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Seoul, South Korea

Open Campus Block

New for Fall 2024

Study Program Multi-Location Offering

Study here for a full term, or visit up to 2 additional locations within the same term. Use our program builder tool to discover your options!

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12 weeks

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Overview

To paraphrase a Korean proverb, "The person who hasn’t visited Seoul, hasn’t lived." South Korea's dynamic capital, Seoul, is a captivating blend of tradition and modernity. Its bustling streets are lined with traditional hanbok shops and futuristic technology stores. Ancient palaces coexist with high-rise skyscrapers, creating a unique and vibrant atmosphere.  

Get to know Seoul on your terms by customizing your study abroad experience through the Open Campus Block program. Take one or two consecutive six-week blocks and choose courses from various subject areas. Even better, add a third block in another Open Campus Block location for even more experiential learning. This one-of-a-kind CIEE program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich culture of Seoul while studying in the heart of this dynamic metropolis.

BUILD YOUR STUDY ABROAD ADVENTURE 

Designed for students who require a flexible study abroad experience, CIEE's Open Campus Block program was thoughtfully structured to be completely customizable. Select one, two, or three six-week blocks per term at any CIEE Open Campus Block location.  

Unique Experiences

EXPLORE KOREAN CUISINE

with street food tours, cooking classes, and traditional wine tastings

DISCOVER THE WORLD OF K-POP

and learn some of the dance moves of your favorite K-Pop stars

EXPERIENCE THE TRANQUILITY OF A TRADITIONAL KOREAN TEMPLE

with a temple stay program

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GRAND PALACES IN SEOUL, INCLUDING GYEONGBOKGUNG, CHANGDEOKGUNG, AND DEOKSUGUNG THAT SHOWCASE THE CITY'S ROYAL HERITAGE AND ARCHITECTURE

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MILES OF THE HAN RIVER, WHICH RUNS THROUGH SEOUL

774 FT

FEET OF THE N SEOUL TOWER, WHERE YOU CAN GET A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF THE CITY

Experience
  • Seoul
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Your Destination

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a city where tradition and innovation coexist harmoniously. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene, world-renowned cuisine, and a rich history. While studying in Seoul, you'll be within easy reach of historic landmarks, bustling markets, and serene temples. Seoul's efficient public transportation system makes it convenient to explore the city's diverse neighborhoods. 

CIEE Seoul is strategically located to offer you the best of both worlds. Situated in the heart of the city, it provides easy access to Seoul's cultural and historical attractions. You'll be a short distance from iconic sites such as Gwanghwamun Square, Myeongdong shopping district, and the Namsan Seoul Tower. 

CIEE is committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all students, and our local staff in Seoul can provide information on local customs and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter during their stay. 

The Culture

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Excursions & Activities

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of excursions and day trips, local cultural activities, and community engagement initiatives. Below are sample activities that students may be able to participate in while studying at CIEE Seoul.  

Overnight excursions  

  • Visit Busan to participate in the Busan International Film Festival and explore Korea’s largest seaport and second-largest city  
  • See Gangneung to experience provincial life and learn about the impact of hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics  
  • Travel to Yeongju to learn about Korean traditional lifestyles and religions, including Confucianism and Buddhism  

Day Trips  

  • Learn about the division of Korea and  the country’s modern history in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)  
  • Experience ecotourism at Nami Island 
  • Learn about traditional architecture and lifestyles in Minseokcheon (Korean Folk Village)  
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Community Engagement & Service

  • Teaching English to senior citizens  
  • Mentoring children of North Korean defectors  
  • Recording audio books for blind children  
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CIEE Organized Activities

  • Cooking classes  
  • Museum visits  
  • Local arts and crafts  
  • Hiking  
  • Street food tours  
  • Walking lecture tours  
  • Korean movie nights  
  • Guest lectures   

Program Blogs

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Academics

Academics

Students enrolling in the Open Campus Block program in Seoul have the flexibility to choose from a variety of disciplines within seven different tracks, including Art and Architecture, Business, Communications, Journalism, and New Media, Global and Community Health, International Relations and Political Science, Language, Literature, and Culture, or STEM and Society.

CIEE Seoul is centrally located in the heart of Seoul's cultural and educational district, providing easy access to prestigious universities, cultural institutions, and historic landmarks. The program collaborates with local research organizations and educational institutions, ensuring a diverse and enriching academic experience.

