CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR DECISION TO STUDY ABROAD IN SOUTH KOREA!

We have outlined here TEAN’s six easy steps to studying abroad. Your TEAN Program Manager guides you through the entire process, reminding you when and what we need from you as you traverse along the journey to studying abroad. These six steps also include all the vital information you need to know as you prepare for your time abroad. If you can’t find the answers to your questions here, then don’t hesitate to call or email us.

Get Started

Overview

Snapshot

Congratulations! You have applied to a TEAN Korea semester or summer program, so you are already one step toward the best experiences of your college life! This section walks you through how to complete your application including paying your deposit, how to obtain a passport and check that yours will be valid for the duration you need, the best ways to contact TEAN, and all the important dates to mark down on your calendar now. As usual, if your questions are not answered here, don’t hesitate to contact us! Step 1: Get Started explained in 60 seconds.

TEAN Application

COMPLETE YOUR TEAN APPLICATION

1. If you haven’t already started your application with TEAN, you will need to visit the apply now page to start the process. You will be asked to pay a $95 application deposit that is counted toward your total program fees.

2. Once you’ve submitted your application and paid the application deposit, our team will review your application.

3. After your application has been approved by TEAN you will receive an email from us with information on how to login to your account and access your application.

4. Now you can start to work on the checklist items listed for your application. You will see a list of things that need to be worked on including the following:

  • TEAN Applicant Profile 
  • Copy of Your Passport – see the step by step instructions below (let us know if you’re renewing).   
  • Send the TEAN Statement from University electronically to your advisor at your home institution for completion 
  • Emergency Contact Info  
  • Academic Reference (if marked as required) 

As we move through the application process more forms and items will be added to your checklist by your Program Manager. So continue to check back for updates! 

As we move through the application process more forms and items will be added to your checklist by your Program Manager. So continue to check back for updates.

5. Submit your most recent transcripts

In order for us to fully accept you into the program, we will need to review your official transcripts. For students studying in the Spring semester, we will need transcripts including grades from the previous Spring semester. For Fall and Summer students, we require transcripts including grades from the previous Fall semester.

Please request an official copy of your transcripts, from all universities attended, be sent to our offices at:

The EDUCATION ABROAD Network
5301 Southwest Parkway, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78735

Program Acceptance

TEAN PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE 

Once you complete the required forms in your TEAN application portal, your Program Manager will let you know that you are accepted to the program!  Once accepted, we will provide information on how you will pay for your program. If we do not have a billing agreement with your home institution, you will receive your program invoice at this time. Payment is due by your program’s payment deadline. We’ll send you more information on how to make payment, using financial aid, and the option of a payment plan. Please be prepared to make payment by your payment deadline in order to move forward with the program.  You can review more information regarding finances here.  

PROGRAM CONTRACT 

Your TEAN Program Contract will be available in your TEAN application portal once you apply. You must sign and upload your completed Program Contract by your program’s payment deadline. Please familiarize yourself with the cancellation policy below prior to signing your  contract. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

The below cancellation policy applies if a student chooses to withdraw.  For our policy covering TEAN cancelling the program, please see here. 

This policy applies to all cancellations, regardless of the reason. Your request to withdraw and receive a refund must be made in writing to TEAN. The $95 application deposit is non-refundable. If your application is denied due to eligibility requirements, your deposit will be fully refunded. Alternative payment arrangements (financial aid, payment plans, etc.) do not exempt you from this policy. Payment deadlines can be found on our Dates & Fees page. 

If you withdraw…  

  • on or before the TEAN original payment due date, you are liable for the $95 application deposit  
  • 1-9 days after the TEAN original payment due date, you are liable for $750 plus costs incurred by TEAN on your behalf  
  • 10-20 days after the TEAN original payment due date, you are liable for $1,250 plus costs incurred by TEAN on your behalf. Summer program participants are liable for $1,000 plus costs incurred by TEAN on your behalf.  
  • 21 or more days after the TEAN original payment due date but prior to the final deadline for withdrawal, you are liable for $1,750 plus costs incurred by TEAN on your behalf. Summer program participants are liable for $1,500 plus costs incurred by TEAN on your behalf.   

The final deadline to withdraw from any TEAN program is 14 days prior to the start date of the program. If you withdraw after this deadline, regardless of the reason for withdrawal, you are not eligible for any refund from TEAN.  

Signing and returning all documents in your student portal is your responsibility. If you fail to return the documents after repeated notification (email or call), you will be deemed withdrawn and will not be eligible for any refund.  

Housing confirmation fees are non-refundable after the TEAN original payment due date. If you change or defer to another TEAN program after your TEAN original payment due date, but prior to the final deadline to withdraw, TEAN will assess a $500 change fee plus costs incurred. Program changes are not permitted 1-14 days prior to the start of the program. Prior to your official acceptance, please refrain from booking flights for your program. TEAN reserves the right to adjust program dates to accommodate host university calendar changes and is not responsible for airline fare or ticket change fees incurred by program participants.   

Prices and dates are subject to change without notice. 

Passport

APPLY / RENEW YOUR PASSPORT

Obtaining a passport for international travel may take a considerable period of time as the State Department can often have a backlog of applications to work through. Therefore, it is crucial that you apply for your passport as early as possible to avoid any last minute complications. You can apply for your passport at your local U.S. Post Office.

You can obtain necessary information regarding passports from the U.S. Department of State: Passport Services Department,   download passport applications, find a nationwide list of passport agencies, etc. here.


VERIFY VALIDITY OF YOUR PASSPORT

As a condition of your student visa, your passport must be valid a minimum of six months after your anticipated return home. If your current passport is set to expire before then, you will need to apply for a renewal.


INFORM TEAN OF YOUR PASSPORT DETAILS

  1. Scan a copy of your passport page with your photo and information on it.
  2. Upload the scanned image to your TEAN application where it states, “Please upload a copy/photo of your passport (signature and picture page only).” Alternatively, email the scanned copy of your passport to your TEAN Program Manager.
  3. Enter your passport information under the section titled, “TEAN Applicant Profile.

Contacting TEAN

Contacting TEAN

Email is the primary form of communication during the application and enrollment period. Please provide us with an email address you use regularly, as important program announcements and instructions will be sent via email. Also, please check your email on a regular basis and make sure to update your online application if you change your email address. Please also periodically check your junk mail to ensure that messages from TEAN are not begin filtered into “spam”. If they are, please add the TEAN email to your contacts. 

In addition, please be sure to include your full name on all correspondence (including emails). We work with many students so providing your full name will ensure timely responses to questions and inquiries.

Mailing Address

The EDUCATION ABROAD Network
5301 Southwest Parkway, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78735

Telephone and Fax

Toll Free: 1-800-585-9658 (from within U.S.)
Local Number: 1-312-239-3710 (from outside of U.S.)
Fax: 1-312-239-3713

Office Hours

TEAN is open Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Central Standard Time and observes all major holidays. If these hours are not convenient, you may schedule a time outside of our normal business hours to speak with us. If you are currently living outside of the U.S., it is possible to set up a time to Skype and get to know your Program Managers.

Important Dates

Important Dates

We finalize our program calendar several months before each semester abroad. During that time, we work with our overseas partner universities in order to determine our orientation schedule. We will provide updated information pertaining to orientation, key semester dates, flights and excursions once our program calendar has been finalized. We will send you an email notification once the updated calendar information has been posted on the website so you can plan accordingly.

Once the program calendar has been finalized, we will post this information on our website and you’ll be notified by your Program Manager. Once the calendar has been released, all dates are still subject to change. While we do not anticipate any date changes once the calendar has been finalized, we reserve the right to make changes, particularly if one of our partner universities institutes their own date modification. All program participants will be contacted in the event of a date change.

Program Start Dates

The program officially begins at the start of our Orientation Program in Seoul, Korea. Students arriving in advance of our orientation will be responsible for their own transportation from the airport and any necessary accommodations prior to the orientation start date.

Flights

Most airlines do not allow open-ended tickets and now require international passengers to select a return date at the time of booking their flight. Return dates can be changed, subject to availability, but program participants should initially book a return flight home no earlier than one day after their university exams are scheduled to finish. After receiving their final exam schedule, participants can change their return to an earlier date, if their schedule permits. However, participants should not rely on professors allowing exams to be taken prior to the official exam date, as professors are under no obligation to accommodate such requests. For example, if the student’s last exam is December 17th, they should not rely on rescheduling it so they can return home early. 

DEADLINES AND CANCELLATION POLICY 

If you haven’t already, please start your TEAN application prior to your program’s application deadline.  Your payment for the program (unless we have a billing agreement with your home institution) and Program Contract are due by your program’s payment deadline. You can find both deadlines on our Dates & Fees page. You must also reach out to your home institution’s study abroad office to ensure you meet any of their deadlines to study abroad. 

Please review the cancellation policy in the ‘Program Acceptance’ section above for important dates should you choose to withdraw your application. 

Housing Dates

We provide housing until one day after the final day of university exams. Study abroad students generally finish their exams before the last scheduled exam date so students should have plenty of time to prepare for their departure. Please also pay particular attention to the housing move-in dates. We are unable to make exceptions for early move-in requests due to the complexity of housing logistics.

