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Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is both the largest city and capital of South Korea. As one of the top financial centers and most prosperous cities in the world, Seoul has the third-largest subway system and the fastest internet connections. At the same time, Seoul still maintains its distinctive culture, traditional social values and historic landmarks. Seoul is one of the QS Best Student Cities 2016 – a ranking of the world’s leading urban destinations for international students.
At the time of participation in the program, students must have completed the first semester of their sophomore year.
- Courses in English with the Locals
- Housing in student residence (dorm)
- Mission work
- Excursions included
Known as one of Seoul's "SKY Universities," similar to the "Ivy League" in the U.S., Korea University is a world-class institution featuring a dynamic educational environment, beautiful and conveniently located campus, and top-quality student facilities. It prides itself not only on being a progressive and globally conscious institution, but also one that plays a role in preserving and developing Korean culture.
One of the enduring qualities of Korean culture is the desire to maintain harmony within the community and society. For Americans this stands in stark contrast with our individualist values where being different, unique and above all independent are ideals we hold dear. In Korean society you will find that the well-being of the community comes first. This shows in all facets of life from sharing food, respecting elders and traveling in groups. Enjoy the intimate friendships that flourish as a result of Korean community culture.
Enjoying food and drink is a high priority in Korean culture. Be prepared to spend a lot of time eating and drinking in large groups. Meals consist of a large variety of food in small quantities including rice, meat, seafood, soups, and an array of seasoned and pickled vegetables. Kimchi is a spicy, pickled vegetable integral to every Korean meal and it can come in the form of cabbage, radish, cucumbers and many other forms. Dive in and experience the spice of Korean life!
The Lunar New Year, on the first day of Spring, and Thanksgiving (Chusok), before the Autumnal equinox, are the most important holidays in Korea. Every year these days change on the solar calendar but tend to fall around February and September respectively. Koreans travel to their hometowns and gather with their immediate and extended family members to celebrate these holidays. The Lunar New Year is a chance to celebrate renewal by cleaning your home, getting haircuts, and buying new clothes. For Chusok, the harvest celebration, Koreans pay respects to the spirits of their ancestors by cooking traditional food, visiting tombs and performing rituals.
Students participating in semester programs at Korea University will stay in one of three Korea University Domirotries: CJ International House, Anam Global House and Anam Hall 2, based on availability and placements. During summer programs at Korea Univeristy, Frontier House dormitory will be available for students. ISA-Veritas students will live with other local Korean students and international students.
Shared kitchens are available in the dorms for students to cook. There are also dining halls available on campus but no meal plans.
Veritas provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Korean lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of South Korea. All housing is on campus, conveniently located near public transit routes accessible to all parts of the city. The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded and reasonable at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in South Korea and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can have an amazing stay in Seoul!
While abroad, students will be partnered with a Mission Mentor who will help them get involved with ministry opportunities and connect them with a local church and the Christian community in Seoul. Students will meet regularly with their Mission Mentor for prayer, reflection, and spiritual accountability; the spiritual support and opportunities will make their time abroad transformational!
The International Mission/Service-Learning Practicum provides a great opportunity to reinforce cross-cultural missions and earn college credit. The reflection activities, journal entries, and cultural research will enhance and help students internalize their experience.
In Seoul, our Mission Mentors connect students to opportunities to serve with a ministry for suicide watch on Seoul’s “Bridge of Life”, which attracts more suicide attempts and has earned South Korea the highest suicide rate in the industrialized world.
Ministry opportunities may include:
- Campus Outreach
- Children ministry
- Orphanage ministry
- Refugee ministry
- English clubs
- Worship & Bible Studies
- Prayer & Intercession
- Homeless ministry
- Social Justice ministry