South Korea: The Land of the Morning Calm

South Korea: The Land of the Morning Calm


May 26 - June 8, 2019  

Program Description 

South Korea is a small country located in East Asia but it is famous for an unprecedented economic growth, modern information technologies, and K-Pop (Korean Pop). The Faculty-Led Program to South Korea provides unique cultural and social experiences for SJSU students to travel to cities and historical sites in South Korea. SJSU students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences in understanding the Korean traditional martial art Taekwondo and different types of daily life physical activity from a culturally and socially different perspective. The program will include:

  • A tour of Seoul, the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea
  • A trip to Gyeongju Historic Area, one of the most important historical zones of South Korea and a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • A visit to Taekwondowon, the world's first and the largest taekwondo-themed museum and Kukkiwon, the world taekwondo headquarters and practices TKD with TKD demonstration team
  • The opportunity to experience the sporting culture of South Korea, such as attending a professional soccer and baseball match or Taekwondo competition.
  • Cultural and social activities such as welcome and farewell dinner, K-pop concert, boat tours, and leisure activities 


KIN 54A Beginning Taekwondo (1 unit)
This course is focused on development of fundamental skills and knowledge related to TaeKwon Do. Included are basic patterns (poomse), kicking and one-step defenses.

KIN 54B Intermediate Taekwondo (1 unit)
Continuation of beginning level pattern series and defenses. Introduction to tournament
rules, regulations and techniques (competition, footwork,blocking, attacking, point scoring,
and knowledge of free-sparing), leading to advancement in rank.
Prerequisite: Beginning levelor its equivalent.

KIN 180 Independent Study (1 unit)
Independent study through projects or directed reading related to the field of Kinesiology.

May meet physical education (PE).

Students must take minimum 2 units and up to 3 units for this program. Students can take:
KIN 54A and KIN 180 ( 2 units total) or
KIN 54B and KIN 180 (2 units total) or
KIN 54A, KIN 54B, and KIN 180 (3 units total) 


seung ho chang

Program Leader: Seung Ho Chang

Dr. Seung Ho Chang has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Kinesiology since 2016. He received a B.S. and master's degree in Physical Education (emphasis in Motor Development and Control) from Seoul National University, South Korea. He earned his Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a specialization in Motor Development and Physical Education Teacher Education from The Ohio State University. Dr. Chang was a chief of instructor and program coordinator of motor development center for three years in South Korea and he has run a motor skill intervention program for over five years for disadvantaged preschoolers in the United States. Dr. Chang was a head of the Martial Arts Major in the department of physical education at Korea Naval academy and a chief officer of Taekwondo Demonstration Team for Cruise Training Force (visiting 13 countries). He holds the rank of 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and has taught Taekwondo at many universities in both South Korea and the United States.



It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.  

$500* SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200 Administrative Fee 
$2,300 Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately**
$3,000 Total Program Cost


* Tuition shown above is calculated based on 2 units. The tuition will be $750 for students who will take 3 units which will bring total program cost to $3,250.
** Airfare is not included. Students will need approximately $250-$450 for meals. 


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