Program Dates

Diversity & Identity

Diversity and Identity

One of our main goals at TEAN is to make sure all of our students are thoroughly supported from day one of the study abroad process. Embracing diversity in all its forms is very important to us. We’re dedicated to providing the most information and resources possible so students can make an informed decision on what program will best suit them, both academically and personally. We encourage all students to read through our Diversity and Identity page of our website to find resources useful for you directly and learn more about the students you will be studying abroad with.

Get Schooled

Overview

Snapshot

Congratulations again! If you’ve gotten this far you are well on your way to an experience of a lifetime! This section contains information on how to select your courses and ensure you get credit for them, financial aid and how to navigate the system to ensure your aid transfers, details of TEAN and other scholarships you may want to apply for, and some details on academic differences to expect in Korea. Step 2: Get Schooled explained in 60 seconds

Semester Academics - Korea University

Program Model in South Korea

TEAN has established an integrated direct enrollment model with Korea University. By enrolling our students directly, we are able to give you access to a majority of the courses offered throughout the university’s academic departments. Forty percent of KU’s courses are taught in English, so TEAN students will get the opportunity to attend many of the same classes as local students who are looking to improve their English-language skills.

Please Note: Korea University does not typically release their course selection options until a couple weeks before you depart for the program. We are able to provide you with courses that have been offered during previous semesters so you can gain approval from your home institution in advance. Your program manager will work hard to distribute the course details as soon as it is released from the university. You will enroll in your courses about two weeks prior to the start of the semester.


Contact Hours

All students are required to undertake a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Most courses are 3 credits and meet for three hours per week. As the semester is 15 weeks in length, courses are typically 45 contact hours total for the term. Final credit allotment is at the discretion of each student’s home university and is typically based off of the total number of contact hours for each course.


Course Registration

Students will complete an online course registration process prior to arriving on campus, which allows students to register into classes at the same time as local Korean students. This will be one of the most important steps you will encounter throughout this entire process.

Korea University also has a very strict add/drop period, which occurs once students arrive on campus during the second week of classes. When it comes time to register, you will choose from the list of 8+ classes you have been approved for at your home university. If you choose to register for courses that have not been pre-approved by your home university, it is your responsibility to communicate with your university to gain the necessary approval.

More information about course registration will be made available closer to your departure for Seoul.


selecting your courses

  1. Click HERE for Korea University list.
    • Close out of the pop-up box that will appear
    • In the white box titled ‘Course Registration’, select the ‘English’ box.
    • Scroll down and click ‘Search course more +’
    • In the Year and Season boxes, enter the term one full year prior to your program.
    • Campus – Seoul
    • College Section – College
    • Classification – You will review courses under ‘Major’ or ‘General Studies’. Most department-specific courses will be under Major.
      • The Korean language courses are found in General Studies – Electives. The course codes are IFLS108 (Beginner’s Korean I), IFLS109 (Beginner’s Korean II), IFLS110 (Intermediate Korean I), IFLS111 (Intermediate Korean II), and IFLS112 (Advanced Korean I).
      • The second dropdown menu lists the Schools/Colleges and the third menu lists the departments within that School/College.
    •  All courses taught in English will have ‘(English)’ at the end of the Course Name.
    • Only courses with a check mark in the ‘3)X’ column are open to visiting students.
    • When you click on the Course Code, the course information will pop up. If a syllabus is available, it will be attached near the bottom of the page.

    Remember, the courses you choose MUST have a checkmark in the ‘3)X’ column and must list ‘(English)’ in the course name (unless you are fluent in Korean or it is a Korean language course).  Please also review the Special Notes on Courses section below.  

  2. Arrange for a meeting with your academic advisor in order to have these courses approved for credit transfer at your home university.
  3. Once you have made your course selections, submit them online in your TEAN online application. Please be sure to include the KU College and Department in the comments.
Example

Course Name: DEMOCRACY AND CAPITALISM (English) 
Course University: Korea University 
Course Code: POLI431 
Course Period of Study: Fall or Spring Semester that you are attending 
Course Credit Points: 3 
Course Comments: College of Political Science & Economics/Department of Political Science & Int’l Relations


Special Notes on courses

Competitive Classes

Business, Media, and International Studies courses (course codes beginning with BUSS, JMCO, and DISS) at Korea University are extremely competitive and space is often limited. These courses often fill up very quickly during registration. If you are expecting to take courses in these subjects at KU, please be sure to have a few options that you can choose from, and alternative courses in case you are placed on a waiting list or denied entry due to class size.

Courses that are not available

Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Law, Teacher Education, Division of Information Security, Exercise Science, and Art & Design courses are not open to study abroad students.

Korean Language Classes

Korean language courses are offered each semester in five levels, from beginner to advanced. Anyone planning to take a Korean course above the first level will take a placement test at KU orientation to ensure you are placed into the correct level.

  • Beginner’s Korean 1 (IFLS108) is designed to give students basic knowledge of simple everyday Korean, listening and correct pronunciation practice, the Korean alphabet and fundamental sentence structure.
  • Beginner’s Korean II (IFLS109) provides students with more expressions in Korean, listening and correct pronunciation practice, reviewing and building upon basic grammar, and beginner composition.
  • Intermediate Korean I (IFLS110) focuses on conversation, constructing Korean sentences, expanding vocabulary, and broadening students’ understanding of Korean life and culture.
  • Intermediate Korean II (IFLS111) aims to expand on vocabulary and expressions necessary for business dealings, understanding the culture more in depth, and improving reading, writing, and listening skills.
  • Advanced Korean I (IFLS112) provides students with knowledge and discussions of social issues, enhances ability to effectively communicate with idiomatic expressions, and gives tools to research and present on advanced topics.

Popular courses

CHOOSE EARTH

At TEAN, “Choose Earth” encompasses not only environmental sustainability but also social justice and cross-cultural awareness. KU offers a range of courses that will expose you to global issues, solutions and understanding. If you would like to participate in our Choose Earth Certificate program, consider one of the subjects below to complete the course requirement.

  • ACEE226: Environmental Engineering I
  • LESE203: Natural Resource Economics
  • LIET201: Ecology
  • LIET227: Environmental Science
  • PAPP357: Environmental Policy
  • POLI364: East Asia in World Politics
  • SOCI255: Environmental Sociology
POPULAR COURSES OFFERED IN ENGLISH
Business
Spring Courses Fall Courses
BUSS205 Marketing Management BUSS205 Marketing Management
BUSS207 Financial Management BUSS311 Organizational Behavior
BUSS211 Introduction to Operations Management BUSS313 International Business
BUSS342 Consumer Behavior ECON171 Principles of Economics II
ECON336 International Trade
Communications & Media
Spring Courses Fall Courses
JMCO257 Mass Media and Popular Culture in Korea JMCO257 Mass Media and Popular Culture in Korea
JMCO262 Media and Gender
Education
Spring Courses Fall Courses
HEED178 Child Development
ELED233 Cross-Cultural Understanding of English-Speaking Cultures
Engineering
Spring Courses Fall Courses
COSE213 Data Structure ACEE226: Environmental Engineering I
MECH201 Thermodynamics I ACEE325 Numerical Analysis
COSE213 Data Structure
Environment
Spring Courses Fall Courses
LIET227 Environmental Science  LIET201 Ecology
PAPP357 Environmental Policy LIET222 Environmental Chemistry
Health
Spring Courses Fall Courses
KHPM404 Case Studies in Global Health
Humanities & Social Sciences
Spring Courses Fall Courses
ENGL108 Survey of British and American Literature GESO153 Emotion Regulation and Stress Management
HOKA156 Introduction to Korean History HOKA004 Introduction to Korean and East Asian History
SOCI299 Popular Culture
International Studies
Spring Courses Fall Courses
DISS122 Principles of International Relations DISS262 Understanding East Asian Civilization
DISS262 Understanding East Asian Civilization DISS264 Rethinking Korean Culture
DISS423 International Relations of East Asia IFLS108 Beginner’s Korean I
IFLS108 Beginner’s Korean I
POLI355 East Asian Politics
Science
Spring Courses Fall Courses
LIST201 Cell Biology I LIST202 Cell Biology II
LIFS217 Introduction to Food Science  LIST304 Genetics II

Semester Academics - Hanyang University

Program Model in South Korea

TEAN has established an integrated direct enrollment model with Hanyang University. By enrolling our students directly, we are able to give you access to a majority of the courses offered throughout the university’s academic departments.  TEAN students will get the opportunity to attend many of the same classes as local and international students who are looking to improve their English-language skills.

Please Note: Hanyang University does not typically release their course selection options until a few weeks before you depart for the program. We are able to provide you with courses that have been offered during previous semesters so you can gain approval from your home institution in advance. Your program manager will work hard to distribute the course details as soon as it is released from the university. You will enroll in your courses about three weeks prior to the start of the semester.


Contact Hours

All students are required to undertake a minimum of 12 credits per semester.  Students should plan to take 4-5 courses, which usually transfers as 12-15 U.S. semester credits. Most courses are 3 credits and meet for three hours per week. As classes meet for 15 weeks, courses are typically 45 contact hours total for the term. Final credit allotment is at the discretion of each student’s home university and is typically based off of the total number of contact hours for each course.


