South Korea is a country in East Asia that is bordered by the Yellow Sea and the East Sea. Around 52 million people reside in South Korea, with around half of the country’s population living in Seoul. Technology is very advanced in Seoul, and citizens enjoy the world’s fastest internet connection speeds and the most robust high-speed railway network. Most recently, South Korea has had a large global influence on pop culture via music such as K-pop, TV dramas, and cinema. This worldwide influence has been known fondly throughout the world as the “Korean Wave."

For the majority of this program, students will be based in Seoul, however, there will be a five-day program excursion that will take students to other regions of South Korea to learn more about the rich history of printed matter that is rooted throughout the area.


July 25- August 20 - Students will stay at Arirang Hill Dongdaemun Hotel which is located 20 minutes from Kookmin University via city bus. Students will be staying in double occupancy rooms

During the excursions outside of Seoul, students will be staying in double occupancy rooms or dormitories at hotels, and the Haeinsa Temple Stay.

*Accommodations subject to change


Breakfast is included every day and provided at the accommodations. Most lunches are also included. Dinner will be included from July 27-30th. All other meals will be accounted for as part of the budget, but paid for out of pocket. There are an array of restaurants in Seoul for students to choose from.



Seoul is a very accessible city for students, and offers excellent accessible public transportation. Students participating in this program will be moving around frequently throughout the city, and will need to be comfortable taking public transportation daily, and going on long excursions throughout the city and beyond. If you have any questions about this please contact globallearning@ucsc.edu and visit our resources here.



Seoul is the capital of South Korea. Amidst the futuristic skyline filled with architectural phenomena, you’ll find Buddhist temples, palaces, and street markets. It is a city full of life, and culture. 


In addition to being the provincial capital, Cheongju is also a historic city credited with creating the world’s oldest movable metal type print book: Jikji (the UNESCO-registered artifact).  It is home to Sangdang Mountain Fortress and the Heungdeoksa Temple Site. 


Located near the western side of South Korea, this city’s name can be translated as “The Perfect Region” as it is an important center for Korean food, historical buildings, sports and innovative festivals. It was chosen as a Creative City for Gastronomy as part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network to honor the traditional style of home cooking passed down from generation to generation. 


This coastal city has an important history because it was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla. Silla ruled 2/3rds of the Korean peninsula primarily during the 7th and 9th centuries for almost one thousand years. Gyeongju is frequently referred to as “the museum without walls” as it hosts many historical treasures and world heritage sites. Among such historical treasures, Seokguram grotto, Bulguksa temple, Gyeongju Historical Areas, and Yangdong Folk Village are designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Currency: Won

Official Language(s): Korean, Korean Sign Language

Weather and Climate
High of 84 degrees fahrenheit and a low of 71 degrees fahrenheit. Rain is common during this month so, be sure to bring a rain jacket!

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