Korea: Peace Studies

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Korea: Peace Studies

Please visit our website for more information. Journey through Korea’s past and present during a high school summer abroad program focused on peace studies and cultural immersion. The program’s different components and travel to different regions provide you with diverse perspectives on contemporary life in Korea and the country’s ongoing challenges related to peace and development. Deepen your knowledge of Korea’s sociopolitical development by engaging with historians, economists, and prominent members of civil society. Throughout the program, you are immersed in South Korean contemporary life and culture. Following the multiday orientation in Seoul — the country’s political, economic, and cultural center — live with a Korean host family in Jeonju, participating in their daily activities. Learn about religious traditions and the art of meditation alongside Buddhist monks during the program’s temple stay. Near the end of the program, experience the beautiful landscapes, coastal towns, and national parks of mountainous Gangwon province during an exploration of the country’s northeast. The program includes formal Korean language study, visits to important historical and cultural sites such as palaces and museums, a community service project arranged by a local organization, and numerous opportunities to experience Korean food and popular culture. Orientation: Seoul, 7 days Homestay: Jeonju, 7–10 days Other Accommodations: Guest house, temple, dormitory, and hostel

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