The Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the surrounding area is a region of growing economic and geopolitical importance to the U.S. and the world. South Korea is now the United States seventh-largest trading partner and is the 13th-largest economy in the world. Experience the phenomenon first-hand through the UW-Eau Claire summer exchange with Ajou University!
Ajou University hosts an International Summer Schools that welcomes students from around the world to study Korean language and culture as well as business. All courses are taught in English and participants come from all parts of the world (1/3 from the U.S., 1/3 from Europe, and 1/3 from the Asia-Pacific region). To learn more, click here.
South Korea faces China to the west across the Yellow Sea and Japan to the east across the Strait of Korea. Ajou University is located in Suwon, a city of approximately 1 million people. Suwon is located in northwestern South Korea and is only a half-hour drive from Seoul, the capital.
HOUSING & MEALS
You will live on campus in Hwahong Hall. You can choose between two-person or four-person rooms. Each room is equipped with internet access that allows you to connect to Ajou's on-line system. Bathroom/shower and kitchen facilities are shared. You can purchase meal tickets to eat at the student cafeteria and/or cook your own food in the kitchen on your floor.
Students will take a course on Korean culture and choose between a number of courses in Korean Studies. To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - South Korea .
Below you will find more information on program costs: Summer 2016
- Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
- Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
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In addition to the formal orientation at the beginning of the program, there are welcome and farewell receptions hosted by the Office of International Affairs where you can meet other students, faculty, and staff. The International Office also plans a number of free social activities such as Korean movie night and cooking Korean food. You will all participate in the weekly Korean Culture Workshop. The Workshop provides on-going orientation throughout your time at Ajou University as well as many activities such as taekwondo, K-pop dance lessons, ceramics, calligraphy, and visits to local points of interest and global companies.
While the South Korea program is only six weeks, it's hard to sum up everything that has happened. Really, by the end of the trip it'll have felt like a year or more with all of the close relationships you've forged, the amazing sights you've seen on a weekly basis, the constant urge to explore around town and do things that would otherwise be normal but in a new country with new people surrounded by a completely different language and culture are exciting and fresh.... Suwon is easy to navigate and has plenty of places to try eating (ox kneecaps are better than they sound), Ajou campus is full of trees and nice relaxing places to sit and study, the DMZ had a very ominous atmosphere, karaoke is always worth going to...there's so much to find and always at least someone else just as interested in the adventure.- Dan
EXPLORE SOUTH KOREA!
Upon arrival at Ajou University, you will have 1 day orientation followed by a 3-day field trip. In the past, the trip has been to Jeju Island (UNESCO Heritage Island in Korea). This allows you to not only experience beautiful Korean nature and culture but also build friendships with others on the program. During your field trip you have the chance to stay in a traditional-style Korean house and visit museums, temples, and the beach. Ajou also organizes a optional field trips that you can participate in for an additional fee. Past trips have included a tour of the DMZ (demilitarized zone between the two Koreas), Donggang River rafting, and a post-program tour of Busan and Geyongju.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.