sun setting behind temple in seoul, south korea

Study Tours at Pierce College

Applications for the 2024 South Korea Study Tour Program are now open. Please apply by the March 31, 2024 priority deadline. 

Study Tours are a one-to-two-week study abroad programs for students with busy work schedules or family obligations. Pierce College is pleased to announce a Study Tour to South Korea in 2024. 

To participate in Study Tours, students must be 18+ years old by travel date, in good academic standing, and have a valid passport. Please note that passports can take up to 12 weeks to be processed.

2024 South Korea Study Tour

August 23 - September 3, 2024

Professors Min Pak (Digital Design) and Niloo Etemad Sarabi (English) will lead students on a 10-day art, design, and humanities study tour in the cities of Seoul and Jeonju, South Korea. This program requires students to enroll in a 5-credit class that can be a Humanities 101 or DDSGN 170 class and will be on your Fall Term 2024 schedule (the study tour will happen between the end of Summer and beginning of Fall Term 2024). Participants must be 18 years or older by the departure date.

We will spend the first five days in Seoul followed by five days in Jeonju. There will be coursework before and after the time spent in South Korea.


Seoul is the capital city, filled with national treasures and traditional architecture. It contains five UNESCO World Heritage sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.

We will visit several national museums, including the National Museum of Korea, National Folk Museum of Korea, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul, and Leeum Art Museum.

We plan to meet with students and faculty from a partner university during our stay as well.


Jeonju, in the Jeollabuk-do State, is known as Korea's food capital and was designated a UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2012.  We will visit the following sites during our stay: 

  • Korea's largest traditional Han-ok village
  •  Jeonju Clothing Exhibition
  • Buan Naesosa Temple

Students will have free time to visit other sites in both Seoul and Jeonju.

Program Fee

The program fee is $1,900 and includes:

  • Lodging
  • Travel health insurance
  • Some ground transportation (including travel between Seoul and Jeonju)
  • Entrance or admission fees for activities included in the official itinerary
  • Two group meals and some breakfasts.

The program fee does NOT include the following:

  • Airfare
  • Tuition for the 5 credit course
  • Most meals
  • Spending money and incidentals
  • Passport application fees ($165 non expedited)

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204 South Korea Study Tour Application

Financial Aid and Scholarships

We strongly encourage you to check with the Financial Aid team about how to use Financial Aid to help pay for this study tour.

Please also consider applying for the following scholarships:

Changes in Cost or Scope of Program

In the event of significant devaluations of the dollar, some adjustments to program activities may be necessary. If there are any political events that might compromise the safety of the participants, a rescheduling or cancellation of the program may be necessary. If such changes occur, students will be notified of the changes and options will be presented.

Please also note these plans are subject to change based on world health conditions. Pierce College follows both U.S. Department of State and CDC recommendations for travel. Please visit the U.S. Department of State website on international travel to view the latest travel advisories for South Korea for more information.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend pre-departure orientations facilitated by the program directors and International Education.

Program Cancellation

If viable enrollment is not reached by June 15, 2024 the program will be cancelled. Participants will be notified and any program fees will be refunded.

Disability Accommodation

Pierce College is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, please contact Access and Disability Services at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date.