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Overview

The International Summer Program (ISP) at Konkuk University is a two-to-four-week-long summer program that provides a great opportunity for international students wishing to learn about Korea and experience its culture. The program is suitable for all students, but is particularly valuable to those having a general interest in Korea. During their summer vacation, students can now gain an understanding of this vibrant country that is considered as a global economic and cultural powerhouse and a gateway to the world.

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2017 ISP Schedule
ISP Session 1
Dormitory Opening July 1-2
Summer Session 1 starts July 3
Field trip 1 July 7
Session 1 Completion Ceremony July 14
Session 1 Dormitory closes July 15
ISP Session 2
ISP Dormitory Opening July 15-16
Summer Session 2 starts July 17
Field trip 2 July 21
Session 2 Completion Ceremony July 28
Session 2 Dormitory closes July 29

☞ 2017 ISP Detailed Schedule (Session 1)

☞ 2017 ISP Detailed Schedule (Session 2)

☞ 2017 ISP Detailed Schedule (Session 1&2)

Highlights of the Program
  • Choice between two summer sessions that vary in academic courses and dates
KU 2016 International Summer Program Poster
  • Classes offering interesting insights to Korean history, culture, and business practices
  • Chance to learn the Korean language from KU Foreign Language Institutes
  • On-Campus housing guaranteed 100%
  • Field trips and various cultural programs
  • Weekend programs and many extracurricular programs with Konkuk students
  • Strong support from the Office of International Programs, including airport pick-up, Student Buddy System, etc.
Eligibility

All applicants should be enrolled in an accredited college or university and must be able to take college-level courses in English. We require students from non-English-speaking countries to demonstrate that their spoken and written English is adequate for the program as follows.

  • Substantial education—minimum of two years—conducted in English
  • Minimum score of 80 in TOEFL iBT or 6.0 in IELTS

Please consult with the study abroad advisor at your home institution to find out if you are required to demonstrate your English proficiency.

List of Courses

Konkuk ISP offers humanity and business courses for the 2017 session. All courses are taught in English and most credits can be transferred to your home institution. Each credit is equivalent to 15 to 16 hours of classes, and students can take up to 3-6 credits for each course. Please refer to the 2017 ISP course list below. The finalized course syllabi will be available in early March.

Session 1 (2 weeks)
Time Course name Credits ECTS Contents
09:00~12:00 Introduction to Korean History A 2 4 Lecture (24 hours) + Study trip (8 hours)
Korean Culture and Society A 2 4 Lecture (24 hours) + Study trip (8 hours)
IT Business and Startup in Korea A 2 4 Lecture (24 hours) + Study trip (8 hours)
13:30~15:30 Korean Language A- Beginner 1 2 Lecture (16 hours)
Korean Language A- Intermediate 1 2 Lecture (16 hours)
Session 2 (2 weeks)
Time Course name Credits ECTS Contents
09:00~12:00 Introduction to Korean History B 2 4 Lecture (24 hours) + Study trip (8 hours)
Korean Culture and Society B 2 4 Lecture (24 hours) + Study trip (8 hours)
IT Business and Startup in Korea B 2 4 Lecture (24 hours) + Study trip (8 hours)
13:30~15:30 Korean Language B- Beginner 1 2 Lecture (16 hours)
Korean Language B- Intermediate 1 2 Lecture (16 hours)
Transcript and Credit Transfer

At the student’s request, a certified transcript will be sent to the home institution soon after the completion of the program. While most partner institutions accept Konkuk’s credits and grades, students are advised to confirm with their home institutions prior to application.

KU Grading System
Grade Quality Points Percentage Equivalent
A+ 4.5 95-100
A 4.0 90-94
B+ 3.5 85-89
B 3.0 80-84
C+ 2.5 75-79
C 2.0 70-74
D+ 1.5 65-69
D 1.0 60-64
F 0 Less than 60
P Pass More than 60
N Non-pass Less than 60
ECTS Credit Conversion Guide
KU Credit ECTS Credit
1 2
2 4
3 6

* Note: One credit at KU requires 16 hours of lectures in classrooms. Additional learning activities required by KU courses, such as seminars, projects, practical work, and individual studies, are not counted in the hours. Therefore, one credit at KU is equivalent to two ECTS credits.

Extracurricular Activities
Field Trip Program

ISP participants and Konkuk University students will go on a cultural field trip during the program. The field trip will not only allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the past and present of Korea, but will also enable them to engage with participants from other countries while enjoying outdoor programs

Weekend Programs & Extracurricular Programs

International Student Volunteers at KU, also known as Student Buddies, plan culturally unique and fun activities for the weekends and evenings! ISP participants can sign up and join the activities which are available almost every day throughout the two weeks.

  • Tae Kwon Do (Korean martial arts) class
  • Traditional Korean arts and crafts
  • Seoul city tour and museum tours
  • Excursions to historical and beautiful scenic sights in Korea
  • Chance to enjoy local entertainment
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