Program Overview

Dankook University (DKU), founded in 1947, is an up-and-coming, private research University in South Korea, just outside the capital city of Seoul. The International Summer School (ISS) at DKU offers you the opportunity to participate in a range of experiences, such as: an internship teaching English to DKU students, courses taught in English, and Korean language courses. The English Village Internship will allow you to gain valuable teaching experience at the college level as well as internship credits. All courses, with the exception of Korean-language courses, are taught in English. DKU holds numerous group activities and excursions for international students from all over the world.

Scholarship opportunity: If you participate in the English Village internship, you will be offered a round-trip airfare reimbursement up to $1,000.

What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

You can either participate in (1) The English Village Internship + the Academic Program or (2) the Academic Program only.

The English Village internship (EV), a part of DKU's Global Village, is an English immersion environment where native English-speaking students arrive three weeks before the Academic Program to teach English conversation to DKU students. You will work with a co-teacher to teach English classes to Dankook University students. Previous students have found that this is a helpful way to make connections with local Korean students. As an EV participant, you must also participate in the Academic Program. Note: you do not receive credits for participating in the English Village teaching internship. However, if you are a student in the College of Education, please speak with your department about how this internship may count towards a degree requirement.

For more information, visit the English Village Internship website.

The Academic Program (AP) consists of four weeks of classes taught by international and/or Korean professors in English. Classes meet four days a week for three hours a day. You will take one or two classes for a total of five or ten UO credits. Cultural activities and field trips are optional at nominal cost. Visit the Dankook International Summer Program website for a complete list of courses.

For the English Village, students will be assigned randomly either at the Jukjeon or Cheonan campus. The Academic Program takes place on the Jukjeon campus. See both campus maps on the DKU website. The Jukjeon campus is about an hour away from Seoul by public transportation and Cheonan is about an hour and a half away from Seoul by public transportation.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Housing Description

You will live in university housing. Two students will share a dormitory room. The rooms are equipped with the latest facilities. A mix of Korean and non-Korean students live in the dormitory with an intention to create an international atmosphere. Among the facilities available in the dormitories are meeting rooms, fitness exercise room, a snack shop, laundry facilities, as well as a dining hall.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer (English Village + Academic Program)202001/01/20206/22/20208/7/2020
Summer (Academic Program Only)202001/01/20207/11/20208/7/2020

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