How to Sogang: The Application Process

This is the first part in my blog series about how to go about applying for Sogang University’s KLEC General Korean (KGP200).

I scavenged the web and found very few people have blogged about this process before, so I hope to shed some light on some questions you may have and give you a heads-up on what the process is actually like.

Short disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Sogang. I am not being paid to do any of this. This is just something I wanted to do.

Here are some handy-dandy links first.

So first you have to decide when you would like to start.

  • four sessions a year — March-May (Spring); June-Aug (Summer); Sept-Nov (Fall); Dec-Feb (Winter)
    • a session is 10 weeks
    • 20 hrs a week
    • Mon-Fri
    • 9am-1pm
  • You can begin during any session. For example, if you test into level 1, you can take the level 1 session starting in March, June, Sept, or Dec. There really is no “beginning” of the school year.
    •  The summer session is the busiest session, so if you wish to start in the summer session, make sure you apply early.
  • The applications for each session start after the session previous starts. Ex: The application for the Spring session started Dec 5th—just as the Winter session started.
  • If you are from North America, Europe, or Australia and you plan on getting a 6-month student visa, you must sign up/pay for 2 sessions in advance.

To apply, the first thing you’ll need to do is create an account on the website.

Then you can select to apply for the session you want. Ex: 2017/Spring (Make sure it says KGP200.) This part is pretty straight forward.

  • When you get to “Write Application”:
    • Obviously you don’t have a visa yet so select “no visa” and in the “memo” line, write “I will get a X visa.”
      • Say “D-4 visa” if you plan on getting a student visa and staying for at least 2 sessions/6 months
      • OR “tourist visa” if you plan on getting a tourist visa
      • Here is my blog that talks about the pros and cons of getting a D-4 vs a tourist visa
      • This will let them know how long you plan on staying.
    • For Alien Registration Card Number: You won’t get this until you get to Korea so you can just leave it blank.
  • “Attachment”:
    • Again, you won’t have your Alien Registration Card until you get it in Korea so you don’t have to upload anything in that section.
    • For “Certificate of Bank Balances” I literally took a screenshot of my mobile banking page and uploaded it.
  • “Registration Completed”:
    • When you get here, you have to wait for them to approve your application. You will get a short email that will tell you if you got accepted.
  • “Payment Guide”:
    • So, congratulations! You pretty much got in. Now you have to pay the price.
    • For this part, you need to do a wire transfer. You need to go to your bank and tell them that you need to do a wire transfer, and they’ll have someone help you. Make sure you show them all the information at the bottom of the Payment Guide page in the section that says “Woori Bank” and such. (I took a picture with my phone.) IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE YOU DOUBLE CHECK THAT YOUR BANKER SPELLED THE BANK ADDRESS CORRECTLY. In the two wires that I did initially, both times with two separate bankers they misspelled the roads.
    • If you’re getting a D-4 visa, you need to pay for two sessions’ worth of tuition instead of just one. They’ll tell you this later, but if you go ahead and wire two sessions’ worth now, it’ll save you a second wire transfer fee.
    • My bank was PNC, and they charged me $45 per wire transfer.
    • If you are getting a tourist visa, then you only pay for one session at a time, so you don’t have to worry.
    • Now, the Payment Guide section will tell you how much you need to pay for the application fee and 1 session of tuition so: application fee + 1 session tuition (+ 1 more session tuition if you’re getting a D-4 visa) = what you should wire. Go ahead and google a quick “won to whatever currency” to find out about how much you should send in that wire.
    • You can only pay in Korean won or the equivalent in US dollars, Japanese yen, or euros.
    • Make sure you pay just a little bit over just to make sure that you don’t underpay and have to do another wire.
    • When you pay for future sessions, if you have someone attached to your bank account, that person can go to the bank in your country and do the transfer for you while you are in Korea. If not, you can also pay while you’re at the school using a credit card. You do not need a Korean bank account to do this.
    • [I also have to find out if you can pay with a debit card rather than a credit card. If you can’t, you will have to make sure that your credit card has a high enough limit to allow you to pay for a semester. Also, keep in mind that you will probably be charged an international fee if you do that option regardless. The debit card I have with PNC charges an international fee of 3% of whatever I purchase. Comparatively, that broke down to be about as much as a wire transfer.]
    • After I did the wire transfer, it registered in Korea after only a few days. I never had to do anything with the “Request for Payment Check” button. After the wire registered with Sogang, it automatically let me move on to the next section.
  • “Admission Letter”:
    • This is where they tell you that if you are from North America, Europe, or Australia and you want to get a 6-month student visa you have to pay for two sessions’ worth of tuition in advance, so if you followed my advice, you should be ahead of the game.
    • If you are staying for two sessions, shoot a quick email to the email address for your area listed at the bottom. The emails are divided into groups:
      • USA/Canada/Europe
      • China/Taiwan
      • Japan
      • Africa/Middle East/the rest of Asia
    • In the email, let them know that you are aiming for a D-4 visa and would like to sign up for a second session. Also be sure to let them know that you already paid that second session of tuition. (If you are getting a tourist visa, you don’t need to do this.)
    • From what little experience I have from being in Korea previously, Koreans are super big into customer service and so are extremely prompt on emails, so I didn’t have to wait more than a day for a response on this. However, it did take just a little while for the changes to be registered into the website, so don’t panic if nothing has changed immediately when you get that email reply.
    • You should be able to go back to your “Choose Term” section of the application to see that it has now listed that second session in there as well as when you first sign into the website to work on your application. You should also be able to see the updates in your “Payment” section.
    • My acceptance letter came in almost exactly 1 week. Included in the packet you should receive are your Certificate of Admission, Certificate of Enrollment, and Official Receipt.

