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Engineering Education and Practice in South Korea

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Seoul, Pohang, South Korea
Course # SA 10522
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2018 05/12/18 to 05/26/18

Program Leader

Name Bumsoo Han

Program Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the history, culture, higher education, and industry in South Korea. South Korea has been on the forefront in the industrialization, scientific research, as well as popular culture (K-POP). You will spend time at Yonsei University in Seoul and Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech), collaborate with Korean students on projects, and explore the cultural sites of South Korea.

Program Leaders are Prof. Bumsoo Han and Prof. Jong Hyun Choi of Mechanical Engineering

A few of highlights will include Gyeongbokgung Palace, POSCO, Korea Folk Village, The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, taking the high-speed train from Seoul to Pohang, and free time to explore Seoul on your own. You will also visit the DMZ, or the Demilitarized Zone between North and  South Korea. 

Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for ME 497. This is a technical elective for Mechanical Engineering, but students in all other engineering schools must check with their academic advisor to see how it can be used in your plan of study.


Students in all Engineering Schools are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to Freshman and Sophomores. You must be in good academic standing at the time of application. All acceptance decisions are made by the program leaders. Contact Prof. Han or Prof. Choi if you are unsure about your eligibility.


Program Cost

Estimated program costs is $2500 ($1500 if you have the Purdue Moves Scholarship available) plus flight estimated at $1400.

Additional expenses would be some meals, passport, visa (if necessary) and personal spending money.

Program fees include: Housing, several meals, ground transportation, excursions on the itinerary, 3 credits, and international health insurance.


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted by March 31st or until program reaches capacity. Two spots are open as of March 9th.

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