Program details published here are from Summer 2018. Updates for Summer 2019 including dates, costs, courses, and other specific details will be updated here by early November.
Please be advised that the application process for Summer 2019 will open on December 15th, 2018. At that time, an Apply Now button will appear on this page.
Please plan to attend the Summer Study Abroad Fair in Cox Hall Ballroom on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, to learn more information about program details, Global Internships, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities.
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.
- Seoul has an extensive subway system, the second most used in the world, making travel and sightseeing around the city very obtainable for tourists! Coupled with the fastest internet in the world, you certainly won’t be disconnected while you’re here.
- Seoul has over 100 museums within the city, so you’re sure to find ones that suit your interests
- Seoul has a population of almost 10 million, but the metropolitan area contains closer to 25 million individuals. That’s over half of the population of South Korea!
Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 15. The application deadline is February 15. Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible, as some programs reach capacity by the end of January.
Please note: In addition to completing the Emory College Study Abroad online application, you must complete a secondary application for this program.
Acceptance Process: This program accepts applications on a rolling basis.
June 28 - August 9, 2018 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)
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. Course list below is tentative for summer 2018; all courses are subject to cancellation.
KRN 386: Contemporary Korean Culture & The Korean Culture Wave
KRN 386: Introduction To Korean Studies
KRN 386: Korean American History
KRN 386/FILM 396: Korean Cinema
KRN 386: Korean Economy
KRN 386: Korean Development
KRN386/POLS 385: Korean Political Economy
KRN386/HIST 285 or 385: Modern Korean History (credit dependent of proof of written work submitted to the history department upon return from the Korean studies program)
KRN 386/POLS 385: North Korean Politics and Foreign Policy
KRN 386/SOC 289: Topics in Korean Culture – Globalization and Multiculturalism
FILM 396/EAS 385: East Asian Cinema
ECON 397R Directed Reading in Economics: Korean Economy
ECON 112 Principles of Macroeconomics: Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics: Principles of Microeconomics
EAS 385: Asian American Literature
EAS 385: East Asian Art History
EAS 385: East Asian Fiction
EAS 385: Modern Asia
EAS 385: Nuclear Asia
EAS 385: Security and Insecurity in Northeast Asia
Accommodations are in an international residence hall on the campus of Yonsei University. Two students will share a room in SK Global House.
Cost and Funding
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheet
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. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholars Summer Study Abroad 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.
Each summer study abroad program will have at least one 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 mandatory general pre-departure orientation in mid-April.
Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy
Summer Study Abroad Information for Visiting Students