Program Overview

Experience two of the most dynamic, traditional, and modern industrial countries and cities of the world: Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea. On this unique multi-country program, you’ll live and learn in two neighboring yet distinct countries, regarded for their cuisine, pop culture, design, technology, and cultural heritage. Through multi-country excursions and insightful tours and classes, you can expect to meet locals, learn new languages and immerse in and compare cultures in Asia – the world’s most dynamic region.

GPA Requirement
2.9
Application Deadlines
April 15
Avg Course Load
Japan: 1; South Korea: 1-2; Total US credit equivalent: 6 - 9
Language(s) of Instruction
Options in English, Japanese, and Korean
Highlights
  • Study Japanese and Korean, or choose from a variety of subjects in English
  • The best of both worlds: serene campus settings with easy access to the vibrancy of Tokyo and Seoul
  • Abundant interactions with locals, between classes, clubs, and cultural activities
  • Exceptional support, including orientations, city tours, group meals, and support staff on- and off-campus
  • Unique insights and comparisons gleaned from a short but intensive experience
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

Seisen University: (Tokyo, Japan)
Seisen University provides the perfect setting for summer study abroad participants: a serene hilltop campus that allows you to learn in peace with easy access to the hustle and bustle of central Tokyo. On campus, bilingual Japanese students and professors will enthusiastically welcome you. The program is designed to spark and deepen your interpersonal connections with local students. With an internationally focused curriculum, the students at Seisen are globally-minded and eager to learn from international students.

Kyung Hee University: (Seoul, South Korea)
Kyung Hee University is South Korea’s top university for the study of history, politics, and culture. The natural beauty of the “campus within a park,” Neoclassical and gothic buildings that feel like they’ve been borrowed from Washington, D.C., exceptional on-campus amenities, and active student life create a pleasant environment for visiting students. To meet local students, join the cheering squad or the International Friends and Culture Club.

Large white building with pillars surrounded by trees

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Course Load: 1 course in Japan, 1 – 2 courses in South Korea, providing the equivalent of 6 – 9 US credits

COURSEWORK IN JAPAN:

At Seisen University you will have the opportunity to study intensive Japanese language or Global Citizenship and Cross Cultural studies.

Japanese Language Course

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced

This course is focused on modern spoken Japanese through aural-oral drills and exercises, and mastery of the basic grammatical structures. Emphasis on the spoken language, although there will also be exposure to enough of the Japanese writing systems to meet practical needs. The method of instruction will be a communicative approach, Proficiency Method, Direct Method, Jorden Method, TPR, VTS, etc. More advanced students will focus on reading Japanese newspapers and understanding other media outlets. There should be a minimum of four students per level per session in order to offer each level in each session. The course will also utilize Seisen University Japanese Teacher Training students as Teaching Assistants who assist the main instructor in the program. The course meets for at minimum of 45 hours per two week period and issues a transcript with grade from Seisen University for each session. Four Seisen University credits will be given per course per session.

OR

Global Citizenship & Cross Cultural Studies (Instructed in English)

In this course students will experience interdisciplinary studies based on global citizenship and cross cultural understanding. The course contents include class discussions about Japanese lifestyle and culture, global issues, multicultural understanding, cross-cultural communication, peace building, current events as well as current events analysis through the newspaper, and global citizenship as related to culture, environment, politics, drama, music and film.The course will meet independently weekly and will also join other on-going classes at Seisen University related to the course topics and together with Japanese students in order to enhance the learning and cross cultural experience. Each two week session will cover course contents as listed above but will have different discussions for those who continue for both sessions. The course meets for a minimum of 45 hours per two week period and issues a transcript with grade from Seisen University for each session. Four Seisen University credits will be given per course per session.


COURSEWORK IN SOUTH KOREA

The following courses were offered in the 2018 summer term. The list for 2019 courses will be available in February of 2019 for the Summer 2019 term. For now, please use the following as a basis for what courses will most likely be offered in the 2019 term.

What Makes Us Today: Capitalism, Desire, and Culture (syllabus not yet available)

Posthumanism in Contemporary Popular Culture and Film

Korean Language Ⅰ, Ⅱ

Understanding What You Want: Desire and Culture

Love, Marriage, and Family in Korean Literature and Film

Global Korean Popular Culture

Taekwondo: Building Body and Soul – Introduction to Korean Martial Arts

Philosophy of Science

Culture and Society of Modern East Asia

International Relations, Yesterday and Tomorrow: Theory, History, and Policy Debates

The United Nations and Global Issues: Understanding the Dynamics and Workings of the UN System

The United Nations and Civil Society: The History of Shared Values; The Opportunities for Shared Futures

