University of Vermont

Asian Studies Outreach Program

Korean Studies Institute

The Korean Studies Institute was a one year opportunity for 12 educators in Vermont to gain a first hand understanding of the culture, history, politics, products, geography, religion and educational system of Korea. This institute is funded by a grant to the University of Vermont’s Asian Studies Outreach Program by the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad.

One of the Fulbright-Hays’ priorities in East Asian studies is to “improve area studies in elementary and secondary schools”. Therefore, the program is designed to bring Korean studies to Vermont school children. Participants will teach a unit of study about Korea and share their experiences and understandings with students and colleagues.

Discussions on Korea

Predeparture meetings of the Korean Studies Institute were enriched by the excellent collection of podcasts by the Korea Society. The Korea Society is a private organization that is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea. Their website is

Korean Studies Institute: A message from the program's director, Dotty Danforth

The Korean Studies Institute, held this year from June 28 - July 29, was a wonderful "life changing" experience, according to one of the twelve participants. Those twelve educators, along with Project Director Dotty Danforth traveled to South Korea and were hosted by Yonsei University in Seoul. The program, designed to bring teaching and learning about South Korea to Vermont students, was generously funded by the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program, though a grant awarded to the Asian Studies Outreach Program of the University of Vermont. This was a one year grant.

Yonsei University was the site of many of the lectures attended by the group. Lecturers included Professor Hyuk-rae Kim, Director of the program in Korea, and professor of Korean Studies in the Graduate School of International Education at Yonsei; Chung Min Lee, Dean of the Graduate School of International Education and recently appointed Special Ambassador for Global Issues; and Commander of US Forces in Korea Stephen M. Tharp. The thirteen lectures were amazing - informative and engaging.

Throughout the program all of the group talked about the warmth and engagement of our Korean hosts, guides and students and their excitement about bringing this experience back to students.


The 2010 Itinerary for the Korean Studies Program included:

  • Thirteen lectures, including lectures by Chung Min Lee, Dean of the Graduate School of International Education and recently appointed Special Ambassador for Global Issues and Commander of US Forces in Korea Stephen M. Tharp
  • Visits to two schools, meeting students and talking with teachers
  • Visit to the capital of the Silla Dynasty

New! Resources about South Korean Culture

The Korean Studies Institute collected a wonderful library that will be housed at the Asian Studies Outreach Program's Library. The newest addition to our library includes wonderful books for children, adult contemporary, history books, and notes from the 2010 Korean Studies Institute Lecture Series in South Korea.

Contact the ASOP Library at to requests books or the Korean Studies Cultural Kit.


New! Online Curriculum Units

Korean Studies Online Curriculum Units

The Korean Studies Institute's participants are creating wonderful teaching units on Korean culture, history, economics and more for classrooms K-12. These units have been made possible through funds by the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program.

Carrie Gardner, Educational Glogster on Korea

Glogster EDU is a collaborative online learning platform for teachers and students to express their creativity, knowledge, ideas and skills in the classroom. Carrie created this glog to serve as an ever-expanding portal to assist teachers in teaching students about the culture and history of Korea.

Andreas Nolte, Korea for Business

Christine Simpson, Designs from Korean Roof Tiles

Amy Limoge, Writing an Original Korean Folktale

Suzanne Clark, Understanding Korean Culture through Customs and Values

Jane DiSanto, Korean Wisdom Unit

Zhihang Hao, Korean History Unit

Cynthia Murphy, Korean Literature Unit

Resources for teaching about Korea

The ASOP library now hosts a wonderful collection of books, dvds, and artifacts that will facilitate the learning of Korean history, culture, and its people. Contact the ASOP office at (802) 656-7985 to find out how you can reserve these items.

Special Thanks

Thanks to very generous financial support from the Fulbright Foundation and the Fulbright-Hays Groups Projects Abroad Program.

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