June 30 – August 6, 2014
This six-week program offers students an opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious schools in the world, Seoul National University, and to experience Korea, the Land of the Morning Calm. Seoul is the most wired city in the world with the highest internet connection speed, home to the headquarters of numerous global brands, and a rising entertainment center and the origin of a new pop culture known as K-pop.
The Summer Study Abroad at Seoul National University program is open to all undergraduate students – liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, and nursing. Students will take two 3-credit courses at Seoul National University, and engage in cultural immersion activities in and outside Seoul. A wide variety of unique courses are available. (See the Course Offerings section below.)
Dr. Q Chung, Professor of Information Systems in the Villanova School of Business, will be the Faculty Program Coordinator. A native of Seoul, Dr. Chung will be traveling with the students, available throughout the program, and will lead the cultural immersion activities.
Below is a tentative list of course offerings. Students are required to enroll in two 3-credit courses for a total of 6 VU credits. Students will work with Dr. Chung to ensure that the courses which they have selected will be awarded VU credit. This will take place when students have their application interview.
*All courses are worth 3 VU credits unless otherwise noted. Students may not repeat courses which they have already taken at VU. Please speak with the coordinator with questions related to course selection.
East Asian Studies
East Asia: Past and Present = HIS4320: Modern East Asia
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Chemistry = For VSB students: CHM1050;
South Korean Studies
Culture and Society of Korea
VSB 3500: Doing Business in Korea - Only open to non-VSB students
Language of instruction is English, and there is no language requirement. However, students who are interested in sharpening their Korean language skills may choose a Korean language class at an appropriate proficiency level, in addition to the two regular courses.
These optional, two-credit courses may be chosen upon arrival.
Students may incur an additional cost for these optional two-credit courses.
Students will be placed in on-campus dorms at Seoul National University with double occupancy, and the cost of housing is included in the tuition. Cost of meals is very reasonable and there are numerous on- and off-campus dining options available, and therefore the cost of meals is not included in the tuition.
Once the SNU summer session ends in late July, students will participate in cultural immersion activities. They include:
These cultural immersion activities are a mandatory component of the Summer Study Abroad at Seoul National University program, and the cost is included in the tuition.
During the summer session, Seoul National University also offers optional field trips over three weekends.
Dr. Q Chung
Department of Accountancy & Information Systems
Villanova School of Business
Bartley Hall 3089
Applications are due no later than April 1, 2014; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.
Includes tuition (to take up to 8 credits including a 2-credit Korean language course--2 cr. Korean course will not yield VU credit), on-campus housing, and cultural immersion activities.
For students who can commute without on-campus housing, there is a $800 discount. The round trip air fare, meals, textbooks, optional field trips, and personal expenses are not included.
- The Faculty Program Coordinator will designate a travel agent to handle an optional (though highly encouraged) group flight.
June 30, 2014: Students arrive at SNU
July 2, 2014: Orientation
July 3, 2014: Summer session begins
August 6, 2014: Summer session ends
August 7-8, 2014: Cultural immersion activities
August 9, 2014: Students depart Seoul for USA
Language, Culture, and Internship in Chile
San Jose, Costa Rica:
Cancelled for 2014
The Costa Rica Experience: Social Stewardship & Cultural Immersion
Prague, Czech Republic:
Politics, Culture, and Society in Prague
Ancient Egyptian Archaeology
Intensive French Language & Culture
Cape Coast, Ghana:
Critical Reflections on Communication
Athens & Greek Isles, Greece:
Rhetoric & Performance in Ancient Greece
Irish Studies Program
Florence & Urbino, Italy:
Intensive Italian Language & Culture
The International Ambassadors Program
International Studies & Global Practicum
San Gimignano & Siena, Italy:
Architecture & Augustine
Italian Art, History, Religion & Culture
Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia:
Russian Society & Culture
Human Rights, Genocide and Reconciliation
Seoul, South Korea
New for 2014!
Summer Study at Seoul National University
Intensive Spanish Language & Culture
Studies in International Business & Internship Program
Now accepting applications! Deadline for summer applications is April 1, 2014. Please note: programs are based on rolling admissions and may fill prior to the stated deadlines. In addition, some programs have deadlines earlier than April 1. Check individual program website for any additional application requirements.