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Korea

Go discover a culture very different than U.S. culture.

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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!) Discover a culture as different from U.S. culture as East is from West.

As you spend time with your Korean host family, it will become clear that family is the center of traditional Korean society, bound together by a sense of obligation and respect to elders. You might live in a brick house or high-rise apartment found in urban cities, or a house with paper doors and windows more common in rural South Korea. You will experience a unique food adventure as you try dishes like live baby octopus or kimchi, a popular spicy vegetable dish.

Koreans highly value education, taking between 11 and 15 subjects per semester varying from liberal arts to science. After school, you may be able to join new friends 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). Private specialized academies for personal interests like dancing, drawing, or physical fitness are are also popular in South Korea. During weekends, many riversides are occupied with picnickers and the mountains are filled with hikers.

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

+ Scholarships Available

Scholarships for 2020 programs have not yet been confirmed. Applications for 2020 Summer/Fall scholarships will open in the Fall of 2019. The YFU Financial Aid Fund can be applied to any program and will remain available for 2020 Spring programs until September 15. The YFU Legacy Grant can be applied to any program at any time of application. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for Korea:

YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund
WEH Foundation Scholarship
Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund

+ Tuition

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

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ 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.

Students spending a year in Korea will also be responsible for a $95/month manditory insurance fee charged by and paid directly to the Korean government.

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 Program

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 late February.

Orientations

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in late December. 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.

Students also attend a 3-day post-arrival orientation, with a day of activity and a visiting to a local academic institution. A mid-year orientation is held during the program, and a one-day pre-departure program is held the day before students return home.

Extracurriculars

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

Optional Excursions

Year program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Busan Trip: In April or October, YFU Korea organizes a two-day optional trip to Busan, which includes a guided city tour.

Jeju Island Trip: In May or September, YFU Korea organizes a two night, three day trip to Jeju Island. Students have the opportunity to visit Korea's go-to vacation destination that includes a tour, cruise, and horseriding.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born March 01, 2003 - March 02, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will not be considered for admission.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Spring Year 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

Language

Korean. Year 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. Courses can be taken in traditional classroom settings, on-line, or tutoring settings. Students who cannot verify hours of language training may be asked to submit to a TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) test.

Host Family Placement

Mostly urban areas or small cities. Though Korean families are often very busy, they usually place a large emphasis on family life.

+ 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 late 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 or early December (for Spring programs). 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.

Students also attend a 3-day post-arrival orientation, with a day of activity and a visiting to a local academic institution. 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

Semester program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Busan Trip: In April or October, YFU Korea organizes a two-day optional trip to Busan, which includes a guided city tour.

Jeju Island Trip: In May or September, YFU Korea organizes a two night, three day trip to Jeju Island. Students have the opportunity to visit Korea's go-to vacation destination that includes a tour, cruise, and horseriding.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born March 01, 2003 - March 02, 2005.
  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born March 01, 2003 - March 02, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will not be considered for admission.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Late August Early January $14,995
Spring Semester Late February Early 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

Host Family Placement

Mostly urban areas or small cities. Though Korean families are often very busy, they usually place a large emphasis on family life.

Language

Korean. 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. Courses can be taken in traditional classroom settings, on-line, or tutoring settings. Students who cannot verify hours of language training may be asked to submit to a TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) test.

+ 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. This orientation also includes Korean language training. 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!

Optional Excursions

Students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

International Fireworks Festival: This is a 2 day trip to the Pohang International Fireworks Festival around the last week of July.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Summer Program: Students born March 01, 2003 - March 02, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Summer Early July Early August $7,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Lannguage training in Seoul
  • 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

Host Family Placement

Mostly urban areas or small cities. Though Korean families are often very busy, they usually place a large emphasis on family life.

Language

Korean. Previous language is not required for summer students. Post-arrival orientation includes 9 hours of language training and one-day city tour in Seoul.