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