South Korea: Summer Program

Introduction to Korean Society and Culture

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies [LA&PS] is proud to sponsor and promote the  Summer Program at the Seoul National University of Education (SNUE).  With support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Korean Education Centre, this Summer Program introduces York University students to South Korea and Korean culture.  Students are eligible to have this course transferred back to their York degree as a Letter of Permission (3.0 credits).

This course will be taught by faculty from the Seoul National University of Education (SNUE).

English will be the language of instruction for the course.

Funding is available from the Faculty of LA&PS for up to $1,000 towards the program fee for the YorkU Abroad course.  Funding is also available from York International, as well as other sources.  Please review our Funding page for more information.

Program Dates:

  • June 25 to July 14, 2018 at SNUE, Seoul, South Korea

Program Fee: $1,300.00 (CDN)

(please refer to YorkU Summer Abroad page regarding the cost breakdown of YorkU Summer Abroad Courses)


  • Accommodation on SNUE campus (dormitory style) Click to view: SNUE Dormitory (PDF)
    • Two students per bedroom
    • Shared bathroom (by gender)
  • Welcome lunch
  • Lunch provided for whole day field trips
  • "SNUE BUDDY" with students from SNUE
  • All cultural site visits
    • DMZ (Demilitarized Zone)
    • Nasan Korean Village & Seoul Tower
    • National Museum
    • Kimchi Museum
    • Canadian Embassy in Korea
    • SNUE Elementary School
    • Gyeongbok Palace
    • Namdaemon Market
    • K-Pop Centre

Application is due March 9th, 2018.

This course timetable will, accordingly, enable students to take courses on the Keele campus in the S1 summer term.

There will be a number of information sessions held in the months of January and February.  Our next information session held:

  • 11:30am on Tuesday, February 27, in Room 203 North Ross Building

Program Description

Introduction to  Korean Society & Culture

This course introduces Korean society and culture to students with little or no background in Korean studies.  It aims to enhance students' understanding of Korean society and culture through immersing students in the environment of contemporary Korea.  It consists of lectures and experiential learning components through field trips and cultural activities.  The topics of the lectures include Korean history, politics, language, education system, geography, popular culture, fashion and Korean cultural traditions such as music, dance and marital arts.  The lectures will be held in lecture halls at Seoul National University of Education (SNUE).  The field trips and cultural activities includes visiting DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), the Canadian Embassy in Korea, royal palaces, museums, a school, a K-Pop music concert (The Show, Provided for free by the Korea Tourism Organization), parks and other optional night tours.  There will also be the opportunity for a street food tasting excursion.  Students will be paired up with a SNUE Buddy, with whom they will participate in some of the field trips and cultural activities together.