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06/20/2014 - 08/10/2014
Extended to: 04/15/2014
6 - 9 semester / 9 - 13.5 quarter hours
3.0 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Spend your summer exploring the culture, business practices, and language of Korea.

Through elective courses in English, options for Korean language study, site visits, and cultural activities you’ll develop a understanding of South Korean society and the country’s recent emergence as one of the world’s major industrialized nations.

Study abroad in Korea and you will:

  • Choose from a range of courses in international business, science and technology, humanities, social sciences, and the arts as well as the Korean cultural wave Hallyu, East Asian studies, and Korean studies
  • Visit Korean organizations, museums, temples, and historic sites
  • Explore the DMZ and other locations of national and cultural significance
  • Learn Korean through language courses at all levels of instruction and take non-credit courses in traditional Korean martial arts, cooking, and music
The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference


Enroll directly in classes at the top-rated Yonsei University. Choose from a wide variety of courses in departments including arts, humanities, East Asian and Korean studies, economics, sciences, and technology.

Cultural Activities

study abroad in South Korea

Complementing the classroom work are cultural performances and visits to Korean organizations, museums, temples, and historic sites, a trip to the DMZ, and other locations of great natural and cultural significance.

Non-credit activity courses are also offered each Friday morning. You may take only one of the courses as they are offered simultaneously. There is a materials cost for some of the courses. Courses may include hip-hop dance, taekwondo, danso (bamboo flute), kumdo (traditional martial art), and

samulnori (Korean percussion music).


Connect with your peers at The Global Lounge, a multi-functional space that was created to foster international dialogue between Yonsei and international students. The Global Lounge offers wireless Internet services, study areas, and seminar space for group discussions, workshops, and lectures.

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Summer 2014 (7 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
Local Transportation
Books & Supplies
Personal expenses

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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3.0 Overall GPA


  • Overall GPA 3.0
Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the summer is 6–9 semester/9–13.5 quarter hours.

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course unless otherwise noted. Korean language courses have 72 contact hours.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students are required to take two courses and may take up to three courses.

About the City

About The City

South Korea, one of the “economic dragons” in Asia, is a country that embraces both a modern and traditional way of life. Seoul, the capital, has many museums, galleries, and theaters, as well as historic monuments and sites. These give study abroad students a historical perspective into Korea’s dynastic periods, which established the intellectual and cultural foundation for modern Korean society. Seoul also offers many stores filled with the latest in mobile technologies, fashion, and “K-pop” music, providing a great backdrop to learn about modern youth culture in Asia.

Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Suzanne Crowder Han

Suzanne Han’s love of Korea began over 30 years ago as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Suzanne completed her two-year term of service in a rural health center in Chungju and later became an in-country Peace Corps staff. She has taught at several Korean universities, including Yonsei University, Chung-ang University, and Hankook University of Foreign Studies, and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. An accomplished author, Suzanne has written many books and articles on Korean customs and traditions. Her stories based on Korean folk tales are included in a number of anthologies and children’s reading textbooks in North America. Suzanne is vice president Friends of Korea (an organization started by former Peace Corps Korea Volunteers dedicated to enhancing cultural awareness and friendship between Americans and Koreans ), and vice president of the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch.

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I have spent over half my adult life in Korea, a land of contrasts and harmony with its pleasant blending of historic majesty and bustling modernity, soaring mountains and wide plains, traditional craftsmen and high-tech industries. Seoul, its capital and the city I now call home, is both ancient and youthful. It is a dynamic, fascinating city that has been the capital of Korea for over 600 years. Modern high-rise buildings coexist with ancient palaces and shrines. Men and women dressed in Korean traditional garments brush shoulders with those clad in everything from business suits and well-worn jeans to rock fashions and designer creations. The heart of Korea’s culture and education, as well as its politics and economics, Seoul is a wonderful place to spend your summer. Koreans take great pride in their language and culture and are happy to help others learn about their customs and traditions, music and art, and history and development.

Come study with us in Seoul, and you’ll not only learn firsthand about the city of Seoul, but also about the dynamic country of Korea and its remarkable people. Come experience Korea. Come study, learn, and enjoy!

— Suzanne Crowder Han, Resident Director

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boram kim

Boram Kim is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BA in International Relations and Chinese. She is glad to introduce a rich and dynamic Korea culture to CIEE study abroad participants.

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Tina Lee

Tina Lee holds a B.A. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Waikato, New Zealand. In addition to having worked in the hospitality industry, she was an exchange program coordinator at Keimyung University. She has extensive experience in student support and academic mentoring and she loves to share Korean traditional and contemporary culture.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Study Center is based at Yonsei University, the most prestigious private institution of higher education in Korea. Founded in 1885, the school has 18 graduate schools, 21 colleges, and a student population of over 30,000, which includes more than 1,000 students from 20 countries. The University is located less than 20 minutes from downtown Seoul on a large sprawling campus that is hilly and forested. A full range of sporting facilities, including a fitness center, swimming pool, gymnasium, and basketball and tennis courts, are available.

Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Students are housed on campus in the SK Global House dormitory located near the CIEE Study Center, and typically live with other international or CIEE students. Details about the facility are provided to students in their pre-departure materials. Students may live with their relatives in a homestay environment if available.

Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be eaten at a food court attached to the dormitory, other on-campus cafeterias, restaurants, and snack bars, and restaurants throughout Seoul. The dorm also has kitchens that students can use.



study abroad in South Korea

CIEE orientation is ongoing and includes various lectures and activities. The CIEE orientation held prior to the start of classes introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Seoul. A mandatory three-day excursion outside of Seoul is designed to nurture bonds between CIEE participants and provide a fun and educational start to your experience on the summer program. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.



