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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/10/2017
06/26/2017 08/04/2017

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Language of Instruction:
English, Korean
Program Type:
Emory approved, Emory Faculty-Led
Program Advisor:
Kate Dawson
Program Description:
To learn more and ask questions about Summer Study abroad opportunities please attend the Summer Study Abroad Fair, in Cox Hall Ballroom, on November 14, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please be advised that the application process for Summer 2018 will open on December 15, 2017.

Hosted by: The Department of Russian and East Asian Languages

Academic Focus: This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interests in Korean Studies (Korean language, culture, society, economics, politics, North Korea, film and the arts).

Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 2.5 GPA; good academic standing; at least 18 years of age; completion of a full year of college; and currently enrolled at a college/university.

Program Dates: June 26 - August  4, 2017 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)

Application Deadlines:  Applications will be accepted starting December 15.  The extended application deadline is March 10.  Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible, as some programs reach capacity by the end of January.

Acceptance Process: This program is accepting applications on a rolling basis. Students will have an interview with the program director before the official acceptance to the program and will be notified with results within two weeks after submitting their completed application and completing their interview.

Program Information: The goal of the Emory Summer Korean Studies Program, offered through the Department of Russian, and East Asian Languages and Cultures, is to enhance students' Korean language study and to provide opportunities for immersion into Korea's rich culture. The program is based at Yonsei University in Seoul, and students will study Korean language and choose from other courses that complement the offerings at Emory and focus on Korean culture, society, economics, politics, film and the arts. Yonsei University is one of the top 3 universities in Korea.

NO KNOWLEDGE OF KOREAN IS REQUIRED, as beginner Korean is offered.

A country of striking religious diversity and ancient traditions, Korea has also become a leader in contemporary East Asian culture (Korean "Wave"), and brands such as Samsung and Hyundai have become internationally recognized.

In addition to the coursework at Yonsei, students will take one field trip course and participate on field trips led by Dr. Bumyoung Choi, REALC's Korean language instructor. These excursions will be organized around "discovery questions" associated with prominent UNESCO sites such as, Gyeongju, capital of Shilla kingdom, Haeinsa with Tripitaka, Ganghwa dolmen sites and palaces in Seoul. Students will also have special sessions with leaders of contemporary Korea, religious and business leaders, and heads of NGO's and will tour places like the Korean National Museum, the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea and Samsung Inc. Students will also experience historical and modern Korea with its diversity of Buddhism, Confucianism and Christianity in quiet temples and vibrant metro cities. To find out more about study abroad experience in Korea please watch the Korea Study Abroad video.

Courses: All students take KRN 273R: the field course from Dr. Choi, and choose one course each from Korean Language classes and from the available special topics classes for a total of 8 Emory credit hours. Summer program credits can be used to satisfy Korean Minor, East Asian Studies and other cross-listed major and minor requirements.

Course 1: KRN 273R Understand Korean Culture and History through Field Trip
Description: 2 Credit hours. (Dr. Choi)

NOTE: This course fulfills elective requirements for the Korean Minor, and East Asian Studies major.
KRN 273R aims to understand Korea's 5000 years history and its culture by studying and visiting historic sites which represent each era and are scattered all over in Korean peninsular. Students will learn about Korean history, tangible and intangible culture, and geography. The course will focus on historical and cultural aspects of Korea, and the influence of the early history of Korea on present day Korea.  We will look at the people, customs, and cultural values in everyday life.

Course 2:  KRN 314R: Korean Language (HAL course)
Description: 3 credit hours. (Instructors at Yonsei University)

NOTE: This course can fulfill half of the Emory College Language Requirement. It also counts towards Korean minor, and East Asian Studies major.

There are 6 different levels of Korean classes from absolute beginners to advanced courses. Students will be placed by the result of the placement test taken at the onset of the program.

Course 3:  Special Topics Class (HSC course)
Description: 3 credit hours. Non language Korean content classes are taught in English by faculty of Yonsei and other prestigious universities.

NOTE: This course can fulfill Emory GER requirement in the area of HSC. It also fulfills elective requirements for the Korean minor, and East Asian Studies major.

During Summer 2016, students chose the second class from the following list:

Contemporary Korean Culture & The Korean Culture Wave (KRN 386)
Introduction to Korean Art (KRN 386)
Introduction To Korean Studies  (KRN 386)
Korean American History (KRN 386)
Korean Cinema (KRN 386/FILM 396)
Korean Economy (KRN 386)
Korean Political Economy (KRN386/POLS 385)
Korean Society & Culture (KRN386)
Modern Korean History (KRN386/HIST 285 or 385; dependent of proof of written work submitted to the history department upon return from the Korean studies program)
Premodern Korean History (KRN386/HIST 285 or 385; dependent of proof of written work submitted to the history department upon return from the Korean studies program)
Topics In Korean Culture: SEOUL (KRN 386)

Please note: Options for Summer 2017 can change once you arrive on site, so please be prepared to change your second class selection if needed.
Living Arrangements: Accommodations are in an international residence hall on the campus of Yonsei University. Two students will share a room in SK Global House.

Costs: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet.

Financial Aid/Scholarships: Emory undergraduate students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible. Students can contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory University Employee Courtesy Scholarships may be applied to the academic fee portion of the summer study abroad program's cost.  For more information, please see Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.

Application Process: This program is open to both Emory students and to visiting students from other institutions. For questions or assistance please contact Kate Dawson, Summer Study Abroad Advisor to schedule a meeting or to inquire about the application process. Student must apply online to the program via the on-line application system. Click on the Apply Now link on this page. Emory students will need their Emory login ID and password. Visiting students from other institutions will create a username (current email address) and password through the online system.

Program Resources: Orientation: Each summer study abroad program will have a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and/or other pre-departure activities for accepted program participants. The Program Director will contact program participants with details.  Emory College Study Abroad will also offer a general pre-departure orientation in mid-April.

Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy

Summer Study Abroad Information for Visiting Students


Bumyong, Choi, Program Director, REALC,

Kate Dawson, Summer Study Abroad Advisor, Emory College Study Abroad, 404-727-2240,

This program is currently not accepting applications.