Language Camp in South Korea

From the peaceful temples and palaces, to the bustling cities and scenic beaches, South Korea offers it all. Want to learn more about this amazing country first hand? You can now with our Summer Camp programs!

Overview

We are proud to offer 3 different Summer Language & Culture Programs in South Korea. Each program gives students the ability to become completely immersed in the Korean way of life by attending classes, participating in cultural activities and exploring the cities around them.

Option 1: Language, Culture & Excursion Camp in Seoul

This program has been designed to provide a unique opportunity for teens to learn the Korean language while experiencing the local lifestyle and cultural immersion during their stay in South Korea. From innovative language classes, to after-class activities and excursions, this program will give students an experience of a lifetime they will never forget.

Option 2: Language Camp in Seoul

Taking place at our campus in Gangnam, Seoul, this is a full time course that allows students to learn Korean in a fast, yet fun way, covering all speaking, listening, reading and writing aspects. In addition to 25 hours of Korean classes per week, students will participate in skill-focused afternoon programs design to optimize language proficiency. With a range of options to select from in each of the key language skills sets, our afternoon classes allow students to extend their learning experience to address key areas of interest.

Option 3: Language Camp in Busan

Taking place at our campus in Seomyeon, Busan, this is a full time course that allows students to learn Korean in a fast, yet fun way, covering all speaking, listening, reading and writing aspects. In addition to 25 hours of Korean classes per week, students will participate in skill-focused afternoon programs design to optimize language proficiency. With a range of options to select from in each of the key language skills sets, our afternoon classes allow students to extend their learning experience to address key areas of interest.

Seoul Campus

The school is just a few steps away from Gangnam Station, in the heart of one of Asia’s best known fashion and entertainment districts. Hundreds of cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs are within a short walk, while the fast and efficient Seoul Metro links Gangnam to the rest of the city and beyond.

The school occupies three floors of the ANY Tower building, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows providing views over the buzzing streets of Gangnam. A rooftop garden area offers students a quiet refuge from the bustle of the city below.

With 18 large air-conditioned classrooms, we have world class facilities designed to ensure that students can make the most of their study experience in a safe and comfortable environment.

Busan Campus

Our Busan campus fills the 6th floor of the landmark DS Tower, with classroom facilities that ensure our students can make the most of their study in an innovative, modern school environment.

Located in Busan’s booming student area of Seomyeon, and immediately opposite the uber-trendy Jeonpo Cafe Street, the campus is right in the middle of the excitement!

Efficient transportation links connect the school to attractions such as Haendae and Gwangalli beaches, while the Seomyeon district itself bustles with life day and night. University students and the city’s young professionals flock to the area in the evenings to explore the myriad of cafes, and restaurants, while during the day there are endless options for an inexpensive and delicious meal.

Program Dates & Deadlines

Option 1: Language, Culture & Excursion Camp in Seoul: Programs start every Monday from July 6th – August 10th.

Deadline to apply: May 15th

Option 2 & 3: Language Camp in Seoul or Basun: Programs start every Monday from June 29th – August 24th.

Deadline to apply: May 1st

Program Costs

Option 1: Language, Culture & Excursion Camp

2 weeks

3 weeks

4 weeks

5 weeks

6 weeks

Seoul

$3,320

$4,490

$5,670

$6,720

$7,920

Option 2 & 3: Language Camp in Seoul or Busan

2 weeks

3 weeks

4 weeks

5 weeks

6 weeks

7 weeks

8 weeks

Seoul

$2,750

$3,500

$4,240

$4,990

$5,780

$6,570

$7,250

Basun

$3,260

$4,010

$4,750

$5,500

$6,290

$7,070

$7,760

What's Included In The Program

Option 1: Language, Culture & Excursion Camp

  • Host family accommodations and meals
  • 15 hours of Korean lessons per week
  • Afternoon activities and excursions
  • Cultural immersion
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Tuition and fees
  • Transportation for activities & excursions
  • Comprehensive insurance

Option 2 & 3: Language Camp in Seoul or Busan

  • Host family accommodations and meals
  • 25 hours of Korean lessons per week
  • Afternoon skill-focused programs
  • Cultural classes
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Tuition and fees
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language, Culture & Excursion Camp in Seoul

The Language, Culture & Excursion Camp provides fun and exciting activities each day, including:

