Program Details

Explore themes of peace and conflict resolution while experiencing the distinct blend of modern K-pop culture and ancient traditions in South Korea.
Seoul, Korea
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:

Begin your journey through South Korea’s past and present with peacebuilding workshops and cultural immersion in Seoul, a leading and modern global city. Hands-on workshops will broaden your understanding of conflict analysis and introduce skills for peace advocacy in any community. Learn some new moves during a K-pop dance class in the breakdancing capital of the world.

Travel to diverse regions to gain new perspectives on typical life in South Korea as you explore topics of peace and development. Interact with Korean youth to discuss peace on the peninsula and learn about youth culture and perspectives, from daily life to Reunification. Engage with local activists and develop peace sensitivity while sharing your thoughts with your peers and local students. You will deepen your knowledge of Korea’s socio-political development by visiting places of great historical importance such as the 14th-century royal palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, the War Memorial and National Museum in Seoul, and the Dorasan Station and observatory in the DMZ. Take basic Korean language classes and, throughout the program, immerse yourself in contemporary life and K-culture. Go from modern to ancient as you spend the night in a Buddhist temple where you will learn about religious traditions and the art of meditation alongside Buddhist monks.

Experience daily life with a Korean family during your homestay and experience the joy of trying out different flavor combinations during dinner, which can be something of a feast. Complete a community service project alongside Korean students. Return to Seoul to visit cultural sites such as Seoul Tower, enjoy a traditional theater performance, and reflect on your journey with your group.

Setting Description:
Throughout the program, you are immersed in South Korean contemporary life and culture. Following the multiday orientation in Seoul—the country’s political, economic, and cultural center—live with a Korean host family in Jeonju, participating in their daily activities. Learn about religious traditions and the art of meditation alongside Buddhist monks during the program’s temple stay. Near the end of the program, experience the beautiful landscapes, coastal towns, and national parks of mountainous Gangwon province during an exploration of the country’s northeast.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
For summer 2020, we will offer merit-based partial scholarships to students who live in the Florida Keys, the Houston, TX metro area, the Seattle, WA metro area, and the Washington, DC metro area. Email for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 3 Reviews

  • Great Experience
    I will never forget this amazing trip. From wearing traditional clothes to dancing modern K-pop. I am so glad I was able to participate, and am now looking for more opportunities to learn and better myself.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Wonderful Time

    The South Korea program was such an exciting trip and experience. The culture in the country is something I have never experienced. To learn about how this small country went from being so poor to now thriving and a technologically advanced was mind

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An Unforgettable Experience

    My experience in Korea over this summer was just a magnificent experience. This program was filled with amazing peers, great leaders, and an incredibly humorous in-country leader. Each stay was so unique in its own way, so that we were able to experience

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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