Program Overview

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.

GPA Requirement
2.9
Application Deadlines
Summer: March 1
EXTENDED! New Date: April 15

Avg Course Load
1-2 courses (3-6 U.S. credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Korean
Highlights
  • 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
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?

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!


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

The following courses are projected for the Summer 2019 term:

Courses in Culture, Sciences, and Arts:

 

General Psychology I (Morning Class)

Psychologists ask questions about why and how people think, feel and behave the way that they do. This course will provide you with an introduction to the study and application of the science of psychology. We are going to explore the sub-fields of psychology and the basic theories and concepts that are of interest to psychologists.

General Chemistry I (Morning Class)

Chemistry is the study related to compositions, structures and properties of materials. In this course, we will learn overall and basic information about chemistry systematically. We will study atoms and molecules, which are fundamental units of all materials. Also, we will learn diverse principles and theories about chemical reactions between many atoms and molecules.

Calculus I (Morning Class)

Calculus I is mainly for students of the Colleges of Sciences and Engineering. This course will study limits, differentiation, integration ,differential equations and parametric equations.

East Asian World Order (Morning Class)

This course focuses on the historical processes that make (or unmake) “East Asian world order.” Specifically, we will investigate how power dynamics among various regimes and entities have been connected to such historical processes. To this end, we will discuss topics such as Mandate of Heaven, Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, Tributary relations, empires, and the questions of modern world order in East Asia. Moreover, we will examine the encounters between various regimes in East Asian history and how they shape hierarchies and orders in different time periods. Since this is a history class, we will rely on multiple types of primary and secondary sources (translated into English) to discuss these subjects of East Asian history and the use of sources in the construction of history.

Understanding Contemporary Korean Cinema (Morning Class)

This class is designed to introduce students to contemporary Korean culture and history thru cinema. By watching and discussing two films per week, it seeks to provide a broad purview of Korea at its most historical, helping you better grasp how South Korea has arrived the present. Rather than offering a mere compilation of factual knowledge, however, it seeks to challenge common assumptions about Korean Culture being ‘Totally Unique’ or ‘Absolutely Other.’ To that end, it will engage with key aspects of modern Korean history such as the Korean War, the Gwangju Massacre, Confucianism, comfort women, crisis of masculinity and the rise of feminism, and last but not least, globalization, focusing on heated debates and recent controversies about them. Set against this backdrop, your understanding of contemporary Korea and Korean Cinema, I hope, will never be the same.

North Korean Society and Culture (Morning Class)

An intensive undergraduate seminar course on North Korean history, society, culture, and international relations. Students will be introduced to major scholarship and issues in North Korean studies. No prior knowledge of Korea or Korean language is required to take this course.

Investments (Morning Class)

Students will learn the fundamental concepts of investment theory, financial markets, and financial instruments. Topics covered in this course include the structure and operations of securities markets, portfolio theory and asset pricing models, valuation of fixed income and equity securities, and derivative securities. Students will also learn how to collect information from public sources, to use Excel spreadsheet for financial analysis, to analyze and synthesize information, to make conclusions, and to convey results in written and oral manners.

Korean Society (Afternoon Class)

This introductory course is designed to provide an overview of broad issues related to Korean history, society, and culture, with an emphasis on the changes and continuities in Korea. Firstly, this course will begin with an overview of the cultural traits and historical background of Korea. Second, we will explore themes relevant to understanding Korea, such as Confucianism, modernization and industrialization, transition to democracy, US-Korea relations, North Korean regime, and popular culture in contemporary Korea. Third, we will deal with some social problems of current Korean society. Specifically, the focus will be on some noticeable social changes and problems after 1997 Asian Financial Crisis in Korean Society. Some differences and similarities between Korea and other countries, with respect to social problems and changes, will be discussed.

Financial Management (Afternoon Class)

The main purpose of this course is to provide an introductory understanding of the basic concepts of financial management to the students, and to develop the usage of important financial tools and skills to assist the students in the application of the concepts in a real world. Since the business environment of a firm is changing rapidly, a strong foundation in the principles of finance is necessary to understand investment and financing decisions. This course is intended to introduce students to the tools that are needed to implement optimal financial decisions by firms. The focus is on three key issues in corporate finance: capital budgeting decision, capital structure decision, and working capital decision.

