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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

South Korea: Seoul

Semester: Fall, Spring, Full Year
Date(s): Fall: mid-August to late December. Spring: Mid-February to late June.
Offered: Annually
Program Focus:

Language & Culture


Minimum of 2.5 GPA                                                                 
Campus Contacts:

Jennifer Hubbert
Director of East Asian Studies
ext. 7672

Program Design:

In cooperation with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), Lewis & Clark offers this program at Yonsei University in Seoul. Students live in a university dormitory.

Application Process:

This program has a dual application process. Students must first submit a Lewis & Clark application. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary, or program sponsor, application, and will receive a separate notification letter from CIEE.  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these again to CIEE or you will need to re-write the essays.  Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

Requirements Fulfilled:

Fulfills the international studies requirement provided that at least 12 credits are successfully completed. 


Credit earned varies based on courses completed but students may earn up to 19 credits. (Overloads are not permitted.) 


The CIEE Study Center is based at Yonsei University, the most prestigious private institution of higher education in Korea. Founded in 1885, the school has 18 graduate schools, 21 colleges, and a student population of over 30,000, including more than 1,000 students from 20 countries. The university is located less than 20 minutes from downtown Seoul on a large sprawling campus that is hilly and forested. A full range of sporting facilities, including a fitness center, swimming pool, gymnasium, and basketball and tennis courts, are available.

A mandatory two-week orientation takes place in Seoul prior to the beginning of courses. The CIEE orientation introduces students to the country and the culture, provides practical information about living in Korea, and prepares students for their upcoming international experience. The orientation also includes visits to places of cultural and historical significance, an excursion to the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea, and a three-day trip to the countryside.

In addition to an optional intensive Korean language class, students have access to a host of elective courses through direct enrollment at Yonsei University. Courses are offered in a wide range of subjects in the sciences, humanities, social sciences and the arts.

A number of excursions are built into the program, including visits to the wetlands of Suncheon, a trip to Hwaomsa to discover why lions are so symbolic in Buddhism; and a trip to the tea fields of Mt. Chirisan. In addition, special lectures and cultural activities are woven into the program throughout the semester, including visits to Korean organizations, museums, temples, and historic sites. Students will also participate in a two-night homestay with a Korean family, which allows them to experience life in a Korean home firsthand.

Volunteer placements are encouraged and can be organized by CIEE. Past volunteers have worked with orphans, and with children with developmental disabilities to help them gain skills to integrate into society. Students have also taught English to North Korean refugee students.

Resident Staff:

Suzanne Han’s love of Korea began more than 30 years ago as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Suzanne completed her two-year term of service in a rural health center in Chungju and later became an in-country Peace Corps staff. She has taught at several Korean universities, including Yonsei University, Chung-ang University, and Hankook University of Foreign Studies. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. An accomplished author, Suzanne has written many books and articles on Korean customs and traditions. Her stories based on Korean folk tales are included in a number of anthologies and children’s reading textbooks in North America. Suzanne is vice president of Friends of Korea (an organization started by former Peace Corps Korea Volunteers dedicated to enhancing cultural awareness and friendship between Americans and Koreans), and vice president of the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch.

South Korea

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