seoul, south korea: korean studies summer school at sogang university

Join us in Seoul, South Korea at Sogang University for the Summer School for Korean Studies.  The program lasts four weeks from mid-June until mid-July.

Fast Facts


Program Type:Host Institution
Term/Duration:Summer, 5/6 weeks
Summer 2016 Program Dates:Arrive in Seoul:  June 19, 2016
Move into Residence:  June 19, 2016
Classes Begin:  June 20, 2016
Final Exams:  July 14, 2016
Closing Ceremony:  July 15, 2016
Depart Residence: July 16, 2016
Credits:6 or 9
Application Fee:$20.00
Study Abroad FeeSee cost sheet (link at right)
Tuition:Depends on number of credits. See cost sheet (link at right)
Application Deadline:March 1

The Program

A 5-week program that combines Korean Studies Seminars taught in English (by Korean and international faculty) and intensive Korean language instruction.  International students will take classes together with Korean students, so that the students can also learn from each other.  Each Friday, both international and Korean students will go on a field trip to fascinating places such as the National Museum of Korea, Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, KOFIC Namyangju Studios and the DMZ.  Each Korean Studies Seminar is an interdisciplinary 3-credit unit taught by two professors.  As part of each unit, students will write an essay about their mandatory field trip. 

Aside from the Friday field trips, international students will be able to experience more of Korea by spending time with Sogang University students through the university's 'buddy student' program.  All international students will be housed in the on-campus Gonzaga Dormitory.

The University

Join us in Seoul, South Korea at Sogang University for the Summer School for Korean Studies.  The program lasts six weeks from mid-June until the end of July in the heart of Seoul, the capital of South Korea.  Students may take six or nine credit hours.  The program includes one three-day field trip and four cultural fieldworks, as well as many other extracurricular activities.

Courses in Traditional Korea, Modern Korea, the Korean Economy, and intensive language classes at beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels are offered.  Special lectures on North Korea are also available.  All instruction is in English, except for language classes.

Sogang is one of Korea's most prestigious universities.  Founded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Sogang today has an enviable reputation as a dynamic center of academic excellence.  Less than 10% of Sogang's student body today is Catholic.  The summer school attracts not only students from around the world but also Korean students.  At 10,500 students, Sogang is one of the smaller elite universities in Korea.  Its campus is both compact and user-friendly and is situated in a very safe area of Seoul, close to other great Korean universities.

The Setting

South Korea is a highly developed, stable, democratic republic bounded to the north by North Korea, and squeezed between the great regional powers of China to its west and Japan to its east and south.  It is a land of breathtaking scenery.  The capital, Seoul, lies in the northwestern part of the country along the Han River, not far from the northern border.

The larger Seoul national capital area which includes the major port city of Incheon, has over twenty-one million residents.  This makes it the third most populous metrpolitan area in the world.  About one-half of South Korea's entire population lives in Seoul and its surrounding environs.  The city is the country's political, cultural, social, and economic center, as well as an international center for many financial and business organizations, and is considered one of the top 20 "world class cities".


A series of meetings will be held on campus to prepare students for the experience.  Written information and personal communications with the Study Abroad staff and Sogang University will also help orient students for the trip.


Students will live in the on-campus Gonzaga Dormitory.  Program fee includes housing and two meals per day.


Students must be in good academic standing, with no financial obligations to the college.  Applicants with a disciplinary record or pending disciplinary hearings should alert the Study Abroad Office.

Application Deadline

March 1