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Academic Excellence


Admissions with Undeclared Major and Department
All Handong Global University students are admitted with an undeclared major and department, being placed as a member of the Global Leadership School. For a whole year, students take time to explore introductory major courses and receive compulsory educations in foreign language, IT, basic humanities, mathematics, science, faith, and character training. The majors are then selected in their sophomore year. Majors can be chosen regardless of students’ field of study in high school and as majors can be changed with ease, students have sufficient time to search for their majors.
Compulsory Double Major
With exceptions to intensive majors, Handong Global University mandates double major for its students. 87% of the students have chosen to study in double majors. Through the double major system, the students utilize the knowledge gathered from these majors to become a creative convergence∙talents. (Based on data from 2018.3)
Global Convergence Studies
Students can combine 16 departments and over 200 classes to create their own convergence major. It breaks down interdisciplinary boundaries such as humanities, sociology, business administration, natural science and engineering,
and adds practice to theoretical foundations to provide experience in convergence studies.


Interdisciplinary Majors
Interdisciplinary Major is a system that allows students to choose their majors not only from the same department but also freely from different departments as well. Students design their own majors according to their vision, developing
the ability to solve problems that may arise in complex areas beyond the confines of their major studies.
Courses Taught in English
Information Technology, Global Management, US & International Law, and Global Convergence Studies courses operate under a 100% English curriculum. Other departments offer 30 to 40 percent of English courses on average and most courses use original-language textbook to equip its students with major skills for the global market.
Team Teaching & Debate-Oriented Courses
As assignments for many courses, 'Team Projects' are given to engage students from different departments to produce a result using their respective majors and skills. On the basis of these ‘Team Teaching and Debate-Oriented Courses’, students are showing outstanding performances in variety of contests.
Independent Self-Guided Study Semester
HGU is the first university in Korea to implement the Independent Self-Guided Study Semester. Instead of taking university courses during the semester, students can perform various activities related to their career and vision, developing their creativity and problem-solving skills.
Specialized Lab Operation
By implementing specialized laboratories, undergraduate students study and research like graduate students and receive
coaching from professors. Utilizing special labs such as these, Handong Global University undergraduates have published
more than 12 SCI class papers (for the past five years).
Global Entrepreneurship Training
GET, which started since HGU’s selection as a supervising university of UNESCO/UNITWIN, is an International Development Cooperation program that educates entrepreneurship to the leaders and youths of developing
countries. By August 2018, we produced more than 2,800 graduates from 10 countries through 22 regular programs and five special short-term programs.
Handong RPM Start-up Contest
Students of Handong who have a vision for start-ups can participate in the Handong RPM, Revolutions Per Minute, Start-up Contest. ‘RPM’ challenges students to present innovative ideas within a short presentation. The finalist will be
awarded with a three-month trip to either Silicon Valley or Israel for an advanced startup experience, field trips, as well as round-trip air tickets and accommodation.
On-Site and Problem-Solving: Capstone Design
The engineering students of HGU undergoes the ‘Capstone Design’ program as part of their graduation requirements. ‘Capstone Design’ is a program in which undergraduates design, plan and produce their own work. With these graduation
projects, some students have presented SCI-level papers and won various contests.


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