Multisite Diplomacy & Peace Studies
Seoul, South Korea Taipei, Taiwan

Diplomacy & Peace Studies

Social Change



3 weeks



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Program Overview
Experience what it takes to negotiate and maintain peaceful diplomatic relations.

Tensions in East Asia continue to make headlines. This traveling program offers you a unique chance to gain perspective on the region’s complex history and present-day challenges. Start in Taipei, engaging in debates on current issues. Then, see it all culminate in a final mock negotiation in Seoul with other Global Navigators—putting your new knowledge and debating skills to the test!

Meet experts and deepen your understanding of how diverse groups resolve conflicts. Tour the offices of political parties and diplomats in Taipei. Visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea. Explore the long-term diplomatic actions taken to keep the region peaceful and stable. 

Soak in the variety each city offers, too—from the lush gardens and skyscrapers of Taipei to the neon-lit streets and ancient palaces of Seoul. On excursions, travel to Taiwan’s Kinmen Island and visit the city of Busan, in southern South Korea. In these two countries, you’ll encounter distinct cultures, languages, and flavors and meet local teens to expand your views on diplomacy and sustaining peace.

Academic Merit Only Scholarship

Only the Global Navigator Academic Merit Only scholarship is available for this multi-destination program. The Academic Merit + Need scholarship is NOT available. If you want to apply for an Academic Merit + Need scholarship, check out our Diplomacy & Peace Studies in Tallinn program.

The Take-Aways

Real-World Experience

Explore Taiwan and South Korea’s history and how the two nations have achieved peace and stability. Come home with improved communication, negotiation, and debating skills and a greater understanding of diplomacy.

Credentials for Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, and a proposal for a peace-building initiative.

Life Skills and New Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and diverse friendships of different backgrounds from across the U.S.


Hours Of Expert Instruction


Weeks Pursuing Your Passion


Life-changing Experience

The Destination
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The Destination

Welcome to Taipei and Seoul, two of the most dynamic cities of East Asia.  

Taiwan and South Korea’s strategic locations make them central hubs for regional diplomacy. These two nations, known for their safety and quality of life, have achieved peace and stability in a short period of time. Despite having complex relationships with major world powers, they boast influential companies with a global presence, particularly in technology and trade, largely due to their diplomatic efforts. 

Taipei offers a serene atmosphere and a chance to participate in traditional Chinese customs, preserved better in Taiwan than in China. On the other hand, Seoul exudes a more frenetic pace and provides a window into the immensely popular South Korean culture—K-pop, K-dramas, and Korean cinema. Both cities are replete with iconic landmarks, from Taipei 101 to Elephant Mountain, and Gyeongbokgung Palace to Bukchon Hanok Village. While exploring busy streets and markets, enticing foods, like Taiwanese hamburgers, Boba Tea, Korean rice bowls, and shaved ice desserts await!  

As you immerse yourself in the cultures, food, and shared history of the region, you’ll discover the uniqueness and global significance of these great cities. 

Daily Life

Daily Life


Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places. 

  • Breakfast at the hotel 
  • Hands-on learning with expert instructors and guest speakers 
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators in the community 
  • Out and about for a cultural activity or workshop  
  • Dinner out in the community   


  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites  
  • Quality time with friends


Hotel, shared rooms with other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Program Blogs


Qingshui Cliff and Tea Picking Experience

By Yu-De Su at CIEE

Afternoon take bus to Qingshui Cliff is located in the 22.7-kilometer section between Heping and Qingshui in Xiulin Township, Hualien County. It is mainly composed of marble, gneiss and green... keep reading


golden nine ten traveal a day

By Yu-De Su at CIEE

The first step Shuinandong parking lot at the intersection is the first stop for many people when they come to Jiufen. You can climb up to the viewing platform and... keep reading


Take a historical trip in DaDaoCheng

By Sean Hsieh at CIEE

Today we visited the historic neighborhood of Da Dao Cheng. Established during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, Da Dao Cheng originated as a trading post. The area’s location immediately next... keep reading


Sample Activities

Diplomacy & Peace Studies

Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Explore the culinary traditions of Taiwan and Korea (South Korea and North Korea) in cooking workshops with your friends. Learn about the authentic flavors of the region. 
  • Meet representatives and government officials at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to learn about U.S. diplomatic policy in Taiwan. 
  • Experience street performers and new styles of fashion in the Hongdae neighborhood of South Korea. Choose your favorite themed café! 
  • Reflect on courage and sacrifice at the only United Nations Memorial Cemetery in the world, located in the city of Busan—South Korea’s largest port city. 
  • Visit the Joint Security Area in the DMZ and delve into the complex history of Korea's division and the Korean War, including the armistice that brought the war to a ceasefire.  

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience.  

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.    
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our scholarship page.  

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Application Fee  


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.  

More Questions? Find answers, get application support, sign up for virtual presentations, or contact us!  


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Program Summer Session I and II 2024 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $8,750

What's Included

Interactive Classes


3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

Optional Flight Chaperone

(Flight Cost Not Included)

Pre-departure Advice and Orientation

Access to Local Phone and WIFI

All Cultural Activities and Excursions

Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection

24/7 Emergency On-site Support

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