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  • Locations: Gyeongju, South Korea; Hiroshima, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Nara, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Johnna Weston
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Architecture, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Landscape Architecture
Program Description:
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Program Overview

This program is available to Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Graphic Design and Fine Arts students.
The Korea/Japan Summer Study Abroad Program for Design Majors is a six-week program that addresses two areas of study that are not available at the University Park campus: experiencing contemporary urban life in two of the world’s most populated cities (Tokyo and Seoul), and first hand exposure to non-western architectural traditions and construction technologies in East Asia. Program participants will see 4,000 years of cultural development in Japan and on the Korean peninsula, including extraordinary examples of Confucian, Buddhist, and Shinto inspired architecture; gardens, planning, and sustainable practices.
The first two weeks of the program are spent traveling extensively in Japan, touring seminal Japanese works of architecture, and engaging members of the Japanese Architectural community (3 credits). Then the program shifts to a four-week residency at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, where students will work with Penn State faculty in a studio environment that engages the urban context of the city (6 credits). This portion of the program is informed by a seminar on the history and characteristics of Korean architecture (3 credits), which includes weekend travel throughout the peninsula looking at significant works architecture and topogrpahy - both ancient and modern.
Independent Study or Special Topics in Japanese or Korean culture are welcome.

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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.

All students will take different sections of ARCH 499 for a total of 12 credits:

ARCH 499 (6 credits) Architecture Design Studio
ARCH 499 (3 credits) Japanese Studies in Architecture
ARCH 499 (3 credits) Korean Architecture, Ancient Origins to Avant Garde

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Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program. 

  • Students must have taken 1st, 2nd and 3rd year design studio courses prior to the summer program
  • Recommended: ARCH 317 - Theories of Modern Japanese Architecture

Housing and Meals

Students live in an on-campus dormitory at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) with four students of the same gender per suite. In Japan, students will reside in hotels and inns, arranged in advance by the faculty leader. Several meals will be provided during the study tour in Japan, but no meals are provided while studying in Seoul at SKKU. 

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.  

You may contact Katsu Muramoto or Marcus Shaffer, the faculty leaders for the program or
 you may schedule an appointment with Karyn Comeau, the education abroad adviser for programs in Asia.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlight of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2018


Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018
02/14/2018 06/12/2018 07/22/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in Japan. End date marks departure from program housing in Seoul.

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