The CIEE Summer Korean Studies program gives students an immersive experience in Seoul, South Korea's cultural and educational heart, as well as its political and economic epicenter. The CIEE Study Center is based at Yonsei University, one of the most prestigious private institutions of higher education in Korea. Founded in 1885, the school has 18 graduate schools, 21 colleges, and a student population of over 30,000, which includes more than 1,000 international students from 20 countries. The University is located less than 20 minutes from downtown Seoul on a large sprawling campus that is hilly and forested. A full range of sporting facilities, including a fitness center, swimming pool, gymnasium, and basketball and tennis courts, are available.
In addition to the academic coursework, CIEE will also organize several cultural activities and field trips which complement what students learn in the classroom. Previous activities and field trips have included visits to Korean organizations, museums, temples, historical sites, a trip to the DMZ and more. Non-credit activity courses are offered on Friday mornings during the program and include hip-hop dance, taekwondo, danso (bamboo flute), kumdo (traditional martial art), and samulnori (Korean percussion music).
Situated on the Han River, densely populated Seoul is the capital and largest city in South Korea. This vibrant business and financial hub and cultural center is home to more than 100 museums, numerous religious monuments, parks and surrounding mountains, markets, festivals, sports teams, and tourist attractions including the Gyeongbok and Changdeok palaces. And that’s just the start.
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.
Search the Yonsei course catalog to find courses available to study abroad students. Course offerings change from year to year and are listed, typically along with syllabi, on the Yonsei website. Students are advised to remain flexible in their course selection as some classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Students should have course alternatives should they not get their first choice.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Seoul Course Equivalency List. Students must complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program. Korean and Korean American students are eligible to apply for this program.
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by CIEE and is included in the program fee. You will live with other international or CIEE students in the SK Global House dormitory located on campus near the CIEE Study Center. Meals are not included and you will be responsible for providing your own meals. Meals can be purchased at the food court attached to the dorm, other on-campus cafeterias, restaurants, or snack bars. The dorms also provide kitchens for student use.
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 theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
CIEE has generously provided scholarships for specific programs. These funds are intended for students who, for financial reasons, may not otherwise be able to participate on a CIEE program.
Scholarships for the summer 2017 will be issued for $500 or $1,000 per student, all students applying to CIEE programs are eligible but preference will be given to students applying to the programs listed. There is no application for this scholarship, and the University Office of Global Programs will notify scholarship recipients via email. Eligibility for theses scholarships vary, but students must study abroad in the determined semester and location, in addition to being a full-time degree seeking Penn State undergraduate student and establishing financial need. Applicants must also be a United States citizen/permanent resident and have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Office of Student Aid. Financial need is established via the FAFSA on file with Penn State. Scholarships are not guaranteed and will be competitive.
Scholarships for the summer 2018 will be issued for $500 or $1,000 per student, all students applying to CIEE programs are eligible but preference will be given to students applying to the programs listed. There is no application for this scholarship, and the University Office of Global Programs will notify scholarship recipients via email. Eligibility for theses scholarships vary, but students must study abroad in the determined semester and location, in addition to being a full-time degree seeking Penn State undergraduate student and establishing financial need. Applicants must also be a United States citizen/permanent resident and have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Office of Student Aid. Financial need is established via the FAFSA on file with Penn State. Scholarships are not guaranteed and will be competitive.
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.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights 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
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
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.