Summer 2018

Summer 2018 Study Abroad Program to South Korea

One-day exchange program with North Korean defector students & Two-week summer program in South Korea.

Summer Program Information Powerpoint presented on September 22, 2017

Duration: January 24, 2018  & June 24, 2018July 7, 2018

Theme: “Korea in the 21st Century: Past, Present, and Future in the Age of Globalization.”


Professor Jisoo M. Kim (

Professor Miok Pak (


What is the political, cultural and economic meaning of the 38th parallel to Koreans living in the South and the North? How did it become such an impenetrable border when it was intended to be a temporary line back in 1945? How did the border affect Koreans before and after the Korean War? How did this division affect the economic growth and how is the economic situation different in both countries? How do they differ in in their culture? If reunification were to occur, do you think it would be possible for North Koreans to successfully integrate to the South Korean society?  This program visits various sites in South Korea and use the border as a lens into exploring four main themes: Korean identities, division, reunification and economic difference between two Koreas. These four themes were reflected in readings, discussion, on-site lectures, and site-visits. The program participants trace the transnational processes of modernization, imperialism, colonization, the Cold War, decolonization, and neoliberalism that have shaped and continue to shape Korean identity and culture.

 January 24, 2018

As an exchange program, 2018 Summer Program participants met with North Korean defector students visiting GW from Hana Foundation.
GW Campus Tour
Meeting with ESIA Vice Dean, Edward W. Gnehm
Brown Bag Discussion: Reunification
Class Audit: James Person “North Korean History”
Dinner Reception
June 24 – July 7, 2018

Visiting various sites in South Korea.


Program Schedule:
Gyeongbok Palace
Korean Demilitarized Zone
UN Human Rights Office, Seoul
Blue House
Constitutional Court of Justice
House of Sharing (Meet with Comfort Women)
The U.S. Embassy
and more.

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