Harvard Summer Program in Seoul, Korea
Learn Korean language and explore the richness of modern Korean culture and history.
Seoul provides a stunning venue for you to combine Korean language study with new insights into North Korea and rapidly changing developments on the Korean Peninsula.
You enroll in one language course (levels may be revised as needed upon acceptance) and one topic-based course. Classes take place at a major university in Seoul and are combined with frequent excursions throughout the city.
GOVT S-1763 Study Abroad in Korea: Thinking Out of the Black Box—Exploring New Insights into North Korea (34458)
The course's objective is to hone students' critical thinking skills by exploring new insights into North Korea through the lens of recent interviews with defectors. The course focuses on deepening ties between the Workers' Party of Korea and the Communist Party of China; increasing commercialization in the elite regime circle (the 1 percent) through state trading company activities and among the masses (the 99 percent) through black markets; and how financial sanctions actually bolster North Korean procurement networks. Possible framing activities may include a tour of the Demilitarized Zone and the Panmunjom Truce Village. The course also includes a component where students can apply critical thinking skills in assessing contemporary media coverage of North Korean defectors.
KORE S-BA Study Abroad in Korea: Elementary Korean I (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-BB Study Abroad in Korea: Elementary Korean II (34232)
KORE S-Bb is the second half of elementary Korean (continuation of KORE S-Ba) designed to continue providing beginners tools to solidify basic foundation in Korean language, structure, and culture. Building upon the skills they have established in the previous semester, this course focuses on the balanced development of the interpersonal (communicative), interpretative (reading and listening) and presentational (formal spoken and written) skills, as well as cultural competence.
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 120a and b, 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.
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 major university in Seoul. All rooms are doubles and include breakfast.
Early application is strongly encouraged. Each program has unique requirements included in the online application. Beginning your application early is the best way to ensure that you have sufficient time to review and complete the application requirements by the deadline.
A complete online application includes:
- Basic personal information
- A statement of interest
- Your most recent transcript
- Program-specific requirements (if applicable; may include letters of recommendation, audio or video submissions, etc.)
- A $75 application fee (per program)
Interviews may be requested at the discretion of the program.
If you have questions about the application, please contact the Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at (617) 998-9602.
Cost & Expenses
The program fee includes:
- Scheduled program activities
- Some meals (the program will provide further details)
You will also need to budget for a number of expenses not covered by the program fee. The amounts listed below for these out-of-pocket expenses are approximate, and you may incur additional expenses not noted here. Your actual expenses will depend on a number of factors, including personal spending habits and currency exchange rates.
- International airfare ($1,600 - $2,000)
- Ground transportation ($200)
- Meals ($1,500)
- Personal expenditures, communications, course materials, and miscellaneous ($700)
If you have specific questions about personal budgeting, please contact the program directly.
See Funding and Payment for information on how to submit payments and funding options.
Hi-Sun Helen Kim
- Hi-Sun Helen Kim, PhD, Director of the Korean Language Program and Senior Preceptor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
- John Park, PhD, Director, Korea Working Group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
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