South Korea — Seoul Institute of the Arts

The Seoul Institute of the Arts (SIA) has continued to grow since Chi Jin Yoo founded the school in 1962. Today, there are 2,400 future artists attending the 14 different departments and SIA is a leading arts conservatory in Asia. In 2001, SeoulArts expanded by adding a new campus. The Ansan campus became where students receive the arts education foundation and the Namsan evolved to become a center where art is produced and presented to audiences. The Namsan center has modern multi-functional proscenium theater, a black-box theater, a sound stage, recording studios, and multiple rehearsal and classroom space. The goal of the center is to develop, produce and present art and entertainment.

Location: 171, Yesuldaehak-ro, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, gyunggi-do, ZIP 425-805, Korea 

Duration of exchange: Students may participate in the program for one semester (fall or spring)

Helpful website: SIA Admissions Guide

Application deadline for fall: February 15th

Application deadline for spring: September 15th

Program Cost

Program costs and living expenses:

  • Dorm: KRW 650,000 per semester
  • Study materials (varies depending on the course) 


Accommodations: Campus dormitories are available. See (website in Korean).

Academic Information

Language of instruction: Korean

Credit toward degree: Students will earn TRANSFER credit toward their CSUN degree. It is important that students meet with their academic department to review course equivalencies prior to exchange.

Courses are offered in the following disciplines:

Theater, dance, acting, film, broadcasting, digital arts, creative writing, dramatic writing, visual design, photography, interior design, Korean music, applied music, creative advertising and Arts Management.

Requirements and Application Information

GPA: Have a cumulative overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher

Language: TOPIK Level 3 or above

Please refer to the TOPIK website for test information. 

*TOPIK grade is dispensable, if applicant can prove that he/she speaks Korean as much at his/her interview (maybe through Skype)

Level of Study: Sophomore, Junior, and Senior

Click here to get started on your CBEP: South Korea application!


For program and application information, please contact Eleanor Wolgast or Rebecca Spector at the International and Exchange Student Center.

For additional program information, you may contact the following faculty member:

Professor Edward Alfano, Art Department
(818) 677-2242