You have now successfully applied and been accepted to Sogang University for multiple sessions! Now, it’s time to apply for that visa!

How to Sogang: Visa
How to Sogang: Flights and Housing
How to Sogang: Packing and Predeparture
How to Sogang: The Airport
How to Sogang: Getting to Campus and the Placement Test
How to Sogang: New Student Orientation and the First Day of Class
How to Sogang: How to Get Your Alien Registration Card (ARC)
How to Sogang: Getting a SIM/Wifi Egg
How to Sogang: The Seoul Subway System
How to Sogang: The Seoul Bus System
How to Sogang: How to Get the Most Out of Sogang
How to Sogang: Level 1 Summary
How to Sogang: Level 2 Summary
Sogang University Korea Language Program

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33 comments

    1. I’ve emailed them only a few times, and they’ve responded within a few days.

      Have those few days been during business days? Because if you sent it during the weekend, then they probably haven’t been in the office.

      Is it a personal question or is it something I could maybe help you with?

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  1. Hi !
    How long did it take for you to get a response from Sogang? Because I have been waiting 7 months for a reply to an email I sent them (I sent two others in the meantime with two different email addresses in case) but they never replied. And again, I signed up for fall session a week ago and I have no answer, it worries me… Thank you !

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    1. I’m not sure what is up with them replying to your emails. They are usually pretty prompt.

      But, as for getting a response on applying for the fall session, I assume this is after you’ve completed the whole application process and you’re now waiting to see if you got in? If that’s the case, I wouldn’t worry yet. Graduation for the spring session is happening today actually, so the office could be a little crazy now. So if you give them another week and they haven’t given you an answer, then I would start to get concerned. I don’t know what to tell you other than to just send them another email. I’m sorry that I’m not much help. I hope your problem gets solved soon.

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      1. Oh okay, this could explain their delay in responding to my application… I will waiting so.
        Thanks a lot for your answer !

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      2. Hi, it’s me again.
        I’ve been waiting a month and a half for a response from Sogang to my registration. My Korean friend’s mother called them (1 or 2 weeks ago?) to find out why it was taking so much time, and they just said to wait longer and that they received my money (over $3000). I am very upset because I leave my country to go to Korea in three weeks and I still have not exceeded the payment guide step on my account on their website so I don’t think I receive the letter before a very long time. Because of them, I can not make my visa (especially since I live very far away from the capital of my country so it would have taken me a lot of time and money to go and get my visa and now I do not have enough time to do it).

        I was just wondering if you have any information about this long delay from Sogang. A computer bug? Too many registrations to manage? I don’t know, they do not tell us anything concrete on the phone.
        And how long before receiving your letter did it take for you?

        I’m really worried about arriving in Korea without a visa or any proof of my registration in Sogang. Without their letter, I can do nothing (no visa, no alien card, no phone, …). I am very upset with them.

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      3. Hello again. I’m really sorry to hear that they haven’t gotten back to you. That’s so frustrating. I waited about a week to receive my admission letter, so I don’t know what would be going on for them to have delayed you so long. I’m really sorry about that.

        Since they have confirmed that they have received your payment, If you haven’t applied for your D-4 student visa yet (I assume that’s the one you are trying to get, right?), then I would recommend coming on just a tourist visa (if it is possible to do so without proof of registration).

        If you are able to come on a tourist visa, you have two options after you get to Korea:

        1. Stay with a tourist visa but go to another country (Japan or Hong Kong or something close) during the break between sessions and then come back for the second session. This will renew your tourist visa for another 90 days, and is what many of the students here do. However, you will not be able to get an alien card using this method.

