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Student flights from the USA to South Korea
South Korea is home to a number of trends (k-pop, Korean dramas, K-BBQ, etc.), but there’s so much more to South Korea, too! This unique country is a hotspot for culture, food, music, fashion and more. In Seoul, a modern metropolis and skyscrapers are joined by ancient temples, street markets and green parks. Of course, South Korea offers plenty of space for a quiet retreat from the bustling cities, with 22 national parks, miles of coastline and quiet countryside towns that are an easy train or bus ride from bigger cities. This unique country packs in a lot to see and do, with enough delicious food and fun excursions to satisfy any traveler.
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What are the main South Korea airport hubs?
South Korea has many international airports. The most popular are in Seoul and Jeju. If you start your visit in one of these cities, you’ll probably fly into either Incheon International Airport or Gimpo International Airport (in Seoul) or Jeju International Airport. Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea, so you’ll find the majority of flight options from the US arrive here.
How to fly from the USA to South Korea
The US is generally well connected with South Korea, with nonstop flights from many major US cities, including LA, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and more. Some of the most popular airlines for flights from the US to South Korea are Korean Air, Air China, Delta and Asiana Airlines. Of course, there are plenty more options for flying to South Korea!
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When is the best time to fly to South Korea?
The best time to visit South Korea depends primarily on what you’d like to do while you’re there. Winters are cold and dry, with lows in the 30s. It’s an ideal time to visit if you like fewer crowds and if you want to experience skiing or other winter sports, especially on some of Korea’s famous mountains. Summers are hot and humid with plenty of rain (especially in July and August). Spring and fall—with cherry blossoms and stunning foliage—tend to have milder weather with sunny days. However, you might find more tourists during these times as well. In short, there’s no bad time to visit—you’ll just have to adjust your itinerary based on what weather you’ll be expecting!
South Korea also hosts many festivals, which can be exciting (albeit crowded) events to attend. Buddha’s birthday, Seolnal (New Year’s Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) are three major holidays.
Why do American students love visiting South Korea?
Why visit South Korea? South Korea’s vibrant and energetic culture in the city is balanced by calm towns in the countryside, so there’s something for everyone. Explore modern cities, see the birthplace of K-pop, visit unique cafes and indulge in Korean food or take a trip to the beach or the mountains to chill out.
South Korean universities and campuses
Koreans typically take education very seriously, so South Korea is home to a number of prestigious universities. In addition, many American universities offer study abroad programs and exchanges in South Korea. Yonsei University and Korea University are two world-renowned universities who also offer incredible programs and education for international students.
Both of these universities are close to Seoul as well, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience big-city life while you’re studying abroad in Korea. There’s also many opportunities to teach English abroad in Seoul, so if you’re looking to volunteer or work abroad for a longer period, teaching English in South Korea is a good option.
South Korean lifestyle and culture
If you’ve ever listened to K-pop, eaten at K-BBQ or watched a Korean drama, then you’ve already had a taste of Korean culture. However, Korean culture is more than just Korean food and entertainment—there’s a rich history and culture stretching back thousands of years. Many Koreans highly value their families, food and language: you’ll fit in better if you can learn to love these things too!
The customs in Korea will probably be quite different from what you’re used to in the US—take time before you leave to learn some of the customs. For example, you should also take off your shoes when you arrive in someone’s home and don’t be surprised if you see someone pointing with their middle finger. It doesn’t have any negative connotations here!
Exploring South Korea on a student budget
South Korea prices for many things are similar to what you might in major cities around the US, however it’s pretty easy to travel on a budget if you want to. Even in Seoul, you can find plenty of hostels from $18-$30 per night. Food can be anywhere from 3000 - 4000 won ($2.50 - $3.50 USD) if you’re grabbing a snack from a street food stall or 30,000 - 60,000 won ($25-$50) if you’re having a fancy sit-down meal.
Luckily, there are also plenty of free things to do in Seoul, too. Visit Jogyesa or Bongeunsa (Buddhist temples), take a stroll around Seokchon Lake or along the Seoul City Walls and visit Namdeamun market (for shopping, cheap snacks or just people-watching).