Korean Society & Culture
Conducted in English
A beautiful peninsula with a terrain that's seventy percent mountainous, Korea is often referred to as the “Land of the Morning Calm.” With a drive for modern perfection that rivals—and perhaps surpasses—Tokyo’s, Seoul is a leading city in technology, noted for cars (Hyundai, Kia, Daewoo), finance (Shinhan Bank), and electronics (Samsung, LG). Korea has grown to become the fourteenth-largest economy in the world. In spite of the fast-paced expansion since the 1960s, Koreans continue to celebrate the unique traditions of a culture spanning five thousand years, including taekwondo, Korean barbecue, kimchi, hanbok, and K Pop. Participants will stay in Seoul, the cultural, political, financial, and educational center of South Korea. Informed by readings and in-class lectures and discussions, students will ask larger sociological questions of Korean society as they experience its rhythm.
Students must enroll in 6 credits of their choice at Yonsei University, the oldest university in South Korea and an institution ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. Students have the opportunity to pursue various disciplines: management and economics, science, technology, environment, East Asian studies, arts, culture, humanities, and global issues and conflict, etc. The university's gorgeous campus, complete with many ivy-covered buildings and wide open spaces for studying outside, makes it easy to forget that Yonsei is located in the middle of Seoul with easy access to the train. Housing is provided at the international dormitories opened in February 2010. Students have access to the Global Lounge (a center for cultural exchange and events), specialized library, state-of-the-art computer facilities, wireless services, and the Student Union—with its own travel agency, optician, nail and hair salon, and shoe-shine and repair shop.
Location: Seoul, South Korea
NY departure and return dates: June 26 - August 9
Arrive in Seoul morning of June 27th
Course offered: Two (2) 3 credit courses
Faculty: Yonsei University Faculty
Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $5080
CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $1380
Consolidated fee (includes differential tuition, USAC fee, insurance, on-site orientation): $2600
Housing: $700(approximate) or 770,000 KRW
QC Program Fee: $400
Total cost with airfare: $6680
Airfare: $1600 (estimate)
Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $20 to $25 per day (approximately $850)
Textbooks and Supplies: $150 (approximate) or 150,000 KRW
This program is open only to students of Junior standing or above.
IMPORTANT! TWO applications are due for this program:
Application Deadline to USAC: March 29, 2013
Application Deadline to Queens College: April 8, 2013
For more information on this program, please visit the USAC website.
Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.
Education Abroad Office
Kiely Hall, Room 183
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Flushing, New York 11367-1597
Email: Education Abroad