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 first 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. There will also be an orientation at Marquette prior to departure.
Summer Courses Offered
Students take 2 or 3 courses focusing on Korean studies and Korean language. There are many course combinations. See the link below for Sogang course summer course offerings.
Sogang Summer Korean Studies Courses
During this five-week program, students can enroll in two or three courses earning a total of 6-9 credits. Students select their preferred combination of coursework:
- 2 Korean Studies Seminars and 1 Korean Language course (9 credits)
- 2 Korean Studies Seminars (6 credits; no Korean Language)
- 1 Korean Studies Seminar and 1 Korean Language course (6 credits)
Each Korean Studies Seminar is an interdisciplinary three-credit course taught by two professors (Korean and international faculty). Seminar topics may include Korean literature, politics, architecture, music, social media, or language and migration. Each Friday, students will go on a field trip to significant places in Korea such as the National Museum of Korea, Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, KOFIC Namyangju Studios, and the Demiliterized Zone.
Students enrolled in Korean language courses will take a placement test upon arrival. They will be taught by renowned Sogang University's Korean Language Education Center faculty.
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 lower than in the US and a meal at a restaurant can be purchased for 2-10 US dollars.
VISA & TRAVEL
Click on the link below for the visa and travel details specific to South Korea.
Visa and Travel - South Korea