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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Center for International Studies 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified via email upon acceptance into this program.
Fact Sheet:
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Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Communication, Culture, Film, Gender Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Arts, Music, Women's Studies Housing Options: Apartment, On-Campus Housing
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3.0
Minimum Number of Credit Hours: 06 Academic Level: Undergraduate
Program Description:
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Program Information:
Tune into the culture of South Korea on our Summer in Seoul – K-Pop, Culture, and Language program. You’ll take classes at Sogang University in Seoul, a Jesuit institution dedicated to global learning. The university’s pristine concrete and glass buildings soar above sweeping green lawns. The athletic facilities are fully equipped with indoor courts, an artificial climbing wall, soundproof music rooms for practicing, and outdoor soccer fields. Explore the beautifully landscaped parks alongside the central Cheon-gye stream, the Jongmyo shrine, and the buzzing Dongdaemun or Namdaemun night markets while you tap your toes to the Korean beat.


Here are just a few of the program's many highlights to look forward to:
  • Active student clubs
  • State-of-the-art athletic and music facilities
  • Live in a bustling 24-hour city
  • Excursions to local sites tailored to students' interests
  • Sogang University official transcript
Academics:
A Jesuit institution, Sogang University is one of the leading research and liberal arts universities in South Korea. You’ll be among many serious students from South Korea (local students come from the top 1% of their high school classes) as well as numerous international students (40% of students living on campus are international). Notable alumni include Park Geun-hye, the first woman president of South Korea.

Established in 1960, the university’s pristine concrete and glass buildings soar above sweeping green lawns. The athletic facilities are fully equipped with indoor courts, an artificial climbing wall, soundproof music rooms for practicing, and outdoor soccer fields. Eat at one of the two on campus eateries or swing by Gonzaga Plaza to grab some food or something from the convenience store.

This small university cares about the student community. In May, K-pop music performances and food from local bars spring up around campus for the Daedongjae Festival. Each semester, the university also organizes the Sunrise Festival to welcome new students and student clubs host a street festival to recruit new members. You can join the tarot card reading club, the start-up business club, a club all about critiquing comics and video game culture, an English conversation club, martial arts clubs, or something else!


Highlights of Local Life:
  • Outdoor Parks: Walk over the pedestrian-only bridge on your way to Seonyudo Park, an island on the Hangang River that was formerly an industrial water treatment plant, but is now home to the Hangang History Museum and Botanical Gardens.
  • Cooking Class: Food is a huge staple in Korean culture - everything revolves around it. Learn to cook and then eat like a local.
  • Local Cultural Festivals: No shortage of celebration here! Seoul boasts the Lotus Lantern Festival, the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, the Seoul International Fireworks Festival, and the Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival, among many more.
  • Learn to write Hangul: Hangul is the official written language of both South and North Korea, and is touted as the simplest language systems in the world. If you already don’t know it, see how quickly you can pick it up!
  • Visual & Performance Art: Take a selfie in the wildly colorful Ihwa Mural Village, a revitalized artist neighborhood adorned with murals and filled with galleries, cafes. After, check out these gems within walking distance: Lock Museum, Ihwa-dong Village Museum, and Blacksmith Museum.
 
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