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Bahrom International Program (BIP)  International Relations

"A Uniquely Different Korean Studies Summer Program!"

Begun during the summer of 1999, the Bahrom International Program provides international students an unique opportunity to achieve a better understanding about the various aspects of Korean culture. Participants will learn about the Korean life style, historical ad religious background, the economic struggles, political tension with North Korea, city streets, art, and even the Korean language. All of this is made possible by experiencing Korean life through this four-week intensive program in English. All participants will be matched with a Korean partner, exchange students of SWU, with whom they will participate together in all programs. Through this close interchange, and by mixing with a student group half-international and half-Korean, participants will experience a constant interaction of cultures.

The exchange program will introduce Korean culture not only through lectures and discussion sessions but also by hands-on cultural experiences during which they will dress like traditional Koreans, learn Korean manners, make their own Korean-style pottery, play traditional instruments and make Korean food. Excursions to such sites as Korea's ancient capital during the Silla Dynasty and the present border with North Korea will be complemented by lectures explaining their historical significance. It is our hope that each and every one of the BIP participants will end their month with a genuine interest in Korea and a deeper comprehension of Korea's role in the new millennium.

Features of the program
Students will be introduced to various topics ranging from Korean contemporary issues, Korea's past history and religion, and many forms of tradition that have been carried on even until the 21st century. Another main focus will be on the Korean War, in conjunction with issues about recent political and economical developments of Korea.


  • Korean Contemporary Issues
    This lecture is about the overall situation of Korea. This includes current issues about politics, economics, and culture. Participants will get a live report about the current headlines of Korean news from a reporter's point of view.
  • Korean History
    This lecture focuses on the geopolitical background of Korea and the political, cultural, and social history of Korea. The lecturer will also explain the history of Korean relations with other countries up to the modernization of Korea.
  • Korean Language
    This lecture concentrates on teaching students the essential practical language necessary to get around in Seoul. Korean letters can be learned in one day's study.
  • Korean Religion and Thought
    Traditionally, Korean people were dominated by Shamanism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. These will be carefully examined not only for their basic ideas and practices, but also for their impact on today's Korea.
  • Korean Costume
    Students will learn about how Korean traditional costume, Hanbok, has been changed its style from the ancient to the modern day. The highlight of this lecture is when the students try on Hanbok and learn to make a formal bow.
  • Korean Dance
    Participants will learn the basic steps of Korean dance. Later on during the program, there will be a live dance demonstration. Later on during the program, there is an activity where everyone gets a chance to learn how to play Korean traditional instruments.
  • Korean Musics
    This lecture will brief the participants about how Korean musis has been formed, supplemented by some of the live performances of traditional Korean music.
  • Korean Architecture
    This lecture will discuss about the history of Korean Architecture and its connection to Korea's natural environment. From traditional houses to the modern building, students will learn the uniqueness and the beauty of Korean architecture.
  • Korean Food
    Students learn about Korean dishes that are made on traditional holidays. After the lecture, students will watch the lecturer cook several Korea dishes, and also taste them afterwards.
  • Korean Film
    This lecture briefly surveys the rise of Korea's film industry, the opening of Korea to Japanese culture, and the debate over the Screen Quota System. Students will view and discuss in detail one or more outstanding Korean films, and they will visit the Bucheon International Film Festival.
  • Korean Economics and Politics
    These lectures focus on national developments, beginning with the Korean War, up to present-day Korea. The lectures deal with the development of Korea into a major industrial power, the economic crisis that resulted in the aid from IMF, and it concludes with an analysis of the current economic status of Korea.


  • Various excursions are scheduled for each week of the program. There will be several field trips to Icheon, Gyeongju, and Bucheon, all of which are places related to the lectures.
    The trip to Icheon pottery village will give participants an opportunity to appreciate Korean art.

    The 3-day trip to Gyeongju will present the extensive remains of the once brilliant Shilla Dynasty. Attending the Bucheon International Film Festival will give the participants an overall view of Korean film. Several sightseeing excursions are also included. The visit to Seoul's Folk Village will show students how Korean people lived in the past, just as their home stay will show how Koreans live today. All participants will attend the NANTA performance, which is a combination of both traditional and modern music and dance. There will also be several outing to downtown Seoul, where participants can visit the traditional outdoor markets at Dongdaemun and Myeongdong, today's popular shopping district.


  • There will be an opportunity to actually taste a bit of Korean martial arts, Taekwondo, and Korean traditional musical instruments.