You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Free wireless Internet is available in the dorm and most places on campus. You will also have access to computers and the Internet in a media center and lounges in the dorm as well as in the library, Global Lounge in the Student Union Building, and many other locations on campus.



Cultural Activities and Field Trips Complementing the classroom work are cultural performances and visits to Korean organizations, museums, temples, and historic sites, a trip to the DMZ, and other locations of great natural and cultural significance.

Non-credit activity courses are also offered each Friday morning. You may take only one of the courses as they are offered simultaneously. There is a materials cost for some of the courses. Courses may include hip-hop dance, taekwondo, danso (bamboo flute), kumdo (traditional martial art), and

samulnori (Korean percussion music).

The program fee also includes a mandatory three-day excursion outside of Seoul to introduce you to Korean history and its scenic landscape.

Cultural Reimbursement Program

As a means of encouraging you to enrich your study abroad experience in Seoul, CIEE offers the Cultural Reimbursement Program which reimburses you for participating in local cultural activities. These may include Korean movie screenings, Korean traditional music concerts and theater, visits to local museums and historic places of interest within Seoul, and excursions to other parts of the country.


Global Lounge

The Global Lounge, which is located in the Student Union Building, is a multi-functional space that was created to foster international dialogue between Yonsei and international students. The Global Lounge offers wireless Internet services, study areas, seminar space for group discussions, and workshops, and lectures. Satellite broadcasting systems offer international news provided by various broadcasting companies. As a hub of cultural exchange, students communicate in different languages, including Korean. However, English is the official language in the facility.



Established in 2006, the CIEE Study Center at Yonsei University provides a supportive environment in which to study at a top-ranked Korean university while experiencing life in Seoul. The six-week summer study abroad program at Yonsei University, which was added in 2008, introduces students with little or no background in Korean studies to Korea through language study and an area studies curriculum. CIEE resident staff also organize a special orientation and coordinate various cultural activities to introduce students to different facets of Korean society.

Academic Culture

In order to complete a full semester’s study in seven weeks, Yonsei International summer school courses are intensive and fast paced. Korean language classes meet four days a week, Monday through Thursday, for three hours each day; other classes meet two hours each day, Monday through Thursday.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with CIEE and other international students.

Grading System

Assessment is based on attendance, exams, quizzes, presentations, and papers. Letter grades of A-F are given with pluses and minuses. Final grade assessment is based on attendance, class participation, assignments, and examinations. Course requirements include a mid-term and final examination, and often a term paper, although the choice remains up to individual professors.

Yonsei University has a strict attendance policy: a student who is absent from a course for more than one-third of the semester is issued an “F” regardless of their achievement in the course; however, some professors may have even stricter rules. The Korean Language Institute, through which Korean language courses are taught, has an even stricter attendance rule: a student cannot be absent for more than 20% of attendance to receive a passing grade. Students can check course syllabi or ask the professors about their attendance policies. Absences are counted from the first day of class.

Language of Instruction



Professors are visiting scholars and professors from Korean, U.S., and other international universities. Many of the courses are taught by key faculty from University of California system given Yonsei’s longstanding partnership with it.

Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Yonsei University Summer School Courses

Students enroll directly in Yonsei University summer school courses. Course listings and syllabi may be found at the following link: The following is a sampling of courses available. Course offerings change from year to year. They are typically listed, along with syllabi, on the Yonsei University website under the Yonsei International Summer School section at the beginning of the application period and are available in CIEE enrollment materials. Students are advised to remain flexible in their course selection as some classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment, and should have course alternatives should they not be able to get their first choice.

Arts, Culture, and Humanities

East Asian Studies
East Asian International Relations
A New Context of Chinese Foreign Policy
Philosophy in East Asian Literature
Pre-Modern East Asian History
The U.S. and Northeast Asia
Modern East Asian History
Emerging Democracies in East asia

Global Issues, Conflict, and Cooperation
International Conflict and Cooperation
International Economics
International Human Rights Law
International Law
Introduction to International Organizations
International Political Economy
International Security
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to the U.S. Law: Cases and Legal Research I
United States Foreign Policy
War and Terrorism
Introduction to Globalization

History and Social Sciences
Community Psychology
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Human Behavior in Social Environment
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Psychology A
Introduction to Psychology B
Introduction to Sociology

Law, Society, and Justice
Psychology of Personality
Social Psychology
Theories and Methods in International relations
World History: The Modern Era

The Korean Cultural Wave “Hallyu”
East Asian Cinema
Korean Cinema
Topics on Korean Language and Culture
Understanding Contemporary Korean Popular Culture and Korean Culture Wave A
Understanding Contemporary Korean Popular Culture and Korean Culture Wave B

Korean Language (Beginner–Advanced)

Korean Studies

Management and Economics
Consumer Behavior
Differential Equations
Industrial Organization
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Introduction to Corporate Finance
Introduction to Investment Management
Korean Economy
Law and Economics
Management Information System
Marketing Research
Principles of Accounting
Principles of Macroeconomics A
Principles of Macroeconomics B
Principles of Microeconomics

Science, Technology, and Environment
Cell Biology
Core Biology
Core Chemistry
Engineering Economics
Environmental Toxicology
General Chemistry
General Microbiology
General Physics
Introduction to Environmental Studies
Living with Microbes
Organic Chemistry
Principles of Genetics



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