Study Abroad in Seoul, Korea
South Korea has a 5,000 year history with ancient palaces, pagodas and stunning green landscape with majestic mountain tops. It also has ultra-modern skyscrapers and a fast paced city life. In addition, it is one of the world's most technologically and scientifically advanced countries due to companies such as Samsung and LG serving as global leaders in electronics.
Seoul, with a population of over 20 million in its metropolitan area, is one of Asia's largest cities and is the political, financial and cultural center of Korea.
Hongik University is a private university in central Seoul with a student population of 16,000 undergraduate students. The campus is located in the famous Hong Dae area of Seoul and is near a variety of shops, boutiques, museums and restaurants. The campus is a 10 minute walk to two subway stations. Hongik University is close to Ewha Womans University, Yonsei University and Sogang University. There are numerous art galleries and artists’ studios around the campus neighborhood. KIMCHI (Korean International Members’ Club), a Hongik student group helps international students adjust to life at Hongik.
Hongik University’s renowned fine arts program is ranked number one in Korea. Visual Art courses offered in Korean are printmaking, oriental painting, painting and sculpture. Students should note that courses taught in Korean may have differing methods of providing course instruction. Some professors may be able to provide instructions in English after instructing other students in Korean, other professors may ask Korean students to translate course instructions to English, and all students will need to plan on learning techniques through observation.
Students stay on campus in a university residential hall for international students and graduate students. Students stay in a double occupancy room and each room has a bed, desk and closet. Students share a communal bathroom. There is no kitchen hall or cafeteria in the residence hall but there are two cafeteria-style student restaurants and a convenience store on campus.
Open to KU Visual Art majors with junior standing and second year graduate students with a minimum overall KU GPA of 3.0.
Kookmin University is a private university and was established in 1946. It has a student population of 23,000 students and is the 5th largest university in Seoul. Kookmin University's campus is located in northern Seoul. The campus is within a five minute walk from an array of restaurants, shops, and even the Bukhansan National Park.
Visual Art courses available at Kookmin University are: Ceramics, Metalsmithing, Painting and Sculpture. Kookmin's Metalwork and Jewelry department has been offering distinctive and innovative education in the field of contemporary metalwork for more than 30 years. The majority of the Visual Art courses are taught in Korean alongside Korean Students. A few select courses are taught in English.
Students should note that courses taught in Korean may have differing methods of providing course instruction. Some professors may be able to provide instructions in English after instructing other students in Korean, other professors may ask Korean students to translate course instructions to English, and all students will need to plan on learning techniques through observation.
Students can choose from an on-campus or off campus student dormitory. In the On-Campus dormitory, four students share one with room with a private bath. Rooms are air-conditioned and have internet access. The Off-Campus Dormitory is a ten minute walk from campus. In the Off-Campus Dormitory, four students share one with room and they share a common hall bathroom. A communal kitchen and lounge are available on each floor. Rooms are air-conditioned and have internet access.
Open to KU Visual Art and Design students with junior standing and second year graduate students with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75