University of California Education Abroad Program Republic of Korea. Amy Beausoleil Summer 2007. General Overview. Location: South Korea occupies the lower territory of the Korean Peninsula bordered by North Korea. Japan lies approximately 120 miles southeast across the Korea Strait.
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Ethnic Groups:Homogenous Korean
Approx. 20,000 Chinese
Approx. 29,000 US military personal stationed in South Korea
Christian 26.3% (Protestant 19.7%, Roman Catholic 6.6%)
South Korea has achieved an incredible record of growth and integration into the high-tech modern world economy.
After the Korean War (1950-53), South Korea achieved rapid economic growth with per capita income rising to 14 times the level of North Korea.
The South Korea economy is 11th largest in the world (3rd largest in Asia).
GDP (PPP) per capita: US$24,500
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
From clothes to hairstyles, music to television dramas, South Korea has been defining the tastes of many Chinese and other Asians for the past half decade.(Herald Tribune, 2006)
“We intend to continue the pace of inbound globalization and bring about rapid transformation of Yonsei University. Yonsei welcomes the world because we are confident that the globalization of our campus will result in immense benefits for everyone.” (President Chang Young Jung, Yonsei University, 2007)
Three universities (Yonsei, Ewha, and Sogang) are located in the Shinchon area. Many shops, cafes, and nightclubs in this area cater to university students.
Yonsei University and bring about rapid transformation of Yonsei University. Yonsei welcomes the world because we are confident that the globalization of our campus will result in immense benefits for everyone.” (President Chang Young Jung, Yonsei University, 2007)