Penn-in-Seoul, South Korea

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The Penn-in-Seoul program provides Penn undergraduates the opportunity to spend their summer in Seoul, South Korea, one of the most tech savvy and dynamic cities in the world. While in the program, students will enroll in East Asia: Past & Present (History 005) and at least 1 course at Seoul National University and may participate in a 4 week internships at a multinational corporation, a research center or think tank, or a government agency. Although we will make every attempt to match students with an internship provider, placement is not guaranteed.  No previous knowledge of Korean is required to participate in the Penn-in-Seoul program, however, being fluent in Korean may be beneficial in the internship placement process. Depending on the internship, a Penn-in-Seoul particpant may have to apply for an appropriate visa. Please contact the Penn Summer Abroad office for more information.

The Penn-in-Seoul program is exclusively for Penn students.

Program Calendar 2014

    Depart the U.S. for Seoul (Incheon International Airport) Friday, May 30, 2014
    Arrival in Seoul (Incheon International Airport) & Airport pick up Saturday, May 31, 2014
    On-site Orientation   Sunday, June 1, 2014
    Internship Monday, June 2 - Friday, June 27, 2014
    SNU Dorm Check-in and Dorm Orientation Monday, June 30 - Tuesday, July 1, 2014
    SNU International Summer Institute Orientation Wednesday, July 2, 2014
    Coursework Thursday, July 3 - Wednesday, August 6, 2014
    Last day for housing check-out/Depart from Seoul Thursday, August 7, 2014

Penn Course Information

All Penn-in-Seoul students will enroll in HIST 005. You will pay Penn Summer tuition for this course and it will appear on your transcript just like any other course you take at Penn.
East Asia: Past & Present
HISTORY 005 (1 CU)
Fulfills Cross-Cultural Analysis Requirement

This course surveys the history of East Asia from early times to the present. We will study the establishment of various sociopolitical orders and their characteristics along side major cultural developments. Covered topics include: state formation and dissolution; the role of ideology and how it changes; religious beliefs and values; agriculture, commerce, and industry; changing family relations; responses to Western imperialism; and East Asia’s place in the modern world. Although a main focus will be on understanding how the regions we now know as China, Japan, and Korea emerged with their respective identities, the course will also give attention to various Inner Asian groups that are rarely noticed in the contemporary world but nonetheless historically important, such as the Khitans, Jurchens, Mongols, and Manchus.

SNU Course Information

 All Penn-in-Seoul students will enroll in at least one 3-credit course through SNU's International Summer Institute. You will receive SNU credit for this course and it is your responsiblity to apply for credit away through your respective college's external credit system. Please note that credit transfer is decided by the relevant academic department and is not guaranteed by Penn Summer Abroad.


During the internship portion of the Penn-in-Seoul program, students will live in dorm style housing in Seoul or in housing provided by their internship organization.

During the 5 week coursework period, students will live in an on-campus dormitory at Seoul National University.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition costs for Penn-in-Seoul 2014:  $3,614 + $1,650 (Students will pay 1 CU Of Penn tuition and 1 CU of SNU tuition)
  • Program Fees for Penn-in-Seoul 2014 will vary depending on whether or not students participate in the internship portion of the program, and whether they choose to arrange housing independently while in Seoul. The full program fee will include costs for co-op housing and cultural activities during the internship (4 weeks) and SNU housing during coursework (5 weeks). All program fees will include SNU application and cultural activity fees, orientation and farewell dinners, and airport pick-up.
    • Program Fee for Internship Participants: $2,625
    • Program Fee for Coursework Only: TBD
  • Click here to view the estimated cost sheet for Penn-in-Seoul 2014.

Information Sessions

Information sessions for Penn Summer Abroad 2015 will be scheduled shortly. Please contact the Penn Summer Abroad office with any program-related questions at


The application for Penn Summer Abroad 2015 will be opening later this year.

Contact Information

Program Director
for details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation

Eugene Y. Park
Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History
Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies
University of Pennsylvania

Penn Summer Abroad Office
for assistance with application, financial questions, pre-departure, or other general information

Penn Summer Abroad
College of Liberal & Professional Studies (LPS)
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335
Tel: 215-573-7537 Fax: 215-573-2053