Songdo International Business District (Songdo IBD) is a new smart city or "ubiquitous city" built from scratch on 600 hectares (1,500 acres) of reclaimed land along Incheon's Yellow Sea waterfront, about 25 miles southwest of Seoul, South Korea. What makes Songdo ubiquitous is the technology, i.e. computers are built into the buildings and streets. For example, Songdo IBD residents can video-conference with their neighbors, or even attend classes remotely. They can control lighting, heating, air conditioning and more, all with the push of a button on a control panel. Sensors gather information on things like traffic flow and energy use.
Students have many opportunities to experience the new and innovative developments in the Songdo district and the culturally-enriching history of South Korea. We encourage students to explore the surrounding cities and trying the dynamic and spirited Korean food and local events.
George Mason University Korea’s Office of Student Affairs will be arranging ‘Airport Meet & Greet’ where GMUK students and staff will be awaiting for your arrival at the Incheon International Airport to guide you on your way to the GMUK campus. Please email your itinerary to the Office of Student Affairs at email@example.com to request the arrangement. In the case of emergency, please also let her know of a delayed arrival for further correspondence.
*International taxis are 20% more expensive due to guaranteed English service.
*Please note that your international credit or debit card (e.g., Visa, Master, Union) may not be used in the taxi due to compatibility issues. Please prepare extra cash (minimum KRW 60,000).
*20kg baggage limitation per person (group with less than five).
*Please note that your international credit or debit card (e.g., Visa, Master, Union) may not be used in the taxi due to compatibility issues. Please prepare extra cash (minimum KRW 100,000).
Important: You must get off at the Sheraton Grand Incheon Hotel stop in Songdo. From there, you must take a taxi to the IGC campus. Taxis are not guaranteed at this location, but frequent the area. Expect to pay at least around KRW 4,000 (~USD 4) to campus from this location.
*Please note that your international credit or debit card (e.g., Visa, Master, Union) may not be accepted in Korean taxis due to compatibility issues. Please prepare extra cash for transportation (minimum KRW 50,000).
If you are bringing your smartphone to Korea, it is important to first ensure that your device is unlocked if you plan on using a Korean SIM card.
Next, it is important to check the frequency compatibility of your smartphone with Korea’s service providers. The big three are LG U+, KT Olleh, and SK Telecom. Here is a useful site in determining frequency compatibility: https://willmyphonework.net/.
Once you determine that your phone is compatible, you may find the following information helpful in determining which type of plan to purchase:
The following two providers are willing to answer your questions over the phone in English before your arrival:
For more information, please read here: IGC Housing – Packing Information.
*The standard voltage in South Korea is 220V. Make sure your items are usable (e.g., dual-voltage if bringing electronics from the United States).
*Be sure to pack any adapters and converters your devices may need, with extras to spare. It is much more difficult to obtain these items from within the country.
Address: 3-26 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
Hours: Weekday – 09:00 AM to 2:00 AM Saturday – 09:00 AM to 2:00 AM Sunday – 09:00 AM to 01:00 AM
Price: 3 hours – 6,000 won +30 minutes – 1,000 won
Description: TOZ Study Center is a study area that provides Wi-Fi, fax, and beverages.
Address: 107, Art Center- daero, Songdo, Incheon, South Korea, 406-840
Hours: Open 24 hours
Description: The november is a café that is opened 24 hours. With a pop music atmosphere, this café is perfect for those who want to have a place to study and catch up with friends. After midnight, the café is self-managed by vending machines and a espresso capsule machine. The price varies for each product.
Address: 23 Haedoji-ro 120beon-gil, Songdo 1(il)-dong Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
Price: 2 hours – 3,000 won 4 hours – 5,000 won 6 hours – 6,000 won
: L ‘ Chayim Study Café is a study area that contains study rooms, a café zone, and a study zone.
Address: Triple Street, Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Price: Varies by product
Description: A Twosome Place is a prominent café in Korea that offers a wide variety of beverages and desserts.
Address: Incheon Tower-daero, Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Price: Varies by product
Description: ORA is a café and bakery that offers a place for chatting and studying.
