Catholic University of Korea

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Catholic University of Korea
The Catholic University of Korea Emblem.jpg
The official seal of the university
Latin: Universitatis Catholicae Coreae
Motto 사랑 진리 봉사
Motto in English
Love Truth Service
Type Private
Established 1855
Affiliation Roman Catholic
President Fr. Johan Pahk Yeong-sik
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 11,013
Undergraduates 8,443
Postgraduates 2,570
Location , South Korea
37°35′09″N 127°00′16″E / 37.58590°N 127.00433°E / 37.58590; 127.00433 (Songsin Campus)Coordinates: 37°35′09″N 127°00′16″E / 37.58590°N 127.00433°E / 37.58590; 127.00433 (Songsin Campus)
Campus Songsin Campus (Seoul)
Songeui Campus (Seoul)
Songsim Campus (Bucheon, Gyeonggi)
Colors Blue
Mascot Dove
Catholic University of Korea
Revised Romanization Gatollik Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Kat'ollik Taehakkyo

The Catholic University of Korea is a private Roman Catholic institution of higher education in South Korea. It operates campuses in Seoul and in the neighboring Bucheon City. The university's medical school, considered as one of the most prestigious in South Korea, has eight affiliated hospitals in major cities of the country. The university has been consistently ranked as one of the premier universities in South Korea and has been regarded in both national and international university rankings.


The university has a policy of "inbound globalization", requiring all freshmen to live in the English language dormitory which can accommodate 1,200 students and professors. Residents are encouraged to communicate only in English during the program, which usually runs for a whole semester.[1] In accordance with the "inbound globalization" policy, the university is equipped with faculty members with esteemed academic backgrounds; professors, professionals, and researchers from the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada, China, Germany, and Japan, among others.


The university traces its roots to St. Joseph's Seminary in Baeron, a Catholic refuge in modern-day Jecheon, North Chungcheong province. It was founded in 1855 before Christianity was legalized. After the legalization of Christianity, the school moved to Yongsan-gu, Seoul, in 1887, and was renamed Seminary of Sacred Heart of Jesus. A hospital associated with the seminary was opened in 1936. The seminary became Songsin College in 1947 and the medical school was established in 1954. The name was later changed to Catholic College. Songsim Women's College (Songsim, or 聖心, means 'Sacred Heart' in Korean) was founded in 1964; the two colleges were merged in 1995 to form the present-day entity of Catholic University.

Seoul St. Mary's Hospital[edit]

Seoul St. Mary's Hospital is one of the affiliated hospitals of Catholic University of Korea and is part of the CMC (Catholic Medical Center) network. The new hospital opened on 30 April 2009. Sun Myung Moon was admitted there and died there in 2012.

Campus and buildings[edit]

The Catholic University Campus of the Holy Ghost (location) Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

  • Old Seoul Fortress
  • Library of Theology
  • Jinri gwan
  • University Church
  • Theological Seminary
  • Sungshin gwan

The Catholic University Campus of the Sacred Heart (location) Yeokgok 2-dong, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do

  • Memorial and the 150th anniversary of International Research and Training Institute of the Sacred Heart
  • Haneul Dongsan
  • Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Catholic University Campus of Sincerity (location) Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul

  • Medical campus

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Catholic University seeks ‘inbound’ globalization". Retrieved 2011-10-06. 

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