Selecting your Courses

  1. Click HERE for Hanyang University course list.
    • Click the Find Courses button to search for syllabi
    • Select Course Catalog in the top left corner
    • Change the search term to one year prior to your program (for example, Fall 2022 students would search for Fall 2021), select ‘English-Only Courses‘, then click search
    • Click ‘Course Code’ for Course Description and ‘Course no.’ for Syllabus
    • Korean language courses can be found by changing the Course Classification field to ‘Elective Non-Major’
  2. Meet with your home university to approve at least 8 courses (have at least 4 backups approved in case your preferred courses are unavailable).
  3. Enter your courses in order of preference in the TEAN Course Selection form in your TEAN Application. 

PLEASE NOTE: Hanyang University does not pre-approve your course selections, so it is your responsibility to select courses that you are qualified to take while abroad (i.e., don’t take high-level courses if you haven’t taken the appropriate introductory-level courses).


POPULAR COURSES

KOREAN LANGUAGE COURSES

Below are the course codes for Korean language courses. 

  • GEN9001 Introductory Korean (Level 1)
  • GEN9002 Introductory Korean (Level 2)
  • GEN9004 Intensive Korean (Level 1)
  • GEN9005 Intensive Korean(Level 2)
  • GEN9006 Intensive Korean(Level 3)
  • GEN9007 Intensive Korean(Level 4)
  • GEN9008 Intensive Korean(Level 5)
  • GEN9009 Intensive Korean(Level 6)
CHOOSE EARTH

At TEAN, “Choose Earth” encompasses not only environmental sustainability but also social justice and cross-cultural awareness. Hanyang offers a range of courses that will expose you to global issues, solutions and understanding. If you would like to participate in our Choose Earth Certificate program, consider one of the subjects below to complete the course requirement.

  • CUL3101 Cultural and Ethnic Diversity in Korea 
  • DIS2036 Energy Security and Geopolitics in Asia
Featured Courses

TEAN students get first dibs on the following courses at Hanyang University:

  • BUS2035 Management of Global Corporations
  • BUS4070 Distribution Channel Management
  • INT3004 International Marketing
  • BUS3113 Asia Business and Marketing
  • BUS3009 International Business
  • BUS2003 Marketing Management
  • BUS3022 International Financial Management
  • BUS3014 Consumer Behavior
POPULAR COURSES OFFERED IN ENGLISH
Business
Spring Courses Fall Courses
BUS2035 Management of Global Corporations ECO3003 Money and Banking
BUS3022 International Financial Management ECO3047 International Trade and Commercial Policy
BUS3102 Organization Management ECO4088 World Economy and China
BUS3113 Asian Business and Marketing
Communications & Media
Spring Courses Fall Courses
D-C2096 History of Korean Cinema JOU2015 Theories of Mass Communication
GEN7027 English Career Communications  
Engineering
Spring Courses Fall Courses
ECC1004 Circuit Theory 1 APA4010 Mechanism Design
MEE3003 Fluid Mechanics 1 ENE4019 Computer Networks
Humanities & Social Sciences
Spring Courses Fall Courses
CUL1116 Animal Ethics PSD3056 Civil Society and Social Movement
CUL1115 Aesthetic Awareness in the Modern World HIS2003 Ancient History of Korea
HIS3058 Media and Transnational Gender History HIS3061 Lecture on the European History
International Studies
Spring Courses Fall Courses
DIS2017 International Relations in East Asia CUL3101 Cultural and Ethnic Diversity in Korea 
CUL3101 Cultural and Ethnic Diversity in Korea  DIS2005 International Relations
CUL1118 The Language of Global Cuisine DIS2035 The Political Economy of East Asia
Introductory Korean Language
Science
Spring Courses Fall Courses
MAT2017 Probability and Statistics MAT2017 Probability and Statistics
MAT3008 Numerical Analysis
Visual & Performing Arts and Design
Spring Courses Fall Courses
ARE4086 Design Fundamentals 1 CUL1117 Introduction to Digital Photography
C-T1005 Fashion & Color
C-T3035 Fabric Planning in Fashion Merchandising
CUL1117 Introduction to Digital Photography
GEN5072 Introduction to Acting

Semester Academics - Pusan National University

Program Model in South Korea

TEAN has established an integrated direct enrollment model with Pusan National University. By enrolling our students directly, we are able to give you access to courses offered through the university, as well as access to campus amenities.  TEAN students will get the opportunity to attend the same classes as local and international students who are looking to improve their English-language skills.

Please Note: Pusan National University does not typically release their course selection options until a few weeks before you depart for the program. We are able to provide you with courses that have been offered during previous semesters so you can gain approval from your home institution in advance. Your program manager will work hard to distribute the course details as soon as it is released from the university. You will enroll in your courses about three weeks prior to the start of the semester.


Contact Hours

Students can take courses in the following departments: Global Studies, Korean and East Asian Studies, and Korean language. These are the only departments that can guarantee courses are taught in English (with the exception of Korean language). Students enroll in 4–5 courses per semester (3 credits), which usually transfers as 12-15 U.S. semester credits. The participant’s home university will determine ultimate credit approval and transfer.


Selecting your Courses

  1. Select your courses by reviewing the previous year’s course list on PNU’s website.  Follow the below instructions carefully.
    • Change the search term to one year prior to your program (for example, Fall 2022 students would search for Fall 2021).  English should be selected in the Language dropdown menu. Click Search.
    • NOTE: Many departments will pop up as having courses in English, but this is simply not the case.  The only departments that GUARANTEE their courses will be taught in English for international students are: Global Studies and Korea and East Asian Studies.  Korean language courses are available to you, but will be taught in Korean.
    • Check the Department column and be sure the department listed for the courses you’re interested in is either: Global Studies, Global Studies Program, or Korea.East Asian Studies Program. You may have to scroll to find these departments.
    • You can view and download syllabi from the website.  Find 8-10 courses that you can send for approval at your home university.
  2. Meet with your home university to approve at least 8 courses (have at least 4 backups approved in case your preferred courses are unavailable).
  3. Enter your courses in order of preference in the TEAN Course Selection form in your TEAN Application. 

POPULAR COURSES

Choose Earth

At TEAN, “Choose Earth” encompasses not only environmental sustainability but also social justice and cross-cultural awareness. Hanyang offers a range of courses that will expose you to global issues, solutions and understanding. If you would like to participate in our Choose Earth Certificate program, consider one of the subjects below to complete the course requirement.

  • GS34940 Humanitarianism
  • GS35649 Social Movements
  • GS34941 Middle East: Politics and Foreign Policy
  • GS35752 International Relations and Politics
  • GS35780 World Religions and Cultures 
  • GS36204 Culture, Science, and Mind
  • KE36216 East Asia in the News
  • KE36122 Korean Culture And Society
POPULAR COURSES OFFERED IN ENGLISH
Business
Spring Courses Fall Courses
GS16359 Global Economy And Leadership(I)  GS16359 Global Economy And Leadership(I) 
GS29280 International Finance  GS21549 International Organization
GS30747 Modern Theory Of Management GS29281 International Trade
GS33349 Introduction To IT Business GS30722 International Business Strategy And Organization
GS33996 Innovation & Technology Management  GP29282 Economics Of International Development
GP31367 Organizational Behavior
GP34958 South East Asian Business Topics
Communications & Media
Spring Courses Fall Courses
GS28897 Interpreting The World’s Media 
Humanities & Social Sciences
Spring Courses Fall Courses
GS36204 Culture, Science, and Mind GS34069 Introduction to Cultural Studies
GS36206 Modern Comparative Literature GS34940 Humanitarianism
GP33231 Trends In Film, Literature, Art And Architecture  GS35649 Social Movements
GS35650 Feminism And Gender Equality 
International Studies
Spring Courses Fall Courses
GS34941 Middle East: Politics and Foreign Policy KE36121 East Asian Popular Culture
GS35752 International Relations and Politics KE36122 Korean Culture And Society
GS35780 World Religions and Cultures   
KE33686 Modern Korean History  
KE36215 Korean Popular Music In Context  

Summer Academics - Korea University

Courses and Credits

Korea University’s International Summer Campus is the largest summer school in Asia and welcomes students from all over the world. Courses are taught by international faculty members from renowned universities and cover a range of disciplines. 

Students attending the International Summer Campus are able to select between a four or six-week program (the most popular program is the six-week). Regardless of the program length, students can choose to take 1 or 2 courses (2 courses included in tuition).  Students wishing to take a third course should speak to their TEAN Program Manager when they apply.  Students will enroll in courses during the application period with TEAN.  Courses will be confirmed prior to the program start.

Each course is 3 credits and usually meet four times a week.  Courses typically transfer back as 3 U.S. semester credits, but the participant’s home university will ultimately determine credit transfer and approval.

Students who enroll in an upper level Korean language course will take a Korean Language Placement Test on the second day of the program and may be placed in a different level based on their results.


Selecting Your Courses

  1. Review the 2022 Summer Course Listings on KU’s International Summer Campus website. Be sure to select courses for your chosen program length (4-week or 6-week).
  2. If taking 2 courses, make sure you check the ‘Time’ column so you don’t choose 2 courses offered during the same period. 
  3. Click near the course title to download the syllabi.
  4. Meet with your home university to approve at least 2-3 courses (have 1-2 backups approved in case your preferred course is full).
  5. Enter your courses in order of preference in the TEAN Course Selection form in your TEAN Application.

Popular Courses

Business:

  • ISC129 Strategic Management
  • ISC312 International Business
  • ISC392 Sustainability Strategies

Communications & Media:

  • ISC181 Media, Art, Culture, and Society
  • ISC282 Mass Media and Popular Culture in Korea

Humanities & Social Sciences:

  • ISC141 Introduction to Sociology
  • ISC236 Abnormal Psychology
  • ISC281 Contemporary Korean Society
  • IKL211 Beginning Korean-I

Science:

  • ISC207 Statistics

Summer Academics - Hanyang University

Courses and Credits

Students attending Hanyang’s International Summer School can enroll in 1-3 courses in a range of disciplines. Academic courses are 3 credits, meeting for 45 contact hours. Elective courses are 1 credit, meeting for 15 contact hours. You can see the amount of credits for each course by following the ‘Selecting your Courses’ instructions, below.

Courses typically transfer back as 3 U.S. semester credits, but the participant’s home university will ultimately determine credit transfer and approval.

 Students will enroll in courses once course registration opens, typically in April.  There are multiple rounds of course registration, but it’s best if students can finish their application materials by early April so that they are ready for the first round. If a student applies later, they can still register during the later rounds. Courses will be confirmed prior to the program start.


Selecting your Courses

  1. Review the 2022 Summer Course Listings on Hanyang’s International Summer School website
  2. Click the course title to see the course description, credit details, and to download the syllabi. 
  3. Meet with your home university to approve at least 3-4 courses (have 1-2 backups approved in case your preferred course is full or your courses are held during the same time).
  4. Enter your courses in order of preference in the TEAN Course Selection form in your TEAN Application.

PLEASE NOTE: Hanyang University does not pre-approve your course selections, so it is your responsibility to select courses that you are qualified to take while abroad (i.e., don’t take high-level courses if you haven’t taken the appropriate introductory-level courses).  


POPULAR COURSES

Business:

  • BUS2025 Business Communication
  • BUS3002 Financial Management
  • BUS3014 Consumer Behavior
  • DIS3022 International Marketing

Engineering:

  • COE2052 Solid Mechanics
  • ENE4019 Computer Networks
  • ITE1010 C++ Programming

Health:

  • ISS1090 Adulthood and Aging
  • ISS1096 Principles of Nutrition

Humanities & Social Sciences:

  • ISS1155 Exploring Seoul: Geography of the City
  • ISS1119 Psychology of Happiness
  • ISS1121 Introduction to Criminology

International Studies:

  • DIS1018 Global Ethics
  • DIS2046 Korean History and Culture
  • ISS1081 Korean Language 1 (Basic)
  • ISS1082 Korean Language 2 (Beginning)
  • ISS1138 The Rise of the Korean Wave
  • PSD2022 International Relations in East Asia

Visual, Performing Arts, & Design:

  • ISS1076 Digital Studio
  • ISS1114 Korean Pop Dance
  • ISS1115 Korean Pop Vocal
  • ISS1058 Korean Traditional Fan Dance

Summer Academics - Pusan National University

Courses and Credits

Students attending PNU’s International Summer School can choose to join either the first session, which is 5 weeks long and includes a Korean Language & Culture class plus 1 academic course in English, OR the second session, which is 3 weeks long and only includes the Korean Language & Culture course. Classes are held Monday through Thursday with field trips on Fridays and weekends. Students will enroll in their course(s) prior to the program start. 

Each course is worth 3 PNU credits, which typically transfers back as 3 U.S. semester credits. Students will earn 6 U.S. semester credits during the 5-week session or 3 semester credits during the 3-week session. The participant’s home university will ultimately determine credit transfer and approval. 

Pusan National University will release the summer course list around 2-3 months prior to the program start. Courses are subject to change. 


Selecting your Courses

  1. Click HERE for Pusan National University course list.
  2. Review the course descriptions and contact your Program Manager for syllabi.
  3. Meet with your home university to approve at least 2-3 courses (have 1-2 backups approved in case your preferred course is not available).
  4. Enter your courses in order of preference in the TEAN Course Selection form in your TEAN Application.

PLEASE NOTE: Students wishing to take intermediate level of the Korean language will be required to take a placement exam. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you’ve already completed at your home university. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond the first Beginner’s level prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework. 


COURSES

Required Course for Both Sessions

Korean Studies (Korean Language & Culture) – 3 credits
Students will take a basic or intermediate Korean language class based on the results of the placement exam onsite. They will learn Korean through the use of various mediums, such as textbooks, K-pop songs, K-dramas and literature. Not only will students learn basic Korean expressions they can readily use during their time in Korea, they also will study the culture that is inherent in the language and alphabet. Along with language instruction, English-taught lectures will cover a range of Korean cultural topics, including history, politics and the economy, religion, literature, the ‘Korean Wave’ and everyday life, to gain a deep understanding of contemporary Korean culture.

In-class cultural experiences include a cooking class, taekwondo lessons and more. Students will also enjoy included field trips to Busan city proper and Gyeongju for an immersive, experiential summer experience.

Electives for 5-Week Program Only

Select one of the below electives:

  • Introduction to International Relations – 3 credits
    This introductory course is an excellent opportunity for students to learn the basic concepts of international relations and politics in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The course looks at various countries and their leaders, highlighting how one country’s political decisions affect other regions around the world as well as individuals. We will also take a look at South Korea and see how its location and maritime links have helped it develop. This course takes a fresh look at international relations, making it suitable for anyone with or without political knowledge.
  • Bioengineering for 100 Years and Beyond – 3 credits
    The completion of the human genome has dramatically changed humans’ way of life, from allowing cheap and quick analysis of each individual genome to customizing medicine. Simultaneously, the advancement of various science and engineering fields has accelerated the genome’s role in developing of bioengineering/biotechnology, which could also immensely affect our life. This class is designed to provide the past, present and future of bioengineering/biotechnologies and genomic life sciences, looking at how humans could be regularly living to 100-years-old in the near future.
  • Developing Foreign Language Ability Through Self Study – 3 credits
    Course description coming soon.
  • Understanding Contemporary Korean Culture – 3 credits
    This course provides students with a deep understanding and a variety of knowledge about Korean culture. Students will grasp the basic foundations and causes of Korean cultural phenomena including ‘Korean-Wave’. While utilizing various effective learning materials and contents, the lecture will focus on Korean cultural heritage as well as the current Korean cultural trend. Eventually, students will gain the ability to look at the Korean society objectively and become more interested in Korea and Korean culture.
  • Chemistry Travel in Our Life – 3 credits
    This course is designed to provide students not majoring in chemistry with a basic concept of chemistry. This course covers the fundamental chemistry in the fields of matter, air and pollution, water, carbon dioxide and greenhouse effects, acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, energy and hydrocarbons, nuclear power, chemistry of life, nutrition, medicine and more.

Winter Academics - Korea University

Courses and Credits

Students attending Korea University’s International Winter Campus can enroll in 1 course to gain 3 credits over the winter break. Courses typically transfer back as 3 U.S. semester credits (or 4.5 quarter credits), but the participant’s home university will ultimately determine credit transfer and approval.  Special approval to take 2 courses can be requested. Contact us for more information.

Students will enroll in their course during the application process, but can make changes up until the first two days of classes during the add/drop period. 

Classes are held Monday-Friday during either the morning session (Period 1) or the afternoon session (Period 2).


Selecting Your Courses

  1. Review the Winter Course Listing on KU’s International Winter Campus website.  Click the Period 1 dropdown if you’d like to take a morning course or the Period 2 dropdown for afternoon courses.
  2. Click near the course title to download the syllabi. 
  3. Meet with your home university to approve at least 2 courses (have 1-2 backups approved in case your preferred course is full).
  4. Enter your courses in order of preference in the TEAN Course Selection form in your TEAN Application. 

Popular Courses

Business:

  • IWC205 Introduction to Marketing
  • IWC312 International Business 

International Studies:

  • IKL211 Beginning Korean I (Alphabet Class)
  • IKL221 Beginning Korean II
  • IWC282 Mass Media & Popular Culture in Korea
  • IWC283 Korean Cinema & Visual Culture 

Winter Academics - Hanyang University

Courses and Credits

Courses are usually confirmed a few months prior to the program start. Students will typically take 1 course worth 3 Hanyang University credits (3 U.S. semester credits). There may be an option to add on a 1-credit course, totaling to 4 U.S. semester credits for the program. The participant’s home university will determine ultimate credit approval and transfer.

Students will enroll in courses once course registration opens, typically in October.  There are multiple rounds of course registration, but it’s best if students can finish their application materials by October so that they are ready for the first round. If a student applies later, they can still register during the later rounds. Courses will be confirmed prior to the program start.

Courses are held Monday-Friday, typically for 4.5 hours with a break in the middle of class. 3 credit courses are 45 contact hours.


Selecting Your Courses

  1. Review the Winter Course Listings on Hanyang’s International Winter School website. Please note courses are usually confirmed a few months prior to the program start. Courses are subject to change.
  2. Click the course title to see the course description, credit details, and to download the syllabi. 
  3. Meet with your home university to approve at least 2 courses (have 1-2 backups approved in case your preferred course is full).
  4. Enter your courses in order of preference in the TEAN Course Selection form in your TEAN Application.

