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What to expect in South Korea

Choosing to study in this enchanting, small country of South Korea offers you a broad spectrum of benefits. This East Asian country, which borders North Korea, is known for its innovation and technological progress and has become one of the most prosperous countries in the world. With one of the lowest crime rates in the world, and a seamless public transportation system, South Korea is an easy country to explore.

Deepen your cultural intelligence in this country that, in spite of its modernity, revolves around traditional customs and values like speaking politely to elders or waiting for someone higher in status to eat first before joining in.

Visit some of the many beautiful attractions, like the Seoraksan National Park with its pine forests, mountain peaks and lake vistas or Andong, the 2000-year-old center of Korean spiritual culture with its preserved folk village and restaurants serving traditional dishes.

Where do we operate programs in South Korea

What type of programs can you do in South Korea


The enchanting, small country of South Korea offers you a broad spectrum of benefits when you choose to study here.


Every World Endeavors Program Includes

Our international programs are intentionally curated to be comprehensive, and include all that you need to succeed and stay safe abroad.


  • Customized to match your interests and goals
  • Year-round program availability and start dates
  • Flexible durations


  • Variety of options depending on program type – host family, shared apartment/house, student residence
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind


  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator


  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance


  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support


  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network


When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.


South Korea is a captivating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge modernity. Here are some recommended activities and places to check out in your spare time:

  • Go to Namsan Seoul Tower: For a panoramic view of Seoul, trek up or take a cable car to Namsan Seoul Tower, especially beautiful during the evening.
  • Visit Palaces in Seoul: Explore historical sites such as Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces. Don’t miss the changing of the guard ceremonies.
  • Try Korean BBQ: Taste Samgyeopsal (pork belly) or Galbi (marinated beef ribs) at local BBQ places.
  • Explore Traditional Villages: Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul and Jeonju Hanok Village in Jeonju offer a glimpse into traditional Korean life.

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JenniferStudy in Spain

My advisor at World Endeavors was absolutely excellent! Her expertise and delightful people skills were exactly what sealed the deal, making World Endeavors my final decision for study abroad.

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I went into it having high expectations and everything was completely fulfilled. I learned a lot - it was amazing.

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I have to say that what I remember, as much as Thailand's delicious colors and flavours, are the people I crossed paths with – the other students who became such good friends, and the local Thais who showed me such kindness. And of course the food. I still dream of the food.

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Absolutely amazing. I learned so many new things I had never learned before and I'm still in touch with my host family.

South Korea FAQs

Is South Korea safe?

Although petty crimes in busy areas exist, South Korea is a safe destination with low crime rates. While there’s ongoing tension with North Korea, daily life is stable. The country’s robust healthcare system effectively managed COVID-19. Visitors should be aware of local customs and watchful in traffic. It’s wise to consult recent travel advisories before planning a trip.

How big is South Korea?

South Korea, located on the Korean Peninsula, covers an area of approximately 100,210 square kilometers (38,690 square miles). It’s roughly similar in size to the U.S. state of Indiana or the country of Hungary. Despite its relatively compact size, South Korea boasts a diverse landscape ranging from mountainous terrains to coastal plains, and it’s home to a population of over 50 million people.

What type of government does South Korea have?

South Korea is a democratic republic with three branches: executive, legislative, and judiciary. The President, elected through direct popular vote for a single five-year term, acts as both head of state and government. The National Assembly represents the legislative arm, while the Constitutional Court stands at the pinnacle of the judicial system. The President cannot be re-elected for a consecutive term.

Do I need a visa to travel to South Korea?

Whether you require a visa for South Korea depends on your nationality and the visit’s purpose and length. Many races have visa-free access for short stays (usually up to 90 days) for tourism or business. A visa might be needed for extended stays or specific purposes like work or study. Always consult the latest guidelines and contact the World Endeavors team for advice before planning your trip.

What is the capital of South Korea?

The capital of South Korea is Seoul. Nestled along the Han River in the northwest, Seoul stands as the nation’s political, economic, and cultural epicenter. A blend of ancient heritage and contemporary marvels, the city boasts historical sites like palaces and temples alongside cutting-edge skyscrapers. As a global metropolis, Seoul symbolizes South Korea’s remarkable evolution and modern achievements.

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