Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program

USCB's South Korean and Asian Literacy Education (SKALE) Project 
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(United States Department of Education Grant)

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South Korean culture and economic power are impacting the Lowcountry/Coastal Empire, due to the development of a multibillion-dollar Korean automotive manufacturing complex and its affiliates and suppliers in the area. The "Korean Wave" in entertainment and technological innovation also are influencing local culture.  Educators in South Carolina and Georgia must be prepared to teach their students about South Korean language and culture.

South Korea Cityscape

USCB's SKALE  Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program (News Announcement) emmerses educators/students in South Korean culture, language, and daily life during a 4-week educational trip to various institutional and historical South Korean sites in Summer 2024.

In addition to the time spent abroad, participants will complete pre and post activities designed to help educators develop lessons and activities related to South Korean culture.

The SKALE group will be in South Korea: June 23 - July 24, 2024

Join Us at the Korean Cultural Studies Conference 

Date: October 25, 2024
Location: Hilton Head Island Campus, USCB

To celebrate and support the arrival of many Korean businesses to our region and to showcase the findings of the SKALE Fulbright-Hays project,  USCB invites the community to the Korean Cultural Studies Conference, an event dedicated to fostering education, understanding, collaboration, and friendship during this period of demographic transformation.

Who Should Attend:

  • Business leaders and professionals
  • Community members and local organizations
  • Students and educators

Anyone interested in cultural exchange and community development 

Cost and Registration

The conference is free but registration is required.

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SKALE Participants

The SKALE participants selected include high school educators in the Beaufort/Jasper/Chatham/Bryan/Effingham County Areas, USCB faculty and staff, and junior and senior USCB Education students.

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SKALE Partners

While overseas, the University of South Carolina Beaufort will be partnering with other American Universities with locations in South Korea to further facilitate the knowledge of South Korean culture as well as engaging with South Korean universities and education centers. The following universities will be providing our SKALE participants with tours, presentations, language classes, and cultural exchange opportunities to heighten the cultural emersion of our participants. Thank you to the following universities:

  • The University of Utah Asia Campus
    University of Utah Asia Campus LogoThe University of Utah Asia Campus is located in Incheon, South Korea. Since opening in 2016, the university has provided students in South Korea and around the world with the opportunity to earn a degree through the University of Utah.

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  • George Mason University
    George Mason University LogoGeorge Mason University Korea, “Mason Korea”, was established in 2014 in Incheon. It provides students with an opportunity to receive a degree from George Mason University within the Metropolitan City of Incheon.

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  • Ewha Language Center at Ewha University
    Ewha Language Center at Ewha University LogoEwha Language Center is based out of Ewha Woman’s University is Seoul, South Korea. Each year, approximately 6,000 students attend a program through the Ewha Language Center to build their Korean language skills. It offers Korean Language learning programs to students of all levels. Program durations range depending on the chosen program. Students at Ewha not only learn about Korean language within the classroom, but have the ability to take their new found knowledge outside the walls of the classroom into the city of Seoul.

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  • Woosong University
    Woosong University LogoWoosong University in Daejeon, South Korea was officially established in 1995, after years of being a part of the Donga Educational Foundation and the Woosong Education Foundation. It offers both undergraduate and graduate programs to students. It contains 3 international schools which conduct courses solely in English. Since its beginning, Woosong has signed over 400 Memorandums of Understanding with universities and schools in more than 60 countries.

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  • Seoul National University of Education
    By Seoul National University of Education, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35482873Seoul National University of Education began its roots in 1946 as the Gyeonggi Public School of Education. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in different disciplines regarding education. A few of its most recent achievements include being selected as the Most Excellent University in diagnosis of capabilities of teacher cultivation (2022) and selected as an excellent university for sharing and distributing academic information of the university library (2018). A big thank you to Dr. Sun-Ho Hong, the Director of SNUE’S Language Teaching Center for Creativity and Character Education for directly offering our SKALE team with an organized lecture and tour of the University.

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Juanita Babet Villena-Alvarez, PhD

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Coordinator, USCB International Programs
Professor of French, Spanish and Global Studies

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Bluffton, SC 29909

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Office: 843-521-4152
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Brianna Wells          

Academic Affairs Intern
USCB Honors Student

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