        2. You can change your tourist visa to a D-4 student visa while in Korea. You will have to get an alien card if you do this.

        Any documents from Sogang that you need (admission letter, etc.) you can ask for them to print on the 7th floor office at Sogang when you get here.

        As for getting a phone, if you are just looking to rent a SIM card, you don’t have to have an alien card if you do it through EG SIM http://www.egsimcard.co.kr/. (I know it says something different on my post about getting a SIM card, but EG SIM is much better than the company I recommended on there. I just want to try it for a month or so before changing my blog post.)

        If you really do need a whole phone, not just a SIM card, then you can do it with the Arrival Store without an alien card (though their website is terrible right now). If their site is not working, then I would look at KT or SK or other Korean phone service providers to see if they provide phone rentals to foreigners without alien cards. I really think that there should be ways to get one without an alien card.

        I currently have a student visa (though I am going to try to switch to a tourist visa) so I’m not sure of the process about coming here on a tourist visa. So I am not 100% sure about if it is still possible for you to come. But, this is my best advice for you.

        I hope I was able to help you out a little. Please let me know if it works out for you and if you have any other questions.

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  2. Can you tell me exactly where they ask for at least 2 sessions for Europeans, North Americans and Australians? Because I haven’t found that information anywhere and I’m from Europe. Nor did they tell me that it was a mandatory multiple sessions applications during my applicaiton.

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    1. I apologize. I went back and reread this blog post, and I realized how my wording would have really confused people. I went back and fixed it now, so hopefully it’s more clear now. Thank you for drawing my attention to it.

      You don’t have to sign up for more than one session if you don’t want to. My blog is just geared toward people who want to go for more than one session. If you only want to attend for one session, then you can come on a 3-month tourist visa and pay for only one session.

      If you want to go for more than one session on a 6-month student visa, Sogang asks that you pay for two sessions in advance. It asks this in step 8 (the admission letter section) of the application process online. I took a screenshot of it here: http://bit.ly/2qPjaNN

      However, many of the Europeans who intended to come for more than one session came on 3-month tourist visas and just went to another country (most went to Japan) after the session was over and then returned to Korea again before the next session started. This is a sort of loophole that renewed their 3-month visa. But I’m not completely sure of the details and what sort of paperwork that entails. You should research thoroughly on your own, and make certain that you know what you’re doing before choosing to go that route.

      Again, I apologize for my unclear wording and any confusion it may have caused you.

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      1. Thank you for your reply !

        No problem, I was already in the process of paying when I posted this. But I was a little confused about this information. I wish I had found your blog before it would have helped me in the process (going to the Fall 2017 session), the application process can be a bit confusing at times.

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      2. Thanks for being understanding.

        I completely agree that the application process is a little confusing. That’s why I decided to make a blog, so hopefully I can help people out who had some of the same questions I did.

        I hope the rest of the process goes smoothly for you. If you have any other questions or see anything else on my blog that is a little confusing, please let me know. I will help as best I can.

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  3. Hi there! Thank you so much for all the useful information for your application process!
    How long did it take from the day your filed your application (“Registration Completed” stage) to the day you received your acceptance letters? You wrote one week, but did that mean one week after paying your tuition? I’m assuming there was some wait time between the “Registration Completed” stage and the “Payment Guide” stage as well?

    I just wanted to make sure I’ll have enough time to apply for my visa and whatnot. Thank you for your help!

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    1. Hello! I’m glad that my blog has been helpful.

      To answer your questions, you receive your acceptance letters after you pay tuition, and yes, I got my acceptance letters about a week after paying it. And yes, there was a little bit of time between the “Registration Completed” and “Payment Guide.” I don’t remember exactly how long, but I don’t think it was very long. Maybe a week? I’m sorry about that.

      I think you’re right on track for applying, so good job! If you have any other questions or need advice, I’ll help if I can! Thanks again for reading!

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  4. Hello, so I have reached the Payment Guide tab. It told me to pay, wire info, and how much. I have already wired my money to their bank. Am I supposed to also fax/mail them the receipt of the wire transfer for them to check and approve my payment? It’s been about more than a week since I sent it but I have not moved on from the Payment Guide tab. Was it alright to just wire the money over, not do anything, and wait for them to naturally and automatically approve my payment?

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    1. Hello! When I did my wire transfer, I didn’t have to do anything but the wire. Since it’s only been a week, I would wait just a little longer before you start to get too worried. However there is that “request payment check” button on the payment page. If it gets to be another week or so and you haven’t been moved on to the next page, I would try that button. I hope that helps. If you have any other questions, let me know, and I’ll try to help you out. Thanks for reading!

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