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Be sure to contact us for official pre-departure information. In all cases, fill out any applications and make all necessary appointments for each document well in advance as it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to complete the process.

PASSPORT

The most widely used form of identification used for international travel is a passport. South Korea requires that visitors have a passport. For more information regarding the application/renewal process, if you are a US resident, check out the following website: www.travel.state.gov/, or call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.

VISA

A visa is a permit from an international country that allows visitors to enter and leave their borders and is required for the Soonchunhyang University Asian Studies program. Visas often list planned travel dates and do expire, so be sure to have these dates available when applying. If you are a US resident, for more information about visas and how to apply, look on-line at www.travel.state.gov/.

Please note

a visa must be obtained prior to departure, be sure to obtain your visa application number from Soonchunhyang Unversity before applying for your visa, which you will be given after your student has been accepted into the Asian Studies program.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IDENTITY CARD (ISIC)

Although not usually required, the ISIC may be a valuable document for which to apply. In addition to identifying your child as a student, it may help him/her qualify for discounts on airfare, travel insurance, medical and health assistance, and entrance fees to museums and other cultural sites around the world. This card can be purchased through various web sites, travel agencies or from many US colleges and universities. Search the following web site for more information about how to obtain a card: www.internationalstudentidcard.com

INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF VACCINATIONS

The student may be required to obtain a number of different vaccinations prior to entering a foreign country, if they choose to travel on break. The list of required vaccinations and facilities that can provide these vaccinations should be obtained from the Global School of Education and Exchange at Soonchunhyang University. When traveling to developing countries, the following vaccinations are usually required: typhoid fever, hepatitis A and B, cholera and yellow fever. Anti-malarial medication may also be recommended. It is also suggested that a list of childhood immunizations be obtained from your family physician (these may include: tetanus, polio, diphtheria, etc.) and update these immunizations if needed.

Dietary Concerns

Even though Korea has become very Westernized in recent decades, the food in Korea is not going to be like the food many of you are used to eating at home. Although this can be a wonderful part of the experience, it may be difficult or even painful for some. Be sure to follow these simple guidelines when sampling local foods and drinks:

  • If you can peel it or remove the skin, do so before eating it.
  • Only drink bottled water or water from a filtering machine.

(Note: in areas where it is not safe to drink the water, remember that ice, fruit juices and even vegetables and fruits washed in the water should be avoided if at all possible.) Your student will be surprised, however, to find that many popular fast food chain restaurants from the United States can also be found all over the world, especially in Korea. Visit www.cdc.gov/travel/foodwater.htm for more information about food and water precautions.

Keeping in Touch with Your Student

South Korea is the most Internet connected country in the world, leading with the most DSL connections per person. Staying in touch with your student is as easy as sending an email or using a Voice Over Internet Protocol client like Skype or Yahoo which allow users to talk for free over the Internet from computer to computer. Students can also buy international calling cards to call home.

To call Korea, you need to dial (001 for US residents) +82 (for the country code) and then the phone number of your student's phone.

Travel Arrangements

It is important that your student have a round-trip ticket purchased upon entry into Korea. Even if you don't know the actual return date and may have to pay a small fee to change the ticket, it is cheaper than buying two one-way tickets. (Also, airfare will be reimbursed up to 800,000 KRW(approximately 710 USD).)