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Sookmyung International Summer School is hosted each summer by Sookmyung Women’s University in the metropolis of Seoul, South Korea.  This three-week summer study program invites male and female students from universities around the world to attend up to two college courses during the program.  The courses are all taught in English by invited professors from Sookmyung’s partner universities around the world.  Classes meet during the week; weekends involve cultural excursions.

Sookmyung Women's University

Sookmyung Women’s University, founded in 1906, is a prominent women’s leadership university in Korea that embraces the motto, "Gentle Power to Change the World."  The modern campus features the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum, the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy, and the Moon-shin Art Gallery, which exhibits work by sculptor Moon-shin.


Seoul, a vast city of approximately 10 million people, has been the capital of South Korea for over 600 years.  It is one of the most “digitally wired” cities today due to its population density.  South Koreans enjoy a fairly high standard of living, though it is still considered a developing nation.  Seoul is a charming mix of the old and the new with ancient palaces, temples, gates, and museums of ancient artifacts juxtaposed against skyscrapers, innumerable restaurants, department stores, art galleries, street markets, parks, and Christian churches.


All MC students regardless of major or classification are eligible, although only undergraduate credit can be earned.


Students may take a minimum of one course or a maximum of two courses.  Each course taken earns 3 undergraduate credit hours; all credits are transferrable to MC.  Each summer, SISS offers approximately 10 different courses from which to choose; course categories change from summer to summer.


Accommodations are on SMU property, in the International House or in the Professional Building, which house two or four to a room with air conditioning and bathrooms.  Females are placed with females and males are placed with males.

Program Expenses

The following figures are based on the last SISS session and are subject to change:

  • Housing and Cultural Activities Fee (one month):  $700
  • Visa fee (non-American students):  $30
  • Visa fee (American students):  not required
  • Insurance fee (American students only):  $35 for one month
  • Airfare (student responsible for booking and payment):  cost dependent on airline
  • Spending money, including money for meals:  approximately $500

Tuition and admission fees will be charged according to MC's summer rates.


Program details (determined by SMU) that will be secured during the spring semester include the following:

  • Exact program dates
  • Housing and activities fees
  • What courses will be offered

For questions, comments, or more information:

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