The 4-week Korean Language and Culture
summer program aims at enhancing Korean linguistic and cultural competencies of beginning and intermediate level students by offering fully immersive Korean language classes and cultural activities. Students can select language tracks based on their proficiency levels and prior coursework: KORE 110 Beginning or KORE 201/202 Combined Intermediate Korean (6 credits)
*Note for summer 2021: We are anticipating that there will be a 14-day quarantine requirement once students enter Korea. The summer 2021 itinerary will be adjusted to accommodate this requirement and is subject to change.
- Class and housing at Mason Korea Campus in Songdo
- Six-day trip around South Korea
- Day trips to Seoul: Seoul city, Changdeokgung Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage site), cooking class, etc.
- Cultural classes in traditional crafts and music
This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Minimum GPA: 2.25
Students will choose one of two language tracks: Intermediate or High Intermediate.
- Intermediate 1: KORE 201 + 300
*prerequisite: KORE 110
- Intermediate 2: KORE 202 + 300
*prerequisite: KORE 201
- KORE 300 (Korean Culture and Society) will be offered for both courses.
June 27 - July 24, 2021
|Week 1: June 20 - 26
||Pre-departure virtual coursework with Professor Kim
|Arrival and check-in day
||Virtual language courses in Songdo
||Virtual language courses in Songdo
||In-person excursions around South Korea: Jeonju, Jeju, etc.
||In-person language and cultural activities: Seoul tour, cultural experiences, etc.
||Check out and departure
Class Day Schedules: Morning Class- 9:15~12:15 / Afternoon Class- 1:30~3:30
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Summer 2021: Coming soon!
The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, including a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equals the published Program Cost for this course.
Summer 2020: $4,200
Included: Tuition for 6 credits, accommodations, welcome and farewell dinners, some meals, all excursions/tours/activities as described in itinerary, international emergency medical insurance.
Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, other transportation, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.
*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.
When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20, 2021. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 10, 2021. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
March 10, 2021
Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.
Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.
Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.
Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:
Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.