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 one course at Seoul National University and may participate in a four-week internship at a multinational corporation, a research center, think tank or 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 participant 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 2015

Recommended arrival in Seoul Saturday, May 30, 2015
Program housing first available Saturday, May 30, 2015
On-site orientation Sunday, May 31, 2015
Classes start Thursday, July 2, 2015
Classes end Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Program housing last checkout date Thursday, August 6, 2015


All students register for a total of one course unit (c.u.). Course offerings are subject to change.

Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit the required pre-departure documents.

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.

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 responsibility 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.

East Asia: Past & Present
HISTORY 005 (1 c.u.)

  • 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 alongside 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.


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 information for Penn-in-Seoul 2015 will be posted in December 2014.

Information Sessions

Check back for details on scheduled information sessions to learn more about the Penn-in-Seoul program.


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

Contact Information

For details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation:

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

For assistance with application, financial questions, pre-departure or other general information:

Penn Summer Abroad Office
College of Liberal & Professional Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335
Tel: (215) 746-7075
Fax: (215) 573-2053