About BIP

The Bahrom International Program (BIP) was established in 1999 and is a 4-week long intensive program consists of field trips and lectures that allows participants from all around the world to experience Korean culture and expand their cultural horizons. BIP participants will be able to solisify their foundation and stretch their

Transcript and Credit Transfer

All participants may transfer credits according to the policies of your home institutions. Seoul Women’s University will provide all necessary documents needed for the transfer of taken credits. A transcript will be sent to your home institution by post upon completion of the program.


Korean History

Through this lecture participants will gain a general overview into Korean history. The political, cultural, and social history of Korea are among the topics that will be discussed.

K-Pop Culture

The popularity of Korean pop culture and its export to international markets as a national product will be examined in this lecture. Further discourse of the positive and negative effects of the Hallyu phenomenon will also take place.

Korean Movie and Drama

his lecture will survey Korea's film and television industry from the early-mid 20th century to present. Selected scenes from representative Korean films and dramas will be presented to show the characteristics and development of the Korean entertainment industry.

Korean Food

Do you know proper chopstick etiquette? Do you like Korean barbecue? Participants will learn about Korean dishes and the traditions relating to them.

Contemporary Korean Culture and K-Wave

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about contemporary Korean culture and the impact of Hallyu (the Korean wave) on Korean society and on the world. Cultural issues, K-Pop, dramas, and film are some of the topics that may be discussed.

Politics and Society of South Korea

Contemporary South Korea politics and society will be discussed in this lecture. Participants will examine political, socioeconomic, and cultural issues to gain insight into the world's 11th largest economy.

Politics and Society of North Korea

The political and social situation of modern-day North Korea will be examined in this lecture. Participants will review political, socioeconomic, and cultural issues to attain deeper knowledge of the so-called “Hermit Kingdom.”

Korean Society from an Expat’s Perspective

The lecturer of this topic will be a person who has adapted to the Republic of Korea. For those who are new to Korea, this lecture can share what to expect of Korea at first sight.

International Relations

This lecture will provide a brief overview of the field of international relations, as it relates to the geopolitical importance of the Republic of Korea and the relationships between neighboring and farther-flung countries in the historical, political, and economic contexts.

Field Trips and Activities

Seoul City Tour

An extensive tour of Seoul's major landmarks, participants will also have the opportunity to visit the grandest of Seoul's five palaces, Gyeongbokgung Palace. Built in 1395, this was the royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

This trip to the 2nd Infiltration Tunnel and Peace Observatory, located at the border with North Korea, will provide participants with the opportunity to see history in action as they view the reality of the Cold War.

Han River Cruise

The Han River holds a place of crucial importance in Korean history, being of strategic significance as an important waterway. Participants will take a cruise on this river that flows through the heart of Seoul and take in the beautiful night scenery.

Nanta Performance

A non-verbal musical incorporating traditional Korean samul nori music, this long-running show is performed with improvised instruments including knives, cutting boards, and containers. This must-see performance is about three cooks in a restaurant trying to prepare food with a tight deadline.

Seoul Tower Tour

Located on Namsan Mountain in the heart of Seoul, Seoul Tower is a must-see landmark. Participants will be able to view the city's stunning landscape from the observatory, see the testaments of love that are the “Locks of Love”, and also have the opportunity to wear Hanbok, the Korean traditional costume.

National Museum of Korea

The flagship museum of Korean history and art, the museum holds the greatest treasures of Korean history. From simple hand axes of the Paleolithic Age to a splendid gold crown from the Three Kingdoms Period, exquisite celadons from the Goryeo Dynasty, masterful paintings from the Joseon Dynasty and modern art, this museum offers a fascinating journey to the past.

Learning K-POP

Remember Gangnam Style? Love Girls Generation? Obsessed with EXO? Participants will have the chance to learn and practice a dance routine from a popular K-pop song.

Taekwondo Performance

One of Korea's most famous martial arts, Taekwondo is known for its jumping and spinning kicks, fast kicking, and head-high kicks. Participants will watch a performance and have the opportunity to try out a few moves of their own.

Watching Korean Movie

Korea is renowned worldwide for its cinema, ranging from Oldboy to Train to Busan. Participants will go to a movie theater to experience Korean cinema culture first-hand, where they will watch a movie and gain deeper insight into Korean culture and the national psyche.

Challenge, Golden Bell

Originally a TV show with high school participants solving problems to win the game, which is ringing the eponymous golden bell. Participants must solve questions to survive and win. There will be fun activities for everyone to enjoy.

Excursion to Daecheon Beach and Jeonju Hanok Village (3 days 2 nights)

The capital of North Jeolla province, Jeonju is an important city known for its historic buildings, delicious food, and its beautiful Hanok (Korean traditional house) village. Participants will experience life outside of the big city as they explore, try new foods, and have the opportunity to try on Korean hanbok.
* Field trips and activities are subject to change.
* Some experiences are subject to additional fees.

Application Procedure

Submit the following to your international office by April 30.

1) Application (http://www.facebook/bipatswu)

2) Passport size photo

3) A copy of the passport information page

4) A receipt of wire transfer of the tuition

Tuition and Fees

The total program fee is USD 1,800. USD 1,500 covers airport pick-up, program participation, lectures, some of the activities and field trips, housing, and board (breakfast, and lunch on weekdays) throughout the duration of the program. Dinner on weekdays, meals on weekends, and airport drop-off are not included. If you are an international student from a partner university of Seoul Women's University, the tuition may differ. Please ask your international office for more details.
* A non-refundable fee of USD 400 is also included.

Method of Payment

Bank : Woori Bank

Bank Address : Woori Bank, 1585, Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea

Account Number : 1005-201-207842

Bank Holder : Seoul Women’s University

Swift Code : HVBKKRSE