Department of Biology

Summer Bioethics Program in Korea

Note: This trip has past and future trips have not yet been scheduled.



Korean students from Hannam University and Rogers State University students work together for three weeks to experience a unique learning environment which mingles culture and language, as well as knowledge.

The Summer Bioethics Program is offered as a joint class between Rogers State University and Hannam University. Students will participate in selected lecture classes and activities with minimal or no cost.

Hannam University:

Contact: Dr. Jae-Ho Kim

Program Details:

  • 3 weeks, 3 credit hours
  • 10 RSU students, 10 Korean students
  • Expenses: $3,000 (tuition, airfare, room and board)
  • Stay in Hannam University dorms
  • Field trips to the places relevant to the discussion topics including research institutions, pollution site, and nature reserves
  • Cultural experiences guided by Korean Studies Summer Program of Hannam university
  • Discussion topics: research ethics (human, animal), stem cell research, life and death (artificial reproductive techniques, contraception, euthanasia, abortion, use of life supporting equipment), creation and evolution, genetic testing, gene therapy, environmental issues (pollution, resources, green energy)


  • Where do I go?
    South Korea is a beautiful country with inspiring mountains. Hannam University is in Daegeon which is located about 90miles south of Seoul. Daejeon is the fifth largest city in Korea where 1.5million people have their busy daily lives. The city is known for the Daedeok Valley which is a center for scientific researches in Korea and a part of the university campus is located in it. Daejeon is surrounded by many historic landmarks and scenic mountains.
  • Why Hannam University?
    Hannam University was established by American Southern Presbyterian missionaries in 1956 and has 17,915 students (2007). Rogers State University and Hannam University have established an exchange program, The Summer Bioethics Class in Korea will be the first program that would be benefitted from it. Hannam University spells its mission as ‘dedication to thoughtful integration of academic excellence and spiritual growth, striving to cultivate students’ abilities so that they can be well-rounded leaders in the global community’.
  • What will I study?
    RSU students will be joined by Korean students who also enrolled for the class. The class will be coordinated by Drs. In-Soo Lee (HNU) and Jae-Ho Kim (RSU). The course is designed to visit broad spectrum of topics involved in Bioethical issues. The topics are not limited but include research ethics, stem cell research, life and death, creation and evolution, genetic testing, gene therapy, and environmental issues. The class will explore different views between two cultures and include field trips of relevant sites and facilities.
  • What is the language of instruction?
    Classes will be in English.
  • Where will I stay?
    You will stay in a dormitory of Hannam University where you would meet with other Korean students. The dormitory is located in the campus where you can walk to the classrooms. You will be able to walk to restaurants and convenient stores from the dormitory. Public transportations, bus, taxi, and subway system, are within the reach of the campus.
  • When do I leave?
    The class runs from June 22 to July 12, 2009. Students will leave on June 20 and return on July 13. You may stay longer if you choose but must arrange additional travel with the instructor. We will leave from Tulsa International Airport and arrive at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, Korea unless you have made arrangements to fly elsewhere.
  • What are the eligibility requirements?
    Students will benefit more if they have taken an introductory biology course such as cell biology, but it is not required. We will meet regularly during spring semester to prepare for Korean culture, food, and language to ease students’ cultural shock.
  • How much does it cost?
    Estimated cost is $3,000 which includes most expenses such as room, meals, and tuition. There may be some additional expenses for extra trips during weekends. Full amount of money should be deposited to the designated school account before May 1, 2009.

Travel Information:

  • Visas: You don’t need a visa for this trip. However, visitors planning to work or reside in Korea for longer periods must have a visa before entry.
  • Currency: Korea's currency is the won, which comes in 1,000 (US$1.2), 5,000 and 10,000 won bills, and 10, 50, 100 and 500 won coins. ATMs are in operation 24 hours a day. Most of the large-sized stores, hotels and restaurants in Korea will accept major international credit cards. However, it is advisable to carry some cash, since many small stores may not have credit card processing equipment.
  • Korea Travel Phone 1330: When you need English assistance or travel information, just dial 1330, and a bilingual operator will offer you detailed information on tourist sites, transportation, restaurants, etc. You don't need to dial an area code if are you making the call from a landline phone, but if you are calling from a cell phone or abroad, you need to press an area code. When you want information about areas outside of Seoul, enter the area code of that region before pressing 1330. Daejeon’s area code is 042, and you may dial 421330 to get help.

Transportation Information:

  • Domestic flights: Most domestic destinations are within an hour's flight from Seoul. Gimpo Airport, located between the western area of Seoul and the newer Incheon International Airport, is primarily used for domestic travel and short flights to Japan and China. Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and a few domestic discount carriers handle all flights within the country.
  • Railway services: The Korea Railroad (KORAIL) operates three types of trains ― high-speed (KTX), express (Saemaeul), and local (Mugunhwa) ― along an extensive nationwide network. The KTX trains link Seoul with Busan, Mokpo, East Daegu, Gwangju and Iksan. Since even the longest KTX trip is under three hours, there are no dining cars, but passengers can purchase snacks and beverages from service carts provided.
  • Express trains usually have dining cars. Most popular destinations in the nation can be reached via direct line or a single transfer. Check Korea Rail's website ( for information about combination train-ferry tickets and rail passes available. (Note: Rail passes are only available to inbound tourists and must be purchased from certified Korail vendors overseas.)
  • Local and city bus services: Regular intercity and long-distance express bus networks connect virtually all cities and towns in the country. Regular intercity buses are the least expensive way to travel around the country but make frequent stops. Bus fares range from 700 to 1,800 won (US$0.74~$1.91). The website "” has detailed information. Click on "Transportation."   
  • Long distance express buses: Long distance express buses go directly to their destinations, stopping only at expressway rest areas every few hours. Two types of buses link every major city in the country. Regular intercity buses have four seats per row. The more-expensive deluxe buses have only three seats per row and offer amenities such as phones and movies. Some lines run late-night deluxe express buses as well. Seoul has three intercity terminals providing service to different parts of the country ― the main Express Bus Terminal and Nambu Bus Terminal on Subway Line 3 in Gangnam and the Dong (East) Seoul Bus Terminal near Gangbyeon Station on Line 2. Busan's Express Bus Terminal is in its eastern downtown area. 
  • Subway services: The subway is the most efficient and convenient way to get around Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Incheon and Daejeon. Subways have developed into these cities' main transportation systems and provide fast, safe, and comfortable rides. The Seoul Metro links all neighborhoods with the outlying areas and satellite cities. Fares vary according to destination, the basic fare being 1,000 won (US$ 1.06). Passengers can easily pay bus and subway fares and receive free transfers by using a debit card, known as T-money.
  • Taxi services: There are two kinds of taxis ­ regular and deluxe. Fares are based on distance and time. The black deluxe taxis are more comfortable, provide better service and charge more than the regular gray taxis. Nearly all taxis are equipped with a free third-party interpretation system that can be accessed by cell phone if passenger and driver have difficulty communicating.
  • Ferry services: One of the most pleasant ways to see Korea, popular mainland to island ferry routes are Busan to Jejudo, Mokpo to Hongdo, and Pohang to Ulleungdo. There are ships making runs between Busan and Yeosu, with many in-between stops possible at ports along the south coast and Hallyeo Maritime National Park.
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