Recognized as the top summer program in Asia, Korea University’s International Summer Campus (KU ISC) program through Binghamton University is a six-week condensed semester hosted at KU’s beautiful state-of-the-art campus, taught by distinguished professors from prestigious universities around the world. While on this program, you will take one course taught by a Binghamton University professor at KU. You will choose one additional course from a selection of over 100. The dates for the program are June 26 - August 2, 2018.
The Republic of Korea, known as South Korea, is a country of some 44 million people. With its own distinctive history and culture, it also represents the triumphs and challenges of East Asia's modernization, economic expansion, and contraction. Korea is an excellent vantage point from which to view the region's international cooperation, competition, and conflicts. Seoul, the capital city, provides a lively setting for summer study; It is a modern, cosmopolitan city where students can visit Korea's historic palaces, museums, and temples and attend all manner of musical and theatrical performances. The variety of restaurants, cafes, shops, flea markets, sports competitions, and cultural events offers something for every individual interest.
Traveling all over the country is made convenient by affordable domestic flights, high-speed express trains, and long-distance express buses. The KTX, a super high speed operates at speeds of 300 km/hr and allows passengers to travel between Seoul and Busan, Korea's second largest city, in under 3 hours.
Korea University is located southeast of downtown in a district know as Anam-dong (village of Anam).
Within ten minutes of the campus are theaters, shops, restaurants, cafes and night spots. Subway and bus connections provide easy transportation around the city.
International Summer School is intended to provide courses for both visiting International students and Korean students. Coursework in English is offered in a variety of fields and students in any major area are welcome to participate. Many of the faculty come from well-known and respected institutions in the United States.
As part of this program, you will take two courses and earn 6 credit hours. One course must be taken from this list: Summer Course Descriptions (KU, 2018).pdf. This course will be taught by our Binghamton Faculty Director (you can find the faculty director's contact information below). You will choose your other course from a list of available courses, which include topics related to Business, Economics, Humanities, Social Science, Korean & East Asian Studies, Art & Design, Science, and Law/Politics/International Relations. You can choose to take this course under the 4-Week or 6-Week Track as long as they do not conflict. Note that the courses taken from the Faculty Director follow the 6-Week Track.
Accommodations Students will stay in On-Campus housing, with several options to choose between. You can find accommodation information here, including building and cafeteria details.
Student Services Korea University offers excellent support to international students. You can find a list of student services here. Two important services to note are the free shuttle from the airport to campus, and the KU buddy program. KU students designated as “buddies” will help KU ISC students to feel comfortable in their new surroundings and to make the most of their experience in Korea and at KU.
Cultural Activities Every week, all KU ISC students can participate in weekly cultural immersion program, such as K-Pop dancing, Korean Cooking, as well as field trips to various landmarks in Korea. You can learn more about the cultural activities here.
Financial Aid Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out the above estimate of costs sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
Binghamton and SUNY Scholarships Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the:
Other scholarships, including nationwide scholarships like the Gilman, may be applicable to you. To search through scholarships for education abroad, search here.
When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.
The Faculty Director for this program is Professor Sungdai Cho, Director of the Center for Korean Studies. If you have questions about course content, activities on site, or related information contact Professor Cho at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions related to the program application process, contact the program advisor, listed at the top of this page.
First, complete an application with Binghamton by clicking the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page. All application materials must be submitted by the Binghamton University application deadline listed below. These items include:
2 Academic References (a faculty member or graduate TA)
Various other, such as emergency contacts
Do not begin an application with KU ISC directly yet.
During the week after the program deadline, Binghamton's Office of International Education & Global Initiatives (IEGI) will make an admissions decision and inform the applicants. Applicants will then commit to the program and KU ISC will provide those nominated with the appropriate application link.
Korea University International Summer Campus
Once nominated through the process above, you will begin your KU ISC application
The KU ISC application will ask for much of the same information including:
Proof of Traveler's Insurance
Note that you can access your passport photocopy through the BU application system and the program advisor can email you your academic transcript upon request. This emailed transcript is no longer official according to Binghamton University, but KU ISC will accept it in this manner. Your proof of traveler's insurance will be automatically sent to KU ISC by your program coordinator once it is available. You do not need to do anything related to showing proof of insurance.