PLEASE NOTE: Hanyang University does not pre-approve your course selections, so it is your responsibility to select courses that you are qualified to take while abroad (i.e., don’t take high-level courses if you haven’t taken the appropriate introductory-level courses).  


Popular Courses

Business:

  • BUS4019 Strategic Management
  • ISS1142 AI and Finance 

Humanities & Social Studies:

  • PAD1055 Introduction to Psychology 

International Studies:

  • ISS1081 Korean Language 1 – Beginning
  • ISS1138 The Rise of the Korean Wave 

Course Approvals

Schedule Meeting with Academic Advisor

It is highly recommended that you have your academic advisor approve your classes before leaving if you wish to ensure you receive transfer credit. If you do not wish to receive any credit when you return home you may be able to forego the approval process. Some students negotiate the credit transfer issues when they return from their program, but at the very minimum you should at least meet with your academic advisor/dean before departure so they are fully aware you will be studying abroad. They will be able to help you select courses that will count toward your major and that will be easily transferable for credit when you return. 


Schedule Meeting with Study Abroad Office

Contact your study abroad office at your home university to discuss study abroad credit approval and other specific procedures to be completed for your program overseas. This is an important step as it may reveal crucial steps towards avoiding complications and making your transition abroad seamless. In addition, your study abroad advisor will need to sign our “Statement from University” form. You can send this to them from your online application.

Financial Aid

Schedule Meeting with Financial Aid Advisor

While we strive to keep our programs affordable, we recognize that many students need financial help. The good news is that most financial aid you may be currently receiving is applicable toward study abroad. Generally, you can transfer federal financial aid, such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans, that do not need to be repaid until after graduation.

See the Higher Education Act of 1965 (Public Law 102-325, 106 Stat.448): The act was reauthorized in the summer of 1992 to include a number of provisions to facilitate the use of federal financial aid for study abroad. (NAFSA:  Association of International Educators Newsletter, Volume 44, No 3/Dec-Jan 1993).

The U.S. Department of Education advised that the Perkins Loans, SSIG Grant Program, Pell Grants, FSEOG Grants, Stafford Loans, SLS loans, PLUS Loans and Consolidation loans can now be used for study abroad. Your study abroad experience does not have to be compulsory for your degree program in order to apply your aid. Please contact your home institution financial aid office to discuss your financial aid options for study abroad.


FINANCIAL AID AGREEMENT FORM (FAA) 

The Financial Aid Agreement form (FAA) is completed by you and your home university. The FAA acts as proof of incoming funds and allows you to defer a portion of your payment until your financial aid awards are released, even if that is after your program start date. Note: If your entire program is covered by aid, a down payment is still required to confirm your participation in the program. More information will be available via a link in your TEAN portal. 

  1. Download the Financial Aid Agreement from your TEAN application 

 2. Read the information carefully and sign and date the student portion at the bottom 

  1. Send your signed FAA to your financial aid office and ask them to either send to info@teanabroad.org or return the form to you to upload to your TEAN application. 
  2. Pay your program’s down payment OR the balance not covered by aid (whichever amount is greater) by your program’s payment deadline.

For example: If your financial aid covers all but $700 of your balance and your program down payment is $1000, you would pay $1,000 by the payment deadline. This $1,000 would go towards your total program balance. 

If your financial aid only covers $5,000 of your $12,000 program balance, you would pay the difference ($7,000) at the payment deadline and then pay the remaining $5,000 once your aid is disbursed. 

  1. Pay your remaining balance once your financial aid is disbursed. Payment is due to TEAN within 5 business days of the date listed on your FAA form.

Your FAA is due by your program’s payment deadline. You can read more about financial aid and payment options here.  


Consortium Agreements

If you are currently receiving financial aid (federal loans, grants, scholarships, etc.) from your home institution please follow these steps. The financial aid you currently receive may not be processed in the same manner and the same amounts may not be awarded to you.

Step 1:  Visit your home university’s financial aid office and inform them you will be studying abroad through TEAN. Ask them how much of your current aid will transfer for a study abroad experience. You will also need to check if there is additional paperwork specific to your home university.

Step 2:  Ask your financial aid office if they have a “consortium agreement” (do not worry if this is a foreign term to you, they will know what it is!) which essentially means they will complete all paperwork regarding your existing financial aid while you are studying abroad. This is the ideal arrangement as it makes the whole process easier for everyone. You will also need to have a TEAN Financial Aid Agreement form filled out that will be provided to you by your Program Manager.

Step 3:  If they have a consortium agreement, most likely they will have an existing agreement that is university specific. TEAN will likely have to sign this for you and send it back to them. It will not go to your overseas institution. The TEAN Financial Aid Agreement form should then be faxed or emailed to us.

Unfortunately, not all universities will sign a consortium agreement. If this applies to your school please consult us immediately for further guidance.

Please note: The financial aid process is very complex and adequate planning is necessary. You should contact your home institution’s financial aid office if you will, or think you may need to, apply loans or aid to your study abroad program. TEAN is not a lending institution so unfortunately, all financial aid and loan discussions will need to be made within your home university’s financial aid office.

Scholarships

Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year TEAN awards thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants.  Awards range from $1,000 – $5,000, and we have a range of categories that students may qualify for. In addition, there are scholarship opportunities available through several external organizations. Review details of the available study abroad scholarships. If you are a returning TEAN student, review the option to apply for our TEAN Repeat Grant as well. 

Get a Room

Semester/Summer – Korea University

On-Campus Housing

In Seoul, our main housing option is located on-campus at Korea University. The university is located in an upbeat area with trendy student cafes and delicious restaurants all a hop, skip and a jump from your front door.  More information can be found in the tabs below. Step 3: Get a Room explained in 60 seconds.

Students will be housed in the international student accommodation and will rank their room preference for a single or double room. Double rooms are the most popular choice and the cost of the double room is included in your program fee. If you select a single room and are allocated one, you will be charged a single room supplement.

You will be assigned to live in either CJ International House or Anam International House. The layout for the buildings are a bit different, but they are similar. Korea University assigns housing. TEAN cannot guarantee a specific room type. KU does not accept roommate or building requests.

Depending on where you are placed, some double rooms have their own bathroom ensuite. However, most rooms are set up to have three rooms sharing a bathroom and a common living space. So if you have a single room you will still likely share a bathroom with four other students. Please note that dorm rooms and suites vary in size and layout, and you may not know the exact layout of your suite until you move in. Kitchens, laundry rooms, and lounge spaces are available in each of the dorms.

Korea University Dorm Room

Meal Plans

When you check into your accommodation you will have the option to purchase a meal plan for the dining halls on-campus. The costs per meals for students on the meal plan can vary from about $4-5/meal depending on the package you select. Students are also able to cook their own meals in the accommodation kitchen if they prefer.

Linens

TEAN will offer a basic linen set including a fitted sheet cover, a pillow, pillowcase, and blanket. Some students do like to bring their own extra set with them for added comfort. 

Utilities

Utility fees like electricity and water are all included in your housing costs. Wireless internet is also included in the accommodation, internet speeds in Korea are at times slower than what you are used to, so it is important to manage your expectations.

Accessibility

Accessible options vary greatly. Please consult your program manager or email our accessibility team for additional information.

Semester Housing – Hanyang University

On-Campus Housing

In Seoul, our main housing option is located on-campus at Hanyang University. The university is located in an upbeat area with trendy student cafes and delicious restaurants all a hop, skip and a jump from your front door.  Step 3: Get a Room explained in 60 seconds. 

Students will be housed in the international student accommodation. Hanyang has only a double room option. Female students will be assigned to live either in Hannuri Residence Hall or Gaenari Residence Hall. Male students will be assigned to live in Hangyang Techno Residence Hall or Student Residence Hall #2. 

Hangyang University assigns housing. TEAN cannot guarantee a specific type of housing or a roommate request. Hanyang does not accept specific dorm building requests.

Students will share the bathroom with their roommates and have their own bed and desk. Please note that dorm rooms and suites vary in size and layout, and you may not know the exact layout of your suite until you move in.  

Laundry rooms are available in Hannuri Residence Hall, Gaenari Residence Hall, and Residence Hall #2.  

MEAL PLANS 

Hanyang doesn’t have meal plans, but there is a cafeteria in Residence Hall #2. The costs per meal for students can vary from about $4-5. 

LINENS 

TEAN will offer a basic linen set including a fitted sheet cover, a pillow, pillowcase, and blanket. Some students do like to bring their own extra set with them for added comfort.

UTILITIES 

Utility fees like electricity and water are all included in your housing costs. Wireless internet is also included in the accommodation, internet speeds in Korea are at times slower than what you are used to, so it is important to manage your expectations. 

ACCESSIBILITY 

Accessible options vary greatly. Please consult your program manager or email our accessibility team for additional information. 

Summer Housing – Hanyang University

Off-Campus Housing 

In Seoul, our main housing option is located off-campus with Hanyang University at Dwell Dongaemun. Dwell is located about 20 minutes from Hanyang University via subway in a central area of Seoul. Tons of restaurants, markets and shopping are within walking distance! Step 3: Get a Room explained in 60 seconds. 

