International Exchanges – Korea: University of Seoul

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

Program Title: Pitzer/ISEP Exchange with the University of Seoul

korea-korea-universityLocation: Seoul, Korea

Host Website: ISEP University of Seoul
Regular University Courses (in Korean or English)

Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College. ISEP requires students to have a 2.75 or higher GPA. Preference given to juniors and first semester seniors but qualified sophomores are eligible if space is available.

At least one area studies course is strongly recommended before departure. Other general preparation options include: Language, Culture and Society, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

The Pitzer College Study Abroad Application and the ISEP Application are both due by the Pitzer application due date. If accepted by Pitzer and ISEP students will then be asked to complete University forms.

Program Dates
Fall semester: August to December
Spring semester: February to June
Full year: February to December

Required Courses
Participants are expected to take a full course load abroad including a Korean language course and one course with content on Korean history, politics, literature or culture. In addition, students take the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.

Intensive Language
A Korean language class is required of Pitzer students.  Korean language courses are offered at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Most departments will offer several courses in English. Check the Courses in English page for English-taught courses. Students interested in learning in Korean can peruse departments and classes through the “Academics” tab on the university’s main page. You can also view specific course syllabus information for descriptions, syllabi and the most recent semester’s course listings.

Students must have course flexibility, as registration for specific courses cannot be guaranteed.

Credit Possible
Pitzer students must take 15-16 University of Seoul credits in order to earn 4 course credits at Pitzer. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the writing course via Sakai. (See above under Required Courses.)

Housing and Board Options
Students live in shared accommodation in the university dormitory. Students receive an ISEP meal stipend to prepare their own meals. Meals are also available for purchase at cafeterias and restaurants.

Additional  Notes
The chance of placement is very good.