South Korea

Spotlight on South Korea

A guide to custom programs in South Korea

Without question, South Korea is one of the greatest national success stories of the modern era. After decades of poverty and then war, it emerged in the 1960s as an innovative, agile, and savvy player in an interconnected Asia. South Korean workers are known as the world’s most dependable, and the nation has made its mark in shipbuilding and the automotive industry, as well as electronics, robotics—and cultural exports too. The song “Gangnam Style” is just one of many famous pop music hits in Asia. Korean TV and movies are also hugely popular.

  • 487
    People per square kilometer
  • 73%
    Population with cell phones (2nd globally)
  • Currency
    South Korean won
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Customize Your Program

Designing Your Custom Program

We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.

A Personal Partner

Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.

Meet our VP of Program Development

JeDSC_7280nnifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In South Korea, you might explore some of the following topics:

High Technology

The incredible growth of South Korea’s economy is closely tied to growth in both the established high tech industry in Korea (LG, Samsung, etc.), and the entrepreneurial community. South Korea is the world’s leader in patent activity. Learn more about start-ups poised to make a real impact in the new digital world.

Pop Culture

Americans have been introduced to Korean pop culture via the smash global hit “Gangnam Style,” and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Learn more about the phenomenon of K-pop music, mok-bang (videos of people gorging themselves for hours), and Korea’s strong gamer culture. These quirky passions are both a source of economic opportunity and, sometimes, cultural concern.

War and the DMZ

With a visit to the 38th parallel, delve into the history of a divided Korea, communism, and the Korean War. Explore South Korea’s relationship (or lack thereof) to its northern neighbor. Today, the demilitarized region is rich with history, geopolitical intrigue, and even wildlife to observe.


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South Korea
South Korea Now

Seoul is the heart of the new South Korea with trendy shopping districts, innovative urban spaces, and incredible nightscapes. But broader Korea is also home to ten UNESCO World Heritage sites, including temples, palaces, historic towns, and a volcanic island.   There are more than 5,000 years of history to study and ample opportunities to enjoy the tidy peacefulness for which the country is known.

Sandwiched between Japan, China, and Russia, South Korea is in a simultaneously advantageous and vulnerable position. It has an educated workforce, stable leadership, and the will to succeed. The business world has taken note, and tourists seem to have discovered its charm as well. Can South Korea continue its ascent and perhaps break into the upper echelon of the world’s elite nations?