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Sogang University Summer School
Seoul, Korea (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: Scranton applicants only
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Summer 2019 04/15/2019 04/30/2019 TBA TBA
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Instruction Language: English Language Prereqs.: No prerequisites
Language Courses: Korean/Advanced, Korean/Elementary, Korean/Intermediate
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Fields of study:
Culture, Economics, History, Korean, Literature, Political Science
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Eligibility-Class: 03 Second Semester Sophomore
Credits/Term: 6-12
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Foreign University Progam for International Students
Housing Options: Residence Halls
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The University

Sogang University was established by the Society of Jesus to provide an education based on Catholic belief and inspired by the Jesuit educational philosophy, in conformity with the Korean tradition of education. Sogang University's goal is to educate the whole human person on foundations of love and faith, encouraging all its members to be intent on the pursuit of learning as a sincere quest for truth, resolved to practice justice and respect the human dignity and worth of every person. Through this education, we aim to cultivate people of talent who will devote their lives to the development of a humanistic culture and the union of all mankind. 

The University first opened its doors in 1960 with six departments: English Language and Literature, History, Philosophy, Mathematics, Physics and Economics. Today, the university has 8 undergraduate schools with over 20 departments and a graduate school with over 20 departments. There are currently 11,516 undergraduate students, 3,581 graduate students and 470 international students.

Sogang University welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities which have a joint academic exchange agreement with Sogang to participate in the student exchange program. International students participating in the exchange program may register for courses offered in Korean or English to take a maximum of 21 credits per semester. Currently, Sogang has joint academic agreements with over 160 sister universities in 48 countries, including Jesuit universities. More information on Sogang University made be found my accessing the following: Sogang University Home.


The fifth largest city in the world, the Seoul metropolis has a population of about 11 million and is the center for economy, finance, the arts and culture.  Seoul is known to be one of the safest places to travel in with its low crime rate. There is a blend of old and new in Seoul with the modern high-rises and trendy shops mixed in with ancient temples and palaces.  Shopping is not a problem with the many department stores and street shops located around the city.  People are very sociable and kind to visitors in Seoul.  You will always see people in groups laughing and walking along the streets. Although English is taught in school, most Koreans have problems with pronunciation.  Since they can read English very well, it's a good idea to write down questions. 

The public transportation in Seoul is excellent and will take you to almost any place you need to go whether it's by taxi, bus, or subway.  Traffic congestion is a big problem in Seoul, so the quickest way of getting around Seoul is generally by subway. 

The Han River flows through the center of Seoul.  Encircling the city are rocky mountains which makes Seoul blend nature and modernization beautifully.  The center of Seoul has a mountain called Namsan, which has a tower on top that enables one to see almost all of the city on a clear day.

The Academic Program
Korean Language Education Center
Offers programs 5-10 weeks in length, 60 - 200 total classroom hours dependent on program/course selection.

The programs combines Korean Studies Seminars taught in English (by Korean and international faculty) and intensive Korean language instruction. International students will take classes together with Korean students, so that the students can also learn from each other. Each Friday, both international and Korean students will go on a field trip to fascinating places such as the National Museum of Korea, Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, KOFIC Namyangju Studios and the DMZ.

Each Korean Studies Seminar is an interdisciplinary 3-credit unit taught by two professors. As part of each unit, students will write an essay about one of the field trips. The best of these essays will be presented at the farewell dinner on the last day of the program.

Aside from the Friday field trips, international students will be able to experience more of Korea (including Korean youth culture) by spending time with Sogang University students through our buddy program.

Information on the specific courses offered may be found here: Sogang University Courses.


Students will  be housed in a dormitory on campus - the Gonzaga House. More information on the accommodation may be found here: The Gonzaga House.


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