Yongjin Park (Associate Professor of Economics) will direct a new SATA South Korea program, Fall 2014. SATA South Korea will be run in association with Konkuk University, one of the major universities in Seoul, South Korea.

Konkuk University is located in the eastern part of Seoul. A bustling metropolis that boasts cutting edge telecommunications and a highly integrated transportation system, Seoul serves as a hub for political, economic, social and cultural focal points of South Korea. Students will enjoy the excitement that a metropolitan city offers and experience the rising economic significance of South Korea.

Students will be housed at Konkuk University with other international students or they may choose to immerse themselves within Korean student communities in a specially designated dorm.

SATA South Korea will include educational field trips and extracurricular experiences, including the opportunity to meet refugees from North Korea and to volunteer with local NGOs that help them adapt to new life in South Korea. Students will also travel to a crossing point at the North and South Korean border.


SATA South Korea is an interdisciplinary program that is open to students from all majors. Students will enroll in a total of four courses.

Professor Park will offer two courses:

1. ECO 247: Financial Markets and Institutions

2. ECO 258: Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty

Students are required to take at least one of the courses offered by Professor Park, in addition to a Korean language course. It is important to note that students are not able to satisfy the Connecticut College language requirement by taking Korean language classes. Students will select additional coursework from the variety of courses available at Konkuk University, where over 40% of the courses offered are taught in English.

Schedule & Travel

SATA South Korea students are expected to leave as a group in mid-August, shortly before the start of the Fall 2014 semester. While in Seoul, they will follow an academic calendar similar to that of Connecticut College.

Students will attend several pre-departure meetings with Professor Park to prepare for their semester abroad. Konkuk University will hold an extensive on-site orientation to discuss health/safety issues, as well as cultural and academic differences.

When SATA South Korea students return to the College, they will reflect and share their experiences with the college community during a campus presentation.

For additional information, please contact Professor Park or the Office of Study Away. The deadline to apply will be Friday, February 7th, 2014. On campus informational meetings will be held during the Fall 2013 semester.