Located in Seoul, Korea University is one of South Korea’s leading private universities and is … Read more
Summer in Seoul
Spend the summer in one of the world’s most vibrant capital cities, Seoul, while studying at the distinguished Korea University. Known for its outstanding academic programs and beautiful campus, students can take a range of comprehensive courses, all offered in English, ensuring they still meet graduation requirements. Participants can also apply for an additional competitive four-week internship program that runs before the summer academic program and places students in leading Korean-based companies.
Spend your summer in Seoul, one of the world’s most exciting cities
Study at Korea University (KU), a member of Korea’s prestigious SKY universities, where you can choose from more than 120 courses across eight academic disciplines
Participate in a valuable on-site orientation at the start of your program
Make new friends and network with more than 1,600 international students from more than 40 countries participating in what is Asia’s largest international summer school
Get involved in a number of unique cultural activities and excursions in order to make the most of your summer, while gaining valuable insight into Korean culture and seeing more of the beautiful country
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Seoul Resident Director for continued support throughout the duration of the summer program
Arrive in South Korea for a one-day orientation run by our Seoul-based staff. An introductory tour around Seoul and welcome dinner will get you accustomed to your surroundings and our local support team.
The day before classes start at Korea University, take advantage of the university Orientation during which you will be introduced to the KU campus.
Students live on campus in modern, student dormitory accommodation with twin share rooms. There are spacious kitchens on each floor along with an additional common study space. Utilities and Internet are included.
The TEAN Resident Director in Seoul is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.
Korea University helps immerse you in the local culture by providing “buddy assistants”, local KU students that help organize social and cultural activities for you to feel at home and part of the KU family. From Korean traditional arts, a visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) outside of Seoul or learning K-Pop dances, KU makes every effort to ensure that you are able to make the most of your summer in Korea.
Korea University is a traditional campus located in the Anam neighborhood of Seoul’s Seongbuk district, 3 miles from the city center. Visit the google map link below to see the location.View Map
About Korea University
- Established in 1905, Korea University is a member of the prestigious group of SKY universities in Korea, similar to the Ivy League in the U.S.
- Korea University is ranked 34th in the world for Social Sciences and Management based on the QS World University Rankings 2015.
- Korea University’s Business School is the only and first business school in the country to have acquired both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation.
- A private institution, Korea University boasts a beautifully manicured campus with award-winning architecture that combines classic and modern styles and is considered to be one of the most attractive campuses in South Korea.
Choose from more than 120 courses across 8 majors, all taught in English (with the exception of Korean language courses).
Courses are available in English in the below disciplines. You can also refer to the Korea University online course catalog for a listing of all courses. Students can enroll in up to three subjects (9 KU credits), which usually transfers as 9 U.S. semester credits.
Korea University also offers a highly competitive internship program, available for four weeks prior to the start of the academic summer program, with placements in multinational companies such as LG and Samsung. Contact TEAN for further information.
Asian Business Studies
|Communications & Media||Creative Writing / Professional Writing|
|Humanities & Social Sciences||Anthropology
Computer and Information Science
- 2.5 GPA. Students with a slightly lower GPA should contact TEAN and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- Enrolled at a two or four-year institution at the time of participation.
- High school students are eligible to apply but must take classes from the pre-college course list.
Dates, Fees & Inclusions
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from January for Summer applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
SUMMER 2018 Dates
|Application Deadline||May 5|
|Arrival and Housing Move-In||June 24|
|TEAN Orientation||June 25|
|University Orientation||June 26|
|Classes Start||June 27|
|4-Week Program Classes End||July 19|
|4-Week Program Ends||July 22|
|6-Week Program Classes End||Aug 2|
|6-Week Program Ends||Aug 5|
SUMMER 2018 Fees
1 course – $3,970
2 courses – $4,980
1 course – $4,250
2 courses – $4,990
3 courses – $5,950
*All prices listed include housing for a double room
- Tuition for 1-3 courses
- On-campus international student accommodation
- Comprehensive overseas health insurance
- Services of local Resident Directors
- TEAN Arrival Orientation Program
- A Cultural Excursion in Seoul
- Help with student visa preparation
- Travel arrangements and advice
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Academic advising
- Airport pickup and reception
- Pre-departure planning sessions and assistance from U.S.-based TEAN staff (including pre-departure guide for students and immigration/visa assistance)
- Host university orientation
- A truly one of a kind adventure!
