Ajou International Summer School
Korean Cultural and Commercial products have exploded into the world’s consciousness in recent times. K-pop groups tour all inhabited continents. Korean movies and dramas have wowed Eastern audiences and Western critics. Korean gaming firms churn out an endless supply of hits that are enjoyed by players and viewed everywhere in the exploding e-sports sector. Korean companies dominate the world in industries as varied as mobile phones, shipbuilding, construction, televisions, heavy machinery, and microchip fabrication. How did a small, divided peninsular nation with just north of 50 million residents come to wield such outsized influence on world culture and commerce?
The newly designed “Globalization and the K-Wave” provides first-hand experiences and understandings about globalization and the K-wave generally, with focal points including Korean pop-culture, language, and business. During this 2-week intensive program, participants will gain academic, cultural and linguistic appreciation through thoughtful academic lectures. Outside of the classroom, the program will also provide excursions to the K-Style Hub, a Korean TV studio, a K-Pop dance class, Samsung Electronics Innovation Museum (SIM) and Samsung Human Resources Division (HRD) for Globalization, and a Digital Media Firm. Additionally, students will explore the modernity and history of Seoul on a walking tour visiting the royal palace grounds, a Bukchon pilgrimage route, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and even the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) bordering North Korea. Overall, students will learn about the different components of hallyu, or the K-wave, both from its developmental aspects along with site visits to meet its creators and experience actualizations of their visions of cultural products. It will be an educational and cultural adventure never forgotten.
The course will be comprised of lectures, experiential learning and team activities. Together with our Korean student facilitators, student groups will choose one area of the K-Wave to focus and dive more deeply, create a collaborative project, and present their findings.
Overall, students will gain an understanding behind the dynamo that created the Korean wave along with the different parts of this cultural phenomenon and how they worked together to give Korea such global cultural and commercial influence.
July 6 - July 17, 2020
NOTE: The dates listed are program start and end dates in-country. Please allow for appropriate travel time.
Details about the program's schedule may be found here: http://www.ajou.ac.kr/en/international/inter24.jsp
Study Abroad Advisor
Ramona Washington, Center for International Education (email@example.com)
Contact for administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Students take one 3 credit undergraduate classes.
For more information about the course schedules visit: http://www.ajou.ac.kr/en/international/inter25.jsp
Housing and Meals
Students will have a double occupancy room with a shared bathroom.
On-campus dining services for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a wide variety of Korean and international cuisines available off campus for reasonable prices
Scholarships and Grants
Financial Aid, Scholarships & Grants may be used for this program!
Based on eligibility, UWM undergraduate students may apply for a Wisconsin Study Abroad Grant. The award amount is up to $500.
For a complete listing of scholarship opportunities, visit our website.
Applying for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program's end date. The CIE Study Abroad office strongly recommends that you expedite your passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Center for International Education
Garland Hall 138