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Wheaton in Korea

Learn about Korean culture, history, politics, business, and Christianity through Korean cinema.

Program Overview

Wheaton in Korea, partnered with Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea, offers a six-week program where students can take up to six credit hours in Communication major courses or other academic disciplines. Hanyang University, located in the heart of Seoul, is ranked third among Korean Private Universities with 35,000 students in 24 colleges and 15 graduate schools. Wheaton students will stay in the Hanyang University international dormitory with other students from all over the world and learn about The Land of the Morning Calm, otherwise known as The Hermit Kingdom, and its 4,500 year history. While visiting Korea, students will participate in field trips - a Seoul city tour, Hyundai Motors, DMZ, K-pop concert, historical museums - to sites of historical and cultural significance to understand past and present Korea.  These cultural experiences immerse students in the vibrant culture and customs of Korea as they witness the unprecedented growth of this Asian economic giant and its impact on the future of our global economy.

  • Sponsoring Department: Communication Department
  • Program Leader(s): Joonhee Park, Associate Professor of Art and Communication
  • Term: Summer
  • Travel Dates: June 30 - July 28, 2017
  • Estimated Cost:  $3,000.00 (airfare not included)
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Eligibility: Open to Wheaton and non-Wheaton College students
  • Partner Institution(s):  Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Highlights: Field trips include a Seoul city tour, Hyundai Motors, DMZ, K-pop concert, and historical museums to immerse students in the vibrant cultures and customs of Korea.

Course Offerings

ART 234 Digital Studio (or ART 326 Digital Filmmaking) (4 credit hours)
Students will delve into the issues of Korean history, culture and society by researching and producing a digital photo and video essay. In this intensive research and production experience, students learn the rudiments of creating a documentary: 1) Preproduction (idea conception and research), 2) Production (visual language and interview), and 3) Postproduction (sound and picture editing) as they create a cross-cultural photo and video essay.   

With departmental permission for credit transfer, students can take one Hanyang University International Summer School (HISS) course in their major area. There are over 50 courses offered during summer at HISS in all academic disciplines.

Course selections can be:

1) ART 234 or ART 326 (total 4 Wheaton credits) OR

2) HISS course (3 transfer credits)

Program Fees

The estimated program fee covers tuition, travel insurance, domestic airfare from Seoul to Jeju Island, trip to Seorak Mt. National Park, lodging in Seoul at Hanyang University, guesthouse lodging during excursions, most meals, Seoul Metra card, admissions and activities fees at national parks, theaters, and museums, and ground transportation in other cities. Students must make their own travel arrangements to Seoul. Students will be responsible for some meals and personal expenses.

Learn More

If you have questions or would like to know more about the Wheaton in Korea program, contact Joonhee Park, Associate Professor of Art and Communication, for further information.

How to Apply

To apply, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships.