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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Junior Cluster: Examining Popular Culture, Sophomore Inquiry
Program Description:
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Is KPop a fad or a new model for global media production? As KPop, KDrama, and Korean film becomes more popular around the world, Seoul is rapidly becoming an extremely influential site of media production. How has this country of slightly over 50 million people come to dominate the regional Popular Culture market?
We will use Seoul as our classroom as we focus on building critical skills for evaluating and contrasting mass media made in Seoul for global consumption and comparing it to what Koreans are making for local and domestic consumption. What can we learn about the global circulation of popular culture through the Korean experience? 

Popular Culture is about everyday life. As a primary target market for the products of the trans-national culture industry machine, you are the experts in Contemporary Popular Culture. This course will facilitate deeper critical engagements with the Popular Culture you already consume and/or have an emerging interest. Together we will practice understanding the culture of everyday life as informed participants resisting the tyranny of passive consumption. 

Just like Asian automobile makers disrupted the dominance of the American auto industry in the 1970s, Asian Popular Culture is poised to have a similar impact on American cultural production. Korean Popular Culture is leading the way. In this course you will have the opportunity to see first hand how these global dynamics are playing out in Seoul. We’ll see how Korean producers are making their products and get to talk to some of them about how they are doing it. Each student will focus their primary research on their own area of interest whether that be music, television, film, fashion, advertising, games, or any of the other things the 25 million people the Seoul are making for us to enjoy.

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Faculty Leader Michael Lupro, Associate Professor
Director of Sophomore Inquiry & Junior Clusters
Portland State University

Phone: (503) 725-5832
Travel Dates This will be a Spring 2022 class with travel dates in June 2022
Areas of Study All Majors welcome
Required Pre-Departure Work Fall Term Coursework will include:
  • Readings to prepare for the experience
  • Research on the topic of your choice as it relates to Popular Culture
  • 2-4 required pre-departure sessions will occur during Fall Term 
    • These will be scheduled once participants are confirmed
Course & Credit Students may choose between the following options:
  - OR - 
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Korean
Housing Centrally located Hostels, rooms are shared with other program participants (upgrades to single rooms may be available at an additional cost)
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
  • Program involves walking over uneven surfaces throughout the city
  • As this program occurs during the summer, sun exposure may be significant, so extra caution should be taken to ensure adequate protection.
If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate due to these considerations, please contact the Education Abroad Advisor responsible for this program. 
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Application Process
(PSU Students)
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
  • Interview
Application Process
(Non-PSU Students)
The PSU Education Abroad Scholarship worth $500 - $750 is available for this program!
  • 4 undergraduate credits (UNST 254 or UNST399U)
  • Accommodations in a shared hostel (no more than 4 students to a hostel room) in the heart of Seoul. 
  • Airport transportation to/from Seoul International Airport
  • Guest Speakers, potential topics to include:
    • Fashion
    • Media & Marketing
    • Music & the Influence of K-Pop
    • App & Technology Use
    • Communication & Mass Media
    • Art & Design
  • Several Meals
    • Welcome dinner 
    • Several group lunches throughout the program
    • Departure ceremony dinner
  • Orientation upon arrival, with a tour of your new neighborhood
  • Cultural Tours, potential tours to include:
    • Walking tour of Gangham Neighborhood
    • Visit to the DMZ and War Memorial Tour
    • MBC World Tour
    • K-Pop Dance Class
  • Pre-loaded transit card so students can easily explore Seoul on their own
  • Sim Card for use during the program
  • 24/7 student support 
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health & Travel Insurance

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 


This program is currently not accepting applications.