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International Summer Programs at Korean Universities

Join a Korean Summer University Program to immerse yourself in rich culture and progressive education. Acquire academic credits, practice Korean language skills, and make lifelong friendships!
International Summer Programs at Korean Universities
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The Summer program is one of the best ways to test-drive a university in Korea. You register for courses, attend classes on campus, and live in dorms - an opportunity to experience academic life in your chosen university.

Summer programs are usually six-week sessions taught by faculty members and visiting professors. While the curriculum depends on the university, you can expect courses on various topics, from economics, business management, history, and politics to Korean culture, k-pop, and arts. Everything is elective so that you can combine courses with your schedule.

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Summer Program Advantages

  • Experience Korean higher education
  • Practice Korean and get new knowledge in the selected field
  • Get to know Korean culture, try the food, and have fun on field trips
  • Make new friends from all around the world

International Summer Programs Examples


Summer programs are popular among Korean universities, and you should check more if the programs mentioned above don't suit you.

Eligibility

Students attending overseas universities for undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible for summer programs. You could start your semester in some universities the following fall, but you must still be accepted before applying to summer school.

Required Documents

Application Documents
ID photo 
Copy of College or University Enrollment Certification or Transcript (GPA must be shown on the transcript)
Copy of Passport Bio-Page
Copy of Overseas Traveler's Insurance
*Additional documents may be requested by a university

VisaIf you need a visa, summer school programs can help you with D-2-8 (Short-term Student Visa). Check with the university if you need to submit additional documents to obtain this visa.FeesThe fees mentioned below may vary depending on the university.

Application Fee

(Non-refundable): 100,000KRW (approx. 80USD)

Tuition (Regular)

  • 1 Course 1,500,000KRW (approx. 1,220USD)
  • 2 Courses 2,600,000KRW (approx. 2,100USD)
  • 3 Courses 3,200,000KRW (approx. 2,600USD)Field Trip (Optional): 250,000KRW (approx. 200USD)

Scholarships

The hosting university, their partner university, or a foundation may provide summer school scholarships. You need to check with your university if they partner with universities in Korea and if scholarships are available.

Hosting universities usually have early bird discounts; deadlines depend, but you get a discount if you pay by the end of March for the following summer.

Living Arrangements

One of the options for your living arrangement during a summer program in on-campus dorms. The pricing depends on the chosen university but could be up to 900,000KRW (approx. 730USD) for a single room and 500,000KRW (approx. 400USD) for a double.

Courses

Summer programs divisions usually include but are not limited to:

  • Arts & Music
  • Business & Economics
  • East Asian Studies
  • Humanities
  • Social Science
  • Science & Engineering

Schedule

PeriodClass Hours
19:00 ~ 11:30
212:30 ~ 15:00
315:30 ~ 18:00

Cultural Activities

Summer programs are a mix of academic hours and cultural adventures. All programs include field trips and masterclasses on different topics. One day you may be near DMZ (Korean Demilitarized Zone), and the next - cooking kimchi with your class.

Field trip examples from Ewha Summer College:

  • HYBE Insight
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Lotte Tower
  • Making Korean Food
  • K-Pop Dance
  • Temple Stay

Internships

In addition to courses, you can enroll in an unpaid internship with one of the companies in Korea. This opportunity is available for all summer program students enrolled in at least one course.

Internship details vary and depend on the university's connection to industries. It usually lasts for 2-3 weeks and isn't worth academic credits, but you will get the certificate of completion.

Korean Language Courses Guideline [non-degree courses]
This comprehensive guide has been created to assist potential international students or expats interested in learning the Korean language or considering higher studies in Korea.The guidelines stress the importance of preliminary language courses before opting for full degree programs. We highlight t…
Get a guideline with all Korean courses and summer schools in Korean universities!

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