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Seoul, Gwangju, Sokcho, Jeju, South Korea

Program Description

The program is for JMU students who wish to study international and sports public relations in Seoul, South Korea for the Summer semester. Students will take courses also offered at JMU to earn course credits. Two faculty members from JMU will be present to lead the summer program and assist and guide JMU students.

To enrich students’ hands-on and vivid cultural experiences, extensive field trips and networking opportunities with Korean public relations professionals are scheduled. Students will visit the Olympic Village and venues for the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics and Paralympics, 2015 Summer Gwangju Universiade, 2019 FINA Aquatics Championships and several baseball and soccer stadiums of professional teams. Students will attend professional league sporting events. Reputable public relations agencies visits will also be scheduled.

In addition, students will travel to famous tourist places including Soraksan National Park, Jeju Island, multiple Buddist temples, K-pop museum, beaches, etc. to learn communication strategies and tactics of Korea Tourism Organization. Students will also visit the Imjingak resort, the last village before the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) to learn about the tragic history of the Korean War and the current mood of peace between the two Koreas. Most lectures will be given online as students will learn by participating in multiple group projects and discussions.

Location Description

Most lectures will be held at the campus of Soongsil University, which is located in Seoul, Korea, and is a sprawling metropolis. Its metropolitan area is the second largest in the world with over 25.6 million people - where hyper-modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets.

Seoul has an extensive network of public transportation which is known for its ease of use, cleanliness and frequency of service. As the world’s most wired city, internet access is widely available throughout Seoul including airports, hotels, tourist information centers, public facilities such as subways, buses and train stations, as well as most restaurants and cafés.


Chang Wan Woo | | SCOM

Yeonsoo Kim | | SCOM


Students will reside in a dorm at the Soongsil University. Most students will share a furnished room with another JMU student. The dorm has a cafeteria and coin laundry. Bedding will be provided with an additional charge and free wifi access is provided. Soongsil University is also located in the center of Seoul and the metro station is a 5 minute walk from the dorm. A transportation card that can be used for metro, bus, and taxi will also be provided.

Students will be allocated a weekly meal stipend that will cover approximately 15 to 20 meals per week. Restaurants near Soongsil University have a variety of options which are inexpensive.

Additional Items to Consider

Arrival Information:

  • Airport: Incheon International Airport (ICN)
    Non-stop flight: Korean Airline (KAL) from Dulles (IAD) to ICN (Most expensive)

  • Student can take airport limousine No.6019 at the bus stop of the airport and should get off at the 'Soongsil University Annex' station. Fee for the airport limousine is approximately 15,000 KRW (about $14)

  • Directors will pick up students at the airport if their flights arrive within the recommended time range.

  • Cell Phones: International Roaming is available at the airport, approximately $70 per month for an unlimited data plan. Directors will help students purchase data plan.
  • Subway system in Seoul is advanced. Check HERE for more information.

Course Info:

  • Both SCOM 363 and SCOM 365 are counted as electives for SCOM students.

  • Either SCOM 363 or SCOM 365 is counted as a context course requirement for SCOM public relations concentration students.

  • SCOM 365 is a required course for Sport Communication minor students. Sport Communication students also can count SCOM 363 as their minor elective.

  • Both SCOM 363 and SCOM 365 classes can be counted toward Asian Studies minor.

  • Both classes can be also be counted toward graduation for all JMU students.   

No program prerequisites for this program.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

All classes will be taught in English.  No language requirement.  

Prerequisites: SCOM 260 for SCOM students and Sport Communication Minor students only. 

Open to all majors undergraduate and graduates

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Program Closed.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SCOM 363: International Public Relations (3 credits)

SCOM 365: Sports Public Relations (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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