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Korean Studies 

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Location & Dates:​


Location: Seoul, South Korea

NY departure and return dates: June 23 – August 4, 2018

Arrive in Seoul either June 24 or June 25 (no later than 8pm)

Course Information:​


Course: Students must enroll in 2 of the courses listed below (6 credits total)

Host Partner: Korea University

Housing: On campus housing

All courses besides Korean Language are taught in English



Monday – Friday 10:50am – 12:30pm (3 credits)

The purpose of this lecture course is to introduce you to human cognition: Our ways of coming to know about the world and about each other. This course will concentrate on the foundations of cognitive psychology, as well as on classic and up-to-date topics including: pattern recognition, knowledge representation, attention, memory, language, problem solving, reasoning, decision-making, and consciousness. Additionally, the course will cover chapters on the biological foundations of cognitive development, and on the breakdown of cognitive processes. The goals of this course are to introduce students to the workings of the mind, that is, how the mind processes sensations and perceptions, how the mind categorizes information, how creativity complements thinking and problem solving, the nature of consciousness, etc.

Monday – Friday 10:50am – 12:30pm (3 credits)

This class offers lectures and presentations on Korean history and culture for foreign students without a Korean educational background. During the first half of the semester, the course will cover major periods in Korean history in chronological order, giving emphasis to specific events and incidents as necessary. In the second half, emphasis will be given to Korean culture and how it relates to Korean identity and “Korean-ness.

Monday – Friday 10:50am – 12:30pm (3 credits)

The objective of this course is to introduce you to, and help you to understand and analyse, key issues in contemporary Korean society.

By the end of this course you will have developed:

1.   An understanding of the key social issues facing contemporary South Korea.

2.   An ability to critically compare the significance of, and response to, these issues in South Korea and your own society. 

3.   An appreciation of the wide range of resources that can be used to illustrate and analyze contemporary social issues.

4.   An ability to formulate and discuss your ideas and opinions in a group setting.

Monday – Friday 10:50am – 12:30pm (3 credits)


This course will provide a broad background to contemporary Korean cinema from a variety of perspectives: cultural, economic, political, historical, social. Topics to be considered will include: how the major political and social changes that have taken place in Korea in recent decades have been reflected in local films; transformations in the structure of the Korean film industry over the past 15 years; Korean cinema's increasing participation in cultural trends in Asia and the broader world; the changing relationship between the local film industry and the Korean government; major internationally-renowned directors and their individual styles; and the development of certain genres within Korean cinema. 


Monday – Friday 1:10pm – 2:50pm (3 credits)

The growth in multi-national organizations reflect many opportunities for culturally flexible individuals to conduct business that crosses national boundaries. This course is a practical introduction to the issues, opportunities, and complexities associated with working internationally. It examines the transcendent business trends affecting nations and the key characteristics of the evolving international business culture. A key focus for this class is assessing one’s “cultural intelligence” and how to change one’s leadership style to influence others from different cultures. Participants learn about the knowledge and skills multinational corporations (MNCs) are seeking, common organizational characteristics of MNCs, and develop a greater ability to work in a global or multicultural organization. Students are expected to learn key Western and Asian business values to understand why behavior and thinking is so different when it comes to doing even the most simple business task. From this study one gets an important side benefit—a greater understanding of one’s own culture. 

Monday – Friday 3pm – 4:40pm (3 credits)

This course helps students to become familiar with a number of critical issues about both contemporary popular culture and digital culture in Korea. A primary emphasis will be placed on the ways in which the media express and mediate Korean popular culture and digital media. Students will learn theoretical concepts and ideas that enable them to “read” Korean popular culture and digital media from academic perspectives. The topics to be examined include globalization, nation-state, gender, race, sexuality, music, Korean wave, film, broadcasting, mobile culture, and digital games, etc. Student will undertake group research projects and discuss their work in class.

  • Korean Language (all levels)

Monday – Friday 4:50pm – 6:30pm (3 credits)

Program Costs:


Cost paid to Study Abroad Office: $2610


QC program fee:                                                                           $400

Travel insurance:                                                              ​            $110

Consolidated fee:                                                                         $2100

(includes housing, excursions and field trips)


**Not included in the above cost:


CUNY tuition for in-state, matriculated undergraduates                $1710    

(For out of state undergraduate: $3480) 

Airfare:                                                                                          $1600 - $2000 (estimate)

​Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses:                     $25 to $30 per day

Please keep in mind:

-       Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria).

-       Some programs may require travel on Fridays and some Saturdays

-       Students are encouraged to apply early

Application Deadline: March 26th, 2018

Application Link: Apply Today

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