The 2021 spring semester is about to start so let us take a quick tour through the Korean academic calendar. Please note that the dates are estimates and accurate dates differ according to each university.
The Spring semester is the beginning of a new academic year in South Korea.
As the year begins, students aiming to take a leave of absence should submit their documents in January.
In Mid-February, students start to register for their courses. Enrolled students register first in mid-February followed by Freshmen by the end of the month.
The Spring Semester begins on March 2nd, and students have one week to change their courses if needed, followed by a period to cancel courses on the third week if they decided not to take them.
Mid-Term exams take place on the 8th week of the semester and final exams on the 16th week. After around 1 week of the final exams, you can check your results on your university website.
July and August are the summer break. The Autumn semester begins on the 1st of September. Students planning to take a leave of absence should submit their documents by the end of July.
In Mid-August, Students start to register for their courses. Enrolled students register first in mid-August followed by Freshmen by the end of the month.
Same as the spring semester, students have one week to change their courses followed by a period of course cancellation.
Mid-Term and final exams are the same as the spring semester; the 8th and 16th week respectively, with results available approximately 1 week after the finals on your university website.
January and February are the winter break and the cycle goes on.
Usually, universities hold festivals once, each in the spring and autumn, and graduation ceremonies are held in February and August. However, these may be canceled or held online according to circumstances like COVID19.
Due to the current COVID situation, most universities have adopted the online lecture system. The situation can change according to ongoing social-distancing levels and by the discretion of the university board.
Written by: Yomna Mostafa