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Teach in South Korea during your summer.

During this 6-week summer program, students will teach English at the Kyung Hwa Girls’ Private School in South Korea while earning practicum credit. The program will begin with a series of on-campus seminars prior to departure designed to introduce students to the Korean language, participate in cross-cultural activities relevant to South Korea, and learn more about the school and their Korean hosts.
The program as a whole will engage students in a study of theories of second language acquisition and models of English as a Foreign Language practice.  In addition, students will have exposure to issues related to English as an International Language, with particular focus on the role of English in contemporary South Korea.  

Eligibility to Study In South Korea

KU undergraduate and graduate students whose primary academic focus is TESOL and English education will be eligible for this program. Students studying in the areas of linguistics, English, and East Asian Languages and Cultures may be considered.  There are no prerequisites; however, students with some teaching/tutoring experience, especially with English language learners, will be highly competitive. A course in TESOL methods is strongly encouraged prior to participation in the program; however, students without a prior methods course will receive instruction on TESOL methods during their pre-departure orientation. Proficiency in Korean is not a prerequisite; however, students selected to the program will receive instruction in Korean during the pre-departure orientation and once in Korea.  Minimum 2.75 GPA required. 

Academic Structure

Undergraduate students will enroll in C&T 491: ESOL Practicum for Endorsement (3 credits); graduate students will enroll in C&T 825: Practicum for TESOL (3 credits). Education students who have already taken one of the two practicum courses may opt to enroll in the course as an independent study.


Students will be housed on the Kyung Hwa campus in shared dormitory rooms (4 – 6 per person) and meals will be provided in the Kyung Hwa faculty dining room. Meals are typically Korean but may also include western choices.

Enjoy your international cultural experience.

The Kyung Hwa Girls’ Private Girls School campus is located in Gwangju Gyeonggi, a southeastern suburb of Seoul. The residential school comprises a high school, a middle school, and an English business high school. The campus is on a hillside overlooking the city and well-appointed with classrooms, dormitories, dining facilities, gardens, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and gymnasium. Upon arrival in Korea, students will participate in a four-day orientation in Seoul and will include visits to several historical sites and museums.  Additionally, the program will include two weekend group excursions to the cities of Busan, the largest harbor in Korea; and Kyungjoo, home to the Bulguksa Temple (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and other national treasures during one trip and to the east coast city of Sokcho on the trip. 

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