The public transportation fare to and from housing to campus is included in the program. Upon arrival the TEAN staff will provide you with a “T-Money” card, which is the public transportation card, loaded with enough funds to transport to and from campus Monday-Thursday to attend class.  

Only double rooms are available for off-campus housing.  All rooms consist of air-conditioned double rooms with free WiFi.  Students will share the bathroom with their roommates and have their own bed and desk. Students also have access to laundry facilities, communal kitchen, a gym, rooftop terrace and community room. 

Hangyang University assigns housing. TEAN cannot guarantee a specific type of housing or a roommate request.  

MEAL PLANS 

Hanyang doesn’t have meal plans, but there is a cafeteria in Residence Hall #2. The costs per meal for students can vary from about $4-5. 

LINENS 

TEAN will offer a basic linen set including a fitted sheet cover, a pillow, pillowcase, and blanket. Some students do like to bring their own extra set with them for added comfort.  

UTILITIES 

Utility fees like electricity and water are all included in your housing costs. Wireless internet is also included in the accommodation, internet speeds in Korea are at times slower than what you are used to, so it is important to manage your expectations. 

ACCESSIBILITY 

Accessible options vary greatly. Please consult your program manager or email our accessibility team for additional information. 

Semester/Summer Housing – Pusan National University

On-Campus Housing

In Busan, our main housing option is located on-campus at Pusan National University. The university is located within walking distance of unlimited cafes and restaurants to choose from!  

Female students will be assigned to Jayoo Hall and Male students will be assigned to Woobee Hall. The location for the buildings is a bit different, but they are still inside the campus and accessible by the campus shuttle bus.  

Pusan National University assigns housing. TEAN cannot guarantee a specific type of housing or a roommate request.

Both Jayoo Hall and Woobee Hall have their own bathroom ensuite in each room, and they both have separate cafeterias in each building for meals which are included in the program price. A prayer room, computer room, lounge spaces, gym, laundry rooms are available in each of the dorms.  

MEAL PLANS 

Breakfast and dinner (14 meals a week) are included in the program price. Students can change the meal plan to “breakfast and lunch” or “lunch and dinner” once the program starts but cannot cancel the meal plan.  

LINENS 

TEAN will offer a basic linen set including a fitted sheet cover, a pillow, pillowcase, and blanket. Some students do like to bring their own extra set with them for added comfort.  

UTILITIES 

Utility fees like electricity and water are all included in your housing costs. Wireless internet is also included in the accommodation, internet speeds in Korea are at times slower than what you are used to, so it is important to manage your expectations. 

ACCESSIBILITY 

Accessible options vary greatly. Please consult your program manager or email our accessibility team for additional information. 

Electricity

Voltage and Plugs

The United States uses 110-volt electricity, whereas most countries outside North America use 220-volt electricity. You may need to use a converter or a transformer to change the 220-volt electricity into 110-volt electricity in order to use a 110-volt device overseas. However, most newer electronics convert voltage automatically. Check your model to be sure.

Plugs on your devices will require an adapter in order for them to be used. Electrical outlets in Korea have power sockets that are type C/F, similar to most European countries. You can find outlet adapters cheaply online (on Amazon for example). If you are planning to use multiple adapters you may want to wait until you arrive in Korea to buy more than one or two so you can ensure they work properly.

The Hair Dryer/Hair Straightener Conundrum

We recommend leaving your hairdryer or hair straightener at home and purchasing a cheap model once you arrive in country. In some cases, it may be cheaper and significantly more convenient to simply purchase low-cost yet essential electronic devices once abroad. For examples, hair dryers often take up much needed packing space and are inexpensive abroad, so purchasing a plug adaptor and converter might not be cost effective. Use discretion when making these decisions to determine what’s best for you.

Doing it Yourself

Doing it yourself

When it comes housing, some students wish to opt out of our guaranteed on-campus accommodations.  If this is the case, you will be given a credit on account for the cost of housing.  If you are thinking about opting out of housing, you must notify your Program Manager at the time you apply for the program.  

However, please be aware if you organize your own housing you may luck into a good housing situation, but you should also prepare to run into some challenges and hassles that may complicate your stay due to cultural and language differences and we will be unable assist you in these matters.  You may find that:

  • There is no one to serve as liaison with your landlord or roommates should a dispute arise.
  • You would be responsible for a large down payment (key money)
  • You are locked into a 6-12 month lease.
  • Many landlords and real estate agents are not willing to deal directly with students.
  • Set-up and payment of utilities can be a real hassle and sometimes not possible for international students.
  • Many units come unfurnished, meaning you must rent furniture (a costly option).

Get Booked

Overview

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It’s time to book your flights. It’s really happening, so get excited! This section details information regarding steps to booking flights for Korea and important tips before you book. Step 4: Get Booked explained in 60 seconds.

Flights

Flights

The best route (and airfare) for flights to Seoul or Busan will depend on your departure point in the U.S. Please read the below Steps for Booking Flights, Important Flight Booking Notes and FAQs in full before booking your flights.

Important: Do NOT book your flights until you have received instructions to do so by email from TEAN.


Steps for Booking

Step 1: Read the instructions carefully and be sure to contact us with any questions, so as to ensure you understand the airfare booking procedures.

Step 2: Review the arrival dates and end of program dates.  Students should book flights departing on or after the program end date. Note that if you depart after the program end date you may not be able to stay in the housing TEAN has organized for you beyond the end date. 

Semester Programs
Summer & Winter Programs

Step 3: Determine if you are intending to travel independently prior to or after the program dates as this will impact your travel dates to/from the U.S.

Step 4: Research travel itineraries and costs. To assist with your search, ensure you read the below “Important Booking Notes”.

Before purchasing your ticket, please feel free to contact us or send us your tentative itinerary so that we may ensure it is correct and/or the best routing for your situation.

Step 5:  Book your international travel and and upload your arrival flight itinerary to your TEAN Student portal. You can upload a screenshot of your itinerary with arrival information into Seoul.


Important Booking Notes

  • TEAN recommends shopping around to find the best routing and airfare from your departing location.
  • Check out our partner travel agency, Student Universe. The key benefit to using a travel agent like Student Universe is the personalized service, particularly useful if flights are delayed, connections are missed, or if you have to change your flight for any reason. Fill out your request here, https://www.studentuniverse.com/travel-services/tean/affiliate/TEANflights, email travel@studentuniverse.com, or call +1 303-802-8507. Hours are: Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm EST.
  • If you would like to compare airfares, please feel free to research flights online. We recommend search tools such as SkyScanner or Google Flights
  • Accommodation will be provided for students arriving on the arrival date, but accommodation will not be available prior to this date.
  • Be careful when looking at arrival dates/times. For example, a flight may arrive at 12:05 am on the arrival date, however, technically, this is the evening of the previous night as far as hotels are concerned. If you book a flight like this, you are going to need an extra night of accommodation.
  • Airfare costs can vary greatly from one departure city to another. In the event that you live relatively close to more than one potential departure city, we encourage you to research flight options through each applicable departure location. Students may find that by driving to a slightly farther departure city/airport, they may save several hundred dollars in airfare costs.

Flight FAQs

Flight FAQs

How much should I expect the airfare to be?

The estimated cost for all international flights varies from approximately $800 – $1,500. This is due in large part to the departure locations from within the U.S. (for example: New York, NY versus Omaha, NE), as well as the return travel dates.

Why doesn’t TEAN offer a group flight for Korea?

Airfares for individual flights to this region are cheaper than group flights, and for this reason we provide advice on booking your flights individually.

What if I want to arrive prior to the recommended arrival date?

 You can arrive early however, accommodation, transportation and any other costs will be at your own expense.

Offset Your Carbon Footprint

How to Offset your Carbon Footprint

Team up with TEAN to reduce your carbon footprint by offsetting your carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from air travel!

What is carbon offsetting?
Carbon offsetting is the action or process of compensating for carbon dioxide emissions produced from industrial or other human activity by participating in activities or programs designed to reduce the equivalent amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

How do I calculate my carbon emissions?
Visit the free Carbon Footprint calculator page to access a user-friendly calculator that will guide you through the quick process of calculating your carbon.  We encourage you to utilize the emissions calculator to estimate how much carbon is entering the atmosphere from your flight overseas. Through TEAN activities or utilizing companies that Carbon Footprint Ltd is associated with, you will have plenty of ample opportunities to offset your carbon throughout your semester abroad and better understand the many ways in which you can make a positive environmental impact.  The Choose Earth Team at TEAN is always happy to assist you with your calculations, so please don’t hesitate to ask us for help!

What can I do to offset my carbon emissions?
TEAN will suggest plenty of opportunities to Choose Earth while you are abroad that will help offset your carbon emissions from your international flight. Following their helpful tips and offsetting your flight is the best way to start reducing your overall carbon footprint while abroad.

If you would like to do more – and we hope that you do! We encourage you to donate the monetary amount estimated by the calculator through Carbon Footprint Ltd.'s partnerships with multiple certified eco-friendly companies. That way, you can directly contribute to programs that help offset the carbon emitted from your flights, helping to make a global impact. Contributions from climate conscious consumers assist in developing projects that promote clean technology. The beauty of this particular program is that you can choose from a variety of charitable causes that are personal to you, as opposed to a single monetary donation to an airline where you may not beg sure if your money is going exactly where you intend it to. Through Carbon Footprint Ltd, you have the power to choose when and how your carbon emissions are offset.

