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Hankuk University of Foreigns Studies (HUFS) is attracting a wide range of international students from all over the world to study at all courses within the university. There are around 1,600 students who are currently studying at our school. The number of International students enrolled in our school for the academic year 2013 increased by 40% compared to the last year. 




We are delighted to share the experiences of some students with you here.

If you are a current student or a past student and want to have your profile featured in the section to share your experiences with others, please download this file to send to our office (exchange@hufs.ac.kr). Hopefully we can post your profiles up here!


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A selection of profiles on international students who are currently with us or have studied at HUFS


María José Valencia

Exchange Student

I come from a small town, so I thought it’d be difficult to adjust to a city and a new university. To be honest, I thought I’d be invisible and wouldn’t make a lot of friends, but I truly believe I met people who became my family. It seems we all had an interest in common and there was always somewhere to go, something to do. A place of never-ending activity, and I felt like my life was moving forwards. I’ve seen so much and learned so much thanks to all the friends I met, both Korean and foreign. It is true, what they say about HUFS. You really go to meet the world. 

While I was in HUFS I met amazing people from just about every corner of the planet. I was also so shocked at how many classes the University had available in foreign languages, even Spanish, my mother tongue! I found that the campus became like a home to me quickly, and it was exciting to share classes and dormitory with my new friends. My Korean friends often told me that the HUFS Seoul campus is a relatively small campus, but I thought it was charming and beautiful, many times nature coexisting with modernity, and that’s something you rarely find in a city. The intensive Korean language course was challenging but they were the classes I looked forward to the most, and I made great friends there as well (although sometimes we could only speak in beginner’s Korean!)

Being a student at HUFS was a life-changing experience, changed my way of thinking and seeing things, my way of expressing myself, and I think of those times fondly. I’m very thankful to have been in HUFS and I hope to come back sooner or later to study there again



      Jason Anthony

Exchange Student and Summer Session Participant

In 2014, I embarked on my first journey to South Korea and it left me wanting to come back more than before. I was an exchange student studying Korean language and Chinese politics so my schedule was pretty tight, but I can honestly say it was the most enjoyable semester I ever had! I joined ISO, the International Student Organization, where I worked with fellow foreign students and Korean students to ease the acclimation of student life in South Korea.

I made so many lifelong friendships through ISO and I also met my long-lost Korean brother, Kihun. We were roommates in the Globeedorm and we instantly became like true brothers; I traveled all across Korea with him and his family every month, and his family actually came to visit me in New York after I returned to America! I enjoyed my time at HUFS so much that I decided to return in 2017 after graduating to participate in the International Summer Session. HUFS truly is a global standard, and the lessons I have learned along with the life changing friendships I have made will always remind me just how influential HUFS was on my life.



Exchange Program


To experience the infamous Korean spirit has been one of my bucket lists. And the moment I got the letter of acceptance for Student Exchange at HUFS, I couldn’t be excited more! Never have I thought that I would get to know the diverse and dynamic globalization blended in tradition, right in Korea. HUFS was a complete package for me. As I lived in the student dormitory, it was very convenient to go to classes. Even the subway station was close by and there were lots of delicacies around. Not to mention that HUFS is known as the best university for languages, of which I do think so. The good reputation comes with the great professors and students. With multinational-foreigners coming to HUFS, I could experience the multicultural environment, a harmonized one to feel and learn about international relations.

The best thing I ever had during my exchange program was to be ISO member. I was delighted to help and join activities with other foreigners while working with Korean friends. This is what I called cultural exchange done in a happy and meaningful way. And up until now I still communicate with my friends, which derived from lifetime friendship I made at HUFS. People here are surely open-minded to others’ cultures and willing to learn new languages.

There may be lots of cultures to study, yet the students show international mind and high tolerance for foreigners. I would then recommend HUFS for those who want the dynamic international life while being exposed nicely to Korean culture. 


Maja Szeląg
Exchange Program


I came to study at HUFS twice. That's how addictive a student life in this university became for me. But I wasn't the only one. Keeping in touch with friends I met here, even up to two years ago, I listen a lot about their yearning and wishes to study at this school again. I considered myself very lucky to have done that. Especially as a student of Korean philology I strongly recommend taking Korean intensive course here. I feel I lacked any skills before coming here, even in spite of studying Korean before.

The biggest reason to attend this school though is the possibility to study while having lots of fun at the same time. The year I've spent at HUFS was neither wasted on mindless partying or hard studying only. The classes I took were intensive and I had to make an effort to pass exams, learning a lot in the process, but it didn't stop me from experiencing all the pleasures of exchange student life. Traveling around, joining activity clubs, going for festivals, trips and above all - meeting friends - is what I mean by that. People are the reason I decided to come to HUFS for the second time. I could meet Korean friends but also people from all over the world. There are more foreigners here than at most of other popular schools in Seoul. That was very important to me because my Kazakh, Mexican, Czech, Spanish, Slovenian, Colombian, Chinese, Japanese, American (etc - I can't even write it all down) friends together with Korean ones were the reason I spent my time in Seoul being happy and not homesick. I'll be always grateful to HUFS for what I learned while studying, what I learned about myself as a person and for amazing people I met.