If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Gaining Global Perspective in Korea from Biotech to KPOP!

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Seoul, Suwon , South Korea
Course # SA 10517
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 05/18/24 to 06/01/24

Program Leader

Email hwlee@purdue.edu
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

South Korea has the 10th-largest economy in the world! It is known for having one of the worlds’ best digital infrastructures according to the World Economic Forum. This is largely driven by having high-quality workforce with the DNA of innovation. Koreans have the highest percentage (70%!) of college graduates Aged 25-34, tying Ireland, which is a medical device hub of Europe. It is known as the most innovative country in Asia according to 2021 Bloomberg innovation index. Although well-known globally for their exports of consumer electronics (LG, Samsung) and automobile (Hyundai, Kia), Korean biotech industry is also growing rapidly with trillion-dollar investments in biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. Of course, the recent success in managing the effects of COVID-19 pandemic has helped bolster Korea’s image as one of the leading nations in infectious disease management as well. We will lead a two-week-long Maymester trip to Suwon and Seoul, Korea to learn more about their wonderfully futuristic culture by partnering with one of the leading Korean universities, Ajou University. We will learn more about their food, visit historic sites, and tour K-POP industry. Also, we will also learn about their biotech industries and figure out how to work together with global partners in the future.


Academic Credit

3-credits BME 49500.  This BME 3 credit course is designed to fulfill a technical elective in Regulatory Affairs for BME undergraduates, and for the current and new MS programs in BME.  All students should check with their academic advisor to see how this course can be used in your plan of study.  


Open to all sophomore through seniors in any engineering major. 

**Please note that Korea does require proof of COVID vaccination to enter the country.  Please plan accordingly as you will have to follow all guidelines and entry requirements from the Korean government.  These can also change at any time**


Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

The cost of this program is TBD. Cost includes the following:  Ground transportation in Korea, all housing, breakfast daily, Welcome dinner, three lunches at Ajou University, excursions listed on the itinerary, international health insurance, 3 credits in BME 49500.

Additional expenses:  Roundtrip airfare to Seoul, S. Korea. Personal excursions, some meals, personal spending money, and roundtrip transportation to/from Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Purdue Moves Scholarships Available!



Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until the program reaches capacity- 20 spots available. 

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.