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3 Campus East Asian Studies Program
Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Claire Hu
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This program is not accepting applications until the 21/22 academic year. 

3 Campus East Asian Studies Program

Princeton students are eligible to apply to an exciting three country program that will take them to China, Japan, and Korea. Students will be among a cohort from Keio University, Yonsei University, and the University of Hong Kong where they will experience East Asia from a genuinely comparative perspective by living and studying as a multicultural community at all three campuses.

The program will begin at Keio University in Tokyo, where students will participate in an orientation, meet other program participants, and hear lectures on contemporary Japanese society. They will then enroll in Yonsei University in Seoul for the spring semester, taking a core course on Social Change in Modern Korea and other courses offered by Yonsei and Underwood International College, the university’s International Studies Honors program. After the semester at Yonsei, the program continues with eight weeks in Hong Kong where students take courses including Political Economy of Global Asia.


Keio University
The two week orientation and introduction course is based at Keio University and is focused on contemporary Japanese topics.

Keio has a proud history as Japan's very first private institution of higher learning, dating back to the formation of a school for Dutch studies in 1858 in Edo (now Tokyo) by founder Yukichi Fukuzawa. Fukuzawa believed that Japan's only choice for catching up with Western technology and social organization was to "always strive for progress and enlightenment and provide the academic and moral education needed to create a generation of wise and capable leaders." To this end, Keio University has continued to provide intellectual leadership that addresses the issues facing Japanese society in its quest for development, transformation, and modernization.

Yonsei University
Students take the required core course at Yonsei, the task force seminar and up to five additional courses from the curriculum of Underwood International College. The required seminar is Social Change in Modern Korea (.pdf).

Underwood International College (UIC) is a highly selective four-year liberal arts college, serving as an intimate, elite setting within the larger institution of Yonsei University, Korea's premier research-oriented private university. All instruction is conducted in English to facilitate multi-cultural and multinational perspectives on campus. The college is open to students of all nationalities and is devoted to educating future global leaders and democratic citizens. UIC seeks to balance a rigorous liberal arts foundation with diverse, often interdisciplinary, majors. UIC also aims to generate a vibrant, truly multinational, yet uniquely East Asian community for its students. While maintaining its broadly based liberal arts education, UIC draws upon the rich and distinguished tradition of Korean studies at Yonsei. The curriculum capitalizes on its distinctive location as a crossroads of East Asia, bringing together students and faculty interested in East Asian studies and offering a Korean Studies minor.

University of Hong Kong
Students will take three courses including the core module The Political Economy of Global Asia.

The University of Hong Kong, as a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia, strives to attract and nurture outstanding scholars from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange, contributing to the advancement of society and the development of leaders through a global presence, regional significance and engagement with the rest of China.

Courses: Click here for information on the program curriculum and available courses.

Academic Calendar

This program typically runs from early February to mid-August, so divided:

  • Early February: 2 weeks spent at Keio University, Japan
  • Late February to mid-June: Yonsei University, South Korea (includes 1-week orientation)
  • Mid-June to mid-August: Hong Kong University

You can view exact program dates on the 3 Campus Half-year calendar page.


In all three countries, students will be placed in dormitories run by the host universities. Keio University will provide housing for the full month of the stay in Japan, even though the academic program lasts for only two weeks.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    
Students are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website.  

Application Process

Eligibility: B average in the fall and spring preceding the semester abroad (Princeton requirement).

In order to apply, the appropriate study abroad adviser from Princeton must review your qualifications and nominate you for the program.

  • Make an appointment with a study abroad adviser to discuss your interest in the 3 Campus program
  • Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application.
  • Complete the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline. The following items should be submitted to OIP:
    • Program application form
    • One official ID photo attached (4cm x 3cm, no color copy).*
    • One letter of recommendation from a Princeton professor
    • Official paper transcript
    • One copy of passport*
    • Letter of nomination from Princeton (this will be completed by the OIP after you submit your application)
*PLEASE NOTE: This application requires you to enter your current passport information. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the end of the program.  

Application Documents Specific to Each University
For Keio University:

  • Short-term program application
  • Statement of purpose (less than 250 words, typed or written clearly)
  • Copy of Transcript (OIP will prepare from the official copy submitted to us)
For Yonsei University:
  • Online application form
  • Study Plan (Statement of Purpose, A4 letter size, minimum 250 words)
  • Proof of Medical Insurance that covers the time of stay in Korea
  • Visa Documents
    • Certificate of Account Balance of Sponsor or Applicant or Scholarship Certificate of the Applicant. Financial aid can provide you with this if you receive funds from Princeton. Otherwise, please have the person responsible for your financial support provide documentation.
    • Minimum Account Balance for 1 semester: USD $5,000
    • Chinese national students must have USD $10,000
    • Photocopy of Household Register of all family members (Chinese nationals only)
    • Photocopy of high school diploma (Chinese nationals only)
For Hong Kong:
  • HKU application form (Note: use this application even though it says for HKU students only; ignore the January deadline and submit to the OIP)
  • Copy of resume
  • Visa Documents
    • Training Visa Application form ID992A (with recent photo)
    • Certificate of Financial Support
    • Letter of Consent in paying the HK$160 fee for the training visa application upon arrival.
In addition to a program application, students must also complete the Princeton Course approval form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.


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