Address: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
Hours: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Price: Varies by product
Description: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is a café located in Triple Street. This café has a wide variety of beverages and a calming atmosphere for studying.
Address: Angel-in-us, Incheon, Yeonsu-gu, 앵고개로 250
Hours: 8:30 AM – 1:00 AM
Price: varies by product
Description: Angel-in-us Coffee is a wide-spread chain-brand café that offers a range of beverages and desserts. This café is suitable for studying.
Students may open a bank account by visiting a local bank in Korea.
Required Documents: Valid Passport, Valid Alien Registration Card (ARC)
The Incheon Global Campus Housing site hosts our campus’s shuttle bus schedules at IGC Housing – Shuttle Bus Schedules.
The Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority maintains excellent public transportation information resources for residents of Songdo. For more information, please visit: IFEZ Global Center - Transportation.
Subways serve as the most convenient means of transportation, probably the most favored public transportation by both Koreans and international visitors. Subways are currently available in five major cities including the Seoul Metropolitan Area, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju and Daejeon. Seoul Metropolitan Area subway system covers an expansive area, including Line 1 to 9 with additional lines, such as Sinbundang Line, Gyeongchun Line, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Ever Line, Uisinseol Line, and more, branching throughout the metropolitan area. Each subway line has a designated color to aid passengers in using the subway with ease. For more information, visit Subways.
KOBUS Express Bus Lines Association, 02-536-6460~2, www.kobus.co.kr (also available in English) Express buses are referred to as “jwaseok (seat) bus” in Korean and offer more comfortable rides than general buses. As they also tend to travel long-distance routes, express buses charge high fare than general buses.
General buses are referred to as ilban (general) bus in Korean. There are three main types of ilban buses, including red, blue and maeul (or village) buses. As destinations are written in Korean, English and Chinese, you should have little difﬁculty ﬁnding the bus that you need
General blue buses, meanwhile, are the mid-range buses traveling within Incheon that can take passengers to major landmarks and often more specific destinations.
Called “maeul (village) bus' in Korean, village buses are neighborhood shuttle buses usually running on short-distance routes in residential areas that lack access to major public transportation. Buses are smaller and charge lower fare than general buses.
Red buses are generally used to travel long distances. Routes for these buses are set up to connect primary and secondary central business districts, and passengers can travel to more speciﬁc destinations by transferring to a different, more local bus. There are 21 red buses that travel from Incheon to Seoul.
For destinations unreachable via bus or subway or simply for speedy and comfortable transportation, Incheon also has many cabs providing a 24-hour service to the public. The fare is relatively cheap, with a base rate of KRW 3,000 for the first two kilometers, and an additional KRW 100 for each 35 seconds if the distance is less than 15km and KRW 100 for each 144 meters traveled there-after. There is a night charge between midnight and four o’clock in the morning, or when crossing regional boundaries, which may amount to 20% of the metered fare. Also, passengers are responsible for toll gate fares, Thee is no tipping custom in Korea. If you need to call a taxi, please call Incheon Michuhol Call Center 120 and press 9 for assistance.
You can use cash on public transportation methods in Incheon. However, using a prepaid T-money transit card is more convenient and offers many discounts to passengers.
Please put (tag) the card on a card reader for the payment.
Do not remove the card until the payment is completed (it takes about 0.5sec).
Tag the card at the center of a card reader upon riding until the beep is heard. The fees and remaining balance will be displayed on the card reader. When getting off the bus, you should tag again it to the card reader until the beep is heard to receive transfer fee discount.
When you ride a subway, tag the card at the center of a card reader until the beep is heard. The fees and remaining balance will be displayed on the card reader. (It may be differently displayed when you transfer.) You should tag it in the same way when you arrive at your destination.
When you get to your destination, present T-money card to a taxi driver. After the payment is completed, please make sure to retrieve the card and its receipt.
When making payment, present T-money card to a convenient store, café, etc. where it is possible to pay by T-money. After the payment is completed, please make sure to retrieve the card and its receipt.
When you use T-money for public transportation (subway, bus, etc.), you will receive the transfer discount in case you take other transport within 30 minutes from the time of tagging the card to a card reader when getting off. Please make sure to tag T-money to a card reader when you get off the bus or pass the subway turnstile.