What’s Not Included
- Meals during the program
- Airport transfer at end of program
In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider applying for one of the TEAN Summer in Seoul scholarships provided by Korea University. There is one $2,000 Merit-Based scholarship and one $1,000 Need-Based scholarship available. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.
We Love Seoul
A visit to the breathtaking Changdeokgung Palace and its Secret Garden is a great way to spend an afternoon. Make sure to reserve your spot on a guided tour – there are several options in English – and you’ll leave with a wealth of historical knowledge and some beautiful photos!
What first sparked your interest for travel?
It was actually a presentation I watched in third grade. My friend’s grandfather came to school and presented about his life as a scientist in Antarctica. I then decided that at some point in my life I would travel there – I started with big dreams as you can see! Fast forward to now and I have lived in five countries since graduating college.
What led you to living in Seoul?
My father is Japanese so my sister had gone to Japan to work and reunite with that side of the family. I had originally planned to join her in Japan but found Korea to be an interesting place to travel while still being close enough to help her. Soon, however, the country became my home and now I don’t think it will ever be able to get rid of me.
What are some must-do or must-see items for a first time visitor to Seoul?
Of course you need to go to the main attractions, like the palaces and the DMZ, but after that you can really explore your interests. For foodies, there are an unlimited number of restaurants to try and eat your way through Korea. For those interested in art, Anguk is filled with art museums to get lost in. For the KPop addicts, you should head to Coex as a start and then possibly find a cafe or restaurant owned by your favorite celeb. It really depends on the person but there’s something for everyone here.
Where else have you traveled in Asia Pacific?
I’ve been to Japan a ton, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. It changes daily but I think that Mongolia is next up on my travel wish list.
What are some of your favorite Korean foods or dishes?
My all time favorite is called yukhoi, which is basically Korean steak tartare, but it really depends on my mood. I also love gamjatang, naengmyeon, galbi… I think most people know about bibimbap and Korean BBQ, but I would encourage people to try more Korean soups. They’re one of the underappreciated Korean foods. Also, I’ve heard people say they don’t like kimchi but there are HUNDREDS of types of kimchi. Spicy, non-spicy, radish, cabbage, onion root, fish, vegetarian, etc. The kimchi most people know is just a gateway kimchi. Keep trying!
You can never go wrong with a noraebang – Korean’s answer to Karaoke. It won’t be your common American-style karaoke in a room full of strangers, instead you’ll spend an evening with your newest or closest pals in a private room belting out all of your favorite singalongs. You won’t have trouble finding a noraebang, just look for the word in Korean: 노래방.
What inspired you to teach abroad in Thailand?
As I was about to graduate from school I knew that I wanted to work in International Education. I spoke with the study abroad office at my school to ask them for advice and they encouraged me to pursue more international experience. I knew I wanted to be challenged everyday and to go someplace very different from my current environment.
What did you learn about yourself living abroad?
Everyday I experienced something new. At first, I found that by not speaking the language I struggled to make new friends, but it pushed me outside of my comfort zone. It was hard for me to feel like myself, but through that I learned that it is okay to feel uncomfortable. I continued to work at making my new city home and eventually, I made some really great friends, developed my own community, and was able to enjoy my new city. When I left Bangkok it was as difficult (if not more difficult then when I left Chicago). Even years later I miss my neighborhood, my friends, and the food almost on a daily basis. I was able to make a home for myself in a completely different place than where I grew up and I learned I am lot more confident than I had given myself credit for.
What advice would you give to someone looking to break into the field of International Education?
I have found that there are so many people in International Education who are willing to sit down and have a talk with you and give advice. When I decided in college that I wanted to go into the field I met with the Provost of International Programs. Then when I came back from Thailand I met with some people at the University of Minnesota to ask them about their work on a daily basis and they sent me to go and meet with someone who worked at AFS-USA to gather a different perspective. Pretty much everyone that I asked to meet with me not only made the time to talk with me they also introduced me to someone else to speak with. It is from talking with people that I learned about SIT Graduate Institute and decided to apply for their Master’s program in International Education. It was a great environment to meet others who were passionate about the field of International Education and we all came from very different backgrounds which surprised me. So in general my advice is to talk to as many people as you can! While the industry can seem very small, I have found it to be a very friendly and welcoming place – so just do your research and ask someone to coffee.
What destination is next on your travel bucket list?
After working at TEAN, I want to see New Zealand next. I have learned so much about this country from working at TEAN. I am not sure if I would ever have enough courage to do the Nevis Bungee in Queenstown, but I am looking forward to the hikes, views, food, sheep, and wine tasting.