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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Autumn Quarter
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:

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Location Seoul, South Korea
Academic Term Autumn, 2018
September 26-December 14, 2018; Students will be abroad October 23-November 16, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $3650
Credits 15 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Hyoung Lee and Jeff Cohen 
Program Manager Courtney Kroll |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General The Psychology of Health, Crime and Justice study abroad program is an opportunity to explore the
relationships among health, substance use, and criminal justice in the United States and South Korea.
Visas Visas are not required for U.S. passport holders staying less than 90 days. If you are an international student, contact ASAP. 

Program Description

The courses associated with this study abroad program will focus on a cross-cultural comparative analysis of health and substance use issues, and how these issues affect criminal justice involved individuals, including criminal justice system employees. Students will earn 15 credits (10 credits in Psychology and 5 credits in Criminal Justice) and spend 25 days studying abroad in South Korea. While studying abroad, program participants will have opportunities to learn with students at a Korean University in Seoul, attend lectures by South Korean faculty, and travel for study in multiple important South Korean cities.



Seoul, Korea


Seoul is the capital of South Korea and home to approximately ten million people. With a beautiful mix of historic sites, modern architectural innovations and amazing food, Seoul is an ideal location for cultural exploration and immersion. 


Students will be housed in youth hostels. Students will have shared private rooms, meaning they will only be staying with other students on the study abroad program. Youth hostels in Seoul are well maintained and come with security, lockable rooms, and other safety measures.

Field Trips

Students will visit Seoul, Gwangju, Gyeongju and Busan.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements



15 UW Credits


TPSYCH 406: Chemical Dependency - 5 credits

This course provides information about the physiological and psychological effects of legal and illegal drugs and examines social and cultural determinants of drug use. Characteristics of different drugs will be identified, theories of addiction will be covered, government agencies and laws, which regulate the manufacture and distribution of drugs, will be considered, and subjective norms of drug use in different societies and cultures will be examined.

This course is part of a hybrid study abroad program to Seoul, South Korea. Thus, by comparing and contrasting the U.S. and non-U.S. nation (South Korea), this course analyzes current legal and illegal drug use in different cultures and examines how social and cultural factors (e.g., government agencies and laws, and subjective norms) influence legal and illegal drug use.

Learning goals include: 1. Identify the various kinds of legal and illegal drugs; 2. Examine the impact of drugs on the mind, body, and society; 3. Analyze the reasons why people are involved in drug use; 4. Identify the current patterns of drug use; 5. Understand the impact of societal and cultural norm on drug use; 6. Review and critically evaluating theories and research about addiction; and 7. Consider important factors and strategies in the prevention and treatment of addiction.

TPSYCH 360: Health Psychology - 5 credits

This course is intended to understand how biological characteristics, behavioral factors, and social conditions influence health and illness. Topics that will be covered include foundation of health psychology, healthcare system and adherence to treatment, stress and coping, chronic illness, and health behavior and primary prevention.

This course is part of a hybrid study abroad program to Seoul, South Korea. Thus, this course provides unique opportunities to analyze the differences in healthcare system, health and illness, and health behavior between the U.S. and non-U.S. nation (South Korea) and to understand how different psychosocial factors (e.g., stress, attitudes, and social norms) contribute to health and illness among cultures.

Learning goals include:
1. Understanding different health behaviors, attitudes, outcomes, and illness from the various theoretical viewpoints; 2. Analyzing the role of psychology in developing and preventing illness and the influence of illness in psychological wellness; 3. Analyzing patterns of health behavior and preventable disease in the U.S., and discussions about health policy; 4. Evaluating and use research findings in health psychology; and 5. Describing the role of health psychologist as a professional that works with other disciplines. 

TCRIM 450: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems - 5 credits

Examines the design, function, and legal basis for non-U.S. criminal justice systems. Engages cross-cultural analyses of the connection between governmental, political, demographic, and economic factors in explaining historical and contemporary trends. Compares and contrasts non-U.S. and U.S. criminal justice systems. Includes a study abroad component.

Learning goals include: 1. Critically analyze principles of criminal justice and criminology and apply them to the country(ies) under study;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, cultural, and ethical context of criminal justice reform in national and international contexts; 3. Evaluate the relative merits of innovative and/or alternative models of justice as practiced in the country(ies) under study; 4. Compare and contrast U.S. systems of criminal justice with those operating in the country(ies) under study; 5. Demonstrate sufficient critical self-awareness to understand the influence of personal biases and values when interacting within countries outside of the U.S. 6. Engage in informed discourse related to criminal justice systems within the U.S. and abroad.



Hyoung Lee 

My current research interests include the impact of psychosocial factors (e.g., implicit attitudes, reinforcement sensitivity) on health behaviors such as smoking and marijuana use. Additionally I focus on the adaptation of a comprehensive model of health status and the psychological measurement in a variety of populations.

Jeff Cohen 

Jeff joined the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program faculty in 2012, earning tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2017. He currently serves as the Executive Director of UW Tacoma’s Office of Global Affairs, which includes International Student and Scholar Services, Fellowships and Awards, and Study Abroad. He has taught across the criminal justice curriculum and in the Global Honors and Core programs. His scholarship focuses on the intersections of gender, masculinities and crime, multi-perspective, mixed-methods research and the criminalization of school bullying. He is currently co-editing a 10-book series, under contract with University of California Press, applying criminological theory to relevant topics in the field.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $3,650 

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 - $1250)
  • Food (about $30/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 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.
  • For UW Tacoma students, 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 UW Tacoma Office of Financial Aid
  • For UW Seattle or Bothell Students, you can apply by filling 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 the Office of Financial Aid
  • 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.
  • UW Tacoma students should consult the Study Abroad Scholarships website to learn more about scholarship opportunities. Student Fellowships can also help you learn about additional opportunities. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students should consult the 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.
  • UW Tacoma students can attend a How to Fund Your Study Abroad event - more information is on the Events page of our website. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students can attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website. Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • 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 attend an in-person 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. Orientations are also held on the UW Tacoma campus. 

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


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.