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  • Locations: Busan, South Korea; Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

Seoul, South Korea
Location Seoul, South Korea
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 12 - September 8, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,350
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors Matthew Saxton,; Jeffrey Kim,; Nam-ho Park,
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Extended Application Deadline March 9, 2018
Information Sessions Feb 7, 12:30-1:30, MGH 015 H Feb 8, 12:30-1:30, MGH 015 H
General Students will explore the interaction between information behavior and culture through investigation of social media, photo-sharing, and digital storytelling practices. Activities will include lectures, workshops, company site visits, and cultural sites in Seoul, Busan, and Jeju-do.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

This program will be held in collaboration with Sunkyunkwan University (SKKU). Readings will be assigned in advance of the Seminar so that the time abroad will be largely experiential. Seminar topics will include the following:

  • Korean language and culture instruction
  • Social change, popular culture, and technology
  • Social computing and virtual interacdtion
  • Guest lectures on information industry, economics, and politics
  • Field trips: industry site visits and cultural/historical sites

Korea is a leading country in IT adoption. Per capita, it has the most broadband access of any country in the world. Its fast moving Internet-based applications, culture and life will provide students a sense of what will come to the United States in the next five years. Online Gaming is prevalent across genders and ages.

Faculty from UW and SKKU will conduct lectures and workshops for the Seminar students. In addition, staying on campus will provide Seminar students with the opportunity to experience the life of a Korean student for a time. At SKKU, Seminar students will interact regularly with Korea professors and students, which will greatly enhance both their cultural and learning experience. Cultural activities will include visits to a handful of Seoul's numerous museums and palaces, an overnight stay at a Buddhist temple, a theater performance (Nanta), and a trip to the DMZ.

The first two weeks of the Seminar will take place in Seoul, with SKKU providing on-campus housing. The third week of the Seminar will include excursions to Jeju-do and Busan. The Seminar will return to Seoul during the final week, with students staying at a hotel in downtown Seoul.




Seoul, South Korea


Gwanghamun, Insa-dong, Namsan, Gangnam, DMZ, Myogak-sa, Sajik Stadium, Seoul Fortress, Jeju-si, Hyeopjae, Haeundae, Jagalachi Fish Market, and a number of palaces and museums.


Primary housing will be the SKKU dormitories where students will reside for half the seminar. These were chosen for the comfortable amenities, cleanliness, proximity to campus, and affordable rates. We will also be staying in commercial hotels we have visited before - all of them modern and well-maintained.




Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students will walk approximately 3-4 miles a day as we travel between venues and use public transportation for much of our intra-city travel. In the summertime, Korea has a warm, humid climate. Students will need to dress for warm weather and keep hydrated.


5 UW Credits


INFO 497: Information, Culture, and Technology in Modern South Korea (5 Credits)

In this course, UW students will study social and cultural aspects of information and technology use in Korean society while engaging in workshops with Korean students. The workshops will cover topics including the following: interaction across socio-linguistic boundaries using information technology, social media and knowledge sharing across cultures, photo-sharing and digital storytelling, mobile technology, managing technology change in modern society. In this Seminar, students will:

  • Observe, analyze, and discuss the role of culture in the application of information technology
  • Compare UW and Korean information behavior (search, use of social media, photo-sharing, etc) in educational and social contexts
  • Practice digital story-telling techniques through blogs, photo-essays, and infographics
  • Synthesize, interpret, and report observations on information use across cultures

Learning goals include:
Student learning will be assessed through workshop exercises and written assignments based on use of evidence (readings and lectures, site visits, observations, interviews) to support assertions, critical thinking and interpretation in their analysis, creativity, and organization of writing.



Matthew Saxton, Information School

Program Director

Jeffrey Kim, UWB School of Stem: Division of Computer & Software Systems,

Program Co-Director

Nam-ho Park, Information School




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,350

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
  • Food (about $20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 12, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

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