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

Program Details


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.

TEAN Staff

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.

Cultural Activities

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.


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.

Discipline Subject Area
Business Accounting
Asian Business Studies
Business Administration/Management
International Business
Communications & Media Creative Writing / Professional Writing
Environment Environmental Science
Humanities & Social Sciences Anthropology
Criminology/Criminal Justice
Political Science
Science Biology
Computer and Information Science
Visual Arts Art
Art History



  • 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 four-year degree-granting 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

Application Deadline

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 2017 Dates

Application Deadline May 5
Deadline Extended May 12
Arrival and Housing Move-In June 25
TEAN Orientation June 26
University Orientation June 27
Classes Start June 28
4-Week Program Ends July 23
6-Week Program Ends Aug 6

SUMMER 2017 Fees

4-Week Program

1 course – $3,690
2 courses – $4,690

6-Week Program

1 course – $4,250
2 courses – $4,960
3 courses – $5,750

*All prices listed include housing for a double room

What’s Included

  • 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

  • Airfares
  • 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

Russ Alexander

Director of Programs and Development

Seoul TIP
Korean Karaoke

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 is your role at TEAN?
I am one of the Directors and co-owners of TEAN. Most of my main responsibilities sit in the development of our programs and the institutional relationships of our partner universities abroad.

What makes the Asia Pacific great for studying, interning and living abroad?
The diversity of the region stands out and for many Americans it still provides an option from the well-trodden study abroad pathways to Europe. This part of the world offers pretty much everything from the incredible natural beauty of New Zealand, the South Pacific and Australia through to the fascinating and welcoming cultures of Southeast Asia to the cutting edge technologies and dynamic cities of China and South Korea.

What is your favorite TEAN event?
My favorite event is our annual TEAN Fun Run that takes place at NAFSA (the largest International Education Conference in the world). The conference attracts around 10,000 attendees and is a blur of meetings, sessions and receptions. We decided 6 years ago that instead of holding another cocktail event like everyone else we would donate that money instead. We invited colleagues to show up to a 1K walk or 5K run through the city and we donate a sum to a different charity annually based on the number of participants. It’s a fun outdoorsy event that gets people out of the conference venue and does make a difference. In 5 years we have donated over $22,000 to charities as diverse as the Christchurch and Nepal Earthquake Appeals, a special Thai school for burmese refugees and an American charity that rehabilitates those affected by drug and alcohol.

What does TEAN’s core value Choose Earth mean to you?
That every single decision we make as individuals has an impact and a consequence. We have a responsibility to leave this place better than we found it. By making simple, informed decisions around our everyday actions, we can improve the lives of people we have never met by reducing global inequalities and fostering social justice and fairness, plus we can protect our planet for future generations by reducing our own environmental footprint.

How would you describe the TEAN Chicago office to someone who hasn’t been there before?
We are located in the Chicago downtown area of River North occupying an entire floor of an old red brick warehouse building. Our offices are open plan, creative spaces with our large wooden beamed ceilings a defining feature. Giant amoeba desks with plants growing from them, Thai day beds, bean bags, cycle desks and and an office dog attempt to create a relaxed, informal work space with a welcoming, youthful vibe. Communal areas like our kitchen and lounges add a family feel but mostly I hope we have a pleasant, friendly environment that fosters information sharing and efficiency through its design.

Sandra Durinick

Resident Director - Seoul

Changdeokgung Palace

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!

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