Harvard Summer Program in Seoul, Korea
Explore modern Korean culture and history through its groundbreaking cinema.
Seoul provides a stunning venue for you to explore the distinctive features of Korean culture, history, and art through the lens of cinema. You also study Korean language, with courses offered from the beginning through advanced levels.
Seoul information session
Learn more about this program and ask questions. The session takes place Tuesday, November 15 from 4 to 5 pm at S250, CGIS South.
You take one one language course (levels may be revised as needed, upon acceptance) and one course that offers an introduction to filmmaking and a critical overview of Korean culture. Classes take place at a major university in Seoul and are combined with frequent excursions throughout the city.
This program counts as two semester-long courses (4 credits each) of degree credit. KORE S-Ba can be counted as 4 credits toward the foreign language requirement. No prerequisites required.
KORE S-BA Study Abroad in Korea: Elementary Korean (32194)
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.
KORE S-120A Study Abroad in Korea: Intermediate Korean (32195)
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)
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)
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)
KORE S-150a is designed to provide students with advanced reading and speaking skills beyond KORE S-140a. 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-192 Study Abroad in Seoul, Korea: Korea Reborn—Postwar Korea as Seen Through Film (33798)
As Korea emerged from the Korean War (1950-1953), artists, writers, and film directors began to address the effects of the nation's recovery and rapid modernization. Through periods of dictatorship and democracy, Korean filmmakers produced memorable and powerful narratives. Through classroom discussion, weekly screenings of films, and visits by guest speakers, this course examines the cultural ramifications of Korea's social, economic, and political shifts since the mid-twentieth century and their effects on contemporary society as seen through film.
Where You Live and Study
Seoul is a rapidly changing capital that provides a stunning venue for exploring distinctive features of Korean culture, present and past.
You stay in coed dormitories at a university in Seoul. All rooms are doubles and include breakfast.
How to Apply
Review How to Apply before submitting your application.
Application materials include:
- A statement of interest in the program
- Include information on relevant coursework and travel experience abroad (previous travel is not required)
- Harvard College applicants: You may submit an unofficial transcript accessed from my.harvard.edu
- Non-Harvard applicants: Submit an official transcript from your university
- A $50 nonrefundable application fee
Note: Interviews may be requested.
The program fee includes tuition, accommodation, scheduled excursions and activities, and some meals.
See Funding and Payment for information on how to submit payments and funding options.
In addition to the program fee, you will need to budget for a number of personal expenses:
- International airfare ($1,600 to $2,000)
- Local transportation ($100)
- Some meals ($1,500)
- Course materials ($200)
- Art, lab, external hard drive, or other course supplies ($150)
- Personal excursions and gifts ($200)
- Emergency cash ($250)
- Personal expenditures, laundry, communications, and miscellaneous ($300)
Please note: The amounts are approximate, and you may incur additional expenses not listed here. Your actual expenses will depend on a number of factors, including your personal spending habits and currency exchange rates. If you have specific questions about budgeting, please contact the program directly.
- David Chung, MFA, Professor, School of Art & Design and Core Faculty, Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan
- Hi-Sun Helen Kim, PhD, Director of the Korean Language Program and Senior Preceptor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University