History of Korean Politics (Afternoon Class)

This seminar explores one simple question: What makes the two Koreas, North and South, so
different after the national division and the Korean War more than sixty years ago? It examines
this question by highlighting and explaining the defining characteristics of the both systems in
the context of their respective political change, economic development, national security, human
rights and response to globalization.

Understanding Korean Religions (Afternoon Class)

Korea has one of the most diverse and dynamic religious cultures of any nation in the
world today. Koreans are highly religious, yet it is characteristic that no single religious
tradition enjoys dominance. This course will introduce students to the historical and
contemporary study of religions in Korea. In particular, students will be given
information about religious traditions in Korea within a broader context of world
religions, such as shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, and new religions
that have developed since the late nineteenth century. In addition, an issue of how
religious traditions in Korean peninsula have interacted with each other forming
‘Koreanness’ or ‘a sacred landscape’ will be provided. Based upon this information,
students are expected to understand how religious values, ideas and practices have been
integrated into the modern contemporary Korean culture.

K-pop and Cultural Studies (Afternoon Class)

This course is designed to help students understand South Korea (Korea hereafter) through its K-pop
and Korean popular music, and enjoy Korean culture better by knowing more about Korean history. The
modern forms of Korean popular music, which fascinate people around the globe, did not spring into
existence out of nowhere. Instead, they emerged and have constantly co-evolved within the political, the
economic, and the technological spheres in historical contexts. This course explores how Korean pop
music has come to take on its current forms, corresponding with the national and international contexts.
In doing so, this course focuses on Korean modern history, popular culture, and cultural studies theories
for deep understandings of Korean pop music.

 

Language Studies:

Elementary Korean I (Morning/Afternoon)

Elementary Korean II (Morning/Afternoon)

Intermediate Korean I (Morning/Afternoon)

Intermediate Korean I (Morning/Afternoon)

Advanced Korean I (Morning/Afternoon)

Advanced Korean II (Morning/Afternoon)

Life in Seoul

Welcome and Orientation

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. What will your site director cover? Where to go to enjoy some social, cultural and recreational activities, how to stay safe, and where to shop are just a few topics. 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. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you one last delicious Korean meal before you go!

Housing Options

You’ll live in on-campus apartments fully furnished with single bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms, and shared kitchen and living areas. Also included: linens, a meal plan, and 24-hour security.

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.

More About 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. The metropolitan area around Seoul contains five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.

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.

entrance of Jeongang Theatre in Seoul

Jeongdong Theater

Take in a masterful performance at this award-winning theatre with a rich history. Jeongdong Theatre regularly hosts free performances and produces a number of traditional nonverbal musicals, full of fast, energetic music and powerful dance. Arrive early? Browse the nearby National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art to get yourself in the creative zone.

wide view of stony path at Namhansanseong fortress

Namhansanseong Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Located on Namhansan Mountain, this fortress was originally built during the Goguryeo period about 2,000 years ago and after many renovations, it became a designated UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014. Choose your level of difficulty with five courses to walk along the fortress, which showcases amazing views of the mountain during all seasons of the year. Climb to the highest peak, Iljangsan, for a wonderful view of Seoul.

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.

Learn more about Alexandra

Sehoon Jang
Korea Site Director

Travel Tip: Whenever I arrive in another country, I try to look for a very local restaurant where real residents of the town usually eat. Such spots may not have any distinguishable sign or decent interiors, but the reward is delicious food and welcoming locals. Just by going even slightly off the beaten path, you are oftentimes rewarded with a better value and cultural insights.

Learn more about Sehoon

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
    March 1 EXTENDED! New Date: April 15
    Arrival
    June 30
    Departure
    July 27
    PRICE
    $4,990 - $5,990

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

CURRENT PROMOTIONS

SAVE $250 off any 2019 South Korea summer program with the promo code SOUTHKOREA on your application.

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
  • Academic advising
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • CISabroad on-site orientation
  • On-site support
  • Seoul Walking Tour
  • Day trip to the DMZ and one or more overnight excursions
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • Sogang University official transcript