Beginning in August, the Fashion Institute of Technology will become the second State University of New York institution to offer degree programs at SUNY Korea in Songdo, South Korea. The first is SUNY Stony Brook. It is also SUNY’s first global campus outside of the U.S.
The FIT programs being offered in South Korea are fashion design and fashion business management — two signature curricula of the college — leading to an associate in applied science, or AAS, degree. FIT’s location in South Korea makes it the college’s third location abroad, along with Milan and Florence.
The application deadline is June 30, and after that, admission is on a rolling basis. Admitted students will earn their AAS degree at FIT at SUNY Korea and may then apply to FIT’s bachelor’s degree programs in New York or Milan for fashion design.
Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT, said she was happy to offer students from all over Asia — including Japan, China, India, Thailand and Vietnam — the opportunity to have an FIT education in South Korea. “Students will be able to benefit from FIT’s offerings, complete with its curriculum and faculty, on the vibrant and innovative Incheon Global Campus. All of higher education functions globally today, and it is among FIT’s goals to educate students to be fluent in this environment,” Brown said.
Classes begin Aug. 25 at the Incheon Global Campus in Songdo, South Korea’s only “smart city,” which is becoming Northeast Asia’s economic hub. The campus features state-of-the-art facilities, classrooms, a library, research labs, a sports center, auditorium, multicultural activity center, dining hall, dormitory and guest house, among other amenities. The Incheon Global Campus is a national project established by the South Korean government and Incheon Metropolitan City. SUNY Korea, which was established in 2012 as the first American university in South Korea through the combined effort and investment of the South Korean and U.S. governments and SUNY at Stony Brook University, is the first campus to locate there.