Summer school is probably not on top of most young people’s mind when they think of summer, but trust us summer school in Seoul is something you’ve got to do!
Imagine yourself in July next year knocking back Korean Soju with classmates, feasting on amazing local food, or exploring the local surroundings on weekends in shorts and t-shirt. If you’re from the southern hemisphere, then there’s even more reason to avoid winter and join a summer program in Asia! On top of that, you can complete course credit for your degree back home or take a well earned break from work to learn more about Asia and improve your language skills.
When choosing a program in a particular country or city of interest, it’s always best to shop around and see which program offers the most in regards to affordability, cultural trips, opportunities and curriculum. For example, I chose the Korea University International Summer Program in 2013 as it offered six weeks of coursework for a similar price as other top universities in Seoul offering only a four-week program.
Accommodating a summer school into the study calendar of your home university (especially those from Australia) can sometimes be challenging, so do make sure to double check the start and end dates! Not all home universities will be able to transfer credit and this may depend on existing university partnership arrangements so best check with your Exchange Office Abroad first. They will also be able to help advise you on summer schools as well as available university or external funding grants.
There is a LOT of summer school programs out there and almost all the top universities in Korea offer a specialised program for foreigners. Asia Options has put together a quick list but remember there’s plenty more programs out there to choose from!
Korea University International Summer Program
The Korea University Summer Program offers a semester’s workload condensed into six weeks and is open to both domestic and international students. Academic credit earned through the program is recognised by a number of overseas universities. ISC is running two programs from June to August (6 week program) and June to July (4 week program).
The program includes more than 120 courses offering a wide range of subjects including International Business, Economics, Humanities, Sociology, Fine Art, International Relations, Science and Korean Studies. Students therefore have the choice of subjects as diverse as Business Calculus, to an Introduction to the U.S Legal System and of course Korean K-Pop Studies. The program also attracts an international faculty from prestigious universities in the US, Europe and Asia.
The academic program is complimented by a range of engaging excursions and performances, including a vista to Lotto World, a cheer leading class, a company visit and a K-Pop performance. I was also really impressed by the organised structure of the program and enthusiasm of the volunteers from the Korea Buddy Program. The accommodation – while not cheap (approx. AUD $1,000 for a single dorm)- was terrific and included free access to a gym, study rooms and spacious lounge areas. The atmosphere of living on campus was great and there’s no shortage of great places to eat and drink nearby.
Follow the link to see further details about the Korea University Summer Program.
Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul
Ewha International Co-ed Summer College (Ewha ISC) welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to discover Korea through concentrated academic studies and many intercultural experiences. To accommodate diverse student needs, the 2015 Ewha ISC programs runs two separate sessions: Session I (late June – late July) and Session II (early August – mid August). Exact dates currently not available on the Ewha website.
All classes are conducted in English. Students will have the opportunity to participate in two day cultural excursion trips, take classes with students from around the world and earn course credit from a wide array of courses offered. If students are interested, on-campus housing is available on a first come first serve basis. University credit transfers are available.
Follow the link to see further details about the Ewha Summer Program.
Best Friend Korean Language School
Having trouble aligning the dates of a summer program with your actual availability? Then maybe you might want to look at creating your own summer program in South Korea. Best Friend Korean Language School is a private language academy based in Seoul.
From 1-week programs, flexible starting dates and tailored one-on-one classes, Best Friend has plenty of options to create your own summer course. Tuition fees are calculated per week of study and naturally come down in price the longer you study.
The school also lives up to its name with its friendly staff but the main reason we recommend it is the lifestyle. From the school’s location you have everything you need right around you, including Meetups (language exchanges, salsa dancing etc), shopping, bars, Korean BBQ, coffee shops, gyms, karaoke bars, hangout spots and easy access to Sinchon Metro Subway Station, Hongdae and Incheon Airport. The school can then help take care of finding you a language partner, nearby accommodation, cultural activities and even an internship.
Follow the link to see further details about Best Friend Korean Language School.
To find out about more study opportunities in South Korea check out our language program review page.
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