South Korea: The Land of the Morning Calm

South Korea: The Land of the Morning Calm


SUMMER 2020 ONLINE - June 1 - 24, 2020

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 tour of Jeju Island, also known as the "Island of the Gods” or the “Hawaii 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 (2 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 (3 units total) OR
KIN 54B and KIN 180 (3 units total) OR
KIN 180 (2 units total) - this option is for students who may have already taken KIN 54A and KIN 54B

Students cannot take only KIN 54A and KIN 54B. 


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 
$3045 Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately**
$3745  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 $3,995.
** Airfare is not included. Students will need approximately $250-$450 for meals. 


Zachary Lor: Having an international experience is only a requirement for certain majors, but after experiencing mine, I firmly believe every major should be required to participate in one. Though short, the weeks I spent in Seoul were some of the best of my life. There was a new adventure everyday and never a dull moment. The people, culture, history and (especially) the food are like nothing you'll find back home. Dr. Chang made sure our group got to do everything we wanted to ensure everyone's trip was an extraordinary one. If you've never been outside of the US or traveling internationally, apply for this trip! I promise, you won't regret it.  

Remi Luu: This FLP was very fun and there were so many activities packed into the experience. The museums we visited were full of information that I did not know about and some were shocking. Taekwondo practice sessions were fun and we even got to practice with Korean students. We visited college campuses and also saw a baseball game there was a completely new and fun experience compared to American games. Lastly, the food here is extremely good and high quality! Korean fried chicken, rice cake, and their general spicy food selection is amazing. I was not prepared for the amount of walking we did and got sore multiple times, but for the views and experiences that we got to see firsthand, this trip is very worth it. There was never a dull moment, and with so much to see and shop for.

Ivan Zavala: I’ve traveled to different countries before and the South Korea FLP was a very different experience from regular traveling. I went on this trip expecting one thing, and left with very different experiences from what I was expecting. My favorite experience from the trip was being able to work with students from one of the universities we visited. Everyone was very welcoming and eager to help us learn. Dr. Chang was also a great program leader. He would get us involved in the culture by telling us definitions and words that could help us daily while in South Korea. Overall, this trip is definitely one I will remember and I would like to thank Dr. Chang and the students that also went for making it memorable.

Mikayla Hilario: This was one of the most fun, memorable trips that I’ve ever been on. I was able to see the world outside of my own community and experience a completely different culture from my own. Being my first time out of the country, I was a little nervous but was met with kindhearted, patient smiles, especially when practicing Taekwondo with college students at one of the universities we visited. Dr. Chang translated some words and phrases for us so that we were a little more comfortable communicating with locals. If you want to eat good food, learn about Korea’s rich history and immerse yourself in a unique sporting culture, you won’t regret going on this FLP.

Rheanna Toquib: This study abroad trip has been one of my most memorable college experiences and my first time traveling out of the country. Going abroad, you get to experience the etiquette and culture while making close friends within a short amount of time. Having Dr. Chang as a program leader, you are bound to have fun and learn something new along the way. He cared about everyone’s safety and health and was very accommodating towards the suggestions and opinions of his students. South Korea has so much to offer including delicious food, entertainment and more than enough sights to see while you’re out there. Choosing the South Korea FLP will be worth your time and money, you won't regret it!!!

Jason Peng: Traveling to South Korea has always been a dream of mine. Before the trip, I was hesitant to even register and apply for this program due to the fact that I was probably the only Freshman trying to participate in this program. Though I was right, I never expected to experience one of the most precious and cherished memories of my life. This program will not only help you develop the fundamental skills and knowledge related to TaeKwonDo, but it will also introduce you to the social world of South Korea and allows you to appreciate the values of its culture. Last but not least, before you click that submit button, just be prepared for a journey that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Julia Chang : My experience in South Korea has taught me to immerse myself in another culture, challenge my taste buds, and improve my social skills. I didn’t know any of the people when I went, but now I have 8 new friends that I still keep in touch with. While practicing Taekwondo and touring Korean Universities, we also ate our way through the country from spicy rice cakes to Korean BBQ, all while exploring many of Korea’s ancient and modern cities! No matter what major or career path you are pursuing, this program will help you gain confidence, improve your perspective on the world, and challenge you to learn about yourself.


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