Business in South Korea + Internship
The Business in South Korea program offers both a faculty-led study abroad and a business internship option. Students will learn about doing business in Asia through lectures, company visits and presentations, as well as cultural tours, giving them unique insights for work in this unique business and cultural landscape. South Korea is an important market and trade partner to the U.S., and business students need to understand current issues and trends in this part of the world. There is no language requirement to participate, but you should have an interest in Asian culture and enterprise to enjoy this immersive program.
The program itinerary may include travel to Busan, Gyeongju, and Seoul. Internships will take place in Seoul. South Korea is an attractive destination for business students for many reasons. Seoul is considered the financial and commercial capital of South Korea, and proud host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Busan and Gyeongju, by contrast, will highlight local attractions and cultural values that influence South Korean society. All locations are sure to provide unique experiences that inform our understanding of South Korea's past, present, and future within the East Asian context.
Dr. Kristy McManus, Department of Marketing, will travel with students on the faculty-led portion of the program, providing lectures and guidance for the tours and visits, with a focus on consumer behavior and cross-cultural marketing.
Dr. Jennifer Chapman, Dept. of Accounting, will direct the optional internship course with assistance from a professional internship services provider in Seoul, who will facilitate placing students with companies, on-site management of interns, housing, and other day-to-day support. Weekly business seminars, cultural and community-engagement activities during the internship will round-out the program.
Students will enroll in 1-2 courses for credit as part of this program. These courses satisfy upper-division general electives for business majors, and may satisfy additional requirements for Marketing and/or International Business majors. The program meets UGA's experiential learning requirement. Note: the internship is unpaid, but it fulfills BBA degree requirements and professional development experience.
MARK 5000 - Special topics in Marketing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Mark 3000 must be completed before the program starts.
INTB 4800 - Internship in International Business (3 credits)
Note: The more business classes you have completed before an internship, the higher likelihood to obtain a preferred internship in your major area. General Business internships are expected for students with fewer business skills. Accounting majors should not expect to be placed in an internship doing accounting (different rules abroad).
This is a working itinerary and subject to change.
March (TBA) Participant reception
March/April (TBA) Team-building activity @UGA Ramsey Ctr.
April (TBA) Orientation session(s) @BLC
May 15-July 10/17 Planning underway...
- Participants stay in centrally located hotels for faculty-led program, and apartments for internship (double occupancy).
- Some group meals are included with local cuisine; however, most meals are on your own.
- Local transportation via private coaches and transit is included.
- Domestic city transfers are included.
- International airfare is not included.
- South Korean visa assistance is included for anyone who needs it (US Passport holders do not need the visa)
- SIM card is included. Participants must have their mobile phone unlocked/enabled for SIM card prior to departure.
See "Cost of Attendance" sheet at the top of this brochure for dollar estimates. Basic cost breakdown for study abroad includes:
Speak with a UGA Financial Aid Advisor about how to apply the HOPE scholarship and other financial aid to study abroad expenses. Additionally, the Terry College and the UGA Office of International Education maintain scholarships for UGA programs that you should explore.
- tuition and fees for academic courses;
- program fee for student travel and internship placement;
- international airfare; and
- personal spending.
- Open to all business majors who have completed one year of college in residence at the time of application.
- No language requirement; however, participants should be interested in language and cultural immersion in South Korea.
- Satisfactory academic and disciplinary records.
- Only applicants with a GPA of 2.75 or higher will be considered.
- Pre-requisite courses (see Academic Program above) will be enforced.
- Enrollment is limited (likewise, a minimum enrollment count must be met to confirm program).
Begin an application on the studyaway.uga.edu portal. Only complete applications will be considered. Admission decisions will be sent via the studyaway.uga.edu portal that is linked to your UGAMail account. Admitted students will have a limited time to commit (or withdraw/decline) and pay a non-refundable $300 deposit to secure their spot in the program and register for courses. Once the program is full, pending applicants may be waitlisted. Students are encouraged to apply to more than one program (use ranking tool) to improve their chances of study abroad.
UGA education abroad programs strive to provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Areas of disability include, but are not limited to visual, hearing, learning, psychological, medical, and mobility impairments. If you receive disability-related accommodations at UGA or at your home university, or if you anticipate needing accommodations at your overseas site, you will arrange for them with your study abroad program director and the staff in the Disability Resource Center. Examples of accommodations include note taking assistance, extended test time, a quiet testing location, alternative text/media, and accessible housing. Please provide information about your accommodation needs at least 4 weeks prior to departure in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations. Students are asked to disclose disability-related needs prior to the start of the program to help ensure that there are no delays in accommodations and that the student can enjoy the full study abroad experience.