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Semester or Year in South Korea

Semester or Year in South Korea
Spend a semester or academic year in South Korea
Location: 
South Korea
Language of Instruction: 
Korean
English
Term: 
Academic Year
Fall
Spring
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Korean
East Asian Languages & Culture
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Exchange Program
Highlights: 

ISEP is a total immersion program. In most cases, ISEP participants register as a regular student at the host institution, take the same courses and have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as the local students at that institution. This means that a student applying for an ISEP site must be more proactive and prepared to handle being in a location where they may be the only KU student in the program.

For more information on ISEP sites in South Korea, click here: ISEP South Korea

Program Summary: 

Interested in Asia or simply want to learn a new perspective? Korea is the perfect destination to study abroad.and you don’t have to speak Korean. A wide range of courses are taught in English at all five ISEP institutions.

Semester and full year exchanges are available at all ISEP Korean member institutions.

Six week summer programs are available at Ajou and Yonsei.

Explore the Korean Folk Village, the famous Hwaseong Fortress, and the World Cup Stadium while studying at Ajou University in Suwon. Ajou is particularly recommended for business students.

Take the popular Korean Ceramics course or study international trade at Ewha Womans University (also open to male students).

Spend a semester or year at Keimyung University and tour Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom and one of the most celebrated tourist destinations in Korea.

Study a range of subjects in the hilly Anam-dong section of Seoul at Korea University or in the wooded hills of western Seoul at Yonsei University.


Chances of Placement
Chances of placement are good to excellent.

Identity Abroad: 

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Considerations for South Korea

The response to homosexuality is mixed in Korea. While consensual same-sex sexual activity is not criminalized and there are no specific laws that discriminate based on sexuality, same-sex marriages are not legally recognized. Korea is a conservative country in regards to LGBTI issues. However, there are an increasing number of LGBTQIA+ -oriented clubs, festivals and NGOs advocating for LGBTQIA+  issues. There is an LGBTQIA+ subculture in the more urban cities but it is not openly displayed in public, although platonic displays of affection between same-sex friends is very common. As is often in the case in a society that is both homogenous and traditionally conservative, it is the experience of many students that being open about your sexuality in any context is seen as unusual and curious, sometimes shocking.

Generally speaking, most facilities in Korea have been made to be accessible for wheelchairs. Students with physical disabilities may find it difficult to navigate public transportation in Korea. Access to transportation in most areas is somewhat limited, although there are various government initiatives designed to make public transport more accessible. Students with vision impairment may have difficulty, as most Braille or audio transportation information is exclusively in Korean.

Korea does not have a homogenous religious culture and throughout its history, a wide variety of religious movements such as Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism and Christianity have shaped the culture dramatically.

Source: U.S. Department of State country information pages and Diversity Abroad.

Additional Resources

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

Further Reading: 

Please contact ISEP coordinator Charlie Ambrose at chambrose@ku.edu for more information.


Announcements

Summer 2021 programs now accepting applications !

Drop-In Advising:  Beginning, February 1, drop-in advising with SAGE peer advisors is available daily, Monday – Friday, from 12:00 – 5:00pm for the duration of the Spring semester.  Drop-in advising is the best option for students new to KU or exploring study abroad for the first time, or for students who have general questions on program selection, application, post-acceptance paperwork, etc. To join a Drop-In advising session, Join via Zoom Video Call

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9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
18th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
28.1% of KU undergraduate students study abroad prior to graduation.
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 160 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
Study Abroad & Global Engagement and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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