As the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea with over ten million people, Seoul is one of the world’s largest cities. It is located at the heart of the Korean Peninsula in a natural basin. Granite mountains surround the city and have historically played the role of a natural fortress.
A major financial and cultural center, Seoul is home to some of the largest technology corporations such as Samsung and LG. The city hosted both the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 2002 FIFA World Cup and was designated the 2010 World Design Capital.
Seoul is a also a city of contrasts. Fourteenth-century city gates squat in the shadow of 21st-century skyscrapers, while the broad Han River is back-dropped by granite mountains rising in the city center—complete with alpine highways speeding around their contours and temples nestling among their crags. Fashionable, gadget-laden youths battle for sidewalk space with fortune-tellers and peddlers, while tiny neighborhoods of traditional cottages contrast with endless ranks of identical apartments. Daytime visits to palaces and museums are balanced with pulsating, 24/7 nightlife. Shoppers can flash plastic in ritzy department stores or venture into labyrinthine markets; gourmets can sample garlicky barbequed ribs or the genteel vegetarianism of Buddhist cuisine. Fizzing with the energy of its ten million people, this sprawling metropolis is one of millennial Asia’s most exciting—but least visited—cities.
(excerpted from National Geographic City Guides http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/seoul-south-korea/ )
Sogang University was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1960 and remains the only Jesuit higher educational institution in all of Korea. The University is located in Shinchon, which is considered the “University Town” within Seoul because of the several major prestigious universities located in the area.
The university is comprised of around 8,000 undergraduate students and around 4,000 postgraduate students, of which 1,350 are from outside of Korea. Because of its smaller size in comparison with other Korean universities, Sogang provides a family-like atmosphere for international students, offering activities and programs for study abroad students that allow them to interact with the students of Sogang.
in 2008, Sogang was ranked 1st in Korea (among the four-year universities without medical school). In October 2009, Sogang earned an accreditation of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business.
There is a one-day orientation on the first day of school, or the day prior, which includes a welcome lunch, campus tour, meeting with student ambassadors and meeting with the Office of International Affairs staff. MU students will apply for the "Buddy Program" and be assigned a local student to help them get settled during your first days in Seoul. Sogang students and organizations coordinate many introductory social events during the first weeks in Seoul which are advertised around campus and allow Marquette students to connect with Korean students and other international students, There will also be an orientation at Marquette prior to departure.
Sogang University offers about 40% of their courses in English. Academic areas included engineering, history, literature, mathematics, economics, sociology, psychology, and others. Marquette students normally take their classes in English and are also strongly encouraged to take one beginner-level Korean language course. Students take four to seven classes, earning from 12 to 21 credits per semester.
Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of "C" or higher is earned.
Students at Sogang live in an American-style residence hall named Gonzaga Hall. The residence has double occupancy rooms, and students can request a Korean roommate. The hall also has a cafeteria and a workout room, and is equipped with high speed wireless internet. Students need to supply their own sheets and bedding, which can be purchased upon arrival in Korea.
The housing fee at Sogang includes a meal plan for two meals per day in the cafeteria. The cost of food in Korea is much lower than in the US and a meal at a restaurant can be purchased for 2-5 US dollars.
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