Sookmyung Korean Summer School in Seoul

Key Information


Application Deadline: 05/02/24 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Extra-curricular opportunities, Summer Schools

Ref: 10008429


Departure Date: 19/07/24

Return Date: 16/08/24


£2000: the estimated cost for programme fee (including tuition and accommodation) and flights (excluding any DMU Global funding). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £400

Additional Funding: Turing Scheme funding £480 + additional funds of £110 and £905 flight bursary for Widening Participation students as part of the Turing Scheme


Accommodation: Shared rooms in University halls included as part of summer school fee

Travel: Flights will be booked by the student (est. £800)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay the pay £1200 programme fee (including registration fee and accommodation) after being accepted for the summer school. The DMU Global bursary will be paid directly to students.

Carbon Levy

Student contribution: To offset the carbon emissions from the flight for this trip there is a £5 Carbon Levy for this trip which has been added to the total cost. Information about how this Levy will be used can be found here.


All DMU students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. To qualify for the additional funding for this opportunity students need to meet at least one of these ‘Widening Participation‘ criteria. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 10. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Please note, if you have already participated on or been accepted for a DMU Global overseas trip between September 2023 and August 2024 you are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.


Students are recommended to apply for no more than 2 overseas opportunities. Further application submissions will not be considered.


DMU in cooperation with its partner, Sookmyung Women’s University are able to offer male and female students the chance to participate in a 4-week language and cultural experience in Seoul, South Korea. The aim of the Summer School is for students to experience Korean language and culture in an exclusive educational environment, with teaching delivered by outstanding faculty members from partner universities and Sookmyung itself.

This 4-week summer school programme is taught in English, and brings together students from across the world. It offers a range of academic courses as well as a varied cultural programme with field trips. Students are expected to choose one course (second course is an extra £800), which will involve a minimum of 3 hours of classes per day. The proposed courses for the 2024 summer school are listed below as well as on the Summer School website:

  • Korean Language for Foreigners (Beginner level) covering grammar and speaking, listening, reading, writing.
  • Understanding of Korea through Keywords with a focus on different aspects of culture including beauty, capitalism, education, K-pop, nature, democracy, multiculturalism, and others.
  • Taekwando and Korean Sports Culture with a focus on understanding the similarities and differences of between Korean sports culture and general sports culture.
  • Korean Culture and Korean’s Human Relationship exploring fundamental Korean culture as well as Korean verbal communication and non-verbal communication derived from Korean culture.
  • Korean Politics and Foreign Policy helping students to understand what historical, political, and economic factors have led to today’s South Korean politics and the continuity and change of South Korea’s foreign relations.

A more detailed overview of the programme can be found here…

Sookmyung korean summer school
Programme Guide

Practical information

Students that participate on this summer school will live together with fellow students in university accommodation in twin single gender rooms. The programme fee of £1200/$1500 for the summer school includes: airport pick-up, accommodation, tuition fees, programme fees and application fee. Please note that the programme fee is a negotiated fee specifically for DMU students and the advertised fee on the Sookmyung website is different.

In addition to the programme fee, students will be required to pay for and book flights to Seoul, South Korea (approx. £800).

All DMU students will receive £400 DMU Global bursary and a minimum of £480 Turing Scheme funding (£880 in total). Students who meet the criteria for ‘widening participation students‘ will also qualify for an additional £110, and £905 towards flight costs.

Cultural Activities

As mentioned above there will be a range of cultural activities as part of the formal programme that students can participate in. Activities will include:

  • Welcome dinner and farewell parties
  • Visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace, a 14th Century structure that was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty.
  • Trip to the DMZ (Demilitarized zone) to learn more about the Korean war and the history and relations between the North and South
  • Korean calligraphy and K-pop dance classes
  • Watch a traditional Nanta performance, a South Korean non-verbal comedy show which involves involves acrobatics, magic tricks, comedy, pantomime and audience participation.

There will also be free time as part of the summer school programme as well for students to explore the unique culture, history and food of South Korea. Follow the link for more useful information about Life in Seoul.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).