Location
  • South Korea
    • Seoul
Length
2 to 52 weeks
Language
Korean

Program Details

Language Level
BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
Immersion Level
Intensive
Specialized Courses
Specific Purposes
Weekly Classroom Hours
21
Housing
Apartment Host Family
Age Min.
16

Pricing

Starting Price
1170
Price Details
Accommodations with a screened local host family and a meal plan are included in the course price. Upgrades to the EF Residence are available. Contact the US Based Admissions Team for a personalized price quote.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Accommodation Classes Meals Visa Wifi
Oct 31, 2023
Jan 29, 2023
109 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

The bright lights and buzzing streets of South Korea's capital city make it a must-see destination and the perfect place to learn a new language. Art, music, and fashion have skyrocketed this city into a trendsetting hotspot of innovation. Learn Korean at our newest school!

At EF, you decide when you want to study, how long you'll stay, and what you'd like to focus on. You can personalize your course with Special Interest Classes like Korean Calligraphy, Jaeum and Moeum, Public Speaking, Art & Culture, and Exam Preparation.

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Program Highlights

  • Study from 2 weeks up to a full year, start any Monday.
  • Amazing location in the famous Gangnam district, Seoul's trendiest neighborhood.
  • Top activities include a cruise of the Han River, KPop dance lessons, cooking classes, tour of MBC World, and weekend trips to Jeju Island.
  • Choose to reside with a local host family or in the EF Residence, an international dorm.
  • EF students hail from over 100 countries around the world.

Program Reviews

4.56 Rating
based on 9 reviews
  • 5 rating 88.89%
  • 4 rating 0%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 11.11%
  • Instruction 4.45
  • Support 4.45
  • Fun 4.55
  • Housing 4.35
  • Value 4.35
Showing 1 - 8 of 9 reviews
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Xixëllonja
1/5
No, I don't recommend this program

if I could give a zero I would.

If I could give a zero I would.

EF sucks. Me and my friend went to south Korea with EF from Sweden. We didn't get any help from them and had to pay them a lot of money and didn't get what we paid for.

Me and my friend had to drive like 7h to get to the Korean embassy to get our student visa. EF told us to go there and when we did they told us that Korea's borders where closed and we had to go back home, later we had to take the same trip again when EF told us to, and we were declined from the embassy again, and EF was just like "oh we didn't know, they didn't tell us".

Also when we got the information about the trip, before going, EF told us that a trip to Japan was included in the price. When we got to Korea, some of our Swedish classmates had also heard the same thing, while others hadn’t. We never got a trip to Japan, we did find out that some of our classmates went on a trip to Thailand and we didn’t hear anything about it until they were already there. We didn’t get any money back.

They suck at giving information, we never knew anything that was going on, and then they just expected us to know. We had a group chat of people from all over Sweden, also going to Korea with us, and everyone was disappointed with the service and everyone received different information.

When we got to Korea, the staff that picked us up was confused and drove me to another place, even though me and my friend booked the quarantine in the same building. I got a small room and had to contact EF to get the room I paid for and I had to take my suitcases and walk back to the other building.

After the quarantine we lived with a host family, and when we were indecisive about living there or getting an apartment on our own, because we never ate at the host family, so we didn't want to pay for food we didn't eat. We asked EF what we paid to live there, if they could send us the receipt divided of what we pay for food and housing, so we could compare the prices and also if we could remove the price for the food so our host mom won't cook for us, and they answered that they didn't have the documents of that and that everything is included in the full price, so there was no way for us to know what we pay for, and they also said they couldn't deduct any money.
They were also really bad at paying the host families.

When there was 2 months left of our education, EF told us "they had too many student", so there was no classrooms for us, we had to have classes outside and the only thing we did was walk around and take pictures of signs and that was it.

This is not even half of the problems, I could go on and on.
I was so mad and disappointed ALL the time!!!!

Aside from EF, Korea was so beautiful and fun, I really wanna go back!!!
If you love photographing like me, it's amazing!!
Also if you want info or anything, you can contact me on my instagram: thefarawayadventures , I'll gladly help! :)

Pros
  • very beautiful!
  • nice people!
  • good food!
Cons
  • everything about EF
  • EF
  • did I mention EF?
78 people found this review helpful.
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Amber
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

6 Weeks in Seoul

I spent 6 weeks in Seoul and it was an amazing experience! The pace can be fast in the learning environment but the staff are always so willing to help and can make it fun. I was able to experience things that I would have never thought of doing abroad through the activities they offer, like SUP on the Han river and roasting traditional herbal tea, and if you ever need help, the staff will guide you on where and how to get somewhere at any hour, my second night there I got lost in Seoul and was able to message one of the staff members and they were a big help. I’ve made life long friends from the program and I would recommend for a solo traveler.

