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Korea Studies Workshop Program

Korean Studies Workshop Program

Dates: 6-14th October 2017

South Korea is one of Australia’s most significant trading partners and the fourth-largest economy in Asia. Its dynamic democratic society has a rich and unique cultural heritage and strong historical ties to Australia as a result of immigration, history and our shared values. It’s also one of the top five OECD high performing education systems globally.  

The nine-day Korean Studies Workshop Program provides Australian secondary school educators with the opportunity to experience authentic Korean culture firsthand. Participants will visit sites of cultural, historical, social and political significance in Seoul as well as provincial towns, including a field trip to the ancient Shilla Dynasty capital of Gyeongju. Central to the program is a lecture series developed by Korean education specialists that focuses on language, culture, society, education, politics, economy and international relations. Participants will also participate in a session on Korea-related curriculum development.

During the study program to South Korea, participants will:

  • Interact with education leaders and policy makers in Korea
  • Explore the rich and diverse traditional and contemporary culture of Korea
  • Engage in experiences that build knowledge of historical, social, political and economic trends in Korea
  • Become part of an international professional learning network.

Learning outcomes

The Korean Studies Workshop Program will enable educators to:

  • Build their knowledge and understanding of contemporary Korea and its relevance for Australian curriculum
  • Explore intercultural issues within the context of one of the world’s fastest emerging social, cultural and economic powerhouses
  • Forge people-to-people links with individuals and organisations in South Korea that can support future curriculum collaboration.

An expert pre-departure program includes a webinar to prepare participants for the program and an online interactive briefing document with key information on program partners (Korea Foundation and EWHA Womens’ University), information on Korean culture, etiquette advice and an overview of Korea’s history and education system.

Application information

15 scholarships are available for Australian secondary teachers to attend the Korean Studies Workshop Program (KSWP) in 2017.

The AEF will select Australian educators based on the quality of their applications. We aim to represent a range of Australian states/territories as well as ensure representation of Government, Independent and Catholic education sectors. Australian educators will be joined by New Zealand educators on this program in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation.

For the full itinerary or further information, please email

Registrations have now closed.

AEF Professional Learning
Asia Education Foundation (AEF) has worked with the Korea Foundation over the past 23 years to offer Australian teachers the opportunity to participate in this highly-acclaimed international study program. 240 Australian educators have participated in KSWP since 1993. As a result, educators have gained first-hand knowledge to lead curriculum on Korea and supported the teaching of Korean language in Australian schools.

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