Please present your T-money and cash (Korean currency) for top-up
You may receive a refund if you return your T-Money to a local public transportation staff (usually in subway stations).
The refund (outstanding deposit minus service fee) will be given to you in cash (Korean currency) along with the card.
Certain prescriptions are prohibited in Korea and without the proper documentation and approval students would not be allowed to bring in the medication.
International visitors must submit a written application to the Narcotics Control Division of the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) before traveling. Please contact the MFDS for the application procedure and up-to-date information at +82-43-719-2813 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Korean Customs Service at Incheon Airport has authority over which medications will be allowed to be carried into the country.
For more information, please look into their website http://www.mfds.go.kr/eng/index.do
General Advice and Recommendations:
Message from International Healthcare Center, Inha University Hospital:
The international Healthcare Center, an outpatient clinic in Inha University Hospital, has provided a full range of medical services since 2009, mainly to foreign nationals in Korea from all over the world and to Koreans planning to go abroad. The center is staffed by medical doctors, a registered nurse, and six coordinators who are fluent in English, Russian and Chinese. Inha University Hospital is a top academic hospital with 925 beds with highly specialized staff in various fields and up-to-date technical equipment. The hospital includes the regional Emergency Medical Center and a medical clinic in each terminal of Incheon International Airport. At our International Healthcare Center, we continuously strive to provide the best possible medical service to people from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds in a comfortable setting.
Outpatient Service and Consultations
The International Healthcare Center is a primary care outpatient clinic located on the 3rd floor of the hospital. We also provide health check-ups (including visa medical examination) and counselling before travels or studying/work abroad, including providing disease information specified to the region, immunizations with a certificate and prescriptions. When patients need further consultation, they will be transferred to the relevant clinics with appropriate interpreting services and continuous support from the staff of the International Healthcare Center. Our center is supported by medical and surgical specialists below who provide consultations based on international standards.
Inpatient Service, Referral and Emergency Service
We have our own inpatient service and hospitalized patients will be assigned to a patient room on the 18th floor which is fully prepared to serve the medical needs of foreign patients. The staff of the International Healthcare Center also continue to provide support to foreign patients admitted to a different specialty in the hospital. Our center is connected with private clinics through a hotline in order to be notified of patient referrals to the Center for further evaluation or treatment. The Emergency Medical Center in the hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The hotline system works between the International Healthcare Center and the Emergency Medical Center 24/7 as well.
Monday through Friday : 8:30 a.m. ~ 4:30 p.m.
(lunch break 12:00 ~ 1:00 p.m.)
For appointment during office hour
call : 032–890–2080 / 2090
+82–32–890–2080 / 2090 (from overseas)
email : email@example.com (for English)
firstname.lastname@example.org (for Russian)
email@example.com (for Chinese)
For after hours or weekends : text 010-4811-2090 or email us.
Same-day appointment and walk-in services are available.
*If international students would like to take the COVID-19 test, please contact here.
Dr. Areum Kim
Phone: 032-890-2090 (Office Hour: 8:30am~4:30pm, Lunch Break 12:00~1:00pm)
Mobile: 010-4811-2080 (Use text message after office hour)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org(English available)
Address: 27, Inhang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, Republic of Korea
For students who would like to deliver their personal belongings before arrival to Korea, students may post to the following address and pick up when they check in:
Incheon Global Campus Housing Office
A 117, Songdo Munhwa-ro 119,
Yeonsu-Gu, Incheon 21985 South Korea
For more information, you may visit IGC Housing.
All bed size in Housing A and B:
Students are responsible for preparing bedding (pillow, pillow case, duvet, duvet cover, bed sheet.)
If you do not have a Korean bank account, you may use Western Union to have access to cash from your international bank.
Western Union in Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) near our campus and GMU Korea works with IBK.
More information: Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK)
INDUSTRIAL BANK OF KOREA
12 Gaetbeol Ro
Songdo Techno Park Branch
Yeonsugu, Incheon 21999
or visit other offices to learn more.