Ajou International Summer School (AISS)
Located only 20 miles outside of Seoul, students who attend this 6 week Summer School can easily enjoy the benefits of metropolitan life while still experiencing aspects of traditional Korean culture. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a series of cultural programs, social activities, and excursions to unique historical sites such as the Hwaseong Fortress.
Language of Instruction: English
ISEP-Exchange Summer for all US and I-to-I exchange member students
Developing Management Skills
History of North and South Korea
Korean Culture from an International Perspective
Korean Language 1
Korean Language 2
For more details about AISS courses, please visit: http://www.ajou.ac.kr/en/international/inter24.jsp
HOW TO LIST THIS PROGRAM IN THE ISEP APPLICATION
When completing the Host Site Request List, please ensure that it is written in this exact format:
Ajou University- Ajou International Summer School- ISEP Exchange
See the Membership Directory for details.
Late June - Mid Aug, 2014
April 1, 2014
Based on tuition, housing, and meals at home university
HOUSING AND MEALS
Students are placed in an on-campus dormitory. A stipend is provided to purchase meals at the cafeteria or anywhere off campus.
KOREAN CULTURAL WORKSHOPs (KCW):
KCW is offered every Wednesday and is one of the most popular programs of AISS. KCW is designed to help international students enhance their understanding of Korean culture and tradition, through practical workshops in the morning and site visits in the afternoon.
Week 1: Taekwondo Practice & Visit to Hwaseong Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Week 2: Visit to Hyundai Automobile Company & Korean Folk Village
Week 3: Visit to Local Cultural Festival (Mud Festival - No.1 Summer Festival in Korea)
Week 4: Cultural Workshops at Namsan Hanok Village & Korean Musical Show
-Samulnori Practice (Musical Instruments)
-Wearing Hanbok (Korean traditional clothing)
-Making a mask
-Watching "Nanta" (No. 1 live performance in Korea)
FIELD TRIP TO JEJU ISLAND:
All students are encouraged to join this 3-day free field trip to Jeju Island, a World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO. Students will visit various locations on Jeju Island and enjoy a splendid view of cultural and natural heritage while building close friendships with other participants.
SERVICES AND EVENTS:
Korean movie nights (with free snacks)
Fashion Disaster Party
Cooking Korean food
Everland (amusement park)
Donggang River Rafting
Ajou University provides a cozy academic and residential atmosphere with harmoniously arranged classrooms, laboratories, libraries, residence halls, and recreational and cultural facilities on its 125-acre main campus.
Ajou University is located in the central area of Suwon, the principal city of the Gyeonggi-do Province, approximately 20 miles from Seoul. The university and the surrounding communities offer a rich educational and recreational environment that includes the unique cultural and historic heritage of Suwon and the diversity of Seoul, the world's 10th largest city.
WHAT PAST STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
"I can't stress how much I think people should try this program, but it's hard to really know until you get here yourself. The friendships I've forged in such a short month and a half feel like they've been in my life for years, and the sights that I've seen and things I've experienced have helped me in so many ways, giving me energy to pass on the kindness that has been shown to me and continue to learn about all of the cultures I've experienced. This really has been one of the best times of my life"
"I really enjoyed staying in AISS this summer because I not only learned Korean, but also made lots of friends. Every day in Korea was fun and interesting, and I experienced different countries' cultures through this summer school.AISS riches my life and broadens my horizon!!!!Thanks a lot for giving me a wonderful summer vacation. :)"
"I really like, oh no, love it!!!!! Foods here are so perfect, people here are so kind to u! U don't have to worry about anything for there always someone u can turn for help! Trips here are amazzzzzzing, u can't miss it! Just join us and be part of us, u will never ever ever ever ever regret ur decision!!!"
"AISS was an awesome experience. Regarding the program itself, I felt that it was perfect and that I would not change anything about it except to give more free time during the Jeju Island trip. But overall, I highly recommend this program to anyone thinking about studying abroad!"