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  • Locations: Seoul, Korea
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CU Denver Faculty-Led Global Study
Hostel, Hotel
Minimum GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Academic Department:
Political Science
Number of Credits:
Program Advisor:
Jessica Tharp
Course(s) Offered:
PSCI 4995/5995
Faculty Leader:
Tony Robinson
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Program Description:


  • Visit the DMZ border with North Korea, including a trip into the military infiltration tunne
  • Take a boat tour of the mighty Han river, experiencing Seoul’s architectural achievements by night
  • Explore the tensions between tradition and modernization from within the palaces, temples, and coastal communities of traditional Korea
  • Spend a night with the monks of Haeinsa Temple, a remote mountain temple of central importance to Buddhist culture
  • Explore the world’s largest urban development project, Songdo City and experience K-Pop culture
  • Experiencing world-class architectural and urban planning innovations, from the top of the soaring Seoul tower on Mt. Namsan, to the 123 story Lotte Tower in Gangnam, to the technical innovations of
    the world's largest new planned community of high-tech green sustainability, Songdo city.
  • Explorations of Seoul's urban culture, ranging from restored parks and streams where dumps once stood to vast and crowded underground
    markets, from alternative art spaces and street artists to inner-city night life, from Korean jimjilbang spas to global entertainment districts and
    luxury Noraebong clubs.
  • Visits with former and current student and labor leaders of Korea, who led some of the world's most successful democratization movements
    since the 1980s.
  • Considering the tensions between tradition and modernization from within the preserved palaces, temples, and folk villages of traditional Korea
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Gyeongju's Bulguksa Temple and the Seokguram
    Buddhist Grotto.
  • Trips to Seoul's surrounding locales, such as the palaces and burial mounds of Korea's historic royalty, coastal ocean communities, and
    cooperative farms run by labor activists.
  • A pilgrimage to a traditional Confucian Hanok villa where we will stay overnight for two nights in the mountains, followed by a Temple Stay at
    the Haeinsa Buddhist Temple, one of the most sacred of all Korea's Buddhist temples and where we will live the monks of Haeinsa for two days.
  • Bicycle tours through the rural preserves, gardens and rice-paddies of Gyeongju--home of the old royal kings and queens of Korea.
  • Several nights in the coastal beach-city of Busan, where we will visit a cooperative art village, a dragon-temple on the coast, a night-time communal celebration along the bay, Korea's largest live fish-market, and even visit one of the highest judicial courts in Korea where will we spend a few hours of conversation with Korean justices.


This program will explore one of the world’s largest and most technically advanced cities, while also taking students into remote traditional Korean communities, including mountain hikes to shaman sites and overnight stays at traditional Confucian villas. By exploring the palaces, temples, and coastal communities of traditional Korea, students will encounter the challenges involved in transitioning from traditional life to becoming a global economic powerhouse. We will explore the legacy of the Korean War and the process by which a devastated country rose to experience the most rapid urbanization project in world history.

Students will explore these themes against a backdrop of Korean traditional, Confucian culture, examining the ways in which traditional culture continues to shape Korean life and the ways in which globalization dynamics are uprooting traditional culture and with what consequences. Field explorations to traditional Korean communities along the northeastern coast, in the Gyeongju area, and at a Buddhist mountain temple will allow us a first hand look at Korean traditional culture. We will also explore the importance of the Korean War in shaping current Korean dynamics.


Course Information

  • 3 Credits
  • PSCI 4995/5995

Course Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.5






  • Includes: Tuition and fees, shared accommodation, entrance fees, most meals, ground transportation, and international health and evacuation insurance
  • Not Included: Airfare, many meals, personal expenses

Faculty Leader


This program is directed by Tony Robinson. Contact him at

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. . For more information and to discuss your personal aid package, schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.


CU Denver Global Study Scholarship

CU Denver students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Awards range from $500- $1,000. Apply here.

Additional Scholarship Information:

We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding:

This program is currently not accepting applications.