Get Documents

Overview

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This section is very important. Before you jet off for the time of your life, you’ll need to apply for a student visa for your program. Please read this section carefully, and when the time comes, your Program Manager will guide you through the visa application process. 

Student Visa

Student Visa

Semester: All students will be required to apply for a D2 student visa to study abroad in South Korea. Your Program Manager will supply you with specific, step-by-step instructions when you are eligible to apply, but it is important to understand the process and what you can expect.

Summer or Winter Term: Students must apply for a K-ETA (Korea Electronic Transit Authorization) a few days prior to departure. The application process for the tourist visa is simple, online, and costs less than $10 USD. Non-US passport holders will need to research the tourist visa requirements for their citizenship country.

Please note: the rest of this visa section only applies to semester students!


Visa Cost

The D2 Korean student visa costs vary depending on if you choose to apply directly with your local South Korean Consulate, or if you choose to apply with our recommended visa processing service, Swift Passport Services, located in Chicago. The cost for a visa can range for U.S. citizens from $45 – $140 USD..


Proof of Financial Support

Financial proof requirements vary by consulate. Follow instructions by the consulate of your permanent address juristiction.” Arrival tab – remove “Curious about quarantining when you arrive in South Korea? Check out TEAN student Emily’s Blog on her experience here”.Visa Application

All students will be required to submit a completed Korean visa application form when applying for a visa. You will not be able to apply for your visa more than two months before you depart for Korea. Your Program Managers will notify you when you are eligible to apply for your student visa, which is typically 10 weeks prior to your departure. You will also receive step-by-step instructions on the process.    

Certificate of Admission

To apply for a visa, you will be required to submit an official Certificate of Admission with your visa application. This document and very specific instructions will be provided approximately six-weeks prior to departure and is from Korea University. We will also provide you with a Certificate of Business Registration as well.  If the consulate in your jurisdiction require transcripts, we can send the transcripts you have already provided to TEAN back to you upon request.

Passport-Style Photo

Students will be required to send in one passport-style photo with their application.  

Processing Time
South Korean visa applications that are mailed into a U.S. Consulate office typically receive their visa in three weeks. Students who use Swift Passport Services, typically receive their visa in two weeks.

Get Going

Overview

Snapshot

It’s almost time! Now you just need to review some last minute information on insurance while abroad, follow our packing list, start planning how you will manage your money while abroad, information on cell phones and read up on details regarding your arrival. Our Korea-based staff are looking forward to meeting you when you arrive! Step 6: Get Going explained in 60 seconds.

Pre-Departure Tips

Pre-Departure Quick Tips

Photocopy all important documents – Leave one set of photocopies with your parent/guardian and keep one set with you (on your person) as you travel. Important documents to copy include, but are not limited to: passport, airline tickets, medical insurance details and inoculation details.

Bring copies of important numbers/contact details – Details include, but are not limited to: emergency contact details (ie: parents/guardians), TEAN contact details (to be provided), arrival details (to be provided).

Exchange money in advance of your arrival into Korea – If possible, it is advisable to exchange some funds prior to your arrival into Korea. You can request Korean won from your local bank, but note this may take some time for them to order. Most international airports have currency exchange kiosks where you can exchange funds for a small fee. You may also choose to withdraw local currency at an ATM in the airport – just remember that your bank most likely charges an ATM fee for withdrawals! It is recommended that students have enough funds to get them from the airport to the accommodations (if necessary) and cover any initial expenses while in Korea – the equivalent of $200 is enough to get you started for the first two weeks.

Follow Arrival Instructions – Be sure to carry all airport arrival instructions, which will be sent to you prior to your departure by your Program Managers. This will be extremely helpful in the event you are unable to locate your guide at the airport.

Be Flexible – Students are encouraged to be flexible at all times. You will experience things that are done differently in Korea, than in the U.S. – embrace the differences and you will have an amazing time!

Bring a positive attitude and a willingness to experience new people and surroundings!

Insurance

Health Insurance

TEAN requires that all international students possess health insurance coverage through CHUBB Travel Insurance for the duration of their studies in South Korea. Enrollment is automatic, and the cost of this insurance will be included in your program fee.

Your medical insurance policy includes the following:

  • Prescription medications
  • Medical evaluation
  • Hospitalization
  • X-rays
  • Emergency medical assistance
  • Medical transportation and evacuation
  • Return of mortal remains

There are limitations to this medical insurance, including dental and optical services. If you have any existing health concerns, contact your current insurance provider before you leave. You can find the policy brochure and claim form on our Living in Seoul page.

Please Note: If you are studying with TEAN in your country of citizenship, you will not be covered by our insurance policy.


Personal Articles Insurance

We recommend students put anything of value i.e., digital cameras, jewelry, musical instruments, cell phones, laptops, etc. on a Personal Articles Policy (many homeowners already have this policy so students most likely can add their items onto their parents’ Personal Article Policy). This insurance often covers the full value of the items worldwide, with no deductible. Typically, items valued up to $3,000 can be covered for an approximately $30 premium. We encourage students to take pictures of item(s) and note their model, make and serial number, as well as save receipts when possible. Purchase of this insurance is left to the discretion of the student and his/her parents.


Travel Insurance

Trip insurance is highly recommended and is NOT included in TEAN program fees. We recommend considering supplemental trip insurance to protect against unexpected mishaps (i.e. lost luggage) that can occur while traveling. Plans range from $100–$350 and can be purchased through various insurance carriers. If you would like to discuss plans with TEAN’s recommended travel liaison, please contact Student Universe at 866-761-0068.

Health & Safety

Health & Safety

TEAN is committed to the health and safety of every participant. It is very important that students make informed decisions about their study and travel destinations. TEAN continually monitors the safety and security of our study abroad program locations as well as popular student travel destinations. We continue to advise students of the safety and health risks associated with studying and traveling abroad based on the information from the U.S. Department of State travel warnings, local law enforcement, the South Korean Government, NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the World Health Organization.

TEAN has created an Emergency Response Plan for our study abroad locations that will be implemented by both our staff in South Korea/the South Pacific and our U.S.-based staff in Chicago. TEAN staff will work with students, parents, and study abroad staff at both the student’s home and host institution to provide the most up-to-date information regarding situations that may arise while studying abroad.


Tips for Personal Safety

Emergency Contacts:  Be sure to designate a parent or guardian as your Emergency Contact. This way, information regarding an emergency situation will automatically be passed on to your parents. Also make sure to provide TEAN your Emergency Contact’s most up-to-date contact information.

Communication Information: Provide TEAN with accurate and up-to-date contact information regarding your telephone, mobile phone, address, and email address. Be sure to notify your parents and Resident Director in case of an emergency.

Keep Others Informed: Tell others (your roommates, your parents, your Resident Director) your travel plans. Keeping others informed will make it easier to locate you in case of an emergency.

Stay Informed: Research the political, cultural, and social climate of your study and travel abroad destination before heading overseas. While abroad, whenever possible, read local newspapers and watch local news broadcasts for developments that may affect your health and safety. If you have questions, please contact a TEAN staff member either in the U.S. or abroad.

What about anti-foreign sentiment? Although individuals are generally well liked abroad, host nationals will often question the activities of foreign governments and may hold anti-foreign views. This has occurred for some time, in periods of both peace and crisis. Participants in the past have found these tips useful: use common sense, dress to blend in, speak softly and avoid overt displays of home country patriotism. TEAN also advises that students avoid all public demonstrations.


Safety Notes Regarding Water

When you arrive in Korea you will notice that most locals do not drink the tap water. The United Nations’ published a report in 2003 on water quality and Korea’s ranked eighth in the world, with its high-tech water treatment facilities and management (the U.S. ranked 12th in this study). The water quality in Korea is constantly being monitored to ensure it is safe to drink. So, while drinking the tap water is not a health concern, it’s just simply a cultural preference.


Vaccinations

It is recommended to have general vaccinations up-to-date including tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Please note TEAN requires all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate on programs. If you have any questions, please contact your Program Manager.

If you have any health conditions that may cause issues, please make sure to consult a doctor before departing.


Relevant Travel and Safety Links

State Department Travel Warnings
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization
U.S. Embassies

Packing List

Packing List

The packing list provided is only a suggested list. Triple check to ensure you have everything necessary! During quarantine you won’t have access to laundry, so we recommend packing as much as you can in your carry-on in case your large luggage is delayed (unlikely, but it doesn’t hurt to prepare!).

