College of the Extended University

South Korea



Seoul, S. Korea

The program will offer a unique international experience that introduces students to global design thinking. Seoul is a vibrant city where deep traditions and more than 2,000 years of history coexist with the dynamic, cutting-edge technology of the 21st century. Students will experience a variety of global influences, technologies and unique environmental and cultural elements through a common language of design.

Seoul - designated in 2010 as the World Design Capital by ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) and as a Creative City of Design by UNESCO — is engaged in implementing diverse programs to impact social and economic conditions. A strong design sense is apparent in all of these projects. Seoul is focused on becoming a city with high standards for creative culture, a city in which design is a part of everyday life

Area(s) of Study

All students take: Art 299 | Experiential Graphic Design in a Global Context: Seoul, South Korea (4 Units)
Course Description: The group will visit museums, culture events and design-related sites, as well as participate in seminars and lectures at design firms and universities. Students will develop a much richer understanding of design in a today’s global age, and gain diverse perspectives and valuable knowledge about design in other cultures. This is the knowledge that will enrich the design process and inspire new solutions to design problems leading to more creative results.

Language(s) of Instruction



Sophomore standing or above at time of program start date

A minimum cumulative CPP GPA of 2.5


Students will be lodging in a hostel and a traditional Korean guesthouse

Open To

ART & ENV majors
*only 15 spots available

Program Cost

The program cost is approximately $3,800 and includes the following:

  • Summer Tuition
  • Roundtrip Air Fare
  • Lodging
  • Excursions/Entrance Fee
  • Ground Transportation
  • Student Travel Insurance

Please obtain a deposit slip from Grace Olguin at the International Center (1-104). Students pay $200 non-refundable application fee and regular Cal Poly Pomona tuition for summer abroad. Students are responsible for obtaining a passport. Scholarships are available!

Additional costs:

  • $500 recommended for meals and personal spending money for the duration of the program

Program Dates

Summer: June 17 to July 1

Site Visits

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace/National Museum of Korea
  • MMCA
  • Insa-don/Ssamji-gil
  • Hanyang University
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza
  • Hongik University
  • Studio Tours
  • Samsung Design Center
  • Korean Folk Village
  • & more!

Application Deadline: March 15


Contact Prof. Sooyun Im, / B13-R2104 (Art Department), for additional information.