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Overview of Study Abroad Programs in South Korea

The enchanting, small country of South Korea offers you a broad spectrum of benefits when you choose to study here. This East Asian country, which borders North Korea, is known to produce world-class graduates and researchers. Take advantage of South Korea’s generous investment in research and development when you study at one of its institutions.

Thanks to this innovation and technological progress, South Korea has become one of the most prosperous countries in the world. When you study here, at the home of Samsung and LG, you will benefit by learning from top-ranked faculty members in state-of-the-art educational institutions.

Improve your qualifications and access to outstanding career possibilities by studying in South Korea, all while immersing yourself in its ever-changing street life, food and culture.

WHY STUDY IN SOUTH KOREA

South Korea has a low crime rate, with Seoul being one of the safest cities in the world, so you can relax and focus on your studies and on absorbing the sights and sounds of this intriguing place. Immerse yourself in the vibrant growth of the Korean Wave, which has seen South Korea pop culture become globally influential, particularly in music (K-pop) and TV dramas (K-dramas). Expand your palate with the delicious Korean food on offer, from high-end ramen noodle bars to melt-in-your-mouth dumplings from a street food vendor.

With South Korea’s unique culture, ancient history and neon-lit modern day vibrancy, your study abroad experience here will open your eyes to a whole new range of exciting experiences that will boost your resume for future career opportunities.

HIGHLIGHTS OF STUDYING IN SOUTH KOREA

Here are just a few of the best things about studying in South Korea:

  • With a dense, high-speed rail network, you can travel with ease and discover this unique country
  • Koreans are known for their friendly and polite attitude, so work on building your global network and learning Korean at the same time
  • Convenience is highly prized, with stores open 24 hours and fast delivery, so that you can get whatever you need, when you need it
  • South Korean universities host music festivals where you can experience a live show by well known K-pop artists

Our Study Abroad Programs

Browse all of our opportunities to study in South Korea below. If you can’t find a suitable program, check out our main program finder to continue your study abroad search beyond South Korea.

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South Korea

Summer Study in Seoul, South Korea

The vibrant mega-city of Seoul, South Korea teems with an infectious culture of politeness, cleanliness, and unique culinary scenes. Now through World Endeavors, you can experience all of the best parts of Seoul in the warmth of a summer month.

Summer Study in Seoul, South Korea

You’ll study at the 8th best university in South Korea at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS). Part of an international cohort for 4 weeks, you’ll feel comfortable learning about Korean culture and language with other students from abroad. This is one of the best short term programs to see South Korea available. You’ll be able to choose from 1 of 3 courses:

  • Korean Language
  • Korean Popular Culture & Media
  • Asian & Korean Economics 

Session Dates

  • July 18 – August 14, 2024

Cost: $3,850

Fill out a brief application form to get in touch with an advisor to help you start planning your summer in Seoul today!

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Study in Busan, South Korea (Dong-A University)

As Korean culture and business soars into global recognition, more students and travelers are taking flight to experience this beautiful country. Busan is one of those cities that adds to Korea’s lore of incredible vistas and a vibrant city life.

Study in Busan, South Korea (Dong-A University)

As Korean culture and business soars into global recognition, more students and travelers are taking flight to experience this beautiful country. Busan is one of those cities that adds to Korea’s lore of incredible vistas and a vibrant city life. Seaside and typically warmer than Seoul, Busan is the top tourist destination within Korea. The World Endeavors study abroad program in Busan, South Korea is held at Dong-A University, which has been listed in the top 1000 universities in the world. With multiple campuses across Busan and a healthy mix of national and international students, you’ll be set up for easy exploration and the opportunity to make lifelong global friends.

Location

About Busan

Busan is a trendy, relaxed city that’s perfect for anyone seeking a unique study abroad experience. Combining majestic mountains, glittering beaches, rich seafood markets and bustling nightlife, Busan will capture your heart as you study abroad at Dong-A University. The main campus is located at the base of Seunghaksan Mountain and overlooks the rainbow buildings of Gamcheon Cultural Village, all within walking distance of the ocean.

About Seoul

Seoul is the beating heart of South Korea. A bustling metropolis overflowing with energy and culture, travelers are spoiled for choice when visiting this breathtaking gem of a city. Notoriously tourist-friendly, Seoul boasts streets that are peaceful and exceptionally safe, signs in public areas are often in English and Korean, and public transportation both around the city and across the country is punctual and pristine.

Dates & costs

Our study abroad programs dates vary based on the particular university you’ll be placed in and the costs vary based on how long you intend to study as well as what your course load will be.

To learn more about the costs and dates available, please select an individual study abroad program from the list above, or Request a Call and one of our team members will get in contact with you.

Semester Study in South Korea - Seoul (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) | $13,600
Semester Study in South Korea - Busan (Dong-A University) | $13,600

Eligibility

  • World Endeavors study abroad participants should be 18 years or older (in most cases).
  • Have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the start of their program.
  • Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.
  • Must have completed high school (or equivalent)
  • While some programs have minimum GPA requirements and require that applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university, others are open to all participants regardless of age or student status.

See individual study abroad program pages for more details, or contact a World Endeavors advisor.

Housing

There are multiple housing options when studying at HUFS. On-Campus and nearby campus housing is an option for students where rooms will range from single, double or triple occupancy dormitories or shared flats. All dormitories are located in close walking proximity to campus. Free wifi is provided along with access to a laundry and study room via a key card system.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.

YOUR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world

TEAM OF EXPERTS

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

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports

ACADEMIC CREDIT

  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad

PEACE OF MIND

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

HEALTH & SAFETY

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.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN SOUTH KOREA

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.

How to choose the best Study Abroad program

Selecting the perfect study abroad program can be easy! Follow these steps to find the program that will help you achieve your goals.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

Studying abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your academic interests in an international context! Use our Program Finder tool to search by field of study and take classes toward your major.

Choose Your Dream Destination 

Combine education and exploration of your dream destination! Evaluate which program countries align with your interests and academic objectives.

Improve your Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit Your Budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

The Time is Right

Explore programs offered in just the right window of opportunity. We offer semesters in the fall or spring, full academic year programs, or shorter summer study programs.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.

SEARCH

Academic Credit

World Endeavors study abroad programs take place at top accredited universities and schools around the world. World Endeavors program advisors assist students with the process of credit approvals, transcripts, and credit transfers. We work with students’ academic advisors and universities to ensure that the process goes smoothly, allowing students to focus on the cultural and academic experience of studying abroad.

Have a specific course or requirement to fill? Contact a World Endeavors advisor to see what programs will be the best fit.

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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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Our Top Study Abroad Destinations

World Endeavors offers study abroad programs in several destinations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Our programs are located in a variety of sites, including urban and rural, English-speaking and non-English speaking. Semester, year-long, and summer programs are all available. Our wide range of options means you can find the program which is just right for you.

How to apply for a Study Abroad Program

You’ve decided to study abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. Get ready to CHANGE YOUR WORLD!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
START YOUR ADVENTURE!

You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready to study and explore like never before!