Summer in Seoul
Politics & International Relations

Best Value

Study in-depth political classes on a Neoclassical campus.

Kyung Hee University is steeped in history and the academic study of it. The Central Library boasts an archives room featuring materials published in North Korea and by the pro-North Korean residents’ league in Japan. It’s the perfect location to study up on the political history of one of the most contentious borders in world history. After class, take in the natural beauty of the “campus within a park,” gaze up at the Neoclassical and gothic buildings that feel like they’ve been borrowed from the District of Columbia, and sample cuisine from on-campus eateries.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Korean
  • Average Courseload: 1-2 courses (3-6 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • Active student clubs, including the International Friends and Culture Club
  • Calm park-like campus away from the city’s hustle and bustle
  • Library archives with materials published in North Korea
  • Three museums on campus
  • Kyung-Hee University official transcript

Program Details

Kyung Hee University

With three museums (a Natural History Museum, Cultural History and Antiquities Museum, and a map museum) Kyung Hee University is steeped in history – and the academic study of it. The Central Library boasts an archives room featuring materials published in North Korea and by the pro-North Korean residents’ league in Japan. It’s the perfect location to study up on the political history of one of the most contentious borders in world history.

Kyung Hee University’s values are best articulated through a description of their mascot, the Laughing Lion, and their mark, the Magnolia. To them, the Laughing Lion “embodies the human capacity for both inner ferocity and magnanimity, and the ability to overcome the self to show consideration for others.” The Magnolia, a well-known cultural symbol in South Korea due to the South Korean song “Magnolia Blossom,” symbolizes the university’s resilience, beauty, generosity, and unity.

After class, students can take in the natural beauty of the “campus within a park,” gaze up at the Neoclassical and gothic buildings that feel like they’ve been borrowed from the District of Columbia, and sample foods from the on-campus eateries (featuring korean food, hamburgers, and a bakery). To meet other students, join the cheering squad or the International Friends and Culture Club.

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Korean
  • Communications

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Business
  • Humanities

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The following courses have been confirmed for the Summer 2020 program, and their corresponding syllabi are linked below. Each course will run daily, Monday – Friday in the morning OR the afternoon.

Morning courses: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Afternoon courses: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Within Climate Emergency & Global Action:

The Polar Oceans, Climate Change, and Climate Restoration (afternoon)

Climate Action: Business Leadership and The United Nations Global Impact (afternoon)

Economics of The Environment and Climate Change (morning)

Climate Change, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth (morning)

Within Globalism & Cultural Diversity:

The Rise of Obscene Masters (afternoon) – syllabus not currently available

Korean Language Ⅰ, Ⅱ (afternoon)

Global Korean Popular Culture (morning)

Taekwondo: Building Body & Soul – Introduction to Korean Martial Arts (morning)

Culture and Society of Modern East Asia (morning)

A New Approach to Tourism in The Age of Sustainability (afternoon)

Latin America-Asia as Method Toward the Global South Project (morning)

Within Peace & Civil Society:

International Relations, Yesterday and Tomorrow: Theory, History, and Policy Debates (afternoon)

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

Civil Society and Multilateralism: NGO Consultation, Collaboration, and Cooperation in The 75th Year of The United Nations (morning)

Peace and Sustainable Development Goals (afternoon)

Political Risk Analysis in East Asia (morning)

The Economics of Philanthropy (morning)

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

Why Life in 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Housing in Seoul

Location

Students will be housed in double rooms in on-campus residence halls. Each room is furnished with a bed, closet, bookshelf, desk, telephone and internet access.

Meals

This housing doesn’t come with a meal plan, but there are a convenience store and cafeteria in the dorm with really affordable dining options. Students can also eat elsewhere on campus (or off-campus) at other cafeterias or restaurants. Kyung Hee has such a big campus that there are tons of options!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • BathroomEnsuite
  • Bed linens
  • WalkingCommute
  • Desk
  • Double Room
  • Fitness Center
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Study Areas
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Academic advising
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • CIS Abroad on-site orientation
  • On-site support
  • Seoul Walking Tour
  • Day trip to the DMZ and one or more overnight excursions
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • Kyung-Hee University official transcript

Welcome & 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 & 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!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.
Bamdokkaebi Night Market

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.

Jeongdong Theater

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.

Namhansanseong Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

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.

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.

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.

About:

I believe that education – and particularly international education and cultural exchange – empowers people and advances society. Through my experiences as an educator, I have planned and executed many kinds of degree/non-degree programs across a wide range of fields, including HR, program design, international student recruitment, international cooperation, international student admissions, business incubating management, and government funding. I like to meet people and communicate with them in global settings. I am also very happy when I am working with other people in a new and challenging environment.

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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Travel Tip:

Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Alexandra Woolner
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.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Apr 15
  • Arrival: June 24
  • Departure: July 24
  • Price: $4,190
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 24 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 24 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,190 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

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

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