Summer Study Abroad Program
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 economic growth and how is the economic situation different in both countries? How do they differ 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?
The aim of the summer study abroad program is to invite students interested in studying Korea to visit various professional sites in South Korea. We will use the border as a lens into exploring four main themes: Korean identities, division, reunification, and economic difference between the two Koreas through readings, discussions, on-site lectures, and site visits. The program participants will 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.
Program Duration: May 24 – June 6, 2020
Eligibility: This program is open to all current undergraduate students at GW who are interested in pursuing Korean studies. Students who plan to major in Korean will be given priority during the interview process.
Tuition & Fees: Since it is not a credit-bearing program, there are no registration or tuition fees. Lodging and partial meals (breakfast & lunch) will be provided for the two-week period. Students will need to bear the airfare, GW’s health insurance (approx. $38), partial meal costs, transportation fees, and other personal expenses.
Requirements: All participants are to give a portfolio Powerpoint presentation or create a Youtube video and they will have the chance to win a $200 award for the best presentation. It is also required to write a travelogue after the program.
Due Date: February 14, 2020
Submit an Application Form including;
2. Statement of Motivation: One-page essay explaining the motivation for applying for this program. (i.e. why you are interested in Korea, the goal of studying Korea at GW before graduation, what classes you plan to take, and what research topics on Korea you are interested in, etc.)
3. Two Reference Contacts
4. Two Emergency Contacts
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