Harvard Summer Program in Seoul, Korea

In light of the significant and prolonged uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Harvard Summer School is suspending the operation of our 2021 summer study abroad programs. For further travel resources, please visit the Harvard Global Support Services website and Harvard’s coronavirus website which is frequently updated and contains the latest announcements, guidance and resources. Students interested in related coursework for summer 2021 are encouraged to consider enrolling in a course at Harvard Summer School. Updated Summer course catalog information will be available at the end January 2021.


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.

Program Structure

Classes take place at Ewha Womans University in Seoul and are combined with frequent excursions throughout the city.

Virtual KI Undergraduate Summer Programs in Korea Information Session

Time: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 4 pm EST
(Please note that this session is only open to Harvard undergraduates. A Zoom link will be provided to those who register)


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. The program has no course prerequisites.

GOVT S-1763 Study Abroad in Korea: Thinking Out of the Box—Exploring New Insights into North Korea (34458)

John Park
4 credits
UN, GR Limited enrollment.

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-BB Study Abroad in Korea: Elementary Korean II (34232)

Hi-Sun Helen Kim
4 credits
UN, GR Limited enrollment.

KORE S-Bb is the second half of elementary Korean (continuation of KORE S-Ba) designed to continue providing beginners tools to solidify a 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-BA Study Abroad in Korea: Elementary Korean I (32194)

Hi-Sun Helen Kim
4 credits
UN, GR Limited enrollment.

This introductory course is designed to provide beginners with a solid foundation in modern Korean language and culture. It focuses on the balanced development of interpersonal (communicating), interpretive (listening and reading comprehension), and presentational (formal speech and writing) skills. Students begin by learning the complete Korean writing system (Hangul) and then focus on basic conversational skills and grammatical structures. In addition, students are exposed to everyday life contexts (for example, language use and culture) likely to be encountered in contemporary Korean society.

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

Hi-Sun Helen Kim
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)

Hi-Sun Helen Kim
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 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.

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

Hi-Sun Helen Kim
4 credits
UN, GR Limited enrollment.

This course is designed to provide students with greater reading skills and sociocultural 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.

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 Ewha Womans University in Seoul. Accommodations include breakfast.


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. 

You may apply to no more than two programs; if applying to two programs, you will be asked to rank your two applications in order of preference (first and second choice). Any applications submitted in excess of the maximum of two will be automatically withdrawn. You will be notified of your admissions status in each program by late February. 

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.)

Interviews may be requested at the discretion of the program.

Harvard College students applying for funding from the Office of Career Services (OCS): Please note that the OCS funding application is separate. OCS funding awards are tied to a specific program, and cannot be transferred to another program.

If you have questions about the application, please contact the Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Office by email at summerabroad@summer.harvard.edu, or by telephone at (617) 998-9602.

Cost & Expenses

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodations
  • 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. Note that for 2021, expense categories--especially airfare--may be subject to significant fluctuations.

  • 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.

Additional Information