KOREA U

Korea University
Seoul, South Korea

Founded in 1905, the Korea University (KU) campus covers over 182 acres and is home to more than 35,000 students from all over the nation and the world.

The university’s academic breadth is extensive with its 81 departments in 19 colleges and divisions, and 18 graduate schools and it has over 1,400 full-time faculty members with over 95% of them holding a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification in their field. KU has particularly strong Humanities and Asian Studies Departments along with the recently established Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS). KU is also renowned for its professional schools of Law, Medicine and Business Administration. In research, KU is an internationally recognized leader with over 100 research centers, including the East Asiatic Research Centre and the Korean Cultural Research Centre. Furthermore, Korea University Business School (KUBS) is the only and the first business school in the country to have acquired both European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation, in combination with the accreditation granted by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Website: www.korea.edu

VSE Season 3, 2021-22: Courses offered by Korea University (International Summer Campus 2022)


Application Deadline

Students must submit an application to the VSE Central Office before:
May 20, 2022 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)




English Language Proficiency Requirements

Before applying, please make sure you have fulfilled the course offering university's English language proficiency requirements listed below:

There is no specific language test level required for students. However, since all courses are in English, students are required to have abilities to understand and study lectures in English.




Enrolment Restrictions

Before applying, please make sure you understand the following enrolment restrictions set by the course offering university:

  • Each student can apply and enroll in ONE academic course offered by Korea University at VSE Season 3, 2021-22 only. If you have submitted two applications to Korea University courses, the VSE Central Office will withdraw the SECOND application without prior notice. If you wish to change your course selection after making the first application, please make a request by emailing apru.vse@cuhk.edu.hk.
  • If you are looking to take a VSE academic course offered by Korea University and transfer the credits back to your home university, please seek approval from your home university before making an application.


Course Information

Course information posted on this page are provided by the course offering university and may be changed or updated anytime without prior notice.

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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentScience & Engineering
Course TeacherChu-Young KIM
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 29, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 4, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon-Thu 0840-1020
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionWe will examine a broad range of contemporary life science topics including ecology, nutrition, human disease, and biotechnology. The aim of this course is to introduce you to as many different contemporary life science topics as possible by examining one scientific article per class session. This course will be useful forbothscience and non-sciencemajors who are interested in learning the most recent developments and issues in the field of life sciences. No prior knowledge of biology or chemistry is required.This course is not a foundation building courseand therefore it is notsuitable for fulfilling the prerequisite of an upper-level biology course. Classes will be discussion-oriented, and everyone is expected to participate actively on a daily basis. This course does not have a laboratory component.
Course OutlineISC103
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentBusiness
Course TeacherYi Li
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 29, 2022
Last Day of ClassJul 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeISC129C: Mon-Thu 1220-1450 or ISC129D: Mon-Thu 1500-1730
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThis course focuses on how a firm can develop and implement effective business-level and corporate- level strategies. Implicitly or explicitly, every firm defines the scope of its business operations, and how it will compete against its rivals. Decisions about the scope of business constitute the firm’s corporate strategy; decisions about how to compete within chosen market segments reflect the firm’s business- level strategy.
Course OutlineISC129C / ISC129D
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentEconomy
Course TeacherAnurag Agarwal
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 29, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 4, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon-Thu 0840-1020
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionIn this course we will learn the fundamentals of Statistics, which is basically the science of collecting, summarizing, describing, analyzing and interpreting data. Data can be about any aspect of the real world that we want to study. Statistics is used to perform empirical research and to test various hypotheses about the world, in almost every discipline of study, whether it is the hard sciences or the social sciences or business.
Course OutlineISC207A
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentSocial Sciences
Course TeacherHajin Lee
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 29, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 4, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeISC263A: Mon-Thu 0840-1020 or ISC263B: Mon-Thu 1030-1210
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThis course provides a broad overview of the most influential theories and empirical studies pertaining to scientific study of the ways people think about, feel, and behave in social situations (aka social psychology). Specifically, topics to be covered include how we interpret information about self, other people, and social situations (social cognition), how our attitudes are changed by others (social influence), why certain types of people are attractive to us (interpersonal attraction), why we cooperate with/harm others (cooperation/aggression), and hot topics on social psychology.
Course OutlineISC312A / ISC312B
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentScience & Engineering
Course TeacherDario Landa-Silva
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 29, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 4, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon-Thu 1500-1640
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThis course gives an introduction to the world of computer science and is designed for students from different backgrounds as no prior knowledge of computing is assumed. This course gives an insight into computer science as the discipline that studies computers and computer systems, how they work and how they are constructed and programmed. This is not simply a course in which students learn to use some specific software. Instead, this course will enable students to gain an understanding of: the way computers store and process information, the organization of hardware, the way computer networks work, the construction of computer programs with emphasis on algorithms and data structures to solve a variety of real-world problems. The course also gives a gentle introduction to computer programming using the Java programming language. Students will learn to understand, modify and write some simple Java programs. Since part of this course involves learning some computer programming, it is essential that students have access to their own computer during the course.
Course OutlineISC293
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentBusiness
Course TeacherCarl Gunnlaugson
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 29, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 4, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon-Thu 1030-1210
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionIn today’s global organization, the effectiveness and overall success of today’s leader and manager to a great extent draws on their ability to communicate effectively. Business Communication is a theory-based, practice-driven course that introduces students to a wide cross section of ideas, practices and principles to improve their existing communication.

