South Korea

Korean Language & Culture

Study Korean through intensive language training and interactive activities. Explore the outstanding UNESCO World Heritage sites to learn about Korean history and cultural values.

  • Certificate

  • Community Service

  • Language


Embark on your journey to South Korea where you’ll gain a greater understanding of its rich history, culture, lifestyle, and society. By immersing yourself in Korea’s centuries-old customs, traditions, and language, you’ll uncover the secrets of this remarkable culture.

Language is crucial to understanding the culture and history of a country. Discover a broader world and values beyond what you have known about Korea as you learn the language. A team of experienced instructors in state-of-the-art facilities leads the student-centered language teaching approach, creating an ideal learning environment.

Beyond the globally popular modern culture that Korea is known for, a treasure trove of UNESCO World Heritage sites awaits your exploration. From well-preserved palaces and temples to iconic traditional practices and historical documents, you’ll deepen your knowledge of Korea’s heritage.

Engaging with local Korean youth is integral to your learning journey, fostering cultural exchange and broadening your perspective on Korean society through authentic connections. Travel to diverse regions, where you’ll gain new insights and share your thoughts with your Experimenter group and local Korean students.

Experience day-to-day life in Korea, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to live with a local family. This immersive experience is unparalleled for developing your language skills and learning more about this captivating country.

Embrace change and independence as you naturally absorb invaluable knowledge about Korea through language learning, living with a homestay family, and engaging with local youth, all while exploring World Heritage sites. Adventures await when you step through the doors to the heart of Korea’s culture and open a world of possibilities and personal growth.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will earn a language certificate noting the number of hours of language classes completed.


The Experiment’s programs are designed to build skills that will help you succeed. In South Korea, you will learn: 


  • Korean language


  • Intercultural communication 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Adaptability 


  • Temperatures and humidity can be high in South Korea during the summer. 
  • Come prepared with clothing that is modest and culturally appropriate yet will keep you cool, i.e., during the overnight stay in a Buddhist temple. 
  • Explore urban life by foot (lots of walking!). 
  • Meat and fish are staples in South Korean cuisine; students following a vegan diet need to be aware that most food is cooked in meat or fish broth. Buddhist temple food is usually vegan/vegetarian. 
  • Access to the internet is limited and internet speeds and connectivity vary. 
  • South Korea is a conservative country regarding LGBTQ+ issues. We encourage students to approach the program staff for support on gender and sexuality questions and concerns. 
  • The diverse personal and social identities of participants may, in part, shape their experience abroad. In-country partners will discuss cultural norms and the local context during orientation. Please read our approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for further information. All students will have a safe space within the program spaces and with the local staff and group leaders. 
  • The Experiment program structure is rooted in experiential learning and cohort-based learning. The participant group experience is a major source of learning for Experimenters and is facilitated by trained Experiment group leaders. 


Program Availability

Filling Fast

Program Date

Jul 1 - Jul 30



Program Fee*


(does not include airfare)
Group Airfare Cost


Departure City

San Francisco, CA

*Program fees may increase by
$500 -$1000 to account for changes
to lodging accommodations.

  • Certificate of completion
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • All program activities
  • In-country transportation
  • Health insurance
  • Experienced group leader

Families or partner organizations are also responsible for arranging and paying for participants' domestic travel to the international departure/return airport in the U.S., whether flying, driving or by other means. By its nature, domestic airfare varies by airline, timing, destination, and availability.

I will never forget this amazing trip! The constant opportunity to practice Korean natively was invaluable and my language skills have improved so much in just one month. From wearing traditional clothes to dancing modern K-pop, I am so glad I was able to participate!

Sample Itinerary

This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented below.

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Day 1

Pre-Departure Program Orientation (U.S.)  

  • Meet your group and group leaders and get an overview of the program.
  • Begin building your learning community and learn about program expectations.


Day 2

Travel to South Korea and In-Country Orientation in Seoul 

  • Get to know each member of your group through activities and group discussions. 
  • Understand the local cultures and schedules. 

During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located guesthouse. 

Days 3-18

Language Learning & Thematic Exploration and Homestay in Seoul

  • Begin intensive Korean language lessons and practice your skills with experienced instructors, who will emphasize practical communication skills according to your language levels.
  • Visit famous locations such as Myeong-dong, Hongdae, and Itaewon which showcase the vibrant, urban lifestyle of a young Korean generation.
  • Visit historic palaces, traditional markets, and cultural history museums.
  • Engage in cultural activities to learn more about Korean culture and traditions.

During the weekends, become fully immersed in the daily life of a Korean family and community.

Days 19-21

Cultural Heritage Excursion

  • Visit Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple.
  • Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla for 992 years, and a vast number of archaeological sites and cultural properties from this period still remain in the city. Get a unique experience compared to Seoul.

You and your group will stay in a centrally located hostel/guesthouse.

Days 22-24

The Buddhist Temple Stay and Memory of the World Heritage

  • Learn about Buddhism and its strong influence on Korean culture and society whilst visiting UNESCO-recognized Buddhist temples.
  • Experience and learn more about perspectives of what is like to live life as a Buddhist monk.

You and your group will stay in a centrally located hostel/guesthouse.

Days 25-28

Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats, and Volunteer Work

  • Learn why Korean tidal flats serve as an important and meaningful habitat that preserves biodiversity.
  • Experience the Getbol (tidal flat/ mud flats) and fishing activities.
  • Discuss the reasons behind and strategies for maintaining these UNESCO World Heritage sites for the future.
  • Engage with the community in volunteer work, such as coastal cleanup support.

You and your group will stay in a centrally located hostel/guesthouse.

Days 29-30

Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Seoul

  • Reflect with your group on your experiences and insights during the program.
  • Visit markets and prepare some gifts for your families and friends back home.

During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hostel.

Day 30


Past Group Leader

The Experiment’s group leaders go through a rigorous selection process and have extensive experience with youth education, local expertise in the country or region of their program, language abilities, knowledge in their program theme, travel logistics and management know-how, and experience with health, safety and risk management.

Luis Campos

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Luis Campos spent his childhood traveling across Mexico, the U.S., and Puerto Rico. Luis’ taste for adventure grew at Brown University. Here, he divided his time getting his degree in Classical Studies, playing rugby, traveling the world conducting research for his honors thesis, and volunteering as an ESOL teacher, a wrestling coach, and an editor. His investigation of combat sports earned him six fellowships and research awards and led him on an international journey to Greece, Italy, Argentina, and Mexico. Luis also traveled to Israel, Palestine, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Uruguay on volunteer projects and to Spain and Andorra, leading a Spanish learning program. After graduating in 2014, Luis joined the Peace Corps and served as an English teacher in Mongolia. Following his service, Luis received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2016, expanding his research on combat sports in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2017 and 2018, Luis returned to Mongolia as a leader for The Experiment. Since 2019, Luis has been living in China, working as a consultant and completing a Master’s in Public Administration at Shanghai Jiaotong University. In his free time, Luis likes to design clothes, write articles, and plan his future adventures.