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Engineering Education and Practice in South Korea

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Seoul, South Korea
Course # SA 10522
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2020 05/10/20 to 05/22/20

Program Leader

Name Bumsoo Han

Program Description



The theme of the program is to introduce students to the history, culture, higher education of engineering, and industry in South Korea. South Korea has been on the forefront in the industrialization and scientific research in Asia. It is also the third largest international student country of origin at Purdue. The objective of the program is to

  • Provide interaction opportunities between Purdue students and Korean students through visit of campus facilities and infrastructures and collaboration exercises/project

  • Provide opportunities to experience Korean culture and history through selective cultural and historical sites

  • Provide opportunities to understand industrial development through tour of international and local industries 


Hosting Institutions (tentative, and the list is for student's informaiton only)

Universities and National Labs

  • Yonsei University: Yonsei University is the oldest university in South Korea and was established in 1885. This comprehensive research university in Seoul consists of colleges of liberal arts, science, engineering and medical schools. It is one of the most prestigious universities in Korea. 
  • KAIST: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology is one of the most prestigious public universities in South Korea. KAIST was established in 1971 to model a research focused university and to foster elite human resources in science and technology needed by the nation. 
  • Sookmyung Women's University: Sookmyung Women’s University is Korea’s first national private women’s school. It was founded in 1906 during the latter stages of the Korean empire. 
  • Korea Institute of Machineary & Materials (KIMM): KIMM is the one of the major national laboratories performing research & development (R&D) on key technologies in the area of mechanical engineering. To achieve this, KIMM conducts reliability tests, evaluates machine components/ materials, and commercializes the developed products or machineries through technology transfer and support. 
  • Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH): KITECH is a South Korean government research institute, established in 1989 to help develop technologies for the domestic industry, with focus on export competitiveness and small and medium-sized companies. South Korea's then Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy established the Korea Academy of Industrial Technology (KAITEC) in 1989 to strengthen the technological base of small and medium enterprises. KAITEC was later renamed as the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH). Following a reorganization of government research institutes in 1999, KITECH was the largest institute grouped under the Korea Research Council for Industrial Science and Technology. 


Industrial Sites

  • Hyundai Motors, Samsung and LG Science Park


Cultural Sites

  • DMZ: A strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula. It is established by the provisions of the Korean Armistice Agreement to serve as a buffer zone between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The DMZ is 250 kilometres (160 miles) long, and about 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) wide. This natural isolation along the 250 km (160 mi) length of the DMZ has created an involuntary park which is now recognized as one of the most well-preserved areas of temperate habitat in the world. Several endangered animal and plant species now exist.
  • Korean Folk Village: Korean Folk Village is to display elements of traditional Korean life and culture. There are multiple sections to the park. There are numerous replicas of traditional houses of the different social classes from various regions.


Academic Credit


  • Immersed education experience in Korean Universities
  • Collaborative in-class project with Korean college students
  • Industrial plant tour
  • History and cultural visits


Length of program: 2 weeks

Credit Hours: 3 credit hours for ME 497


Preference will be given to mechanical engineering major students from freshmen to seniors, but other non-engineering major students will be accepted if seats are available. Since the course focuses on engineering education and practice in Korea, in addition to cultural difference, Korean students will also be considered if seats are available.

Program Cost

Estimated cost is $2625. It will include lodging, breakfasts, all local transportation, industry visits, cultural excursions, and 3 credits. Airfares to Seoul, South Korea is not included.  

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Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted by January 31, 2020. However, no further application will be accepted if the enrollment is filled up before this deadline. Please apply early and contact the instructor if the students have any questions. 



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