University of Seoul Summer Program

Study in Seoul this summer and explore the rest of South Korea though field trips they offer to places like Jeju Island, the Korean world heritage site of Changdeok Palace or watching a NANTA Show! 

This popular summer program has been running for over 19 years.

Key information





Program type


Application information

Application status


Summer 2020 applications

Priority deadline Jan. 8, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 2021 applications

Open Fall 2020

Program details

Areas of Study:

Asian Studies, International Relations, Economics, International Business, Urban Studies, Korean, Sport Science.

Course Information:

Students can choose one morning and one afternoon class, plus the optional 2 credit Exploring Asian Culture class which consists of three field trips. 3 credits = 1 UCalgary half course; 6-8 credits = 6 UCalgary units (2 half-courses)

The summer program runs from June 25 - July 26, 2019. (2020 dates TBA but should be very similar.)


Exchange students pay their tuition for 2 UCalgary HCEs (6 units) and any associated academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

Expense Estimated Student Cost Covered by UoS
Registration Fee - 350 USD
Housing Fee - 250 USD
Cultural Activity Cost - 900 USD
Jeju Island Trip (800 USD total) 300 USD 500 USD
Flight self-determined -
Meals 320-640 USD -
Personal Expenses self-determined -
Estimate 780 USD plus flights, tuition, and personal expenses 2000 USD covered by UoS!


Seoul provides more clarity and updated information on the cost of living online. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.

Seoul cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Students receive free housing on campus during the program. 

A common cooking facility is available in the dorm building, and you can find a cafeteria near the building for your meals. Detailed information on the facilities of the UOS dormitory can be found at →  For International Students  →  Living in Seoul  →  After Arrival Information  →  On-campus Housing.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Do I have to speak Korean?

No prior knowledge of Korean is required for this exchange. SISS offers a variety of courses in English.

Student Experience: "I found that Korean people are quite straightforward and easily express their opinions. As well, most of them are quite self conscious about their ability to speak English so it was important for me to make sure they were comfortable around me when they spoke English. Even though I did not speak or read Korean, it helped that I understood a little bit. I would recommend being able to read Hangeul which is really easy to learn. Mostly people spoke minimal English, so it wasn’t too bad. As well, it helped that we had a lot of Korean friends who spoke English well who translated for us."

What supports or services are available on the SISS program?

SISS offers a buddy program "Peer Advocate" for international students. Peer Advocates are UoS Korean students who help international students adjust to life in Korea. Peer Advocates live with international students in the dorm and participate in most of the programs offered by SISS with all of international students.

Students in the program come from Korea, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Hungary, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, and more.

What's great about Seoul and SISS?

Not many people would come to South Korea for its outdoors, but the hikes around Seoul are some of the most scenic in the world. The University of Seoul is a fantastic student-experience oriented university in South Korea. There are a multitude of great events and gatherings for you to meet and interact with other international and Korean students. The location of the dorms at UoS also provide easy access to great pathways and hiking trails right up into the hills around Seoul for incredible views of the campus and beyond.  

The UoS-subsidized Jeju Island trip is a highlight for many students on the program - the 4-day field trip tours the volcanic island, which is full of breathtaking natural beauty as well as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, and will give you a better understanding of Korea.

Other field trips on this program help you to learn about Korea’s past, present and future - you will experience various kinds of activities while visiting meaningful spots in Korea such as Jeonju’s Hanok Village, Taekwondowon, Chuncheon (a famous film location), watching a NANTA Show, and enjoying the summer at an Amusement Park (Everland or Caribbean Bay). 

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.