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SOEUL, SOUTH KOREA
Sogang University is located in downtown Seoul, a metropolis of 11 million people. With one of the largest populations in the world, South Korea's capital is the center of economic, political and cultural activities. Seoul has been a major settlement for over 2,000 years, with its foundation dating back to 18 B.C. when Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, established its capital in what is now south-east Seoul. It continued as the capital of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire. Today, Seoul is considered to be a leading global city, ranking among the top ten global cities in the Global Cities Index of 2010. It is one of the world's top ten financial and commercial centers, home to major multinational conglomerates such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai-Kia. In 2008, Seoul was named the world's sixth most economically powerful city by Forbes.
With many courses now taught in English, exchange students can find enough courses they can take. This past year, about 25% of the courses were taught in English. In some disciplines, such as economics or business, the percentage is about 30%. The objective is to offer up to about 50% of courses in English in the next three or four years. Korean language proficiency is not needed; many of our incoming exchange students arrive with absolutely no knowledge of Korean. We place them in our dormitory with our Korean students to fully integrate them on the campus. All exchange students can take a Korean language course at our Korean Language Education Center free of charge, which normally costs $1,500 for a 10-week course. A typical exchange student takes the Korean language course and several courses in their subjects (taught in English).
STUDY AND WORK EXPERIENCE
Our School of Economics and School of Business Administration combined their resources to create this program that combines an exchange study with an internship. This is a competitive program like a fellowship. An interested student should apply for this program when she/he applies for an exchange study. After a semester of exchange study, the two Schools would arrange for an internship with one of the major Korean companies, such as Samsung, LG, or Hyundai during the following vacation period. In addition, students coming for a full year will get a KRW 2,000,000 (about US$1,700) scholarship which can be used for travel or living expenses. The only requirement is that the student must take at least one course each in Economics and Business while she/he is studying at Sogang. This is a first of its kind in Korea, and has been very popular with our exchange partners. More information at http://swes.sogang.ac.kr/.
Students live in one of the university's dormitories along with other exchange students and Korean students.
To understand Korean culture better in creative ways, we will offer you a unique chance to feel, breathe, and live Korean culture. World class creative leaders of Korean culture/arts, including Korean Human Cultural Assets, will teach you how to understand philosophy behind Korean arts, dance, drama, media arts, music, and popular culture, etc.
At the end of this program, all students will present their study result in a creative form of group project using their personal and cultural background. It can be a creative presentation of media work, performance, exhibition, etc. It is a festival of intercultural perspectives on Korea from students’ own point of view.
There will be a fair for special activities on the first day of the program. Students are encouraged to register for the special activities offered by the program. These special activities will include taekwondo, calligraphy, pottery, Asian foods, Samulnori, mask dance, and Korean break-dancing.