Three Campus Program for Comparative East Asian Studies
Program Site: Keio University in Japan (Keio), Yonsei University in Korea (Yonsei), and University of Hong Kong in China (HKU).
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA and one year of college completed at the time of application. Students must also have completed a minimum of two semesters of college-level Korean or the equivalent. Students must be available for the full six months of the program.
Description: The 3-Campus Consortium for Comparative East Asian Studies will bring together students from world-leading Universities in a unique East Asian study abroad program to be held on the campuses of three of the most prestigious academic institutions in East Asia: Keio University in Japan (Keio), Yonsei University in Korea (Yonsei), and The University of Hong Kong in China (HKU).
This East Asia-focused academic program of learning, residing and working together will enable students to cultivate the intellectual and intercultural breadth and depth that will equip them as future global leaders. This network of students both from within the East Asia region (Korea, Japan, China) and from outside (the United States and the United Kingdom) will act as a valuable bridge between East Asia and the West.
Participating students will be afforded a truly unique opportunity to learn collectively about East Asia. They will experience, analyze and comprehend East Asia from a genuinely comparative perspective by living and studying as a multinational and multicultural community in all three campuses. Students will enroll in the half year program under a rigorous, innovative and coordinated curriculum.
Academics: The program begins with a 2-week intensive orientation program in Japan. The Keio introductory course titled “Japan Now” combines lectures, social gatherings, and cultural excursions with visits to government agencies and business sites in the Tokyo region. Students then attend the regular spring semester at Yonsei University in Seoul. Students take a required 6-unit Korean language course appropriate to their level, as well as the required regional course, “Social Change in Modern Korea.” Fluent speakers must take at least one regular Yonsei course taught in Korean. Area studies courses, taught in English by Yonsei professors, are available in five general areas: Comparative Literature and Culture, Economics, International Studies, Political Science and International Relations, and Korean Studies.
After completing the spring term at Yonsei, students will travel directly to Hong Kong for the final course of the program, “Political Economy of Global Asia” taught at the University of Hong Kong. Following that, students finish the program with a four-week full-time supervised internship at an NGO in Hong Kong.
This program is designed for students who wish to improve their Korean and learn more about East Asia. It is not appropriate for students who completed high school in Korea.
Course load and Credit: Students may earn up to 24 units for the spring and summer program. Students take 4 to 5 courses at Yonsei, plus 1 course and internship at HKU. A Korean language course is required.
Activities and Other Program Features: Students are encouraged to get involved in campus activities during the spring term at Yonsei, such as cheering the Yonsei sports teams, playing pick-up basketball or volleyball, martial arts clubs, political groups, language exchange, and much more. Students also have the opportunity to have a short stay with a host family.
Students in the Three-Campus Consortium will have an opportunity to travel, live, and study together. The Consortium includes students from Keio, Yonsei, HKU, USC, King’s College London, Princeton, Cornell, and University of Geneva.
Accommodations: Students usually live in the international student dormitory on each campus. Meals are not provided.
Dates: Spring only. Spring semester runs 6 full months, from late-January to the first of August.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Cost Updated: 1/7/15
Text Updated: 6/9/14
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.