Learning Abroad Center
Food in South Korea

Taste of South Korea: Culture, Language, and Education

Asia & Oceania

In the past decade South Korea has established itself as an international academic superpower. This program will explore South Korean education and the history of education reform that led to this international educational dominance.

This program is administered by College of Education & Human Development. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.

Program Details

Seoul, South Korea
Summer Session
Languages Taught In
Languages Taught In
College of Education and Human Development

Program Eligibility

Student Type
Student Type
UofM Students
Non UofM Students
Student Year
Student Year
Graduate Students
2.5 or program leader permission


This program explores South Korean culture, language, and education. Students will gain a deeper understanding of South Korea’s current educational systems, and its demands on students and teachers. Additionally, the course explores Korean history and society in the context of cultural traditions and social interactions. Seminars are led by local faculty and community experts.  

Program Model


Housing & Meals

Students will stay at the SNUE student dorms.  SNUE is one of CEHD's international partner universities.

Most week day meals are included (breakfast, lunch, and some dinners). No weekend meals included.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2022

Program Dates

August 1, 2022 - August 17, 2022

Please note that 3 pre-departure meetings will take place during the spring semester.


Earn 3 credits for: EDHD 3100 or EDHD 5100

This course takes a systematic look at different aspects of the Korean culture, language, and educational system. The course will examine the historical background of Korean, its international status, and current social, political and educational policies. 
As a part of this course, students will meet 3 times before program departure. Meetings will be arranged with students, and will be on campus or available via zoom. Some reading and assignments will be due before departure.

Program Leader

Marina B. Aleixo is Program Director in the Office of International Initiatives and Relations at the CEHD. Dr. Aleixo received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Second Languages and Cultures Education. For the past four years Dr. Aleixo has led the Global Teacher Education Program (GTEP) in partnership with Seoul National University of Education.


Although final decisions on excursions are still pending, they may include: Insa Dong Shopping Street, Seoul National University, Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, Jongmyo Shrine, Changgyeinggung Palace, Ministry of Education, Hagwons, Busan, etc

More Information

Please contact Marina Aleixo

Program Fee

The August 2022 program fee is $5925.

The program fee includes tuition and registration fees, orientation and international health insurance, airfare, housing, excursions and some meals. 


Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.


The COVID-19 vaccine and booster are required by the host country and/or on-site partners and facilities for most study abroad programs. Complete your COVID-19 vaccine doses immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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When you submit your online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

  • First Step session
  • University of Minnesota Student Release and Waiver Form

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist.

Next Steps

  1. You will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
  2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit the Student Release and Waiver Form.
  3. Your application is not considered complete until the form has been received and you have completed the First Step module. Your completed application will be forwarded to the program leader in the sponsoring college/department for review.
  4. The program leader will notify the Learning Abroad Center of acceptance decisions. If accepted, you will be notified via email and assigned a confirmation checklist, which includes:
    • Health Information Form
    • Confirmation and Payment Agreement
    • Online Health & Safety Orientation
  5. Login to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
  6. Once you submit all items, your participation will be confirmed and your student account will be billed for the program deposit.
  7. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify your program leader of your cancellation.