Study Tour to South Korea

July 21 - August 6, 2017

Bloomington Orientation (June 3-4)

Bloomington follow-up meeting (October 2017)


Tour Information

Purpose   Costs
Tour Sponsors   Other Participant Responsibilities
Tour Leaders   Orientation
Eligilibity   Follow-Up
Itinerary   Rigors of Traveling
Contact Information



This study tour for K-12 teachers is designed to let you experience firsthand cultural, historical and educational aspects of Korea. You will visit key cultural landmarks, museums, and other sites. While we will travel as a group, we have left time for you to take charge of your own learning through independent exploration and research. We hope that these firsthand experiences will provide you with the information, insights, and artifacts you need to help cultivate greater understanding of South Korea in your schools and communities.

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Tour Sponsors

Funding for this study tour is made possible through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation. The Foundation is committed to providing educational opportunities about East Asia for American educators and students. Our tour is offered as a part of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the same program under which IU offers its Teaching about Asia seminars and Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop. NCTA also includes coordinating sites at the University of Washington, University of Colorado, Columbia University, the Five College Center for East Asian Studies (Smith College), the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Southern California.

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Tour Leaders

Theresa Kang, EASC Assistant Director and IU NCTA National Coordinating Site Director; Anthony Ross, EASC Outreach Coordinator; and Lucy Park, Sejong Cultural Society Executive Director will lead this study tour.

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Note: Eligible individuals will be notified of their eligibility by e-mail.

Applicants have successfully completed a minimum of 30 hours of NCTA professional development. This requirement can be met through any combination of in-class seminars and workshops and online programs. Up to 15 qualified teachers will go on the trip. Though applications from NCTA alumni who have previously gone on an NCTA study tour will be reviewed, priority will be give to applicants who have never participated in an NCTA study tour. Participants must have a valid passport before the departure date.

Much of the pre-departure information, study materials, and discussion among the participants will be communicated via e-mail and this specially-designed study tour website.

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The tour will incorporate historical, cultural and educational components in several cities in Korea: Seoul, Busan, Daejeon, Gwangju, and Gyeongju. The tour will begin with an orientation in Bloomington June 3 and 4, 2017. This will give participants the opportunity to meet one another, develop personal and group goals for the trip, and begin delving into the culture and history of Korea with the tour leaders.

Highlights of the tour will include:

Seoul city tourGyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul


           DMZ and a look into North Korea


Kinkakuji in Kyoto

Temple Stay

Meiji Shrine in Tokyo

School visits school visit



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Costs covered by EASC

Costs covered by participants

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Other Participant Responsibilities

Participants are also expected to develop a Korea-centered lesson plan appropriate for their subject area. These lesson plans should include knowledge or materials acquired on the study tour. More information on lesson plans will be available at a later date.

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The main orientation for study tour participants will be held at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University June 3-4, 2017. Orientation activities will include lectures on Korean history and culture, development of group and personal trip goals, exchange of practical travel tips, and discussion of cultural dos and doníts. EASC will provide discounted airfare, one night of lodging at the IMU's Biddle Hotel, and three meals for study tour participants.

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In addition to the orientation sessions before the study tour, participants are required to participate in a follow-up meeting in Bloomington in October 2017. The purpose of the meeting is to reflect on the trip, share experiences, and update colleagues on how lesson plans are being implemented in the classroom. Once again, EASC will provide discounted airfare, one night of lodging at the IMU's Biddle Hotel, and three meals.

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Rigors of Traveling

Before submitting an application, prospective applicants should be sure they are up to meeting the following travel challenges we will likely encounter: extended periods of HOT, humid weather; crowded ground transportation; many stairs; and extended periods of walking (will likely exceed 5 miles on many days). Participants should be prepared to carry their own luggage long distances (through airports and train stations, from buses to hotels) and be able to load/unload their own luggage from buses and trains. Participants should be in good health, adaptable to a variety of circumstances, and sensitive to cultural differences. We recommend enrolling in a general fitness program if you are not already fit.

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For More Information


Theresa Kang

Associate Director, East Asian Studies Center

Director, IU NCTA National Coordinating Site




Anthony Ross
Outreach Coordinator, East Asian Studies Center

Phone: 812-855-9319

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