Special Assignments Reporter
This summer, the Early Childhood Development department is offering a study abroad trip to DongJu College in Busan, South Korea. Students will leave for Korea on July 5 and return on Aug. 12.
By completing the five week long course, students will earn 12 credits which qualifies them to earn a State Initial Certificate as an assistant teacher.
The price of the trip is the same as tuition at Pierce. Additional expenses will include airfare, lodging, insurance and food.
DongJu College will provide students with lodging in campus dorms for $10 a day. Financial aid can be used to pay for the trip and $1,750 scholarships will be offered by the Pierce College Foundation to the first 10 students accepted to the program.
A payment plan schedule can be found in the trip application packet.
During the trip, students will be attending classes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the DongJu campus, Monday through Friday, with time for a lunch break.
Classes will be taught by professors from DongJu College as well as an interpreter and Director of Early Childhood Education Krissy Kim.
Students will work in a Korean kindergarten classroom, learning about the culture’s education system.
For their time outside of class, students will be able to explore the city of Busan. Activities for the students are being planned but haven’t been finalized.
“We will probably go to an art museum,” Kim said. “We will probably go to the cultural village, which is a replica of an old style Korean village.”
Program participants are required to be Pierce College students but don’t need to be majoring in ECE to attend.
“They just have to be interested in learning about the content and be willing to participate in a practicum in a kindergarten classroom,” Kim said. “If little kids freak them out, this would not be the tour for them.”
Students are also required to obtain a passport, background check and travel and/or health insurance before the trip. Insurance can be purchased for $1.50 per day.
A mandatory pre-trip meeting will be held at Fort Steilacoom on July 2.
A minimum of 10 students must be admitted to the program in order for it to take place. The program will accept a maximum of 15 students.
The application priority due date was April 30 and an open registration period will take place until May 15. Applications turned in after the priority date will be accepted on an available space basis. Students will be notified of acceptance within two days of applying.
The application for the program can be found on the ECE page of the Pierce College website.
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