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Eligible Penn State students can study abroad in Seoul, South Korea, and earn credits toward their degree by taking courses at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), one of the highest-ranking higher education institutions in South Korea. While abroad, students will live in on-campus dormitories at the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus, which is surrounded by parks and royal palaces, cafes, and restaurants.

This program is open to students in any major but works best for those majoring in either Information Sciences and Technology or Data Sciences in the College of IST. Eligible students can next participate in this program during the fall 2020 semester.

For more information on applying and program costs, review the program brochure on the Office of Global programs site. If you're interested in applying or have questions about the program, email Angela Miller in the Student Engagement office for IST.

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About Seoul, South Korea

Situated on the Han River, Seoul is home to more than 10 million inhabitants. In 2015, it was rated Asia's most livable city with the second highest quality of life globally.

A world leading technology hub centered on Gangnam and Digital Media City, the Seoul Capital Area boasts 15 Fortune Global 500 companies such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai-Kia. Seoul is the world's most wired city and ranked first in technology readiness by PwC's Cities of Opportunity report. South Korea boasts the world’s fastest internet speed and was named the world’s most innovative country in the Bloomberg Innovation Index.

Seoul also provides unique opportunities to access attractions such as more than 100 museums, numerous religious monuments, parks and surrounding mountains, markets, festivals, sports teams, and tourist attractions, including the Gyeongbok and Changdeok palaces.

Academics

This program is open to students in any major or college but works best for those majoring in either Information Sciences and Technology or Data Sciences in the College of IST. 

Students should visit the SKKU program's Historical Course List for a guide as to what SKKU courses might be available and how they might correspond to required and optional courses for Information Sciences and Technology and Data Science majors, as well as general education classes. With careful planning, courses can count toward some degree requirements — most often as Support of Option courses for the major.

Participating students must take a full-time course load, which is the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits, so students can expect to take four to five classes while abroad. All grades earned while abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. Students should consult with their academic adviser to confirm eligibility and determine which courses in this program can work into their individual degree audit.

Many SKKU classes and most information sciences and technology classes are taught in English. It is recommended that students take one Korean language course during this program.

Visit the program page for specific course offerings and options.

Eligibility Requirements

Students interested in the study abroad program in Seoul, South Korea, must meet the following requirements at the time of participating in the program:

  • Be enrolled at the Penn State University Park campus
  • This program is open to students in any major or college but works best for those majoring in either Information Sciences and Technology or Data Sciences in the College of IST