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    CIEE High School Summer Abroad: Gaming & Esports Culture in Seoul, South Korea

    CIEE High School Summer Abroad: Gaming & Esports Culture in Seoul, South Korea


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: South Korea
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Career Exploration
    • Sub-Categories: Korean, Esports
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Career Clusters: Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    There is no better place to study the business of gaming than South Korea: the birthplace of the industry. Here you can study with the pros (pro gamers, pro coaches and industry professionals), flex your creative muscles with hands-on projects, and try different career roles on for size.

    During classes you will learn about the history of Esports and discover how the industry has exploded, with a viewership rivaling that of traditional sports. On experiential learning outings you will hang in PC Cafes, meet real-life Esports legends, test out game titles, and learn the ropes from professional coaches in the run-up to one of the most highly anticipated global Esports games.

    Where is your home base? You will share a room with other Global Navigators in a comfortable hotel or dorm (differs by session). Each day begins with your choice of Korean or Western style breakfast, followed by a schedule of exciting classes, workshops and group activities designed to expose you to as many aspects (artistic, technical and business) of the gaming industry as possible.

    Out in the field you will visit sites of cultural interest and learn about careers in the industry (offerings run far wider than just coding!). With classmates you will soak up the vibrant culture of Seoul and see all the sights: from N Seoul Tower to the Han River, ancient palaces to PC Bang.

    Twice a week you will team up with Korean high school students to get an authentic taste of the local scene. Together you will cook Korean food, perform community service, and play various fun Esports related activities and games.

    As a final project, you will work with your team to plan and execute an Overwatch SCRIM event at the world-famous Gen.G Seoul HQ. Based on your interests, play the role of a pro gamer or a project manager, a content creator or a caster, a tournament producer or a journalist covering the beat. After publishing a YouTube video of your group project, look back on your off-the-charts experience at a viewing party you’ll never forget.

    Back home you will be well positioned to apply for future internships, having gained an in-depth knowledge of an industry that is quickly moving from obscurity and into the spotlight.

    All the Esports curriculum and content has been developed in partnership with Gen.G Esports, the foremost Esports organization to connect the U.S. and Asia. Ranked #8 in the 2022 Forbes list of the most valuable Esports companies in the world, Gen.G is the only major organization that owns and operates top teams in leading Esports markets in the world: China, South Korea, and the United States. Its unique portfolio of teams, winners of 7 global championships to date, includes the Seoul Dynasty franchise of the Overwatch League; 2014 & 2017 League of Legends world champion teams in South Korea; the top all-female Fortnite team in the world, based in Los Angeles; and the historic expansion franchise of the NBA 2K League in Shanghai.

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