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  • Locations: Jeonju, South Korea; Seoul, Korea, South
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fall Break in Korea: Korean Fashion Industry

Korea Seoul Street Scene

Program Overview

This Intensive Course Abroad is intended for Fashion and Design & Merchandising students who would like to explore and learn about the Korean fashion industry and culture. By participating in this program, students will understand and gain first hand experience of the Asia fashion market though one of its major fashion hubs, Seoul, Korea. Students will learn from real fashion industries as well as visit museums and palaces dating back 5000 years in Korea’s history.

This program walks students through the real-life process of fashion creation from conception to manufacturing. Prior to departure, each student will design their own or select ready to wear designs to bring with them to Korea. While in Korea, students will visit the fashion industries related to each step of the process: selecting fabric at the fabric market, meeting with expert pattern makers and tailors, and visiting garment factories. By the end of this program, each student will have their design garment(s) produced by expert pattern maker and tailor. Students will also conduct research on fashion consumer markets in Asia.


Credit/RegistrationKorea Fashion Market
Students will be registered for FASH T380: Korean Fashion Industry 3 credits or FASH T580 1 credit as part of their fall term course load. Undergraduate students must leave room for the credits in their fall credit load when registering for fall term, or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum. Graduate students will be billed for 1 Drexel credit at their normal rate.

Fashion Design Majors: FASH 341
Design & Merchandising Majors: DSMR 231 and DSMR 232

Jaeyoon Jeong, AssociateTeaching Professor of Fashion Design; Westphal College of Media Arts & Design;

2024 Program Calendar

Arrival Date: Sept 3 (leave US Sept 2)*
Departure Date: September 13th**
*Students must arrange for early summer final exams in order to depart on Sept 2 for Sept 3 arrival in Korea.
**Students may extend their travel independently after program and are fully responsible for all arrangements.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1: Arrival and group welcome dinnerKorea Fashion Market
Day 2: Project begins: Visit DongDaeMoon fabric market; Research for fashion fabric and trims
Day 3:Order fabric and trims / Visit pattern maker and tailor’s studio. Afternoon Seoul trip.
Day 4: Visit fabric and trim market and watch "NANTA" performance
Day 5: Move to Jeonju city via express train. Hanok Village Tour.
Day 6: Hanok Village, return to Seoul.
Day 7: Second meeting at the pattern and tailor studio / Fashion Market Research
Day 8: National Museum of Korea, Insadong
Day 9: Dongdaemun Design Plaza Guide Tour
Day 10: Final Critique, group dinner
Day 11: Depart Korea

2024 Program Fee - $2,325

Due May 1, 2023: $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due July 1, 2023: $1,825 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Local transport in Korea including charter busKorea Seoul Street Scene
  • Pattern make and sewing with expert pattern maker and tailor for garment project
  • Tours and entrance fees for program activities
  • 3 group dinners
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (Estimated):

  • Airfare  $1,300
  • Airport transfers $100
  • Meals $660
  • Materials and fabric for garment project $30 - $75
  • Passport  $135
  • Spending money $200
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Drexel tuition

More Information

  • Students are responsible for booking their own flight to Korea. A suggested flight itinerary will be provided.
  • Students are required to attend several pre-departure class meetings and orientation.
  • Students must arrange for early summer final exams in order to arrive in Korea on September 1st.
  • Course Grading Scale:
A+ 98 – 100     A 93 – 97     A- 90 - 92
B+ 87 – 89       B 83 – 86     B- 80 - 82
C+ 77 – 79       C 73 – 76     C- 70 - 72
D+ 67 - 69        D 63 - 66      F < 62

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 05/01/2024
05/15/2024 09/03/2024 09/13/2024

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This program is currently not accepting applications.