Geumgang University

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Geumgang University (금강 대학교)
Type Private
Established 2004
Affiliation Buddhist
Students 487
Undergraduates 477
Postgraduates 10
Location Sangwol-myeon, Nonsan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Campus Rural
Geumgang University
Revised Romanization Geumgang Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Kŭmkang Taehakkyo

Geumgang University is a South Korean Buddhist university with a residential college model, located in the countryside next to Gyeryong Mountain, between Nonsan and Daejeon. The campus is within the administrative boundaries of Nonsan's Sangwol-myeon district. The university is operated by the Cheontae Buddhist sect headquartered at Guinsa.[1]

The university was founded in 2004. Despite its Buddhist affiliation, students of any (or no) religion are equally accepted. For all students who maintain a 3.0 GPA average, there is no tuition fee, and housing is provided free of charge. Geumgang University is a residential college. It is a full residential college in that, unlike most universities in Korea, 100% of students live on-campus.

In 2016, courses were offered in the following subjects:

  • School of Buddhist Studies & Social Welfare
  • School of International Trade & Public Administration
  • School of Social Studies
  • Information Science

The student body is primarily undergraduates. There is a PhD program available only in the School of Buddhist Studies & Social Welfare.

Foreign Exchange[edit]

The university offers a fifteen-week intensive course in Korean language and culture. [2] This program is tuition-free to all accepted students. Exchange students room with a Korean student at Geumgang University, and engage in four hours per week of English coaching while in the program.[3] Each year, approximately 25 foreign students attend the language program. Geumgang University also has a student exchange program with the University of the West, a Buddhist-founded university in the United States.

There are many foreign faculty members as well. The Information Science department is 2/3 foreign faculty,[4] with professors from Yale and Columbia.

A temple-stay program is under construction and will be available in July 2016.

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Coordinates: 36°18′19″N 127°11′43″E / 36.3054°N 127.1952°E / 36.3054; 127.1952