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Students Explore Korean Culture During Study Abroad Info Session

Byline: by Shin Young Lee

Posted: January 16, 2012

BIP is a study abroad program in Seoul Women’s University, South Korea that takes place every summer. For four weeks, students stay in a dormitory, take classes in the morning and experience Korean culture such as cooking traditional Korean food and traveling to historic sites. Students interested in studying abroad gathered together for the Bahrom International Program (BIP) information session on Tues, Nov 1.

Twelve students interested in studying abroad gathered together for the Bahrom International Program (BIP) information session on Tues, Nov 1. Chaplain Rosie Magee and Dean of Students, Carolyn Perkins, who participated in BIP this summer and three years ago, also attended.

The nuts and bolts of BIP


BIP is a study abroad program in Seoul Women’s University, South Korea that takes place every summer. For four weeks, students stay in a dormitory, take classes in the morning and experience Korean culture such as cooking traditional Korean food and traveling to historic sites.

"BIP is a well-organized program. All programs, including classes, are based on English. Staff and top-notch professors do not give away free time. Staff and RAs already have plans, and they try to make opportunities to get to know each other," Rosie said. Even though, students want to experience other countries, there are limited opportunities with safe and organized programs. If someone participates in BIP, they can get obtain transferable credits at Wilson College.

How to take advantage of the program


A participation fee of $200.00 covers meals, classes and trips. Students do not need to pay any additional fees with the exception of their flight ticket. "I have always wanted to travel abroad, and when I heard about BIP, I figured I should look into it. It’s affordable and doesn’t interfere with school," says Elizabeth Boratenski ‘13. Boratenski has four years of experience in Taekwondo, Korean traditional martial arts. Learning about South Korea from Taekwondo and her enthusiasm to experience new cultures helped influence her decision.

More students traveling to Korea


Four Korean students that participated in BIP this summer also attended the information session. Magee is pleased to see Wilson students’ enthusiasm in travelling to Korea.  

"Today we watched the BIP video in the info session. It reminds me of BIP memories. American students and I prepared a dance performance and we got prizes. I miss this summer. Next year I will go back to Korea and I’m planning to be on staff for the next BIP trip. I hope I see Wilson students in Korea again," Suji Han ‘12 said.

Students can register for BIP by attaching their photo and $200 participation fee to the application. Students interested in BIP can contact Melanie Gregg, at mgregg@wilson.edu or Magee at rosie.magee@wilson.edu.

Last Updated: January 16, 2012

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