Study Abroad in Korea: 5 Things You Should Know

August 10, 2017

Study abroad in South Korea offers wonderful personal, cultural and professional opportunities. If you want to study abroad in South Korea, keep the following in mind.

More and more students are deciding to study abroad in South Korea for a variety of reasons. It is becoming an economic and cultural juggernaut, so career-focused students are naturally enthusiastic about the opportunities study abroad in South Korea can provide. Nevertheless, there are numerous other wonderful things about this beautiful historic and modern country that you’ll want to know before your trip.

1. Seoul is a walker’s paradise

If you love exploring different cities, Seoul is an especially great place to wander. With numerous little streets that are only accessible on foot, you can discover small nooks that you’d easily miss if you were traveling by car. South Korea is also a fantastic place to walk around and explore night markets. Take a look:

2. The public transportation system is one of the best in the world

The public transportation system is a precisely designed network of trains, buses and subways, allowing for relatively fast and easy access to nearly any part of the city. With nine main lines stretching throughout the urban centers and suburban regions, and an additional 12 tangential lines, travelers can expect to reach their destinations conveniently and quickly.

Not to mention, compared to other subway systems, it is super clean!

3. Thousands of years of history alongside contemporary architecture

Gwanghwamun is the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Gwanghwamun is the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

South Korea has more than 4,000 years of history, and you can see many ancient relics and perfectly preserved landmarks as you walk through the neighborhoods and squares. You can see the mansions and palaces stretching back from the Joseon Dynasty, and visit some of the most spectacular examples of modern architecture during the same stroll.

4. South Korea has phenomenal cuisine

Namdeamun Market is located in Seoul, South Korea, and is the country's largest traditional market.
Namdeamun Market is located in Seoul, South Korea, and is the country’s largest traditional market.

Korean food has become one of the world’s most popular cuisines in recent years, and there is no better place to sample some of the very best! Try authentic royal court cuisine, addictive street foods and unique fusion dishes in the heart of Seoul.

5. South Korea has some of the world’s most spectacular beaches

If you’re a beach bum, you’ll love Jeondongjin Beach! With its crystal waters and sparkling white sand, Jeondongjin Beach is one of the most tranquil and lovely beaches in the world. For a more rollicking, party atmosphere, Haeundae Beach hosts the Busan International Film Festival, and is a top vacation spot during the summer months. For those who want to get off the beaten path, go explore Bijindo Island. It is just a short ferry ride from Tonyong in the southern part of the country.

6. South Korea is one of the most stylish countries in Asia

Fashion junkies will love Seoul’s style. Everyone on the streets is dressed in the latest fashions, ranging from couture to eclectic pieces popular with the diverse pop stars. Every spring Seoul hosts a Fashion Week, where people from all over the world show off their unique apparel and accessories. Here is a clip to get your wardrobe prepped:

If you decide to get all dressed up (Gangnam style), there will be no shortage of things to do! Seoul has an exciting nightlife, with hundreds of night clubs, restaurants and live music venues to choose from. Want to dance the night away? You’ll find no better city to get your groove on than Seoul.

If you want to learn more about study abroad in South Korea opportunities, please visit our program search page to find the best ISEP Direct or ISEP Exchange programs for your academic and personal goals.

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