Whether you're interested in traditional Korean arts, global business, or contemporary culture, Seoul offers a wide range of academic opportunities to suit your interests. 

GPA

2.5

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.

Requirements

Students are required to enroll in two credit-bearing courses each block. Students attending the Open Campus Block program for all three blocks in a semester may select one block in which to enroll in only one course.  

Note: students can remain in Seoul for up to two blocks. 

Program Credit

15-18 per semester 

  • One Block: 6-7 U.S semester/9-10.5 quarter credits   
  • Two Blocks: 12-14 U.S. semester/18-21 quarter credits   
  • Three Blocks: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits; Students can remain in Seoul for up to two consecutive blocks, but can add a block at another Open Campus Block location 

Course Credit

  • CIEE Courses: typically, 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours   
    • Language Courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 60 contact hours   
    • Lab Courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours   
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 internship placement hours   
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 research hours   
  • CIEE Service-Learning Project: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 90 service 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

Each six-week course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lectures and discussions with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from Seoul when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks. 

Class Format

Courses taught at CIEE Seoul are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas. Some courses may be facilitated as a Hybrid course by an instructor from a location that is separate from your own. In a Hybrid course, you will learn either face-to-face or online, depending on your location. 

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and mid-term and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.   

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

English and/or Korean 

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.

Courses

Course Information

Course Notes

  • Courses are listed below by block and track; course list subject to change. Courses are in English unless otherwise noted. “GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple CIEE locations. 
  • Use the Course Comparison Tools to compare classes offered across all Open Campus Block programs for each block: 
  • Mobile students studying for three blocks who wish to complete a lab course will be required to opt out of one course to remain within the program credit range. 
  • Many CIEE courses are available in multiple CIEE locations. To help ensure you are able to enroll in the courses you need, some courses may be facilitated as a Hybrid course by an instructor from a location that is separate from your own. In a Hybrid course, you will learn either face-to-face or online, depending on your location. However, regardless of your location, you will apply what you learn from the instructor and course materials in your location. Hybrid courses can be identified in the course list as those whose course codes end in “CIEE” – open the syllabus to see the instruction location, if known. 

Language Classes

  • During course selection, students interested in a non-introductory Spanish language course will be instructed to take an online Spanish language assessment to determine their proficiency level. Enrollment will be finalized on-site and is based on assessment outcomes. 
  • Students may add the non-credit “Survival Spanish” course to their course load during the on-site orientation. 

Fall Block I 2024

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Fall Block II 2024

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Global and Community Health Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Fall Block III 2024

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Global and Community Health Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

Course
Language
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.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • Trailblazer Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

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.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Fall Block I 2024 6 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $6,950
Program Fall Blocks I, II 2024 12 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $13,900
Program Fall Block II 2024 6 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $6,950
Program Fall Blocks II, III 2024 12 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $13,900
Program Fall Block III 2024 6 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $6,950
Program Spring Block I 2025 6 weeks Start Date End Date
Program Spring Blocks I, II 2025 12 weeks Start Date End Date
Program Spring Block II 2025 6 weeks Start Date End Date
Program Spring Blocks II, III 2025 12 weeks Start Date End Date
Program Spring Block III 2025 6 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.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $4,456**

Housing = $2,000

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $6,950

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $795

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $50

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $210†††

Total Costs = $2,405

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.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

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

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

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.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $9,406**

Housing = $4,000

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $13,900

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $1,590

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $420†††

Total Costs = $3,560

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.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

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

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

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.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $4,456**

Housing = $2,000

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $6,950

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $795

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $50

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $210†††

Total Costs = $2,405

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.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

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

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

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.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $9,406**

Housing = $4,000

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $13,900

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $1,590

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $420†††

Total Costs = $3,560

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.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

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

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

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.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $4,456**

Housing = $2,000

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $6,950

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $795

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $50

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $210†††

Total Costs = $2,405

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.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

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

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

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.

See Scholarships

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.

See Scholarships

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.

See Scholarships

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.

See Scholarships

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.

See Scholarships

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

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

Staff

Our Staff

Suzanne Crowder Han

Center Director

Suzanne’s love of Korea began more than 30 years ago as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has an M.B.A. from Yonsei University.

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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