Unique Academic Programs of HGU
♦ When you are admitted to HGU
Admissions with Undeclared Major and Department
All Handong Global University students are admitted with an undeclared major and department, being placed as a member in the Global Leadership School.
For their first year, students take time to explore introductory major courses and receive compulsory educations in foreign languages, IT, basic humanities, mathematics, science, faith, and character training. Majors are declared in students’ sophomore year. Majors can be chosen regardless of students’ field of study in high school and as majors can readily be changed, students have time to identify the major to which they are best suited.
♦ When you decide the majors
Compulsory Double Major
Handong Global University mandates double majors for students except those in intensive majors. University data (2018.3) indicates that 87% of students study in double majors. Through the double major system, students utilize the knowledge gathered from these majors to develop creative convergence∙talents.
The Interdisciplinary Major system allows students to choose majors not only from the same department but also from different departments.
Students design their own majors according to their vision, developing the ability to solve problems that may arise in complex problems beyond the confines of their major studies.
Global Convergence Studies
Students can create their own convergence major by selecting from over 200 classes across 16 departments to.
This innovative approach to tertiary education breaks down interdisciplinary boundaries across humanities, sociology, business administration, natural science and engineering, and adds practice to theoretical foundations to provide experience in convergence studies. Find more information here.
Courses Taught in English
Information Technology, Global Management, U.S. and International Law, and Global Convergence Studies courses offer a 100% English curriculum. Other departments offer 30 to 40 percent courses with English mediationon average and most courses use original-language textbooks to equip students with major skills for the global market.
♦ When you take classes
Team Teaching & Debate-Oriented Courses
Many courses utilize 'Team Projects' to engage students from different departments in applying their respective majors and skills to complete assignments. These ‘Team Teaching and Debate-Oriented Courses’, have show-cased students’ outstanding performances in a variety of national and international 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 study while engaged in career related activities thus developing their creativity and problem-solving skills.
Specialized Lab Operation
In specialized laboratories, undergraduate students study and conduct research like graduate students while receiving coaching from Professors. Utilizing special labs such as these, Handong Global University undergraduates have published more than 12 SCI class papers over the past five years.
GET, which started with HGU’s selection as a supervising university of UNESCO/UNITWIN, is an International Development Cooperation program that provides entrepreneurship education for the leaders and youths of developing countries. By August 2018, HGU had produced more than 2,800 graduates from 10 countries through 22 regular programs and five special short-term programs.
Students of Handong who have a vision for start-ups can participate in the Handong Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), Start-up Contest. ‘RPM’ challenges students to present innovative ideas within a short presentation. Finalists are awarded a three-month trip to either Silicon Valley or Israel for an advanced startup experience and field trips, complete with round-trip air tickets and accommodation.
Engineering students participate in the ‘Capstone Design’ program as part of their graduation requirements. ‘Capstone Design’ is a program in which undergraduates design, plan and produce graduation projects, some of which have resulted in SCI-level papers and various contest awards.