Wilson Students Go to South Korea

Participants in the 2014 BIP  Photo provided by Danbi Koo
Participants in the 2014 BIP
Photo provided by Danbi Koo

One exciting part of the college experience is the opportunity to study abroad. Studying abroad is a chance to travel overseas and learn something new. It can be about exploring a different culture or getting hands on experience in a field of study. Either way, it is an exciting and enriching opportunity.

The study abroad programs offered at Wilson are varied. One affordable option is the Bahrom International Program (BIP), which takes place in Seoul, South Korea.

A four week session that takes place during the summer, the trip’s focus is on learning about South Korea and its culture. It is an opportunity for Wilson students to meet the Korean students that will be studying abroad at Wilson during the following school year.

It is the most affordable study abroad option at Wilson College. The program costs just $300 upfront. That amount covers room and board, plus all program fees. The only other required payment is for the plane ticket, which ranges from $1500 to $2000.

In total, a student could visit a country halfway around the world and spend a month there for less than $3000.

BIP has been around since 1999 and is headquartered at Seoul’s Women’s University. In order to participate, students must attend one of SWU’s sister schools. As a sister school, Wilson has sent students to South Korea almost every summer for the last 15 years. Wilson then hosts several Korean students from SWU the following school year.

Last summer, Nesha Hubbard ’14, participated in the Bahrom International Program. “I do feel like I learned a lot as far as Asian culture and the differences between American and Korean culture. My only struggle was the food because it was spicy.”

The summer program opens the door for cultural interaction. All of the students are afforded the opportunity to learn about another culture and share things about their own. Friendships forged during the program can last a lifetime.

“I want to experience other cultures,” said Yeonhwa Lee ’15, one of the Korean students spending the school year here at Wilson.

For more information about the program, contact Melanie Gregg, Ph.D., Director of Study Abroad, who organizes study abroad or attend the info session Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at 12 noon in Lenfest 106.

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