Study Abroad in South Korea

What to Expect in South Korea

South Korea is a land of beautiful contrasts. Explore the boundary between centuries-old tradition and the cutting edge of the modern world in Seoul, one of the most exciting cities for students and young professionals. Your time in South Korea, “the Land of Morning Calm,” will be spent in one of the fastest-paced urban centers in the world as well as gorgeous gardens and peaceful nature preserves.  

Aside from its beautiful natural sights, South Korea is a major tech hub has some of the fastest WiFi in the world, so you’ll have no problem keeping in touch with your friends and family back home, staying connected with your new friends in Seoul, and sharing your highlights from your time abroad!  

You’ll have the chance to improve your Korean language skills if you so choose and can study alongside Korean university students in one of the best college towns in East Asia. Are you ready to do some Seoul-searching? 

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About the IES Abroad Center

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The Center staff are highly trained local professionals providing on-the-ground support throughout your time abroad.   

While enrolling in your university, there is on-the-ground staff who are dedicated to supporting you during your time abroad. Get comfortable commuting to university and finding your study abroad hub; all the while, our staff is just a phone call away.


Health & Safety

With 70 years of experience, we are proud to set the standard for health and safety in study abroad. Our Chicago-based and on-site staff are all highly trained and experienced in the matters of health, safety, and crisis management. We are here for you from predeparture to your return, and are ready to support you—no matter which time zone you’re in. We plan for "what ifs" so that you don’t have to. From international health insurance included in the cost of your program to highly-trained local staff who can connect you to English-speaking healthcare providers, we are working around the clock to ensure your health and safety while abroad.

Support You Can Expect to Receive on Our Programs

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CISI International Health Insurance

In the case you need to see a doctor or mental health professional.

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24/7 Emergency Support

Whether you encounter an issue while traveling or in your host city.

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Mandatory Cell Phone Policy

Receive any emergency updates from IES Abroad staff via call or text.

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Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information presented at orientation by on-site staff.

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TripTracker System

Allowing you to share independent travel plans.

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Crisis Drills

So that you feel prepared to respond to an emergency should one arise.


Apply for your passport today!

Getting your passport is a crucial step for studying abroad. With processing times taking longer than usual, consider this a gentle reminder to not procrastinate on getting or renewing your passport.

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The Student Experience

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Student Ambassadors

No one knows the IES Abroad experience better than a student who has lived it! From budget tips to housing experiences, our volunteer Ambassadors are here to share it all.

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Latest from South Korea

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How will studying abroad in South Korea redefine your world? We can’t wait to find out.

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