Seoul, South Korea

K-Pop Immersion

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Information for term K-Pop Immersion

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 8 – 28, 2018 (3 weeks)


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Go behind the scenes to study this pop culture phenomenon.

What’s it all about? K-pop (short for Korean pop music) covers a range of musical styles, from electronic and dance-pop to hip hop and R&B. The craze is characterized by cutting-edge music videos with striking audiovisual elements, trendsetting fashion, and highly skilled choreography. Creative use of art, graphics, costumes, and color make this an art form well worth studying.

With CIEE staff, you’ll take a special K-pop tour to several trendy sites throughout the city. Visit entertainment agencies and experience the extreme fan culture first-hand as dedicated fans wait outside for a glimpse of their favorite K-pop idols. Dress in clothing worn by idols in K-pop videos and take photos on stage sets. Attend an Indie concert to experience music beyond K-pop.

At Dongdaemun K-live, you’ll see the world’s first K-pop hologram performance hall! The vivid sense of reality given by high-resolution images and 270-degree panorama views create an unrivaled sensory experience. Next stop is SMTOWN, the K-pop mecca dedicated to the music, technology, fashion, and fandom surrounding SM Entertainment. This five-story complex features a fan cafe, a recording and makeup studio, and a hologram theater with daily digital performances of top artists. Using the latest in hologram technology, the theater feels amazingly like an actual live concert. Here you can also watch the world’s first hologram musical! Other tours may include Sangam and MBC TV Studio.

Back in the classroom, guest lectures on Korean art, history, and cinema round out your course curriculum and deepen your experience. The Korean Spirit & Culture Workshop, part of orientation for all students, introduces you to the Korean language, as well as Korean concepts and values and customs, like learning to bow.

The Take-Aways

  • Understanding

    A deeper understanding of the forces driving Korean popular culture

  • Cultural Immersion

    Round out your knowledge of Korean art, history, and cinema

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of Learning in Korean Arts & Culture

Location & Culture

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A lively center of design, tech, and entertainment.

Seoul has hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics, 2002 FIFA World Cup, and 2010 G-20 Seoul Summit. But its most enduring award is its designation as a UNESCO City of Design. There’s no better place to study art, business, language, and more than in this lively center of design excellence and information technology.

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!

By studying abroad with CIEE in this city of more than 25 million inhabitants, you’ll explore pop culture in its full context. Along with in-depth tours of digital entertainment studios, you’ll visit museums, galleries, theaters, cultural venues, and historic monuments and sites to learn how the intellectual and cultural foundation was paved for modern Korean society.

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

"I love korean food and I am super excited to be able to eat it all day, every day."

Learn more about daily life on this program.

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  • Housing

    You will stay in air-conditioned dorms at Yonsei University.

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members


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Sample Activities 

  • Kick up your heels in a K-pop dance class with local Korean high school students
  • Take a street food tour to navigate all the tasty choices (and learn what to avoid)
  • Create kimchi and other authentic Korean specialties in a cooking class
  • Visit the Women & War Museum
  • Tour the Kia plant, KBS Suwon Studio, Sangam MBC, and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza(DDP)
  • Rent and ride bikes along the Han River
  • Get a 360-degree panoramic view of the city from the N Seoul Tower’s digital observatory on Mt. Namsan. Catch digital light shows and 32 LCD screens that illustrate the 600-year history of Seoul
  • Watch baseball games and relax with friends
  • Take a trip to Andong/Hahoe, a place featuring traditional Korean houses which is known since anicent times for its mask dance performances.
  • Head to Mungyeong, a city in the mountains known for its fortress wall and ceramics.
  • Embark on an overnight excursion to a smaller town and stay in a typical Korean house, where you’ll learn first-hand about local food, customs, and traditions.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


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

Application Fee



Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session II 2018 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 8, 2018 Jul 28, 2018


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