April 8-April 17, 2016

Application Deadline Extended to: February 24, 2016

Join SMC professors Jihyeon Cha and Soyeon Kim on a study abroad program to learn more about the rich history of South Korea during Spring Break 2016. The theme of the program is exploring the country's diversity and perspective within cultural life. South Korea is home to modern international cities and breathtaking natural beauty. Throughout the program, students will be immersed in Korean life and cu​lture.

The program includes a variety of excursions to historical sites and fun activities such as Kimchi/Bibimbap making and Korean traditional dress Hanbok wearing. Excursions include: the National Hangul Museum, Gwanghwamun Square, Insadong Street, Korean traditional Hanok Folk Village in Jeonju, Imsil Pilbong Village, and Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung [a UNESCO Heritage site]. They will tour Seoul, the vibrant modern capital city of South Korea as well visit the Kangnam area and the Lotte World Amusement Park.

Successfully completing the program earns 1 unit of SMC credit: Global Studies 35: GLOBAL 35, Global Citizenship Field Study​​

Course Descriptions

Global Studies 35: Global Citizenship Field Studies; 1 unit

Professor Jihyeon Cha

The theme of this course is Korea-From Past to Present. Students will explore aspects of Korean history and culture as well as the country’s natural beauty. In addition, students will learn about the continuing developmental progress Korea has made in becoming a modern international country. The past is explored with visits to historical areas such as Gwanghwamun Square, Insadong Street, the traditional Hanok Folk Village in Jeonju, Imsil Pilbong Village, and Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung - a UNESCO Heritage site. Activities include the making of Kimchi and Bibimbap. Students will experience the campus life of Yonsei University. Modern day South Korea is explored with a city tour of the capital city, Seoul, visits to Lotte World Amusement Park and Apgujeong, the Rodeo Drive of Korea.

Faculty Biographies

Program Details

Program Cost: $2650.00*

* Program fee: $ 2650.00 includes RT airfare LAX to South Korea, housing, transportation, some meals, travel insurance, and some excursions while in South Korea. Program fee DOES NOT INCLUDE: Tuition for classes, personal spending money, excursions not cited in the itinerary, passport, books/supplies, and inoculations. Only personal check, cashiers check, or money order accepted. No credit cards are accepted.

You must pay for your course tuition and fees. These are not covered in the Program Price. These may be covered by Financial Aid. Please check with the financial aid office regarding applying aid to your tuition and fees.

Eligibility Requirements



You must be 18 years old at the time of departure (April 8, 2016)

SMC Student

You must be an SMC Student, you'll need to enter your SMC Student ID on the application.

If you are not an SMC student, please apply here: www.smc.edu/admissions


You must have a valid passport by February 24, 2016.

If you hold a U.S passport, you do not need a visa to travel to South Korea.

If you are a permanent resident or SMC F-1 Visa student, please contact the Los Angeles Consulate of South Korea (213) 385-9300 or Consulate website to find out visa requirements.


You must make all required payments by the deadlines below

You must pay the program fee in full no later than Thurs Feb. 24, 2016, 3:30 pm

If you wish to withdraw you must cancel in person no later than Thurs Feb 24, 2016. After Feb 24th NO REFUNDS.


Online Study Abroad application

PDF FileOverseas Release Form

PDF FileMedical Release Form

Application Requirements


Complete the Study Abroad Application

January 14, 2016

Bring your passport, PDF Filemedical release, and PDF Fileoverseas release to the IEC

January 14, 2016

Pay for your course tuition and fees (this is not included in the program price).


Payment 2 of 2*: Bring your full payment of $2650.00* to the International Education Counseling Center by 3:30 pm on February 24, 2016.

February 24, 2016

*All payments must be in the form of personal check, cashier's check, or money order. Credit cards are not accepted. The account holder name and address must appear in the upper left hand corner of the check. The memo line should contain your name and SMC Student ID Number. All checks must be made payable to "Santa Monica College". If your check is returned, the Auxiliary office will place a hold on your account and assess a $25.00 returned check fee, to be paid directly to Auxiliary. You will need to make a new payment in a different form of payment; a returned check may result in the loss of your space on the program.
NO REFUNDS AFTER February 24th.

**Please note the SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship cannot be used to cover the $300.00 first installment payment If you are a recipient of the SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship it will be credited toward the balance of $2350.00. You will be responsible to pay any remaining balance by the deadline.

Online Application