Harvard Summer Program in Seoul, Korea

Korean culture and language study in the South Korean capital

Faculty: Paul Yunsik Chang, Sang-suk Oh, and Young Shik David Chung

In this program, we examine Korea’s contemporary and historical place in the world through the lenses of cinema and culture, combined with practical training in documentary filmmaking.

This course is balanced with multitrack instruction in Korean language.

Course of study

KORE S-Ba Study Abroad in Korea: Elementary Korean (32194)

Sang-suk Oh
(4 credits: UN, GR) Limited enrollment.

This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of Korean. The objective of the course is to equip students with communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at a basic level. Students learn how to express simple ideas such as identities, locations, time, daily activities, weekend plans, and desires; combine simple ideas in a variety of ways; and become familiar with various aspects of Korean culture, history, and daily life.

Prerequisite: none.

KORE S-120a Study Abroad in Korea: Intermediate Korean (32195)

Sang-suk Oh
(4 credits: UN, GR) Limited enrollment.

KORE S-120a is designed for students who have already taken elementary Korean (Ba and Bb) or students who have an equivalent proficiency level. This course aims to increase their ability to communicate in Korean in a wide range of daily life situations with an equal focus on expanding their knowledge of the fundamental grammar of Korean. Students are introduced to reading materials of increasing complexity on a variety of topics in modern Korean society and culture.

KORE S-130a Study Abroad in Korea: Pre-Advanced Korean (32646)

Sang-suk Oh
(4 credits: UN, GR) Limited enrollment.

KORE S-130a is the first half of the pre-advanced course and is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Korean 120 or have the equivalent proficiency level. Students consolidate previously learned grammatical patterns and vocabulary through written and audio-visual materials on a variety of topics. Emphasis is placed on developing abilities to present opinions and elaborate on ideas through discussion and writing. Chinese characters are introduced in this course.

KORE S-140a Study Abroad in Korea: Advanced Korean (32196)

Sang-suk Oh
(4 credits: UN, GR) Limited enrollment.

KORE S-140a is designed to provide students with greater reading skills and socio-cultural knowledge of Korean beyond the high-intermediate level. They develop skills in reading authentic materials from contemporary Korean media and fiction, and aural comprehension of contemporary television documentaries, news, and drama with decreased reliance on pedagogical aids. The course also aims to enhance their speaking and writing skills to discuss various issues of modern Korean society and culture.

KORE S-150a Study Abroad in Korea: High-Advanced Korean (32642)

Sang-suk Oh
(4 credits: UN, GR) Limited enrollment.

KORE S-150a is designed to provide students with advanced reading and speaking skills beyond KORE S-140. The goal is to equip students with a superior proficiency level, via in-depth reading and discussion. Various prominent issues in modern Korean society and culture are the topics for the reading, discussion, and writing activities.

VISU S-193 Study Abroad in Korea: Cinema Korea—Documenting Korean Society Through Film (32945)

Paul Yunsik Chang Young Shik David Chung
(4 credits: UN, GR) Limited enrollment.

This course combines a critical and practical introduction to filmmaking, interweaving the close study of films about Korean society with basic training in the essential stages of film production. In an intensive five weeks we explore different ways that the cinema can engage major and influential social change in Korean society, both by studying and making films that creatively interpret the nation's past. We explore a range of different theoretical and historical approaches to filmmaking, guided by weekly screenings and close discussion of films, both fiction and documentary, that interpret events with a shaping impact on contemporary Korean society. Practical instruction in digital filmmaking further structures and defines this course through weekly instructional sessions focused on the basics of camera operation, editing, sound and post-production. Working in teams students produce, as their final and mid-term projects, short films expanding on the notion of the cinema as a tool for creatively engaging with society as a malleable and at times quite eccentric form of storytelling.

Several larger questions inspire the critical and practical objectives of this class. What does cinematic form and narrative uniquely bring to the exploration of Korean society? How is our understanding of society different when seen through the lens of the cinema, whether as a film-viewer or filmmaker? How does Korea's especially turbulent history lend itself to cinema? And how has film traditionally represented and explored Korean society? At the center of the class will be guided class excursions to key sites in Seoul and also to historically significant regions of South Korea, journeys of discovery where students' newly learned filmmaking skills are immediately tested. Throughout the class visits by historians, filmmakers, and artists versed in traditional Korean arts provide unique encounters with different authoritative and authentic voices on Korean society as an interpretative field.

Course credit

See Study Abroad Credit Information.

Faculty

Paul Yunsik Chang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Sang-suk Oh, PhD, Senior Preceptor in Korean and Director of the Korean Language Program, Harvard University
Young Shik David Chung, MFA, Professor, School of Art & Design and Core Faculty, Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan

Application

Before applying, review the Admission and Policies and FAQs pages.

The application period is now closed.

Students must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student in good academic standing to apply.

The application materials, outlined below, are due January 30, 2014:

  • A completed online application that includes:
    • A $50 nonrefundable application fee
    • A statement of interest in the program, including information on relevant coursework and travel experience abroad (previous travel is not a prerequisite)
    • Transcripts (student record accepted for Harvard students

Students will be notified of admission decisions by mid-February.

Cost

There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The cost of the program is $7,000 and includes the following:

  • Tuition
  • Room and some meals
  • All scheduled excursions and extracurricular activities

In addition to the program fee, students are responsible for:

  • Textbooks
  • A health insurance fee (waived if students have US insurance that provides coverage outside the United States)
  • Transportation to and from Seoul
  • The cost of passports and visas (if the latter is needed)
  • Any immunizations

Suggested budget

See a sample budget for estimated expenses.

How to pay and funding options

See Payment and Funding for payment deadlines, deposit amounts, and more information, including funding options for Harvard College students.

Accommodations

Students stay in coed dormitories at a university in Seoul. All rooms are doubles and include breakfast.

Additional information

Contact Catherine Glover, cglover@fas.harvard.edu.

Information Session

November 6, 4 pm
CGIS, room S250

Students with disabilities

Students should contact the disability services coordinator as soon as possible. See Students with Disabilities for more information.