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Life in Korea

Life in Korea


  • Residence Card (RC) or valid passport with a D-2 visa
    • For new students, SUNY Korea Student Services Team will assist you with applying for the RC during the New Student Welcome Week
  • Korean currency (Won) and a valid credit card in Korea
    • For new students, SUNY Korea Student Services Team will assist you with creating a bank account in Korea during the New Student Welcome Week. Please be noted that it could take up to 1.5 months to create your bank account.
  • Contact information & Address of SUNY Korea
  • Prescribed medication (if applicable) with a description and doctor’s note
  • SIM card from your country or at the Incheon International Airport
    • If you are under 19, bring a SIM card from home as you will not be able to buy a SIM card in Korea until you are of age
    • For more information, click Phone plan

Airport to Campus

  • Taxi: We recommend taking a taxi from the airport if you are carrying a lot of luggage
    • Estimated cost: approximately 40,000 KRW including the Yong-Jong bridge toll fee
    • Click here to check the address of SUNY Korea
  • Public transportation
    • For more information, click here
    • Closest subway station to campus: Campus Town / Technopark Station (Incheon Line 1) *approximately 15-minute walk to campus

Phone Plan

Having a working phone in Korea is essential, and below are some options for phone plans.

*If you are under 19, bring a SIM card from home as you will not be able to buy a SIM card in Korea until you are of age

  • At the Incheon International Airport
    At the Incheon International Airport - Company, Location, Key Service, Operating Hours
    Company Location Key Services Operating Hours
    • Terminal 1: 1F, 3F, 4F
    • Terminal 2: 1F, 3F
    • Roaming
    • Prepaid SIM
    • WiFi Router
    • Smartphone
    • Data SIM
    06:00 - 22:00
    One 24-Hour located @ Terminal 2 4F
    • Terminal 1: 1F, 3F, 4F
    • Terminal 2: 1F, 3F
    06:00 - 22:00
    One 24-Hour located @ Terminal 2 1F
    LG U+
    • Terminal 1: 1F, 3F
    • Terminal 2: 1F, 3F
    06:00 - 22:00
    One 24-Hour located @ Terminal 2 3F

    For more information, click here


There are several banks near the campus, with the closest being the Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) located in Technopark Station and Woori Bank located in Yonsei.


There are several ATMs around the campus offering services in both English and Korean. You can withdraw/deposit or transfer money using your bank book or card.

Transferring money

To transfer money from your home country to Korea (or vice versa), the sender will need to know the following information: 1) the name of the bank and bank swift code, 2) address of the bank, 3) account number of the receiver and name of the account owner. Domestic transfers to other Korean bank accounts can be done at ATMs, and you can receive assistance for overseas transactions at the bank.

Exchanging money

Currency can be exchanged at any bank, but you must have your passport with you. There is a money exchange section at most banks with a display of the exchange rates (which usually include the commission). The bank staff can assist you.

Postal services

In addition to international shipping companies, Korea has its own national postal service to which you can send letters and packages domestically or abroad.


  • Yonsei University Post Office (nearest location)
  • Underwood Library B1, +82-32-749-5162
  • Operation Hours: Weekdays (excluding national holidays), 9:00am~6:00pm
  • Click here for more information

Domestic mail

Letters typically cost around 480~1,000 KRW depending on the weight and destination. Parcels and packages are usually between 9,000~30,000 KRW depending on the weight and destination. Domestic shipping usually takes less than one week. To send domestic mail, you should know the receiver's name, address, and phone number.

Express Mail Service (EMS)

Korea Post offers an Express Mail Service for sending international mail. Pack your items (or buy a box at the post office and pack there) and fill out the free label provided at the post office. Be sure to ask an employee to ensure that you fill out the right label for your type of mail and destination.


