CIEE High School Summer Abroad: K-Pop Immersion in Seoul, Korea

    CIEE High School Summer Abroad: K-Pop Immersion in Seoul, 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: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Sub-Categories: Arts, Korean
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
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    Go behind the scenes to study this pop culture phenomenon! High school students who attend this three week CIEE Global Navigator program will gain a deeper understanding of the forces driving Korean popular culture and increase their knowledge of Korean art, history, and culture. 

    Go behind the scenes to study this pop culture phenomenon.

    What’s it all about? K-pop (short for Korean pop music) covers a range of musical styles, from electronic and dance-pop to hip hop and R&B. The craze is characterized by cutting-edge music videos with striking audiovisual elements, trendsetting fashion, and highly skilled choreography. Creative use of art, graphics, costumes, and color make this an art form well worth studying. 

    With CIEE staff, you’ll take a special K-pop tour to several trendy sites throughout the city and visit modern and historic sights from music videos, dramas, and other media about Korea. Experience the extreme fan culture first-hand. Attend an Indie concert to experience music beyond K-pop. 

    You’ll also visit SMTOWN, the K-pop mecca dedicated to the music, technology, fashion, and fandom surrounding SM Entertainment. This five-story complex features a fan cafe, a recording and makeup studio, and a hologram theater with daily digital performances of top artists.

    Back in the classroom, guest lecturers on the forefront of the movement such as music producers, songwriters, critics and choreographers round out your daily K-Pop Immersion class curriculum and deepen your experience. The Korean Spirit & Culture Workshop, part of orientation for all students, introduces you to the Korean language, as well as Korean concepts, values and customs, such as learning to bow.

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