Essentials to Pack (also listed on your Arrival Information that we’ll ask you to print and keep with you in your carry-on)

  • Passport/visa
  • Arrival Information (to be supplied by TEAN prior to departure)
  • Negative PCR COVID test result taken with 48 hours of flight departure from US to South Korea or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) taken within 24 hours of departure flight from US to South Korea. (must be printed, original test result in English or Korean)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including facemask(s) and hand sanitizer; check with your airlines to ensure you meet their requirements.
  • Driver’s license (or alternate form of ID)
  • Airline confirmation numbers and flight itinerary
  • Money (cash, debit/credit cards, etc.)
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Prescription medicine and a note/proof from doctor (Only a 3-month supply in original packaging is allowed. Contact us for instructions on what to do if you need more.)
  • Snacks for your flight and/or quarantine! (no dried meat, fruit, or vegetables)

Other Items

  • Raincoat with a hood or waterproof Gore-tex jacket/umbrella
  • Warm jacket/hat/gloves (temperatures can be around 30F in December-February)
  • Clothing such as pants, pajamas, underwear, socks, a bathing suit and shirts
  • Dress clothes (one nice pair of dress pants/skirt and tie if applicable)
  • Two pairs of comfortable walking shoes: tennis shoes/shoes for hiking (lace-up shoes) Sizes larger than U.S. women’s 8 and U.S. men’s 10 are harder to find in Korea.
  • Bath towel
  • Camera and memory card + battery charger or extra batteries
  • Contact lenses (extended wear if possible) and solution
  • Glasses: prescription (if necessary) and sunglasses
  • Smaller backpack for books/site travel
  • Compact travel alarm clock
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Korean plug adapter for electronics. While EU adapters do fit in Korean outlets and are quite similar in size, they do vary slightly. It is recommended to get a Korea-specific adapter, as EU adapters are banned in the dorms. Please also note that most modern electronics don’t require a voltage converter. Consult manufacturer’s instructions for more information on your personal belongings.
  • Deodorant – this can be pretty expensive in Korea!
  • Phone numbers, email addresses of people with whom you wish to keep in contact
  • Extra passport photos
  • Feminine hygiene products (tampons with applicators are not easy to find in Korea and when found can be expensive)
  • Bring a backup credit or debit card that can be left in your dorm. Just in case your primary card is lost/stolen you will still have easy access to your funds.

Packing Tips from TEAN

  • “Less is more” – it sounds like a cliché, but it’s true! Believe us.
  • Pack lightly! Overweight bags are a great way to blow your budget before you get to Korea.
  • Seasons can vary: pay attention to the climate information above and plan accordingly.  
  • Leave behind about half of what you think you’ll need.  
  • Label your luggage.
  • Refer to your airline carrier’s website for current baggage restrictions on international flights.

Computers & School Supplies

Your host university has wireless internet access around the campus, although please be aware that the internet speeds in your housing can be much slower than that of the U.S. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop if they own one and also want to have regular access to internet. Having a laptop will also make typing papers easier. Your host university has computer labs, but they do operate on limited opening hours (i.e. will not be available late at night). Local cafés are great places to go to find a strong WiFi connection.


Baggage Restrictions

For international flights to South Korea most airlines allow all international passengers two checked items, one carry-on and one personal item. Please contact your air carrier for their current baggage restrictions (including dimensions and weight) and fees for additional checked items. If you will exceed your air carrier’s baggage restrictions, it is generally more economical, safer and easier to pay the airlines for additional checked baggage versus shipping items.

Cultural Tips

Cultural Tips

You will find that Koreans are accommodating and helpful people. That said, abide by these ten cultural tips in order to live most harmoniously with the locals.

  1. Bow when greeting your peers and elders – this is the respectful and standard way of saying hello, goodbye and thank you. A simple head tilt will do for informal settings. Keep in mind: the deeper the bow the greater the respect.
  2. Never sit in the subway seats reserved for the elderly and pregnant and always offer up your seat to such people as well.
  3. Don’t shove your chopsticks in your rice, set them on top of or beside your bowl.
  4. Always receive things with two hands – even if someone is simply pouring your water.
  5. Never wear shoes inside temples, homes or even schools. Always be mindful of whether or not you need to remove your shoes.
  6. Talk quietly while riding public transportation – trust us – you will get told to keep it down otherwise.
  7. Be prepared to separate your trash, recyclables and compostables. Koreans take this very seriously and make no excuses.
  8. Don’t tip when dining out. It’s not expected and often looked at as a gesture of pity.
  9. Expect to get stared, pointed at and whispered about. This is not malicious, it’s just that you’re a unique presence and Koreans will find you to be interesting.
  10. It is customary not to pour your own drink in Korea. When you are out to dinner with a group, be aware of your dinner companions drink’s level and refill their glass, they will in turn fill your glass.

Arrival

Arrival and Airport Pickup

Specific arrival details will be provided prior to your departure.


Contact Information

Prior to your departure, your Program Manager will provide you with contact details for all key TEAN personnel (including your Resident staff), as well as information on your local embassy and emergency contacts.

TEAN Orientation

TEAN Orientation

“Upon arrival in Seoul, our in-country team will host you for a multi-day orientation to introduce you to life in South Korea. This orientation is designed to set you up for successful program abroad, both academically and culturally. You will receive a detailed schedule and calendar of activities a few weeks prior to departure.

Communicating While Abroad

Contacting Home

Below are some suggested ways that you can easily stay in touch with your family and friends while studying abroad.

We recommend setting up a contact plan before you depart, deciding how and when you’ll be available while abroad. Whether that looks like daily, weekly, biweekly or monthly check-ins, it’s good to have a consistent way to get in touch, as well as back up alternatives in case of an emergency. While studying abroad can be a time to spread your wings and become more independent, it’s important to regularly touch base with your loved ones so they don’t worry while you’re away.

No matter which method you choose, we recommend downloading your preferred applications before leaving home and testing them out to make sure any accounts and contacts are set up properly.

International Phone Plan

In most cases, this allows students to utilize their phone domestically in their host country and internationally. The cost of this can vary based on service provider. If you are interested in this option, you should get in touch with your phone service provider to get the relevant fees and service options. Be sure to consider costs for dialing local numbers as it can sometimes make an international plan undesirable for calls within your host country.

Purchasing a Phone in Country

This would only be a viable option if you do not want to or cannot use your current U.S. phone, and can speak and read the local language. Phones can be purchased in all locations for costs comparable to U.S. phones. This may be a good option for a student who is looking to use a phone for just texting and calling while in country, as non-smart phones can be purchased cheaply in most countries. If you are worried about losing your U.S. smartphone, you may want to consider purchasing an inexpensive phone in your host country.


Free International Contact Options

While all students will have access to a local number, there are free ways to get in touch with people across the world while connected to the internet or data.

Skype

Allows free chat, audio calling and video calling between users while using WiFi or data. This allows for calls between two parties both using the Skype app downloaded. The Skype app can be downloaded onto you phone, tablet and computer. You can also purchase Skype credit which allows you to call international landline and mobile phone numbers directly (so both parties don’t have to have a Skype account). These calls typically cost around $.05 for the connection and $.03 per minute, making it an affordable option.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook’s Messenger app allows free chat, audio calling and video calling between users while on WiFi or data.

iMessage

While we don’t suggest going out of your way to purchase an iPhone for this option, it is a great feature for any students who have these phones already. iPhones use iMessage and FaceTime while on WiFi or data at zero charge to the provider plan.

Other free messaging apps

You probably already know or use WhatsApp, which allows free chat, audio calling and video calling between users while on WiFi or data. WhatsApp is popular outside of the U.S. as well but some countries also have their own messaging app of choice that you’ll likely want to download to chat with your new local friends. These include:

Email

It may seem obvious but email is a great way to continue to stay in touch with people back home regardless of the time differences. If your host institution gives you a new school email, be sure to update friends and family with the email address you will be checking most frequently throughout your program.


Internet

  • Internet service is provided within accommodations managed by your host university, including wireless access in the dormitories.
  • Upon arrival, it may take same time to set up personal computers to wireless networks. Patience is requested.

Finances Abroad

Finances Abroad

Bringing U.S. Currency to South Korea

We do not recommend bringing large amounts of cash with you for security and safety reasons, however, you may wish to bring a small amount of foreign currency for any initial personal expense needs. Most major banks in large U.S. cities have foreign currency in stock, but smaller regional banks may be able to order South Korean Won. (Do not wait until the last minute to place your order.) Alternatively, you can exchange money at airport before you depart for the overseas flight. This is slightly more expensive than using a local bank (1%-2% higher fees) but much more convenient.  

Using a U.S. Bank Account

You can avoid paying ATM fees by either joining a bank in the global ATM alliance, or Charles Schwab is a great bank to use because they refund all ATM domestic and foreign transaction fees worldwide and it is free to open an account. They never charge a fee but if the foreign bank does then Charles Schwab refunds the cost at the end of each month. Accounts can be opened online. It is always good to check your local bank’s policy as well.

It usually takes 7-10 days for Charles Schwab to mail the actual ATM card (so don’t wait until the last minute to open an account!). All transactions can be done online (including funding the account from another bank account you have in the U.S.).

Opening a Korean Bank Account

Semester students: When you arrive in Korea, you will be given instructions on how to apply for your Alien Registration Card (ARC). As a part of your ARC, you will have the option to have a local Korean bank account. It can take up to four weeks to received your ARC so if you prefer to use this account, please be prepared to use your U.S. account for the first few weeks.  

Winter/Summer students: Since your program is less than 90 days you will not need to apply for your ARC, therefore will not have the option to open a Korean bank account.

Please Note: Since summer students do not need to get a student visa, you will not need to apply for your ARC, therefore will not have the option to open a Korean bank account.