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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GGC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Language of Instruction: English, Korean Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Dormitories, Independent Housing Program Type: Study Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Credit Hours: 24 collegiate credit hours
Program Description:

Sookmyung Women's University International Summer School (SISS)




Grizzlies have traveled to many places in Africa, Europe, South and Central Americas, and Asia.

One of our missions is to increase the number of GGC students participating in study abroad programs across disciplines and expand student participation in a broad range of other international opportunities.

GGC's external study abroad partners enable students to study for a semester or an academic year in a wide range of countries and credit-bearing programs. This means that in addition to our GGC and GGC exchange programs, students can search and apply for a program that aligns with their disciplinary and regional interests. Classes may be taught in English, the host language, or both. It is up to students to ensure that courses taken through GGC external study abroad partners count as transfer credit (see below).



117 years ago, Sookmyung Women's University embarked on its journey as the first women's history school in Korea, a legacy that continues to resonate powerfully today. Sookmyung Women’s University is South Korea’s first national private women’s school. It was founded in 1906 by Royal Family during the latter stages of the Korean empire, one of the most difficult periods in the nation’s history. Throughout its history, Sookmyung has accumulated invaluable educational experience, research capabilities and community service experience. 

Sookmyung International Summer School (SISS) allows students to gain a global outlook in their academic field as well as an exciting college life with motivated and brilliant foreign and SMU students. SISS have invited many renowned professors from partner universities to provide diverse and superior courses every summer. There are also many opportunities to experience traditional Korean culture on and off campus through lectures and field trips. All of the SISS courses are taught in English. Make new friends from all over the world and have an awesome experience this summer.

Explore Korean culture in one of East Asia's largest metropolises where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways, and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces, and street markets. Sookmyung boasts the best educational environment thanks to their advantageous location at the center of Seoul, which is open and connected in all directions and center of politics, culture, and economy of Korea. Their location allows students to venture to various areas such as downtown centers and beautiful rural areas as well. There will be many opportunities to venture on and off campus through lectures and field trips.

To learn more about Sookmyung's summer program, click here or view the
SISS program brochure.


*Read this application process and other sections of this brochure thoroughly and reach out to the Office of Internationalization ( for any questions or additional information.*

Monday, April 15, 2024 is the deadline to apply for SISS Summer 2024.

There are TWO applications you will need to complete, one for GGC and one with Sookmyung. Please give yourself several months to gather your materials and complete all applications.

This GGC application process will work in phases; some “materials,” questionnaires, learning content modules, and other requirements might show up as you move along the application (as your status is moved from “pending” to “accepted” to “committed”). Therefore, do not think once you have completed the initial requirements that you are fully accepted and good to go. Once your application status has been moved to “committed” then you will know that you can move to complete the SECOND application (the university's application on their separate website).

Your second application may require you to have a nomination/recommendation from our office, so please remember to fill out the GGC application first.

Click here to complete Sookmyung's SISS application. For detailed information such as course options, semester start and end dates, accommodations, and important deadlines, please visit the SISS site here.

It is a good idea to reach out to Moriah King ( early in the process to help you navigate the host university application and required materials. Moriah is your primary point of contact, so feel free to reach out for help. If she cannot help you directly, she can get you in contact with whoever can.


All students will register for courses at the time of application. Preview the
SISS course registration form here. Plan to meet with your academic advisor to decide how your anticipated course load fits in your degree of study.

SISS students will choose one course from the morning courses (09:00-11:50) and one course from the afternoon courses (13:00-15:50) for a total of 5-6 credits. The courses are as follows:

Morning Courses (09:00-11:50)
  • Korean Language for Foreigners I (Beginner Level) - 3 Credits
  • Taekwondo and Korean Sports Culture - 2 Credits
Afternoon Courses (13:00-15:50)
  • Understanding of Korea through Keywords - 3 Credits
  • Korean Culture and Korean's Human Relationship - 3 Credits
  • Korean Politics and Foreign Policy - 3 Credits

As a part of the application process, students should see a
Course Approval Form and Transient Request Form in their "requirements" section after beginning this application.
Instructions are listed, forms are hyperlinked, and reach out to Moriah King ( to understand more about how to fill out these forms and who you will need to work with to complete them. Make sure to include backup courses in these forms, as your preferred options might be canceled, fill up, or otherwise become unavailable.

Academic advisors cannot advise on course equivalencies. This will be handled with the Study Abroad Point of Contact and Dean approvers, which Moriah can help you determine. The student is responsible for determining which courses they would like to take abroad and how they would like to be transferred into their degree program. Students must work with an academic advisor to understand how GGC courses will fit into their degree program, but again, they cannot advise on course equivalencies themselves. 

Prior to departure, confirm with the registrar that you are registered correctly prior to departure.
This step is critical for receiving academic credit towards your degree, in addition to receiving financial aid for the term, if applicable. Make sure that you have registered for courses that have been pre-approved in your Course Approval Form/Transient Form! If you are unable to register for your preferred courses, make sure to send us updated forms.

After program completion, grades do not automatically transfer back.
It is the student's responsibility to have a transcript sent back to GGC in a timely manner for review to have courses reviewed and entered into their degree program thereafter. Please be aware of different grading scales abroad and how those might transfer to GGC. Please also be aware of different academic calendars and how those most likely will not align exactly with GGC's term dates.


Category Description Exchange Student Cost
Mandatory  Application Fee (non-refundable)  $100
   Tuition Fee  Waived**
   Program Fee  $500
Optional  Housing  $500
   Pick Up***  $50
* This price does not include GGC tuition and fees, round-trip international airfare, passport and visa fees, international health insurance, room and board, or other personal expenses and incidentals.
** GGC students who enroll in SISS will study abroad for the same price as GGC's tuition and fees. You will pay tuition to GGC and not Sookmyung.
*** The final amount charged to students may differ slightly due to fluctuations in exchange rates and international transaction fees.

Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed for all participants. All rooms are double-occupancy, and each room is shared by SISS students. Rooms and roommates will be assigned at random. For more information about SISS housing, click here.

*According to current regulations of the Ministry of Education, all students are required to provide a PCR or rapid antigen (RAT) confirmation letter to enter the dormitories. All documents should be within 24 hours (RAT) or 48 hours (PCR).

FINANCIAL AID: Your GGC financial aid can pay towards tuition if you study abroad through the GGC Office of Internationalization, meaning if you fill out the GGC app and are fully accepted/committed. Although you will not be taking courses at GGC, you will at that point still be considered a matriculated student with our office's nomination/recommendation. You will need to speak with the financial aid office to confirm the exact amount that your financial aid can cover for tuition, how you usually would for a local semester at GGC.

Bear in mind that your financial aid cannot pay for costs such as airfare, food, housing, etc. You will make any room and board payments directly to the host university.



For more information, click 'Request Info' below or contact the Office of Internationalization (

This program is currently not accepting applications.