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Marie Carroll

Marie Carroll, '20, Harvard Summer School in Seoul Program, Summer 2017

September 1, 2017

After studying abroad in Seoul for a summer in high school, I was eager to return during college. Not only did I want to become better at speaking Korean, but I hoped to learn more about Korean history and film so I could better understand Korean politics and culture, given Korea’s current relevance to both foreign affairs and the global economy. Studying these subjects in Korea presented the opportunity for language immersion and to experience Korean culture first hand.

Harvard’s...

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Maria Tirnovanu

Maria Tirnovanu, '20, Harvard Summer School in Seoul Program, Summer 2017

September 1, 2017
For me, one of the main factors in choosing the South Korean summer program was the academics, and more specifically how they would take me out of my comfort zone and teach me how to see my field through another perspective. As a social sciences person, focused on studying culture through politics or economics, looking at events through the perspective of film and art was a completely new experience. However, I found very quickly that going out of my comfort zone did not make me uncomfortable, but studying South Korean film gave me a unique and... Read more about Maria Tirnovanu, '20, Harvard Summer School in Seoul Program, Summer 2017
Samuel Oh, 2nd from left

Samuel Oh, '18, Korea Institute Undergraduate Summer Language Study Grant to Ewha (Tuition Waiver), Summer 2017

September 1, 2017

The summer I spent at Ewha’s International Summer College was perhaps one of the most memorable and personal experiences I’ve ever had. Though I grew up in a Korean household, I’ve never had a solid opportunity to connect with and explore my parent’s culture and language until attending Harvard. Taking academic Korean over the past couple of years further sparked my interests in the country, so going to Korea to further improve my language abilities seemed like the natural next option. Though I visited the country when I was eight years old, the Ewha...

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Hyeryeong Hailey Lee

Hyeryeong Hailey Lee, '19, Intern at the ROK National Assembly in Seoul, Korea, Summer 2017

August 31, 2017

At the moment I was applying for KI Summer Internship, I didn’t know a lot about politics, especially Korean politics. However, still I put it on my list because it was a revolutionary period in Korea politics, following the impeachment of the former president. Although I was born and raised in Korea, I had only a little interest in the realm of my country’s politics because of the prejudices regrading the government that most politicians are corrupt and it is...

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Isabella Kang

Isabella Kang, '20, Korea Institute Scholarship to attend SNU International Summer Institute (SNU ISI), Summer 2017

August 31, 2017

People often use the word “life-changing” to describe their time abroad. It always sounded like a cliché to me, but after my time in Seoul I understand why it is used so often to describe these experiences. To immerse oneself in a different culture is to unleash a wave of discoveries, both external and internal.

The time I spent in Seoul made up for much of the cultural knowledge I lacked growing up. I...

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Sky Russell

Sky Russell, '20, Korea Institute Scholarship to attend SNU International Summer Institute (SNU ISI), Summer 2017

August 31, 2017

For a couple of years prior to entering college, I was trying to teach myself Korea language. This was out of my interest in language learning as well the influence of having many Korean friends. Since there were no classes that I could take nearby or in school, I attempted to learn through books in the internet. This was not as successful as I had hoped, so I decided that once in college, I would study abroad in Korea to really force myself into learning this language. Once at Harvard, I was pleased and...

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Sujin Elisa Han

A Graduate Student Perspective-Sujin Elisa Han, RSEA G1, KI Summer Research Grant, Summer 2017

August 31, 2017

I traveled to South Korea this summer to access and acquire primary sources for my Master’s thesis. For the thesis, I planned to examine the culture of and social attitudes towards consumption in postwar (Korean War) South Korea. My plans for summer research included trips to the Rare Books Collection of Seoul National University, National Archives, and Korean Film Archive. During the summer, I...

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Anna Jungeun Lee

A Graduate Student Perspective-Anna Jungeun Lee, EALC G4, KI Summer Research Grant, Summer 2017

August 31, 2017

I applied to the Korea Institute Graduate Summer Research Grant to visit Presidential Archives in Sejong City, South Korea. Besides visiting Sejong City, I also conducted research at Kuksa-p'yŏnch'an-wiwŏnhoe (National Institute of Korean History library) located in Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The grant enabled me to travel to South Korea, pay for food and lodging, as well as cover internal transportation expenses during this crucial period of collecting material for preliminary dissertation research and preparing for dissertation prospectus writing the...

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Yusung Kim

A Graduate Student Perspective-Yusung Kim, EALC G4, KI Summer Research Grant, Summer 2017

August 31, 2017

During the Summer break, I spent most of the time conducting archival research at several institutions in Seoul, South Korea, including The National Library of Korea, The National Assembly Library, and Korean Film archive. My primary goal in this archival study was to collect relevant materials and data for my doctoral research project on “techno-fantasy” that had formed in the course of post-Korean War modernization. To facilitate this project, I needed concrete materials to shed light on how this kind of fantasy was enacted in South Korea’s visual...

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Sungik Yang

A Graduate Student Perspective-Sungik Yang, RSEA G2/ EALC G1, KI Summer Language Grant, Summer 2017

August 31, 2017

Thanks to the Korea Institute’s generous support, I was able to attend the summer program of the Inter-University Center for Korean Language Studies at Sungkyunkwan University (IUC). This program, which was developed with graduate-level academics and professionals in mind, allowed me to spend my summer focusing on developing my academic Korean ability in preparation for future research.

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