Study Abroad: Konkuk University College of Law (Seoul, South Korea)

Seoul, South KoreaProgram Description

Chicago-Kent can nominate two students each academic year to study at Konkuk University College of Law in Seoul, South Korea, for either the fall or spring semester. Students will pay the tuition at Chicago-Kent and are responsible for any additional expenses. The application deadline is March 15 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester. For more information about Konkuk, please click here.

Country Background Notes

"An independent Korean state or collection of states has existed almost continuously for several millennia. Between its initial unification in the 7th century—from three predecessor Korean states—until the 20th century, Korea existed as a single independent country. In 1905, following the Russo-Japanese War, Korea became a protectorate of imperial Japan, and in 1910 it was annexed as a colony. Korea regained its independence following Japan's surrender to the United States in 1945. After World War II, a Republic of Korea (ROK) was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula while a Communist-style government was installed in the north (the DPRK). During the Korean War (1950-53), US troops and UN forces fought alongside soldiers from the ROK to defend South Korea from DPRK attacks supported by China and the Soviet Union. An armistice was signed in 1953, splitting the peninsula along a demilitarized zone at about the 38th parallel. Thereafter, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth with per capita income rising to roughly 14 times the level of North Korea. In 1993, KIM Young-sam became South Korea's first civilian president following 32 years of military rule. South Korea today is a fully functioning modern democracy. In June 2000, a historic first North-South summit took place between the South's President KIM Dae-jung and the North's leader KIM Jong Il. In October 2007, a second North-South summit took place between the South's President ROH Moo-hyun and the North Korean leader." This information came from the U.S. Department of State. Read the Department of State Background Notes on South Korea for additional information.

Country Travel Notes

"How to capture the essence of this fascinating, complex nation? Social relations may be grounded in ancient Confucianism but South Korea is most decidedly a forward-thinking country thanks to its hurry-hurry approach to everything, an insatiable appetite for technological advancement and an indomitable can-do attitude. No one knows where the country is headed, but it's fast-forward all the way. That's what makes South Korea so exciting and at times unnerving; it's a country of endless possibilities. Seoul is where this is felt most keenly. There's an infectious energy here and it's easy to get caught up in the Korean joie de vivre, as well as the city's non-stop attractions. Less modern but no less appealing is the ancient city of Gyeongju, where temples, pagodas and royal tombs are a source of much fascination. Further south, the bustling port town of Busan is a little rough around the edges but rewards those travelers willing to persevere." This information came from Lonely Planet's online travel guide. For more information on travel and hostels check out Lonely Planet's travel guide here.

Weather Report

"Korea has four very distinct seasons: spring from mid-March to the end of May; summer from June to August; autumn September to November; and winter from December to mid-March. Of course the actual weather doesn't always fit these neat categories. Temperatures vary hugely between midsummer and mid-winter, with August being very hot and sticky, while December and January are literally freezing. Winters in the north are colder than in the more southerly Busan or Jejudo. Heavy rainfall always arrives with the summer monsoon season (late June to mid-July)." This information came from The Weather Channel. Find out the current weather report in Seoul by clicking here.