The online course as a whole is designed to enable students to develop skills in empowering their authentic presence to build communicative effectiveness and influence with communication situations in day to day organizational contexts. Through Zoom meetings, students will learn about and practice essential communicative skills through a range of exercises and assignments. Communication processes will focus more in depth with effective speaking and listening in conversation, non-verbal communication, conflict management, cross cultural and team communication, coaching, among other themes.

This entirely online course aims to introduce students to the skills to build effective, creative and meaningful communication in one on one, groups, teams and organizations. The course adopts innovative perspectives across different contexts of interpersonal and group communication. Different approaches to generative and creative methods of communication will be explored throughout the course. Business communication theory explored in the course will be immediately applicable to students and set the stage for ongoing communication mastery throughout their professional lives.
Course OutlineISC300A
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentBusiness
Course TeacherCarl Gunnlaugson
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 29, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 4, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon-Thu 0840-1020
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionToday’s global business context calls for up and coming managers and leaders to develop their professional skills by not only successfully managing their teams and organizations, but perhaps most importantly, how to effectively manage themselves. Global Leadership and Management is a theory-based, though highly practical online course that focuses on developing practical leader-manager skills individually, interpersonally and collectively within teams and the broader organizational culture as a whole. Informed by current social science and business research, this course is designed to enable students to learn to manage their own life and relationships with others, to develop themselves as future leaders and future managers and to discover first-hand their passion for personal and professional development.

Leader-manager development concepts used in the course will be immediately applicable for students, but also set the stage for life long professional development. This course will focus primarily on your personal quest to thrive, by examining your own leadership strengths (and limitations), and professional experiences that enhance your capacity to lead and manage authentically in a new global business environment. Research has shown that certain essential skills are associated with managerial effectiveness. This course aims to help students understand what those skills are and how they can effectively develop them in their lives and at work.
Course OutlineISC311
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentBusiness
Course TeacherLin Cui
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 29, 2022
Last Day of ClassJul 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeISC312A: Mon-Thu 0900-1130 or ISC312B: Mon-Thu 1220-1450
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionThis course is a broad survey of the field of international business and provides the foundations for further specialisation in this field. It will begin with a brief overview of international business, focused on the concept of ‘globalisation’. The course will then examine the environment for international firms, particularly the political, social and economic configurations that support crossborder commerce. Amongst others, we will look at the role of national policies and cultures, the evolution of international markets in goods, services and finance, and the supernational mechanisms and infrastructures for trade, investment and finance. The course will then probe international firms: their strategies and organisational design, their entry modes into international enterprise, and their behavioural and control systems. Many parts of the course involve current events, including issues related to international trade, foreign investment and international political conflict.
Course OutlineISC312A / ISC312B
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentEconomy
Course TeacherAnurag Agarwal
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 29, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 4, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon-Thu 1030-1210
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionIn this course we will learn about big data analytics. The world is collecting a lot of data and organizations want to generate insights from the vast amounts of data available.
Course OutlineISC356
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentBusiness
Course TeacherMark Joseph Davison
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 29, 2022
Last Day of ClassJul 21, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon-Thu 1500-1730
Time ZoneUTC+9
Course DescriptionOne of the most important business skills to learn is the ability to properly read, analyse and interpret a Company’s Financial Statements. You will learn these skills on this course.

This course is both theoretical and practical and focuses on the most important aspects of accounting, analysis, and valuation. Both engaging and relevant, the course uses contemporary case studies of well-known companies. Even if you have no financial/accounting knowledge or experience, you can do well on this course and the learning will be valuable and complimentary to your own major.

You will collaborate extensively with your international peers to prepare a comprehensive analysis and presentation of a company of your group’s choice. Such interaction will take place during and outside of class and may take place in a physical classroom or online. Your instructor will regularly promote and support such collaborative activities, helping you develop your research, analytical, presentation and communication competencies in an international and intercultural environment.
Course OutlineISC394


Before Making an Application

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