Korean for General Purposes 200 (Mon – Fri / 9am – 1pm) – 1,620,000 KRW/Term (10 Week Course, 200Hrs)
Korean for General Purposes 150 (Mon – Fri / 1:30 – 4:30pm) – 1,410,000 KRW/Term (10 Week Course, 150Hrs)
Sogang is located in the Sinchon area along with Yonsei University and Ewha Womens University.
Located in the Sinchon / Hongdae area in Eastern Seoul, famous for it’s lively night life and array of interesting coffee shops, bars, restaurants and shopping. The epicenter of youth life in the city and a great place for those who want to party as much as they study and expose themselves to the infamous night life of Korea. For more on Sinchon see our Yonsei Review.
With that said there are area’s directly across from Sogang in Sinsu-Dong or near Daehung Station that will have slightly more affordable accommodation away from the noise of the Sinchon Centre, which depending on your preference can either be more or less convenient.
Living in this area is also on the more expensive side especially for a one room studio. Expect to get a lot less for more with average one room prices around 500,000KRW/Month with a 5,000,000KRW Key Money or More. Hauskjips and Dormitories will cost less but provide fairly small rooms with communal services.
Known and recommended by all as the university with the best program for those who want to learn how to speak the language. Courses slightly more emphasized towards speaking and practicing during classes. It has become a favourite for American soldiers who are required to take classes and also other foreign diplomats / business people who are on postings in Korea.
Is known to have more Americans and Europeans because of it’s emphasis on speaking however current students studying at Sogang have said 70 – 80 % of students are Japanese / Chinese. Similar vibe and atmosphere to Yonsei in the general area / suburb but as it is not as large as the Yonsei program it loses a bit of that excitement. Smaller class sizes and smaller student body make it a more of a community – you are bound to recognize everyone after 6 months.
Not as well informed when it comes to job opportunities or cultural activities but it is good for networking with other students because of the smaller community approach and the chance of meeting an expat worker or diplomat. The Sogang Free Board is very poor in comparison to Yonsei.
None of the broadcasting presence like Yonsei. Felt very cut-off from Sogang University itself and a reportedly poor language exchange program.
Asia Options verdict
Sogang’s strength in reputation relies on it’s comparison to Yonsei and that it provides a more practical environment to learn Korean with less emphasis on Grammar. Considering the area and price it’s a toss up to choose either Yonsei or Sogang. Sogang’s weakness is in it’s lack of opportunities outside of the classroom and lack of networking opportunities for potential future jobs. That said, If you do feel that speaking will be a weak point for yourself and you might not have the confidence to go out and make friends then this program comes highly recommended. If you are an older professional that needs basic Korean skills in a short time then Sogang is a good option to avoid the “part time” for fun learner crowd.
Popular course with an emphasis on Speaking.
Close to Sinchon night life
Lack of job and extra curricular activities.
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