Medical services

  • On campus
    • The IGC Health Center provides primary and outpatient clinical care for students and staff on campus. Services include medical care for injuries, symptom management, medication treatment, health screenings, and health consultations
      • Location: Housing B Lobby
      • Phone: 032-626-0553
      • Operating hours: 10 AM - 12 PM / 1 - 5 PM (Mon - Fri)
  • Off-campus
    • Hospitals (24-hour emergency room)
      Hospitals (24-hour emergency room) - Name, Address, Contact
      Name Address Contact
      Nasaret International Hospital 98 Meongeum-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon +83-32-899-9999
      Gacheon University Gil Medical Center 21 Namdong-daero, 774beon-gil, Namdong-gu, Incheon +82-32-460-3213
      Inha University Hospital 27 Inhang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon +82-32-890-2080
    • Primary care and specialists
      Primary care and specialists - Name, Specialty, Contact
      Name Specialty Contact
      Yonsei ChoiSun Internal medicine +82-32-859-7582
      Koa ENT Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) +82-32-834-9009
      Samsung Bone Prime Orthopedics +82-32-833-1236
      Seoul Michigan Dental Clinic Dental +82-32-858-2280
      Laon Neuropsychiatry Neuropsychiatry +82-32-831-8906
      Shin Dermatology Dermatology +82-32-831-7582
      PNC Ophthalmology Ophthalmology +82-32-833-7119

Places of Religion

Places of Religion - Religion, Name, Address, Contact
Religion Name Address Contact
Protestant Life Spring Church 4F Ara Plaza, 42 Convensia-daero 230 beon-gil, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 032-831-3775
Protestant Disciples Methodist Church 3 Haedoji-ro 84 beon-gil, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 032-858-1212
Catholic Songdo 2-Dong Church 13 Sinsong-ro, 125 beon-gil, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 032-858-9960
Buddhist Heungryunsa 806-12, Dongchun-Dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 032-834-1330
Muslim Faizan-e-Madina (Incheon Masjid & Islamic Center) 574-19 Shipjeong-dong, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon 032-512-2612
Muslim Seoul Central Mosque 39 Usadan-ro, 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 02-793-6908


It is recommended for you get a prepaid T-money card from a convenience store or subway station, although cash is acceptable on public transportation

  • Buses
    • Express bus: Buses to different cities that depart from Incheon Bus Terminal and require a ticket purchase ahead of time online at KOBUS
    • General red bus: Long-distance buses that connect central business districts (there are 21 red buses that travel from Incheon to Seoul)
    • General blue bus: Mid-range buses traveling within Incheon to major landmarks and more specific destinations
    • Local bus: Short-distance routes within the area
  • Subway
    • Incheon’s subway consists of two lines, Incheon Line 1 and Incheon Line 2. You can get to Seoul by transferring to Seoul Metropolitan Subway Line 1 at Bupyeong Station or the Airport Railroad (AREX) at Gyeyang Station.
  • Taxi
    • Incheon has many taxi companies providing 24-hour service. Call the Incheon Michuhol Call Center at 120 and press 9 for assistance with calling a taxi. Taxis can also be called using apps such as Kakao Taxi.


Here is the contact information you can refer to when you need assistance or are in an emergency.

Resources - Contact, Contact Information
Contact Contact Information
SUNY Korea Student Services Team
  • TEL: 032-626-1198
  • Email:
IGC Housing Office
  • TEL: 032-626-4856
  • Email:
RA Emergency Phone
  • 010-4768-1196
IGC Health Center
  • TEL: 032-626-0553
  • Location: Housing B Lobby
  • Operating Hours:
  • Mon-Fri 10:00 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 17:00
IGC Disaster Management Control Room
  • 032-626-0100 / 0101 / 0102
Emergency Contacts
  • Police: 112
  • 119 Safety Center: 119
SUNY Korea Counseling and Wellness Center
  • TEL: 032-626-1164 / 1167
Sexual Offense Services for 24 hours
  • 1366 (Crisis phone)
Sexual Assault Prevention, Support & Counseling
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