For those who are curious about how the course registration process works at CAU, this blog post is for you. Before going in-depth with a step-by-step process on how to register for classes, there are some important things you need to keep in mind:
- If you are a student who will be in the College of Business and Economics academic department, note that there is a limit of 7 spots available for exchange students per business course.
- This is highly competitive so make sure to make this your priority (if you are a business student)!
- Prior to the course registration period, OIA will send you a list of courses offered in English that is available in the fall or spring semester. Make sure you look through this list and have a general idea of what courses you will be taking.
- During the first course registration period, business majors can enroll in courses from all majors, except art courses. However, all other majors cannot enroll in business courses or art courses. This is due to high competition in the business department.
- Only art majors can enroll in art courses during all three course registration periods.
- You are probably better off registering your courses in the 1st registration period. This registration period was specifically made for exchange students therefore ONLY exchange students are able to register for their courses.
- Don’t be surprised about not being able to register for some courses. There are times when the department may not allow you to enroll in a specific course due to differences in materials learned.
- Don’t compare your university’s course enrollment/courses to Chung-Ang University’s course enrollment/courses. Some Chung-Ang University courses may seem similar in terms of the course name and description, however, the terminology and material may be different than what you’re used at your home university.
- Prepare alternative courses. Don’t be persistent on just one course. There may be times when you can’t enroll in the courses you’d like but that is okay because you will learn to enjoy other courses at CAU.
- An undergraduate student may register up to 6 units of graduate courses (GSIS courses only) with the permission of the professor teaching the course.
There is a maximum amount of units that you’re allowed to take as an undergraduate or graduate student. This applies to all international exchange/visiting students. There is no minimum amount of units you’re required to take, therefore you should consult with your home university if there is a requirement of credits for you back home.
How to Enroll In a Course
- Go to: http://mportal.cau.ac.kr/main.do
- Login to your CAU Portal.
- Click ‘수강신청’
- Once you follow the first 3 steps, the image below will show you how to add your desired course.
How to Drop an Enrolled Course
- On the left side of the page, click on ‘My Class’
- Search for the class you would like to drop.
- Click ‘Delete’.
Understanding the Date and Time of Your Class
Under the ‘Date-Time’ column, it shows you the day, time and location of the class. Class hours are written in consecutive numbers or in letters. For example, if your class is from WED1,2,3 that means that your class is on Wednesday from 09:00-11:50 (it would be Wednesday from 09:30-12:20 on Anseong Campus). Below is a table that breaks down the time that correlates to the periods (whether it is in numbers or letters).
Finding the Location of Your Class
Underneath the date and time of the class, it shows you which building and room number the class will be in. For example, the Sociology of Korea class is in the College of Law/Business & Economics building in room 405. Also, the Variable Topics in Korean Culture class is in building 310 and in room B501.
If you do not know which building the College of Law/Business & Economics is, there is another way for you to find out. If you click ‘수강내역조회’ on the left side of the page, it will show you which building and room all your classes are located in.
To read the date and location of Sociology of Korea, it says “303관” which means it is located in building 303. Moreover, the “405호” next to it means that the class will be in room 405.
Checking the number of available seats for a course
It is not guaranteed that you will be able to get into all your courses. During the 2nd and 3rd registration period, you will be competing with other CAU students to enroll in a course. There are many popular courses among exchange students and regular CAU students, therefore it will be helpful to understand the number of available seats left for the course.
The number of available seats is divided into 4 categories and it is based on a first-come, first-serve basis (as long as you meet the requirements to be enrolled in that course). Each category has their own prerequisites.
The first set of numbers refer to the number of available seats for students who are enrolled in the corresponding academic department and corresponding year of study. For example, if you are a third-year College of Business and Economics student, and you want to enroll in a third-year Marketing course, the first set of numbers is the category you fit into.
The second set of numbers refers to the number of available seats for students who are enrolled in the corresponding academic department but who is in a different year of study. For example, if you are a third-year College of Business and Economics student, and you want to enroll in a fourth-year Marketing course, the second set of numbers is the category you fit into.
The third set of numbers refers to the number of available seats for students who are enrolled in an academic department different from the course, and in any year of study. For example, if you are a Liberal Arts student, and you want to enroll in a Marketing course, the third set of numbers is the category you fit into.
The fourth set of numbers refer to the number of available seats for students who are doing a double major. None of the exchange students at CAU will be classified as a double major (even though they may be considered one in their home university), therefore the fourth set of numbers is irrelevant to exchange students.
Using the example above to explain more in-depth, the set of numbers for the course in the red box is 7-2-0-0. The student John Doe would be looking at the third set of numbers (which would be ‘0’ in this case) as he is a student that isn’t in the corresponding academic department or major. However, the student Adam Smith would look at the second set of numbers (which is ‘2’ in this case) as he is a student that is in the corresponding academic department, but in a different year of study than what the course is offered in.
Overall, the course registration process at CAU is pretty straightforward. Keep in mind that it is important to have a couple of backup courses ready just in case you do not get into your desired courses. Also, take advantage enrolling in your courses during the first registration period. This registration period was made for exchange students, which will make it easier for you to get into the courses you need.