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Winter Term in Korea
Take advantage of your winter break by staying three weeks in Seoul! Spend J-Term in the vibrant capital with the opportunity to earn up to six credits. Spending winter in Seoul means that you will enjoy eating delicious street food, sledding, K-Pop holiday concerts and warming up in Korean hot springs. Explore Korea’s dynamic destinations all while earning credits at one of the country’s most prestigious universities with an emphasis on Korean culture.
Make the most of your winter break by studying abroad in a world-class city at a top-rated university
Spend 3 weeks studying in Seoul while learning about Korean culture through the arts of K-pop dance, Taekwondo and Korean cooking classes
Participate in weekly field trips and further your cultural connections by joining the Korea University buddy program
Benefit from up to 20 courses covering Business and Economics, Humanities, Fine Arts, Science, Politics, Korean Studies, Korean Language offered in English
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Seoul Resident Director for continued support throughout the duration of the winter program
Upon arrival meet up with our Resident Assistant who will help you get acquainted to your new home with a walking tour of the local area and campus and introduction to the public transport system. At our welcome dinner you will get your first introduction to the famous Korean BBQ.
Students live on campus in student dormitory accommodation with twin-share rooms. Utilities and internet are included.
Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in South Korea, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Our staff 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.Meet the Team
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 to learning popular K-Pop dances, KU makes every effort to ensure that you are able to make the most of your winter in Korea.
In addition to the above events offered by Korea University, TEAN includes a tour to the Demilitarized Zone, to learn more about the history of Korea. We will end the program with a group farewell dinner!
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 39th in the world for Social Sciences and Management based on the QS World University Rankings 2017.
- 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.
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
- Up to 20 courses in the following areas are offered in English including: Business, Economics, Humanities, Fine Arts, Science, Politics, Korean Studies and Korean Language. You can view the list of courses online here.
- Courses are offered Monday through Friday
Transcript and Credit
Upon completion of the course you will be issued with a Korea University academic transcript.
- Students currently enrolled in a college or university with at least one semester of attendance
- 2.5 GPA. Students with a GPA below 2.5 are encouraged contact TEAN and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis
Dates, Fees & Inclusions
2020 Program Dates
|Application Deadline||Nov 15, 2019|
|Arrival Date||Dec 26, 2019|
|Classes Start||Dec 27, 2019|
|Classes Ends||January 16, 2020|
|Program Ends||January 17, 2020|
2020 Program Fees
1 Course: Tuition, Services and Housing* – $2,760
2 Courses: Tuition, Services and Housing* – $3,800
*Housing includes accommodation in an international student dorm on campus in a double room.
- Full tuition
- On-campus international student accommodation
- Comprehensive overseas health insurance
- Services of local Resident Director
- Assistance with bookings flights
- Cultural event in Seoul
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Academic advising
- Help with student visa preparation
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pickup and reception
- Host university orientation
- A truly one of a kind adventure!
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- International airfare ($1,200)
- Books ($20-80)
- Visa for non-US citizens ($45-100)
- Personal expenses ($500)
- Meals ($500)
- Airport transfer at end of program ($10 for public transportation or $60-80 for taxi)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Receive money to study abroad starting at $1,000 by applying to TEAN scholarships. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
We Love Seoul
For ease of mobility, get a T-Money card and download the transit app, Jihachul (subway in Korean), which will tell you all of the connections, wait times and best routes for your commute. (Side note: if venturing outside of the city, make sure to have some won on hand, as some places still don’t accept cards.)
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!
For a more upscale dinner or night out check out the Gangnam district. This neighborhood was made famous around the world in 2012 by Psy and his international hit, “Gangnam Style”. A delicious option for dining out is Garosugil Street which caters to international taste bud and will satisfy any craving from home. Check out Vatos if you need your taco fix. For shopping, head to the expansive – and affordable – underground shopping area near Gangnam station.
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.