Live and study in Gwangju, the sixth largest city in one of the most rapidly developing nations in East Asia. Enjoy the beautiful natural habitat, delicious cuisine, and rich artistic history of southwestern Korea. Located in the middle of the South Jeolla province, Gwangju is one of the most historically significant areas within the region. It was established as a city in 57 BC and is the birthplace of the modern democratic movement in Korea. During the period of Japanese rule, students in Gwangju ignited one of the major nationwide uprisings of the colonial period. Fifty years later, Gwangju was the site of the May 18 Democratic Uprising against the then-military dictatorship. It’s now home of the Square of Democracy and National Cemetery that commemorates the 518 uprising.
- Explore one of Korea’s most historic and culturally vibrant cities, home to cultural festivals, art biennales, important historical sites and the birthplace of the modern democratic movement.
- Choose courses in Korean language, culture and history; business, management, and economics; literature; mechanical engineering; media; political science; psychology; and environmental and health studies.
- Join in various field trips and extracurricular activities including the Gwangju May 18 Memorial Park, a Korean Folk Village and Temple Stay, Gyeongju, Busan, and the Boryeong Mud Festival.
- Summer, fall, spring, and yearlong terms are available! Check out the USAC Website for more information.