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Winter Term in Korea
Take advantage of your winter break by spending your J-Term in Korea’s vibrant capital! While wintering in Seoul, you will enjoy delicious street food, sledding, K-Pop holiday concerts, and warming up in Korean hot springs. This program is available at Korea University and Hanyang University. Choose between Korea University’s two- or three-week sessions or Hanyang University’s two-week session. Regardless of which session you choose, you will explore Korea’s dynamic destinations and experience all that is Korean culture while earning up to six credits.
Make the most of your winter break by studying abroad in a world-class city at a top-rated university
Spend up to 3 weeks studying in Seoul while learning about Korean culture through the arts of K-pop dance, Taekwondo, and Korean cooking classes
Participate in immersive experiences that will further your cultural connections
Benefit from a wide range of course options, all 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 Director 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.
If you choose to study at Korea University, you will live on campus in student dormitory accommodation with twin-share rooms. Utilities and internet are included.
If you choose Hanyang University, you will stay in either on-campus or off-campus dormitories that will help immerse you into Korean student life right away! Dorms consist of air-conditioned double rooms with free WiFi. You will also have access to laundry facilities, dining halls, convenience stores, cafes, and a fitness center.
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
If you choose to study at Korea University, their “buddy assistants” will help immerse you in the local culture. These local KU students 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 make the most of your winter in Korea.
Hanyang University also has its own cultural immersion committee call the Winter Angels of Hanyang International Winter School or Wingels for short. The Wingels are volunteer students who ensure that your stay at Hanyang is memorable. They arrange several tours and activities that highlight the Seoul’s rich history and culture, including a trip to the famous palace Gyeongbokgung and a K-food cooking class.
In addition to the unique events at each university, TEAN includes a tour to the Demilitarized Zone, to learn more about the history of Korea, and we will end the program with a group farewell dinner!
Academics - Korea University
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 51st in the world for Social Sciences and Management based on the QS World University Rankings 2020.
- Korea University’s Business School is the first and only 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
Academics - Hanyang University
About Hanyang University
- Established in 1939, specifically as a university of technology, Hanyang University is one of the top private research institutions in South Korea.
- The university ranks 24th in the 2020 QS World University Rankings of the best universities in Asia and 150th in the world.
- While the university has expanded to offer a comprehensive range of courses, it is still known for its technological focus and was ranked 11th in Reuter’s 2019 Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities
- Located in east Seoul, Hanyang University’s campus is easily accessible to the rest of the capital.
- The campus is similar to American university campuses, offering comparable student facilities and amenities.
Hanyang University is a traditional campus located in Eastern Seoul. Visit the google map link below to see the location.View Map
Choose 1 course worth 3 Hanyang University credits (45 contact hours). With the option of adding a 1 credit course for a maximum of 4 credits. Courses are recommended to transfer as 1 or 3 U.S. credits.
3 Credit Courses
Engineering and Society
Korean Language 1
Korean Language 2
Korean Language 3
Korean History & Culture
Epidemiology: Application to Public Health
General Physics 2
1 Credit Courses
Korean Beauty and Make-Up
Art of Self Defense (Taekwondo)
- 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 and recent high school graduates may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
Dates, Fees & Inclusions
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
Korea University Program Dates 2020/2021
|Application Deadline||Nov 15, 2020|
|Arrival Date||Dec 27, 2020|
|Classes Start||Dec 28, 2020|
|2-week Classes Ends||Jan 8, 2021|
|2-week Program Ends||Jan 9, 2021|
|3-week Classes End||Jan 15, 2021|
|3-week Program Ends||Jan 16, 2021|
Hanyang University Program Dates 2021/2022
|Application Deadline||Nov 1, 2021|
|Arrival Date||Late Dec 2021|
|Program Ends||Mid-Jan 2022|
Korea University Program Fees 2020/2021
1 course tuition, program fee and housing* – $2,760
2 course tuition, program fee and housing* – $3,800
*Housing includes accommodation in an international student dorm on campus in a double room.
Hanyang University Program Fees 2020/2021
Estimated tuition, program fees and housing – $3,450
- Full tuition (3-6 credits)
- 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)
- Travel insurance ($350)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. 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
Student Service Manager - Seoul
For ease of mobility, get a T-Money card and download the transit app, Kakao Subway, 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.)
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 Villa Guerrero if you need your taco fix. For shopping, head to the expansive – and affordable – underground shopping area near Gangnam station.
What led you to your current role at TEAN?
While in school, I participated in an internship with the Walt Disney Company. Based off that experience, I was able to return to Disney after graduation and joined their recruitment team for Internships & Programs. It was there that I realized my passion for advising and helping students make their professional dreams a reality. After various roles with the company, I accepted an opportunity to work at a resort in southern Germany and spent almost two years in Germany, traveling across Europe extensively. Upon returning to the States, I knew I wanted to combine my love for career advising with my passion for travel, and focused my career search on international education. This field continues to inspire me every day and I enjoy my interactions with students who dream of that life-changing experience of going abroad.
Why would you encourage a student to pursue an internship abroad?
An internship is crucial for professional success after graduation. Knowing how much my own internship benefitted me professionally, while also knowing how much living abroad encourages personal growth, I think it’s an incredible combination for a student. TEAN’s internships are totally hands-on and interns get the rare experience of receiving close mentorship from experts in the field. If an international internship sounds at all intimidating, I think that’s all the more reason to do it! Our internship program is designed to not only challenge a student, but support them at the same time. Students return home with a sense of confidence and tangible achievements that will stand out on job or graduate school applications.
If you were going to study on a TEAN program tomorrow, where would you go?
It’s hard to choose but New Zealand is toward the top of my list of places I haven’t been yet, so I think I’d have to choose the University of Otago. I love the idea of living on the South Island and seeing all that beautiful New Zealand has to offer. I’m also partial to old, sprawling university campuses and quintessential college towns. I think life in Dunedin would suit me well!
What is your favorite travel quote?
My all-time favorite line that I’ve always applied to my travel adventures is “and I will learn to love the skies I’m under,” from the Mumford and Sons song, Hopeless Wanderer. I mentally reference this line every time I find myself in a new place, because it’s such a great reminder that traveling isn’t always sunshine and roses — it can be tough. Maybe it takes a day or two to adjust to new surroundings, maybe months, and that’s okay! Choosing to love the skies I’m under and remembering why I made the decision to leave my comfort zone in the first place, helps me see the beauty of reveling in my current surroundings.