A park with traditional Korean pavilion

2024 Program Dates

Student Arrival: May 19, 2024
Student Departure: June 29, 2024

*Please note that housing is provided for the exact dates of the program. If a student wishes to arrive earlier or depart later, the student will need to find their own accommodations.

Program Summary

The NYU Summer Korean Language Intensive is a great opportunity for students seeking an immersive experience with the Korean language. A cohort of students will be taking the same 6 credits of intensive learning (one 2 credit course, one 4 credit course), where out of class co-curricular activities are an integral part of your learning.

In addition to making progress toward their academic goals and fulfilling language requirements, in this immersive program students will explore different parts of Korea through short trips with opportunities to see many historic sites. Hosted on the campus of KAIST in Daejeon, the program will benefit from the facilities of this renown university and provide connections with local students. Overnight trips to Seoul and Gyeongju will provide a unique opportunity to learn the language while experiencing the culture in both ancient and modern Korean cities.  


Application Deadlines

General Deadline: February 1

(Rolling admission as space allows.)

Contact Info

NYU Global Programs


t: (212) 998-4433

f: (212) 995-4103


Tuition, Housing, and local Insurance are required.

This chart uses undergraduate tuition and fees for the College of Arts and Science.

Program Tuition 2024
6 credits


GeoBlue International Health Insurance

covers the duration of the academic program, including internship commitments

Housing Costs **  2024
One of two KAIST residence halls 300 USD
Individual Expenses (estimate)                 2024
Flight  1500 USD
Food 400 USD
Transit 150 USD

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-arranged housing.

** Houisng costs have been updated as of April 5, 2024. Actual housing cost will depend on the exchange rate the day of payment.

Students are encouraged to budget for summer abroad programs based on individual needs. Additional resources for planning are available on the Additional Costs and Financial Assistance pages.


This 6-credit program is comprised of two classes:

Essentials of Korean Culture, MTW 2:00 - 3:40 (plus out of class experiences -- a final schedule will be shared in the course syllabus)

A variety of topics such as Korean history, social relations, education, religion, visual arts, performing arts, and food & sports will be covered. The course will encourage students to expand their Korean literacy and cultural knowledge through readings, presentations, participations related to the topics. Students’ active participation and contributions are strongly recommended.

Elementary Korean II, EAST-UA 255, MTWR 9:30-12:00 (plus out of class experiences --  a final schedule will be shared in the course syllabus)

Prerequisite for EAST-UA 255: EAST-UA 254 or placement exam.

This course is designed for the students who have completed Elementary Korean I (approximately 80 hours of formal instruction) at the college level. This course provides students with further conversational and grammatical skills in Korean beyond those learned in the first year. The objective of the course is to move students across the threshold of the Novice High or Intermediate Low according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

Course instruction will include class sessions dedicated to specific objectives in language learning that are enhanced by and can be delivered in site visits, via excursions and local interlocutors. These site visits interface pedagogically with the lesson plans and syllabus objectives.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

The program includes class sessions dedicated to specific objectives in language learning that are enhanced by and can be delivered in site visits, via excursions and local interlocutors. Planned co-curricular activities will help students engage with local communities via field trips and visits to such places as:

  • Gwangjang market food tour
  • National Museum of Korea
  • K-pop Dance class
  • Korean Folk Village
  • Bulguksa temple
  • National Gyeongju Museum

These site visits and activities interface pedagogically with the lesson plans and syllabus objectives.


KAIST housing is guaranteed and required.

Students reside in two of the many residence halls located on KAIST's 350+ acre campus. Buildings are designated by gender.

Room amenities include:

  • Beds

  • Desks

  • Chairs

  • Closets

  • Bedding

Campus amenities include:

  • Cafeterias, food courts, and restaurants

  • Athletic facilities (playgrounds, tennis courts, gym, track, soccer field, pool)

  • On campus bank


To be approved to enroll in the NYU- KAIST Summer Korean Language Intensive, students must meet at least one of the following language prerequisites to be approved to enroll for this program:

  • Completion of the college level course EAST-UA 254, Elementary Korean 
  • A score of 21-40 on the NYU College of Arts and Science Language Placement exam taken within the last 18 months, or equivalent at the home college/university


  • Meet NYU’s requirements for study away


Students are considered for a Summer 2024 program by submitting a brief online interest form. Start by reviewing eligibility information on the Applying page.