This is a research-based study abroad program located in the heart of Seoul. At the center of the field school experience is the opportunity to conduct participant observation in elementary school classrooms. The educational system in Korea is known as one of the best in the world, but, more importantly, elementary school classrooms serve important socializing roles much like families.
In the Seoul field school, you will have the opportunity to become a part of one of these classroom families. At times, this may involve helping with English teaching or with other content areas, or just talking with kids (many of whom are conversant in English) about their lives and experiences. Highly motivated field school participants may also choose their own research projects on other aspects of Korean culture.
During the field school, students will receive in-field training on how to conduct qualitative research as part of a weekly class on research methods. Students will also register for a course on the history and culture of schooling in Korea. This study abroad opportunity is relevant to students whose research interests include topics such as: education, linguistics, psychology, political science, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, and Asian studies, among many others. Also, students will have the option of living with a South Korean family or in an apartment. Students will have opportunities to take part in various cultural activities such as participating in a Buddhist meditation retreat, visiting historical sites and museums, and, of course, the most favored South Korean pastime of all, shopping.