  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Lotte World Aquarium
  • K-pop Dance
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace + National Palace Museum
  • N Seoul Tower
  • Hangang Cruise
  • Korean Cooking
  • Korean Traditional Dance

Eligibility

  • Students from the ages of 13 to 17 are eligible to attend the camp
  • Have excellent physical and mental health
  • Agree to attend classes and maintain satisfactory standards of work and behavior
  • Adhere to all rules and guidelines established by ISE, the school and your host family

Application Process

  1. Explore our programs, options and countries to find your best match. 
  2. Complete our interest form and, if applicable, let us know who referred you to us.
  3. Schedule a meeting with one of our Travel & Study Abroad experts.
  4. Submit your application and a $200 application fee. This non-refundable fee will be applied to your overall program costs.
  5. Upon acceptance, you will be required to pay a deposit of 50% of the total program costs, up to $1500. The final payment is due several weeks before your departure. 

Parent FAQs

Moving away from your support network and into a new and unfamiliar environment can be difficult even for the most well-adjusted students. Students with pre-existing mental health conditions may find this adjustment particularly challenging, which could worsen any issues they were previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we conduct a thorough screening of all applicants to ensure they are in the right mindset to participate. While the majority of students are eligible to participate, we may not be able to accept students who have recently struggled with mental illness and/or are reliant on medication to treat mental illness in certain circumstances. Pre-existing mental health conditions include, but are not limited to:
  • Severe anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
For students prepared to take on the challenge, absolutely. It is, however, important to consider a student’s level of maturity prior to the program because it directly impacts their success.  Ideally, our programs will push students beyond their comfort zone and into what is referred to as their stretch zone. It’s in the stretch zone that learning, growth, and development - along with challenges and risk - occur.  If a student is not ready and/or willing to move beyond their comfort zone, plunging into a new and unfamiliar environment could actually have an adverse effect and place them in what is referred to as the panic zone Parents should make an honest assessment of their child’s maturity level and understand that study abroad will not fundamentally change their child’s personality or behavior when considering the program. 
While abroad, your child will be fully supported. First, they will receive a personal Program Manager to assist with everything from the initial request to your child’s departure. Then, they will be supported abroad by a dedicated Local Coordinator who will frequently check in on the student and provide monthly progress reports. Your child will have the contact information of their Local Coordinator and can contact them at any time. There is also a 24/7 emergency line managed out of ISE headquarters.
No. Visits of any kind are not allowed during our programs. If you plan to visit your child, you should plan to do so after the program has ended.
The vast majority of our participants are placed in small to medium-sized towns outside of major cities. They may not be living in the most “touristy” areas, but as long as participants are open-minded they will be treated to a truly immersive and authentic experience.

Summer Program FAQs

For students who are unable to travel during the academic year, ISE offers short-term summer programs in select countries. Visit our Summer Program page for more details.
Participants in our summer program options will experience a mix of language classes, cultural immersion, and local excursions.
Our summer program options run from 1-8 weeks. See our Summer Program page for specific dates.
Yes. It’s important to budget for things like cell phone service, excursions, eating out, personal shopping, etc. A fair estimate would be between $300-$400 per month, but it’s a good idea to research where you’d like to go/what you’d like to buy prior to your departure.