North Korea and the World: Issues, Perceptions and Realities

Earthquakes, Famines and Armed Conflict: International Responses to Humanitarian Emergencies

Intelligence and Counterintelligence & Protection of Democracies

Politics and Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China

Creativity and Innovation in NGOs: Understanding How to Become a Social Entrepreneur

The UN Global Compact and the Movement Toward a Sustainable Economy

Global Philanthropy: The Generosity of People and Nations

The Politics of Economic Inequality and Redistribution

Life in Tokyo & Seoul

Welcome and Orientation

Tokyo:
Upon arrival, we’ll get familiar with our hotel-apartments and neighborhood. We’ll visit local convenience stores and markets. We’ll also practice taking and learning about the city subway and train system. We’ll then head to campus to check out the facilities, clubs and school activities, and learn about excursions.

Seoul:
Upon arrival, you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “dos and don’ts” of living in Seoul, South Korea. We’ll discuss topics like where to go to enjoy some social, cultural and recreational activities, how to stay safe, and where to shop. Oh, and there’ll be a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy, as Korean cuisine is known to be one of the best in the world.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system – especially after living in such lively major metropolitan areas like those of Tokyo and Seoul. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, help you rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you one last delicious meal before you go!

Housing Options

Tokyo: In Tokyo, students will stay in single rooms at a local hotel in the downtown area. Commute time to classes will be 25-30 minutes by train. Apartment style rooms include a small kitchenette, a single bed, and ensuite bathroom.

Seoul: In Seoul, students will live in on-campus apartments, fully furnished with single bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Shared kitchen and living areas, linens, and 24-hour security are also included.

Local Life

  • Mt. Fuji: Ride the fastest Japanese train, the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo station to Shin Fuji station. At the station, you can see a dynamic view of Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the top of the mountain to see more amazing views of Japan. Take the Bullet train further to Kyoto city. Stay overnight in a Japanese inn, and walk around the ancient capital city.
  • Largest Fish Market in the World: Be sure to go to Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo - the largest fish market in the world! Try to get to the market early so you can watch the auction for freshly caught giant tuna fish. Enjoy the freshest sushi possible and/or the market's exceptional ramen!
  • 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.
  • 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.

More About Tokyo & Seoul

Tokyo
Huge, stylish, exciting, bold, and incredibly fun—Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind city. The Tokyo metropolitan area is the most populous place in the entire world, and it's home to absolutely everything. You can step from a bustling market into a quiet park, from a frenetic dance club to a serene temple. The best thing to do in Tokyo is to embrace it all, including the food, the festivals, and the karaoke.

It would take several lifetimes to explore all that Tokyo has to offer, but CISabroad will show you some of the best sites during the Summer in Tokyo program. The university and its housing are smack dab in the middle of all the action. Every day will be filled with unforgettable sights and scenes, Tokyo style.

Seoul
South Korea has everything: the longest subway system in the world, one of the most efficient writing systems, large and abundant forests, AND the world’s fastest internet connections (Take that, Netflix lag!). Seoul is a “dynamic city” that, according to Lonely Planet, “mashes up palaces, temples, cutting-edge design and mountain trails, all to a nonstop K-Pop beat.”

Still have stars in your eyes from the 2018 Olympics opening ceremony? You’re in luck! Just a 2-hour train ride from Pyeongchang, Seoul is the 9th most visited city in the world and the 4th largest earner in tourism.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Asakusa

Together with local University students, this excursion will take us on a short subway ride to Asakusa, an area in Tokyo not far from the Tokyo Sky Tree where you will have free time for shopping, visit the famous Sensoji temple as well as the well known Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) structure.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Experience and learn about the tradition of the tea ceremony with fellow University students where you can perform some of the traditions, enjoy the pure form of Japanese tea and sweets in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony room on campus.

Night market with red tents full of handmade goods

Bamdokkaebi Night Market

Discover unique and experimental treats made by creative young chefs at this food truck market, open only two nights per week at Yeouido Hangang Park. At night, traditional and modern cultural performances are held against the backdrop of the Han River. Learn about one-of-a-kind handmade items created by artists and designers in a nearby cute shopping street packed with tents.


Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Alexandra Woolner
Manager of Programs - Asia, Pacific, and Africa

Travel Tip: Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

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Jeff Sinding
Site Director in Japan

Travel Tip: When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.

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Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2019
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    Arrival
    Tokyo: June 15; Seoul: July 3
    Departure
    August 2
    PRICE
    $6,990

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Airport transfers
  • Airfare between Tokyo and Seoul
  • Welcome dinner
  • City tours
  • Excursions
  • Various social and cultural activities
  • Official transcripts
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • On-site support
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program