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25 Study Abroad Programs in South Korea

Study Abroad in South Korea with ISA

Explore the beautiful country of South Korea with International Studies Abroad. Students may choose from a variety of courses taught in English alongside local students in the areas of Engineering, Business, Sciences, History, Fashion, Film and more. They will attend Seoul's Konkuk University, one of the country's top private educational institutions.

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
BestFriend Korean Language & Culture Center

Study Korean language in Seoul, South Korea. BestFriend Korean Language & Culture Center has a study program that focuses on basic, advanced, and business Korean language lessons. Students may also take subjects in Korean cuisine and culture, or participate in a Language Exchange with a Korean student partner. The program may be taken throughout the year and is open to worldwide participants.

University Studies Abroad Consortium

University Studies Abroad Consortium offers study programs in one of the top rated academic institutions in South Korea. Hosted by Yonsei University, ranked among the Top 200 World Universities, the program ensures that students get high-quality academic training. They also offer activities that let students engage in South Korea’s colorful culture.

Languages Abroad

This Languages Abroad international learning program is situated in the the colorful city of Seoul in South Korea. Participants study the Korean language and expand their understanding of Korean culture. Students can select from three program options, all of which provide them with a language proficiency certificate upon completion.

Asia Exchange

AE was founded to complement the available study abroad options so that free movers could study in Asia conveniently and affordably. AE has negotiated partner agreements with selected Asian universities.

CIEE

Designed to provide international students with cross-cultural training by offering a range of courses in various disciplines, the Korean Studies program, offered by the Council on International Educational Exchange, is available in South Korea every summer and academic year. The Arts and Sciences program starts every fall and spring semester. Explore South Korea society and discover how it bec...

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Spend the summer in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, on a study abroad program with Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. The program offers intensive Korean Language courses and East Studies courses, which are taught by some of the most prestigious faculty in the area. Throughout the courses participants study side-by-side with local students, and they are given the chance to experience...

The Gilman International Scholarship Program & Boren Awards

Travel to South Korea and study abroad. Gilman International Scholarship Programs and Boren Awards provide American students with the chance to become immersed in Korean culture and learn Korean, by awarding financial aid to individuals with good academic standing. Recipients of Gilman Scholarships are generally under represented in study abroad cohorts, while Boren Award Recipients frequently ...

See South Korea through our International Programs

Explore the culture of the South Korean capital of Seoul, while studying the local language in a study abroad program at Kyung Hee University. The university offers a four-week course on global governance under the Global Collaborative Summer Program. All international participants are provided with accommodations at a dormitory and supplemental cultural activities.

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Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, S. Korea

How to Study Abroad in South Korea

A Fascinating Nation

Study abroad in South Korea, land of technology and rich tradition, and you will be engulfed in a diverse culture full of ambition, independence, and certainty.

Geography & Demographics

The Republic of South Korea is located on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, fenced in by the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan. Around seventy percent of the country is mountainous. The climate is very cold and dry in the winter, and very hot and humid in the summer. While the language of study abroad programs will most likely be English, Korean is the main language of the country’s 48.87 million inhabitants.

Food & Culture

Korean cuisine often varies according to the season, so our taste of Korean cuisine will depend on the time of the year you’re studying abroad. South Korea has satisfying cuisine with a wide variety of flavors that hit every part of your palate. Kimchi refers to strongly pickled vegetables, traditionally cabbage, with a variety of seasoning, often spicy. Banchan are little side dishes made up of pickled vegetables, noodles or a variety of fish, which are placed in the middle of the table to be shared. Usually, meals consist of rice, soup, banchan, kimchi and a meat dish. Meat lovers will rejoice over pulgogi, Korean barbecue: thin slices of beef marinated with soy sauce, sesame oil, and other spices. 

The people of Korea have strong traditions of which they are very proud. The Gangneung Danoje Festival is the largest countrywide festival, held to pray for a good harvest. Music, dance, literature, drama, and handicrafts reflect the history and life of commoners. You will also be able to partake in a traditional tea ceremony, meant to help Koreans find relaxation and harmony in the fast-paced new Korean culture.

Things to Do

From the ancient tombs of Jisandong to the spectacular beaches of Songjeong, South Korea has so much to offer. Some of these amazing destinations might be added into your study abroad program as excursions — work with your program provider to figure out if and what excursions are included. Check out the Hwaseong Fortress located 30 miles south of Seoul and surrounding the center of Suwon. The fortress was built from 1794-1796 and stretches for about 3.5 miles. It is quite the sight to see! Also, if you enjoy shopping you can’t miss the Dongdaenum Night market. It is located in Jongno-gu, Seoul, and has more than 30,000 shops.

Studying in South Korea

If you like the hustle and bustle of big-city life, Seoul, the capital of South Korea, has several options for study abroad. In Seoul, top-notch institutions such as Seoul International University and Yonsei University offer courses in a variety of academic fields, including Asian studies. For a smaller city, check out Ajou University, located in Suwon and offering courses in business and social sciences. 

In order to study abroad in South Korea, you need an up-to-date and valid passport. If your study term is longer than 90 days, you are required to get a student visa for South Korea. You won’t need a visa if you are participating in a short-term study abroad program, and staying in the country for less than 90 days. Apply for your student visa through the Korean consulate.

Rachael VanDerWerff

Rachael graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. When she studied abroad in Jönköping, Sweden, she fell in love with the concept of international education. Upon her return she began working in the International Affairs Office at SDSU, helping students find the perfect study abroad program. Eventually she ventured out west, with her husband, to Colorado where she is now Operations Manager for GoAbroad.