Seoul, South Korea

Summer Korean Studies

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Information for term Summer Korean Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jun 19 – Aug 10, 2019 (7 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 9 semester hours / 9 - 13.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.0 Overall GPA


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A city celebrated by UNESCO for outstanding design yet firmly rooted in ancient traditions, Seoul makes an intriguing summer destination to explore culture, business practices, and Korean language. Challenge yourself in Seoul, and see why South Korea is emerging as a major industrial nation.


Unique Experiences

  • Choose from a vast range of courses

    at top-rated Yonsei University in arts, humanities, East Asian and Korean studies, economics, sciences, technology, and more.

  • Visit museums,

    temples, historic sites, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and other significant places.

  • Fast-forward your Korean

    language skills with courses at all levels.

  • UNESCO World Heritage sites

  • international residents

  • floors in Lotte World Tower, Seoul’s tallest building


Location & Culture

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Packed with people, it’s no wonder Seoul is the capital and largest city in South Korea. A vibrant business and financial hub, Seoul also brims with culture, with more than 100 museums, numerous religious monuments, parks, markets, festivals, sports teams, and the Gyeongbok and Changdeok palaces. The mighty Han River runs through the city, and rugged mountains loom in the distance. 

The Culture


  • Start with a three-day excursion beyond Seoul to get to know the country, its people, and its natural beauty.
  • Learn taekwondo during Friday morning sessions at the University.
  • Take a Korean cooking class along with a street food tour.
  • Learn about the Korean Wave, a.k.a. Hallyu, at the source, and see what’s behind the spread of South Korean culture kicked off by K-Pop.


  • Cultural reimbursement. Take advantage of CIEE’s reimbursement program to attend Korean movie screenings, traditional concerts and performances, and visit museums and historic sites – we’ll pick up the cost.

Daily Life

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    Campus Dorms: Most students stay at the SK Global House, which is connected to the New Millennium Hall – where many classes are held – and the Korean Language Institute. With separate floors for men and women, rooms house two students and have private baths. Each floor has a lounge, a seminar room, and study room. The dorm also has a computer room, sound proof music practice room, fitness center, shared kitchen, and laundry facilities. A convenience store, food court, and other services are on the premises. Internet access is provided.

    Staying with Relatives: CIEE participants can talk to our Study Abroad Advisors about opting out of CIEE-provided housing to live with relatives who reside in Seoul.


    Meals are not included. Students can eat at the dorm food court, campus cafeterias, and at restaurants throughout Seoul, or prepare meals in the dorm kitchen.

Seoul, South Korea

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What you need to know

The program details

Added in 2008, this rigorous seven-week summer program (6 weeks of classes) at CIEE and  Yonsei University introduces students with little or no background in Korean studies to this country through language and area studies, and a special orientation that covers various facets of Korean society.

Yonsei University is the most prestigious private institution of higher education in Korea. Founded in 1885, it has 19 graduate schools, 22 colleges, and a student population of 38,600, including more than 2,600 students from 35 countries. The large, attractive campus is less than 20 minutes from downtown Seoul.

Professors are visiting scholars and professors from Korean, U.S., and other international universities. Many courses are taught by faculty from the University of California system, with which Yonsei has a longstanding partnership.


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    Korean language classes meet four days a week, Monday through Thursday, for three hours a day. Other classes meet two hours each day, Monday through Thursday. Students take classes with CIEE students and other international students.


    Assessment using letter grades A-F is based on attendance, exams, quizzes, presentations, and papers. Attendance is critical and directly affects grades (see below).


    To complete a full semester’s study in six weeks, courses are intensive and fast paced. Yonsei has strict attendance policies. If you’re absent from a class for more than 30% of the semester, you receive an “F”. If you’re absent from language class for more than 20% of the time, you receive a failing grade.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.0.


    Applicants must be enrolled in a four-year or two-year undergraduate program. Transcript required.


Program Credit

  • Total credit: 6-9 semester/9-13.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: Korean language courses: 72
  • Other courses: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours

Students enroll in two or three 6-week courses of their choice.


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.

Summer 2018 Courses

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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.

Note: CIEE participants can only enroll in 6-week courses, not 4-week courses.

Korean Language
Introductory Philosophy
World Literature: English & American Literature 
Contemporary Korean Culture & the Korean Culture Wave
International Economics
Developmental Psychology
Korean Cinema
East Asian Art History 
Korean Political Economy
General Chemistry
Asian American Literature
East Asian Cinema
Social Psychology 
Organic Chemistry (1)
Innovation and Technology Management

Topics in Korean Culture: Globalization and Multiculturalism
Introduction to Corporate Finance

Principles of Microeconomics
East Asian Fiction 
Principles of Managerial Accounting 


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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Four-day orientation – an introduction to Korean culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursion
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2019 7 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jun 19, 2019 Aug 10, 2019
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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 insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $6,603 **

Housing = $1,080

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $8,150

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 = $1,200

International Airfare = $1,600

Local Transportation = $175

Books & Supplies = $150

Personal expenses = $1,200

Total Estimated Costs = $4,325

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

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

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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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