Leading Education Reform in South Korea

Sustainable Development Goals in Action

Program Overview

South Korea’s spectacular economic growth from poverty to affluence has been so dramatic that it has been called the “Miracle on the Han River.” The world’s 10th largest economy, South Korea is a highly industrialized nation and a leader in global innovation. Its education system is renowned for being one of the top-performing systems in the world. The country consistently ranks among the highest in major international large-scale measures such as the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. The Korean government spends 3.4 percent of GDP on formal schooling, and primary and secondary enrolment rates have been near universal since 1990. However, the country’s success seems to come at the cost of student wellbeing, including distress due to excessive competition and long hours of studying.  

South Korea ranks near the bottom on questions focusing on student happiness in schools in the OECD assessments. In order to deal with these issues of student satisfaction, South Korea has embarked on various school reform projects in order to create a new culture of learning and teaching based on more democratic systems. This program will provide educators with insights into the factors that have enabled excellence in Korean schools, as well as the recent reforms to 

bridge some of the challenges faced. Educators will visit various types of schools in South Korea, ranging from private to public, as well as traditional and modern. Meetings with teachers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the education sector will also provide an overview of innovations being promoted in the field. In addition, teachers will gain experience of local culture through exposure to music, dance, food, and history. 

Key Program Elements

  • Visit and interact with teachers/students at various types of schools such as public schools, private schools, international schools, schools specializing in agricultural life sciences, alternative schools for North Korean refugees, and more.

  • Interact with education-based companies conducting project-based learning and innovative centers that promote STEM education in schools.
  • Interact with organizations enabling education or with teachers volunteering with NGOs that are focused on education.

  • Interact with government/policymakers at institutes such as Ministry of Education or similar.

Suitable Disciplines


Environmental Science


Social Enterprise

Cultural Studies

Public Policy

Non-Profit Management

Featured Cultural Experiences

Gyeongbokgung Palace South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace

The War Memorial of Korea South Korea

The War Memorial of Korea

Participate in K-pop dance class

K-Pop Dance Class

Cooking Class South Korea

Cooking Class

Beomeosa Temple South Korea

Beomeosa Temple

Dongbaek Island South Korea

Dongbaek Island

Haeundae Beach South Korea

Haeundae Beach

South Korea (8)

Gamcheon Culture Village

Active Learning Models

Knowledge Enrichment of Global Educational Practices

Visiting schools provides valuable insights into teaching methodologies and innovative approaches utilized across different educational settings. It equips participants with practical knowledge and skills for future educational pursuits. 

Cross-Cultural Competence

The cultural immersion will enable participants to develop a nuanced understanding of Korean traditions, values, and contemporary lifestyles and equip them with the ability to cultivate inclusive and culturally responsive learning environments.

Skills Enhancement

The program aims to nurture resilience, broaden perspectives, and deepen connections with coworkers or students, ultimately fostering personal growth and enriching interpersonal relationships.


Day 1- Arrival in Seoul

Arrival in Seoul. Group transfer and check-in at hotel.

Day 2- Immersion + Organization Visit in Seoul + Welcome Dinner

  • Morning- Half-day guided immersion in Seoul
  • Afternoon- Organization visit in the afternoon
  • Evening- Welcome Dinner

Day 3- K-Pop Dance + Organization Visit

  • Morning- K-Pop Dance
  • Afternoon- Organization Visit

Day 4- Organization Visits

Full-day organization visits

Day 5- Organization Visit + Cooking Class + Dinner

  • Morning and afternoon- Organization Visits
  • Evening- Cooking class and Dinner

Day 6- Seoul to Busan + Organization Visits

  • Morning- Transfer to Busan by KTX train and check-in to hotel
  • Afternoon- Organization Visits

Day 7- Immersion in Busan

Full-day guided immersion in Busan

Day 8- Busan to Seoul + Free Time

  • Morning- Free time
  • Afternoon- Transfer to Seoul by KTX train and check-in to hotel
  • Evening- Free

Day 9- Organization Visits/Independent Study + Farewell Dinner

  • Organization Visits/Independent study day/ optional DMZ tour
  • Evening: Farewell Dinner

Day 10- Independent Study Day/ Optional Bukhansan Hike

Independent study day/ Optional Bukhansan hike

Day 11- Departure

Checkout from hotel and group transfer to the airport

Pricing & Inclusions


(Twin-sharing based on the group size of 30-35)


(Single occupancy based on the group size of 30-35)

*Please note that the cost of our programs may vary depending upon several factors, including but not limited to the size of the group, program inclusions, the number of program days and more. Kindly contact us for a customized quote that suits your specific requirements.

AC Coach for organization meetings, cultural immersions, intercity transfers, Seoul – Busan – Seoul KTX train and airport transfers as per schedule (incl. tolls, parking, 2 water bottles / day / person)

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