Seoul, South Korea

Summer Korean Studies

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Information for term Summer Korean Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 25 – Aug 4, 2023 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 9 semester hours / 9 - 13.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.0 Overall GPA


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Considered a UNESCO World Heritage city, Seoul is celebrated for its outstanding design and firmly rooted ancient traditions, making it a fascinating location to study abroad. Spend your summer exploring Korean culture, language, business, history, literature, and more on this exciting study-abroad adventure.

When class is in session, you'll take courses in English at CIEE's top-ranked partner school, Yonsei University. Select from a wide variety of courses, including Korean language, culture, business practices, history, literature, and more. Whether you focus on Korean language learning, cultural exploration, or fulfilling general distribution requirements in areas like business or STEM, all your courses will be complemented with co-curricular activities designed to enhance classroom learning and increase intercultural understanding.

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

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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. 

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


  • 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.

CIEE Seoul Mates

Connect with local Korean students through our Seoul Mates program. Get to know the city, language, culture, and customs with the help of students trained by CIEE to help with orientation, organize social events, host workshops, and more.

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Daily Life

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    Campus Dorm: Most students stay in a dorm on campus. With separate floors for men and women, rooms house two students and have private baths. are lounges, a seminar room, and a study room as well as a 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 or, at the serviced residence, in the en suite kitchenette. 

Seoul, South Korea

Where You'll Study

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What People are Saying

  • "CIEE has really changed my life! I can really tell that the South Korea Seoul team really put in a lot of thought and effort into making this trip full of fun cultural memories and experiences that will benefit our growth."

    Tyra B., Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
  • "I have already recommended CIEE to friends because I believe CIEE does a very, very good job of getting everyone acclimated to their whereabouts and giving us good resources to use for any occasion. They also cover a large amount of fees, making it more enjoyable for the student. CIEE is very welcoming, and it is something I will never forget."

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  • "The program offers a lot of amazing extracurricular opportunities, and also makes the initial application and course approval process much easier!"

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  • "I'd recommend CIEE because of the structure it provides students when studying abroad, especially knowing you have a staff advocating for you in the host country. I'd also recommend CIEE for the program/itinerary it includes when studying abroad -- the experiences/activities can be very educational and fun."

    Elizabeth M., New College of Florida


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This rigorous summer program is designed for students to immerse themselves in the rich Korean culture while taking two or three language or area study courses with local and international students at the prestigious Yonsei University. The program starts with a one-week orientation that covers various facets of Korean society. 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. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering. 

Yonsei University is one of the most prestigious private institutions of higher education in Korea with 18 graduate schools, 22 colleges, and a student population of more than 23,000, including more than 4,000 students from 25 countries. The large, beautiful campus offers superior athletic facilities, including a fitness center, pool, gym, and basketball and tennis courts. 



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

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

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.

Program Requirements

Students enroll in 2-3 Yonsei University courses. 

Program Credit

Total credit: 6-9 U.S. semester/9-13.5 quarter credits 

Course Credit

  • Korean language courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 48-69 contact hours 
  • Yonsei University courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 46-69 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

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

Class Format

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). 

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 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.


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Course Information

Summer 2022 Courses and syllabi will be available here in January 2022.

Students may only choose Yonsei University courses available to the 6-week program.

Host Institution Courses

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\Students enroll directly in Yonsei University summer school courses. View course listings and syllabi. 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 canceled due to low enrollment. Students are encouraged to have course alternatives in the event their first choice is unavailable. 

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

  • Korean Language 
  • Introductory Philosophy 
  • World Literature: English & American Literature 
  • Marketing 
  • Contemporary Korean Culture & the Korean Culture Wave 
  • International Economics 
  • Media Psychology 
  • Korean Cinema 
  • East Asian Art History 
  • Korean Political Economy 
  • General Chemistry 
  • Asian American Literature 
  • East Asian Cinema 
  • Social Psychology 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Innovation and Technology Management 
  • Topics in Korean Culture: Globalization and Multiculturalism 
  • Introduction to Corporate Finance 
  • Principles of Microeconomics 
  • East Asian Fiction 
  • Genetics 
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting 

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.


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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:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • The Stephen M. Lew Lifetime Friendship Award
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

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 & Fees

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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.


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Fees & Housing

Summer 2023 6 weeks Deadline Passed Jun 25, 2023 Aug 4, 2023
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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 = $7,073 **

Housing = $1,080

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $8,650

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 = $150

Books & Supplies = $150

Personal expenses = $1,200

Other = $200

Total Estimated Costs = $4,500

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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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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's 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

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.

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What's Included

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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 and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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