over two-thirds are located in the capital, Seoul.

The NU Club of Korea and the Kellogg Alumni Club of Korea offer social and networking opportunities to keep alumni connected to Northwestern and fellow alumni in South Korea. Other ways to get and stay involved can be found here.

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Due to the irregularities in student mobility caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this document contains data from 2019, the last full academic year prior to the imposed travel restrictions. All other information is up to date as of September 2021. For questions or comments about the information listed here, please contact Janka Pieper, Director of Communications.