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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: English
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Creative Writing in South Korea

South Korea, Summer 2020Korea Banner

Program Overview

History, culture, nightlife and incredible cuisine—Seoul has it all, including a rich literary tradition born of its ancient culture and history. 
The high-tech capital of Asia, Seoul offers diverse, walkable neighborhoods, amazing temples and palaces, plus cheap eats, all nestled in breathtaking mountains that are a hiker’s paradise. In the evening, eat Korean BBQ and visit a themed cafe, or experience Seoul’s “station system,” the city’s answer to the pub crawl, complete with great food and entertainment.

During the day, you’ll meet some of Korean’s foremost writers of fiction and poetry and explore the country’s rich literary tradition. Small classes take you out of the classroom and into the very heart of Seoul—its religion, rulers and turbulent past that is woven into the work of so many Korean poets and writers. Lead by Professor Jake Levine, a noted translator of Korean poetry, you’ll visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the moving War Memorial of Korea, and the traditional Korean Village of Hanok, plus other sites that are a continuing source of inspiration.

Program Highlights

  •    The choice of a poetry or nonfiction track, depending on your interest
  •    Custom tours of Korean neighborhoods and historic sites that figure prominently in Korean literature
  •    The opportunity to exchange ideas and writing with Korean poets and fiction writers plus American teachers and translators, all working        in Korea 


All undergraduate students are welcome to apply including students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum 2.25 GPA.


3 credits

Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.

Course Options

Coming Soon!

Program Dates

Summer 2019 Dates coming soon!



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Day 14 * 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.

Program Cost

New Program Summer 2020: Program Fee will be available in December 2019.

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary, some breakfasts, some group meals, in-country transportation, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

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 17, 2019 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 14, 2019. 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 their 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."

Payment Instructions

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:

Application Deadline:

Sunday, March 3, 2019


Application requirements:*

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.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Professor Davis
Name Matthew Davis

Program Administrator

  Andrew Miller
Name Andrew Miller
Phone 703-993-5013
  Make an appointment

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.