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Seoul, South Korea

January in Seoul

New for January 2025!

Study Program



3 weeks


3 semester hours

4.5 quarter hours


Application Deadline

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Spend your winter break in South Korea’s captivating capital, Seoul! During this exciting three-week program, you’ll discover the city’s special blend of ancient traditions and modern innovations. In addition to earning credits and learning about Korean culture, you’ll have plenty of time to explore Seoul’s dynamic city limits and beyond. From admiring stately palaces and sampling diverse foods to experiencing lively nightlife and visiting dozens of museums, galleries, and theme parks, there’s so much to see and do.  

During your time abroad, be sure to escape to South Korea’s natural wonders, like the country’s many national parks made for breathtaking hikes, waterfall visits, and appreciating stunning temples and shrines. South Korea’s 5,000+ years of rich cultural heritage lends itself to plenty of sustainable ways to make the most of your time abroad.

Unique Experiences


And four major gates: Bukdaemun, located near the top of Mount Pugak, Tongdaemun, Namdaemun, and Seodaemun


To explore Seoul, one of the best in the world for ease of use


At venues around the city



1,000+ MILES




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Your Destination

The dynamic city of Seoul has been South Korea’s capital for more than 600 years. A vibrant business and financial hub, it is also a “smart city.” Seoul brims with culture, boasting more than 100 museums, numerous religious monuments, parks, markets, festivals, sports teams, and majestic palaces. The mighty Han River flows through the city, and rugged mountains loom in the distance.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Seoul. 

The Culture

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Excursions & Activities

  • Check out Seoul Forest, a man-made eco-friendly park that is one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces  
  • Take a Korean cooking class or indulge in a street food tour
  • Visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea 
  • Explore the Bukchon Hanok Village and experience the charm of traditional wooden homes 
  • Hike up one of the many mountains that surround Seoul 
  • Travel to Nami Island, a popular film location known for ecotourism 
  • Visit a Buddhist temple 
  • Take a K-Pop dance class 

Program Blogs


Study Abroad in South Korea: The Ultimate Guide

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

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By College Study Abroad at CIEE

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Reflections on Lanterns

By CIEE Seoul at CIEE

These days I’m reminded by the paper lanterns strung along the streets that Buddha’s Birthday will soon be here. Although I’m not Buddhist, I always enjoy the holiday, which this... keep reading



Students spend three weeks in January taking coursework complemented with co-curricular activities to immerse them in the culture and facilitate intercultural learning. Classes take place at CIEE Seoul.



Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


All students take one required course. 

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits 

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

The program is made up of three weeks of classes with an intensive orientation beforehand. CIEE courses are taught at CIEE Seoul and are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. Class attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. 

Class Format

Courses are for CIEE students only. Courses are taught Monday through Friday. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas. 


Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


Course Information

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Semester Credit

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program January 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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What's Included



Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet


Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support


Our Staff

Tina Lee

Operations Manager

Tina has extensive experience in student support and academic mentoring and loves to share Korean traditional and contemporary culture.

Teddy Chol

Student Life Manager

Teddy’s passion and love of international education was driven by his life-changing study abroad experience in the US. He tries to go the extra mile for every single student to...

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