Sogang University is one of the leading research and liberal arts colleges of South Korea.
The university was established in 1960 in Seoul, by the Wisconsin Parish Council of the Society of Jesus to provide education based on Catholic beliefs inspired by the Jesuit education philosophy. The education offered at Sogang University is designed to form intellectuals who combine academic excellence and creative originality, following the Jesuit tradition that has always pursued qualitative prominence.
South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. Although it ranks 109th in the world in terms of
land area, the country is a center of economic activity, culture, and arts. Korea was colonized by Japan in the early 20th century and later had to endure the Korean War (1950- 53), but it has achieved amazing economic growth in a short period, dubbed “the Miracle on the Han River.” Today, Korea is an industrial nation standing tall on the world stage. Its semiconductor, automobile, shipbuilding, steel making, and IT industries are on the leading edge in global markets.
Seoul is a city rich in history and tradition. The city was founded in 1392 when it became the capital of the Chosun Dynasty, which fell in 1910. It is now the capital city of South Korea, and traces of the former dynasty are still very much a part of the city’s landscape. Seoul is the center of political, social, educational, and economic activity in Korea and is home to
many major international corporations. Seoul is home to many old historic sites like Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces, and places of traditional culture like Bukchon Hanok Village, Insa-dong, and Namdaemun Market. The shopping and entertainment districts of Myeongdong and Apgujeong, and Asia’s largest underground shopping center COEX Mall also draw a large number of tourists every year. The Hangang River, which runs through the center of the city, is also a distinctive landscape of Seoul that offers a myriad of resting areas for citizens.
Located on campus beside the rear gate, Gonzaga International Student Hall can accommodate up to 900 students in double rooms. The dorm houses students from all over the world in a
multicultural atmosphere. The primary language used in the hall is English. Exchange Students: Apply through the Office of International Affairs or the Administration Office of each college.
South Korea is located on a peninsula, and is surrounded by the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Japan is just across the East Sea, and is accessible by boat. Students in Seoul might also find it interesting to go on a Mount Geumgangsan Cruise Tour that sails through the beautiful rivers in the valley of this breathtaking mountain range. On this cruise, you will see beautiful waterfalls, exotic rock formations, and much more.