General FAQs

ISE’s Travel & Study Abroad Program will take your academic, career, and life opportunities to new levels! College admissions and employers love compelling personal growth stories, and Travel & Study Abroad will supply you with those stories.  Some of the many benefits of participating in our programs include: Academic & Career Benefits
  • Stand out during the college admissions process
  • Develop new language skills in an immersive environment
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Identify interests to better select academic & career paths
  • Establish cross-cultural skills
  • Improve academic scores
Personal Benefits
  • Improve personal organization and time management skills
  • Develop a sense of adaptability, independence, and self-reliance
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Learn about new lifestyles
  • Experience new cuisines
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Gain life experience
Since 1982, our nonprofit organization has remained committed to educating future leaders and making a positive, long-lasting impact in communities.   To make cross-cultural experiences accessible to more people, we offer the best pricing available to our participants...and we do so without compromising the quality of the experience or level of support offered   We assign each participant a personal Program Manager, so you’ll receive assistance throughout your entire program experience by someone you know by name. We also provide 24/7 support from our dedicated Student Services Team.   Lastly, the trusted international organizations we partner with have been trained and certified over the course of many years working to provide study abroad programs
The summer abroad experience does lend itself to some very important essays that students write.” Deputy director of admissions for the University of Texas  A lot of schools, including ours, are looking for a diverse perspective, and international experiences lend themselves to that.” - Admissions Advisor, University of California Anything that makes your application stand out is a good thing.” - Admissions officer, University of Chicago Not only does studying outside the United States help build necessary language fluency for all college-bound students, it shows those headed to elite institutions will go outside their comfort zone and expand to meet the challenge. Nothing speaks to the ethics of those institutions quite like a commitment to that kind of excellence and personal achievement.” - Admissions Advisor, New York University
First and foremost, program candidates should be mature, open-minded, and adaptable. Wondering if our Travel & Study Abroad Program is right for you? Check out our article Should You Study Abroad? 8 Signs You’d Make a Great Exchange Student to find out!
During the Academic Year (Visit Our High School Programs Page for Specific Dates)
  • Short Term Option (1-2 months)
  • Trimester and Semester Options
  • Full Year Options
During the Summer (Visit Our Summer Program Page for Specific Dates)
  • Program options from 1-8 weeks
Post-High School Gap Year (Visit Our Gap Year Page for Specific Dates)
  • 12-month program option
For the majority of our programs, you’ll be living with a host family.  A few of our programs offer boarding schools. In those cases, you will be living with other students in a dormitory.
If you have a family in your country of choice that you know of and that is willing to host you, we may be able to place you in their home after they are properly vetted. Otherwise, host families are chosen based on your application for the most compatible fit. If you happen to have strong and valid reasons to deny a chosen family, we will try to accommodate your request to the best of our ability.
Yes, pick up and drop-off at the airport is included in all of our programs.
We don’t include airfare in our pricing because we know that allowing people to shop around for the most competitive rates and convenient airport locations is best. Not to mention you might have frequent flyer miles that you could use towards the purchase of a ticket, why take that opportunity away? You may see other programs that include flights, but it should be noted that often these flights will cost more than what participants could find on their own and/or depart from less convenient locations.
Yes, a travel medical insurance policy is included in the program price for all participants.
All program fees must be received before departure, usually 6-8 weeks before.    The usual payment schedule is: $200 student application fee, $1500 deposit before your application is forwarded to our partner in the country of choice and a remainder 6-8 weeks before departure.    Personalized installment plans are also available, where a minimum payment is set at $500.    We understand that financing a study abroad program might be challenging for some, therefore we want you to know that we are here to help as much as we can. Please visit our Scholarship and Fundraising pages for additional financing hints.
To attend a high school you must be sufficiently proficient in the native language of the country you would like to visit, but you don’t have to be fluent. Your language skills will improve quickly once you are culturally immersed!  Don’t speak another language? Don’t worry - we offer several programs in English-speaking countries.
We try to make the application process as simple as possible. Here are the steps you should follow if you’d like to apply:
  1. Explore our programs, options, and countries to find your best match.
  2. Complete our interest form and, if applicable, let us know who referred you to us.
  3. Schedule a meeting with one of our Travel & Study Abroad experts.
  4. Submit your application and a $200 application fee. This non-refundable fee will be applied to your overall program costs.
  5. Upon acceptance, you will be required to pay a deposit of 50% of the total program cost, up to $1500. The final payment is due several weeks before your departure.
Minors are not permitted to travel alone or with other minors. You may travel with your host family, local representative, or with a school. Students above 18 years old, must coordinate with their host family and local representative before making any travel plans.
Making the best decision on how to prepare for a trip to another country where different currency is used takes a bit of planning. Besides US dollar banknotes, that you can exchange anywhere in the world, most debit and credit cards are also accepted worldwide. Before leaving the US you should speak to your bank to make sure that you won’t be charged exorbitant international fees. Many banks in the US offer cards with no international or ATM fees. Also, consider inquiring about prepaid cards. Another option might be traveler’s checks that are an alternative to cash and cards. It is not very common that you will be able to open a local bank account to which you could transfer money to. However, since we live in an ever-changing world, you should never disregard this option; we encourage you to inquire about it upon your arrival. Our local representative will always be happy to assist you. Remember, never keep all of your cards and cash in one place.

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