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About the Gwangju, Korea Program

The Gwangju program is a USAC Partnership Program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Gwangju

  • Population: approx. 1.5 million
  • Distance from Seoul: 166 miles
  • Distance from Tokyo: 727 miles

Gwangju skyline.

Gwangju is rich in cuisine, natural scenery, and culture and art, with exhibitions, festivals, and colorful, vibrant performances throughout the year. The city is home to a former World Cup Stadium venue, professional baseball and soccer, and plays host to the annual World Kimchi Culture Festival, Art and Design Biennales in alternating years, and Universiade, a university-level sports festival that is the largest multi-sport event after the Olympics. Sports, music, and cultural festivals are not to be missed as well as fashionable Chungjangno, the “street of youth.” You should not miss Mudeungsan Mountain National Park, a 30-minute bus ride from central Gwangju. The park is a vividly green mountain range with excellent trails, three rock peaks over 3,894 feet, diverse ecosystems, and several endangered species. At the base of the mountain are several famous temples including Yaksaam, Jeungsimsa, and Wonhyosa as well as museums and other recreational opportunities.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Spring: Open for late applications

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer (4 weeks): Open

Fall/Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Minimum class standing: Sophomore

Open to degree-seeking students currently attending a 4-year institution.

Program Type



Overseas credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 20 students

Fall: 30 students


English | Korean

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