Pros
  • Great Food
  • Easy transportation
  • Endless activities
Cons
  • Wasn’t fully prepared for what makes it easy to live in Seoul
  • Random class hours
  • Such fast pace classes
81 people found this review helpful.
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Carrie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Parent Approved!

Our daughter began her EF adventure with absolutely no travel experience & now she is enrolling for a third 12 week course. From enrollment to the return home, the EF staff is responsive, patient, and knowledgeable. The language program and educators are exceptional and they go above and beyond to make sure students receive the information according to their learning styles. I highly recommend the host family experience for first time visitors. EF matched our daughter with the perfect family based on her requests and they have become a great support system and family away from home. We are so glad we decided to take the leap of faith with this program. If you are a parent, this is a legitimate, safe, and truly educational program that you can enroll your child in with confidence.

Pros
  • Easily accessible assistance from staff
  • Safety
  • Quality of education
Cons
  • Student Visa is not applicable
98 people found this review helpful.
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Gen
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An unforgettable and life-changing experience

I had an absolutely incredible time in the EF program in Seoul, South Korea. My teachers were kind, funny, supportive, and extremely passionate about their students and teaching in general. The classes were fun, engaging, and effective -- my Korean improved immensely over the eight weeks that I was in the course, and I learned a lot about Korean culture and history. I also happened to meet some of the most amazing people I've ever known during my time there, and made friendships that I know will last a lifetime. I will forever be grateful to EF for my amazing experience in Seoul!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Gopchang -- beef intestines! My plan going into the program was to try every traditional or popular dish that I could, so when a friend asked if I wanted to try gopchang I immediately agreed. I actually really enjoyed it!
101 people found this review helpful.
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Christy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

EF is amazing and would recommend to everyone

Sent our daughter with EF to Seoul, South Korea for a 3 month program. She traveled when she was 16 and turned 17 while there. Excellent language instruction, excellent home stay, great pre and during information and contact. Even during COVID the program felt extremely safe and well supported. Any concerns or questions we had were answered to our satisfaction in a timely manner. We would 100% recommend EF to everyone and will use them in the future for another trip or with our other children. Thank you EF staff!!!

123 people found this review helpful.
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Nikaya
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing trip

This was definitely something I’ll never forget! Everything from the school to the Seoul experiences was absolutely amazing . When I first arrived to Incheon airport the driver was waiting for me so patiently. (My flight was delay 7 hours) Getting around is so simple due to the amazing transportation system. I made it to the school my first day with no problems. The teachers were all really great ! They all took the time to make sure each student understood what was going on in the class . If your of age the night life is so awesome!

127 people found this review helpful.
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Kayla
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing time in Seoul

I studies abroad for a short term in Seoul, and I changed the way I look at my world. I feel like I havent left the city there and I will forever look back on that trip as one of the best times of my life. My host family was amazing, they really do care about who they pick to house students and it shows. The classes were amazing, the only thing I'd change would be making it a more set schedule and maybe more outside activities, but aside from that there is nothing else I would have changed. I do plan to travel again with EF and highly recommend you do as well!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My most nerve-racking moment was honestly getting to the school, they are a very do it yourself kind of place and they wont hold your hand whole you're there and this was perfect for me, but I know my roommate struggled with this.
124 people found this review helpful.
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Monkeria
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I can’t make this up!

I enjoyed every waking moment at EF Seoul. It was the best trip I decided to take and I wish I could go back already. I learned so much in my time and I didn’t expect to learn as much as I did in such little time. The teachers are very patient, understanding, and hilarious. The experience as a whole was just outstanding from the food, all the way to the cultural experience and location. TAKE THIS TRIP! Don’t wait. Whether you choose a host family or stay in the residence, you will enjoy it either way. The residence has 4 convenience store and countless restraints in walking distance, not to mention a stove and fridge in your room. The bus stop and train station is no more than a 5 min walk away, so when you travel you don’t have to walk too far to get to a station!

116 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hello! Our school in Seoul is open and has been accepting students for the most of the year. Currently a two-week quarantine is required for people traveling from the US. Upon landing in Seoul, travelers are brought to a hotel to complete their quarantine. The hotel provides meals, TV, and internet. You can choose to start your EF course online or use the time as you please. We have had many...

Hi there! We offer many different activities at each school, specific to the culture of the location you are visiting. At any EF School you will find everything from a city tour to a cooking class to a weekend trip to another country. We host language exchange events so you can practice your newfound language skills with native speakers as well. Email us at ILS@ef.com with the destination you are...

Hello! We offer summer courses for students aged 13 to adult and year-round courses for those 16 to adult. Some locations will accept 15 year old's year-round as well. Most EF schools and destinations are open now! Please email ILS@ef.com, call 1-800-992-1892, or make an appointment at https://calendly.com/livethelanguage/consultation to connect with a study abroad advisor who can tell you more!

Yes, you absolutely can! Feel free to email us at ILS@ef.com if you'd like to connect with a Study Abroad Advisor.