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South Korea

Emory’s engagement with South Korea dates back to 1893 when Korean educator and activist Yun Chi-ho attended the university as Emory’s first international student. Today, South Korea ranks 20th on faculty engagement. Twenty faculty members engage with South Korea, and 393 students and 73 scholars attend Emory, making South Korea the second most popular country of origin for Emory students and scholars. There is an active alumni chapter in Seoul.

Engagement snapshot

Yonsei University Strategic Partnership

Emory recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Yonsei to form a strategic partnership between the two universities. This MOU forms the basis for robust academic and research collaborations, including student and faculty exchange as well as seminars and conferences. Contact: Chris Rapalje, Global Strategy and Initiatives

Study Abroad Opportunities in South Korea

Emory students in Emory College of Arts & Science (ECAS), Goizueta Business School, and the School of Law have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or academic year at various universities in South Korea. ECAS students can also participate in a summer study abroad program at Yonsei University.

Emory College Korean Studies and Language

The Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures (REALC) program offers a minor in Korean studies, which includes language, culture, and society courses. REALC also annually organizes a Korea Week which organizes events and hosts speakers on Korean topics. Contact: Dr. Sun Chul-Kim, College of Arts and Sciences

Yonsei University Language Teaching Fellow

The Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures (REALC) program welcomes one Yonsei University graduate student each year as a visiting REALC language teaching fellow. This visiting fellow teaching undergraduate language courses to ECAS students. Contact: Dr. Julia Bullock, College of Arts and Sciences

Research Innovations and Health-Related Partnerships

Various individual researchers have projects in South Korea. Emory’s department of chemistry partnered with Seoul National University to create nanotechnology that treats osteoporosis. Researchers from Rollins School of Public Health partnered with Sungkyunkwan University to study the impact of climate change on heat-related mortality in six cities in South Korea.

Student Organizations

With the long history of Korean students at Emory, there are a number of Korea-focused student organizations. These organizations include Korean Undergraduate Student Organization (KUSA), Korean Emory Graduate Students (KEGS), Research and Investment Securities (RISE), and Politics in East Asia Collective (PIE). Contact: Office of Student Leadership and Service, Campus Life

James T. Laney

The former Emory President James Laney had strong ties to Korea. He worked in Korea in the US Army, taught at Yonsei University, and served as United States Ambassador to Korea from 1993 to 1996 upon leaving his position as president. Emory’s graduate school is named after President Laney.