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February 14, 2005

First Group of Students to Attend Summer School in South Korea

South Korea

The first group of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will attend the Ajou University International Summer School in Suwon, South Korea, this summer.

The six-week international summer program focuses on Korean/Asian studies and international business. All courses are taught in English.

Students also can choose from social sciences or humanities courses, as well as beginning or intermediate Korean language classes. The curriculum includes a Korean culture workshop including visits to historic sites such as a traditional folk village and the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) between North and South Korea. The workshop includes Korean arts such as calligraphy, pottery, music and tae kwon do.

"The Korean economy has been a leader among Asian economies," said Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education. "Anyone with an interest in being involved in Asian economics or business would benefit a great deal from this program."

UW-Eau Claire has hosted students from Ajou University, which is among Korea's top 10 universities, for several years, Markgraf said. "We're seeking to balance that exchange with this program for our students."

Markgraf said the program has special appeal for students who want to be involved in international business and for Korean Americans who want to reconnect with their roots or with family members.

UW-Eau Claire offers 26 study abroad programs in 17 countries. Three new summer programs are planned for next year. About 425 UW-Eau Claire students study abroad each year.

More information about the Korean program can be found by going to the Study Abroad Programs on the Center for International Education Website.

- UW-Eau Claire News Bureau