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Occupying the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, the Republic of Korea sits at the crossroads of a global network of information, commerce, and cultural exchange. From a rich history to a booming economy, Korea offers an engaging experience to all students, regardless of their academic discipline.

Map of South Korea
BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year

BC students wishing to study in Korea have the option of studying at either Seoul National University or Sogang University, both located in Seoul. Both offer exceptional academic programs and access to the Korean capital.

Speak to an OIP Advisor

In preparation for your study abroad in South Korea, you will work with an OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in South Korea, your advisor is Christina Hatzipetros. To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment, please click here.

 

Currency in Korea

The South Korean unit of currency is the Won (₩). The currency code for Won is KRW.

It is important to remember that the Won and the U.S. dollar are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.

 

Current Events & News Resources

In preparation for your time in Korea, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Korean Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, receptive student and better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.

 

Language & Customs

The majority of Koreans speak Korean as their first language. While English instruction is fairly widespread outside university campuses, students should rely primarily on their foreign language proficiency. Both programs are suitable for students who are Korean language beginners. 

Korean customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.

 

Visa Information

A student visa (D-2) is required to study in Korea. In most cases, exchange students can acquire their D-2 visa easily when they submit their Certificates of Admission issued by their host university, along with only other required documents at the Korean consulate. Dual citizens, or U.S. citizens born to Korean nationals may be suject to additional immigration requirements. Please be sure to inquire directly with the consulate. The Korean Consulate in Boston can be reached at 617-641-2830 or by visiting their website for information on applying for the visa.