Seoul, South Korea

Gaming & eSports Culture

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Information for term Gaming & eSports Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

December 6, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 6, 2019
  • Dates: Jun 14 – Jul 4, 2020 (3 weeks)
$5,550

Application Deadline

December 6, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 6, 2019
  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 1, 2020 (3 weeks)
$5,550

Overview

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Develop a game concept and pitch it to a panel of industry professionals in the pro-gaming and eSports  capital of the world.

Dig into the marketing and business sides of eSportsand online strategy gaming. Visit game developers and startups, meet industry professionals, learn about the phenomenon of competitive tournaments. Immerse yourself in the country’s gaming culture and reflect on the fascinating factors behind it all.

During morning classes, you’ll learn principles of game design and development, discuss the evolution of video game technologies and genres, and develop basic game design skills of your own. Twice a week you’ll team up with Korean high school students to get an authentic taste of the local scene. Together you’ll cook Korean food, perform community service, catch an indie music concert or play table tennis.

Where’s your home base? You'll share a room with other Global Navigators in a comfortable dorm. Each day begins with your choice of Korean or Western style breakfast, followed by a schedule of exciting classes, workshops and group activities designed to expose you to as many aspects (artistic, technical and business) of the gaming industry as possible. Out in the field you’ll visit sites of cultural interest and learn about careers in the industry (offerings run far wider than just coding!).

The Takeaways

  • Understanding

    General knowledge of the history of video game technologies and genres; the terms and principles of game design and development; and the marketing and consumer behavior theorems used in the industry

  • Cultural Immersion

    Analysis of the cultures, audiences and fan bases of popular eSports , as well as virtual communities and the practical ethics of creating games and playing them.

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of Learning in Korean Gaming Business & Culture

Location & Culture

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This “city that never sleeps” is famous for K-pop, good food, super-fast internet, and trendy fashion.

It’s hard to think of a better place to study games and gaming culture. Seoul’s eSports arenas pack in spectators by the thousands, and pro-gamers are treated like celebrities! Televised eSports  competitions and pro-gaming tournaments draw in some 10 million regular viewers. From StarCraft and League of Legends to Overwatch and DOTA, many of the most popular games are created right here. Gamers come from all around to visit PC bangs, cat cafes or legendary places like Video Game Alley.

The World Cyber Games (WCG), established in South Korea in 2000, is considered the Olympics of the online gaming world. The government takes gaming very seriously, funding stadiums and venues for professional competitions. What’s more, eSports is an official member of the South Korean Olympic Committee.

Seoul is a city that embraces both a modern and traditional way of life. You’ll find historic palaces and peaceful Buddhist temples juxtaposed with extreme skyscrapers and neon lit entertainment, 24/7. Seoul is a city that never sleeps!

Seoul is a food lover’s city, too, so bring your appetite! Did you know that a typical Korean meal comes with seven or eight separate side dishes? And free refills to boot. Favorite foods include dumplings and noodles, bibimbap, and barbeque.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Dorm Rooms

  • Local Support

    Local Coordinator in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7

Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Venture into whole new worlds in virtual reality parks
  • Build your own cartoon character at the Seoul Animation Center
  • Pay tribute to pro-gamer celebrities at the Esports  Hall of Fame
  • Meet “casters” (game commentators) and visit e-sport team houses
  • Test your reflexes and have some fun at table-top gaming nights
  • Step back in time at royal palaces and shrines
  • Take dance and cooking classes with Korean peers

Excursions Include

  • Spend a relaxing day on Nami Island, an eco-friendly development and popular film site with walking and biking trails.
  • Pack your bags for an overnight trip to Busan, home to some of the world’s best known eSports  teams and tournaments. The busy seaport is famous as the setting of Blizzard’s Overwatch (and also as the destination in the hit zombie apocalypse movie Train to Busan). Here you can check out the actual places featured in the Overwatch game, along with a tournament site, PC Bang and beaches.


​​Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Summer Session I 2020 3 weeks Dec 6, 2019 Jun 14, 2020 Jul 4, 2020

$5,550

Summer Session II 2020 3 weeks Dec 6, 2019 Jul 12, 2020 Aug 1, 2020

$5,550

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