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Korea

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Study in Korea

Venture on an enticing journey to South Korea! Learn about its ancient heritage and tradition, and see how the new Korea, the "Asian Tiger", is now a major player on the world stage. Go discover a culture very different than U.S. culture.

+ More About Korea

여보세요 (Anyong-haseyo -- hello in Korean!)

Venture on an enticing journey to the Asian country of South Korea! Learn about its ancient heritage and tradition and see how the new Korea, the "Asian Tiger", is now a major player on the world stage. Discover a culture as different from U.S. culture as East is from West.

A highlight of your stay in South Korea will undoubtedly be the time you spend with your host family, as you are immersed in a rich culture and way of life both ancient and beautiful. Family is the center of the highly traditional Korean society. As you become more familiar with your host family, it will become clear that the members of the family are bound together by a strong sense of duty and obligation. You will also notice the high level of respect and value given to the elders.

The overwhelming majority of South Koreans reside in cities. If you are placed in one of those cities, you will probably live in a brick house or high-rise apartment building, a more modern setting. If you live with a family in a more rural area, you may live in a traditional house with paper doors and windows. Koreans, like many of their Asian neighbors, share the practice of not wearing shoes in their homes.

Meals are a cultural adventure, and you will enjoy learning not only what Koreans eat but how they eat. The meals you will be served will likely be far more unique and different than anything you have ever eaten before. Don't miss the opportunity to try live baby octopus! At meals, each person is served individual bowls of rice and soup, while other dishes are placed in the center of the table to share. Kimchi, a spicy vegetable dish, is perhaps the most well-known of Korean cuisine.

Koreans highly value education, and schooling is taken very seriously. All Korean children are required by law to complete high school. There are a wide variety of subjects to choose from in the second or third year which incorporate both liberal arts and sciences. Between 11 and 15 subjects being required per semester.

Despite how seriously Koreans take schooling, they still have time to partake in various activities such as going to beaches and parks. During weekends, many riversides are occupied with picnickers and the mountains are filled with hikers. This is a great way to interact with your host family and to get to meet new people. After school, you may be able to join classmates as they watch movies in the DVD-bang (DVD or video room), sing karaoke at the noraebang (singing room) or play video games in the PC-bang (computer room). You can also easily find a private academy to train in many kinds of personal interests such as dancing (modern/traditional), drawing, physical fitness, or traditional songs. These kind of academies are booming in South Korea recently to help people attain personal development.

If you’d like to experience life on the other side of the world, then South Korea is a great fit for you!

Online Resources

To learn more about Korea, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative web sites
  • http://usa.mofa.go.kr/english/am/usa/main/

+ Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Studdy Fund 378 - The Grand Forks Scheels Scholarship 368 - YFU Community Grant 384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Tuition

Winter Year: $15,995
Fall Semester: $14,995
Spring Semester: $14,995
Summer: $7,995

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

YFU will provide students with necessary documents to apply for visa. Upon arrival in Korea, students should be prepared to pay an approximate $100 visa conversion fee and a $30 obligatory foreign registration fee directly to the Korean government. Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

Almost all high schools in Korea require students to wear uniforms. The cost of a school uniform is not included in the program tuition, and usually costs around $300. Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips.

Important Information

Due to cultural differences, local customs, and school regulations, vegetarians, vegans, and students with strict dietary requirements have not been successfully placed in the Korea program. Additionally, we are unable to accept students who are currently homeschooled or attend an online school to our Korea program.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

School

As a student in South Korea, you will attend a local South Korean school and live with a Korean host family. As all of Korean high schools begin in early March, the program begins in mid-February.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Korean families strongly encourage their students to take up some Korean activities such as K-pop dance, Taekwondo, and music.

Optional Excursions

YFU Korea organizes a two-day optional trip to Busan and a two night, three day trip to Jeju Island. Students are guided through beautiful Busan, and have the opportunity to visit Korea's go-to vacation destination that includes a tour, cruise, and horseriding. These trips are offered at an additional cost- between $250-300 for Busan and between $300-400 for Jeju Island, however these prices are subject to change. Details will be provided upon arrival in Korea.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Winter Year 0906 late February early January $15,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Korean high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Korea Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

All Programs: March 1, 2002 - March 2, 2004. Students who do not meet these age requirements or will graduate high school before the start of their program will not be considered for admission.

Language

Korean. Year and semester students should be prepared to study Korean for at least 3 months (150-180 hours) and have basic information about Korean culture and manners before arrival in Korea. Previous language is not required for summer students.

Host Family Placement

Mostly urban areas or small cities.

+ Semester Programs

School

As a student in South Korea, you will attend a local South Korean school and live with a Korean host family. As all of Korean high schools begin in early March, the program begins in mid-February.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Korean families strongly encourage their students to take up some Korean activities such as K-pop dance, Taekwondo, and music.

Optional Excursions

YFU Korea organizes a two-day optional trip to Busan and a two night, three day trip to Jeju Island. Students are guided through beautiful Busan, and have the opportunity to visit Korea's go-to vacation destination that includes a tour, cruise, and horseriding. These trips are offered at an additional cost- between $250-300 for Busan and between $300-400 for Jeju Island, however these prices are subject to change. Details will be provided upon arrival in Korea.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 1244 mid August early January $14,995
Spring Semester 1253 late February mid July $14,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Korean high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Korea Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

All Programs: March 1, 2002 - March 2, 2004. Students who do not meet these age requirements or will graduate high school before the start of their program will not be considered for admission.

Language

Korean. Year and semester students should be prepared to study Korean for at least 3 months (150-180 hours) and have basic information about Korean culture and manners before arrival in Korea. Previous language is not required for summer students.

Host Family Placement

Mostly urban areas or small cities.

+ Summer Program

Discover Korea

On this month program you'll be immersed in South Korea's daily life, giving you the learning opportunity of a lifetime. Upon arrival in Seoul, YFU will take you and other exchange students on a 2-day cultural exploration of the capital city, a trip that's included in your program tuition. During this time, YFU Korea works with students to create a "to-do" list for their summer, allowing students to have lots of input into the kinds of activities that they wish to participate in.

Your summer in South Korea includes a host family stay as well as many short outdoor trips such as visits to the Seoul Tower, the Namsan Hanok Village, the ancient imperial palaces, or famous marketplaces. Throughout these cultural excursions, you will find yourself surrounded by Korean culture and landscape and will be able to compare ancient Korean life with the futuristic aspects of modern Seoul. School is in session during the summer program. However, they will likely have a final examination period over the summer, during which exchange students are not permitted to attend classes. Pending the permission of your host school, you may be able to attend school a few days per week. This will allow you to put your language skills to the test and make new friends!

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Summer 0420 early July early August $7,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Korean high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Korea Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

All Programs: March 1, 2002 - March 2, 2004. Students who do not meet these age requirements or will graduate high school before the start of their program will not be considered for admission.

Language

Korean. Year and semester students should be prepared to study Korean for at least 3 months (150-180 hours) and have basic information about Korean culture and manners before arrival in Korea. Previous language is not required for summer students.

Host Family Placement

Mostly urban areas or small cities.