Study Abroad


From Hiroshima to Pyongyang: Nuclear Politics in Korea and Japan

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SAU student Aurora Galvan poses with a Korean newspaper featuring the Korea study abroad program

Course: +PSCI 399, Advanced Topics in Political Science or +IS 310, Advanced Topics in Culture and Civilization

Dates: December 26, 2016 to January 17, 2017

Instructor: Prof. Duk Kim, Associate Professor of Political Science

Primary Locations: South Korea and Japan

Program Price: TBD

Program description

The decision by the U.S. to drop a number of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945 is credited with ending WWII. More than 30 years of Japan's colonial rule of Korea ended in 1945, the year that Japan formally surrendered to the Allies. An errant decision was made by the Soviet Union and the U.S. to divide the Korean peninsula in 1947, and three years of the Korean War took place in 1950. The Korean peninsula had become a pawn in a dangerous chess match played by Japan, the Soviet Union, China, and the United States.

More than sixty years later, the military presence of the United States in both Japan and South Korea is seen as necessary for stability in the region. However, soon after the start of the new millennium, the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula escalated and the nuclear security issue in East Asia has again called for global attention. As the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang continues, the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula intensifies. The Western mass media defines North Korea's nuclear weapons program as a threat to the international community.

On the other hand, critics argue that the U.S. has been threatening North Korea with a nuclear attack for more than half a century since its "successful" military operations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Korean peninsula is again at the heart of global issues. In recent years, the effectiveness of the Six-Party Talks has been questioned and the painful memories of WWII have resurfaced. From Hiroshima to Pyongyang in Korea and Japan is a short term faculty-led study abroad program that seeks to enrich students' awareness of the prospects of nuclear war in the 21century and of the rising global influence of the two major powers, Korea and Japan. 

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Transportation to most course activities while abroad
  • Lodging
  • Continental breakfast daily (exceptions may apply)
  • Other meals (as indicated on course syllabus)
  • Entrance fees for required course activities
  • Planned excursions
  • Administrative costs
  • International health insurance
  • When rail passes or entrance fees are included, they are based on the utilization of youth rates (25 years or younger) and a valid university ID will be required to be shown at the entrance. Any additional amount incurred will be the participant's responsibility

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals (when not included in program fees) - approximate cost: $465
  • Personal baggage fees
  • Possible TB test upon return to the US (minimum $28)

How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 15, 2016
Students who apply after the Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.

Step 1: Submit the application

Step 2: Submit a $500 application deposit by TouchNet.

Step 3: Pay your remaining balance by November 1, 2016. Submit your payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to St. Ambrose. Or pay online with a credit card.

Applications will be accepted until October 3, 2016.

Application and payment details
  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • The $500 deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is cancelled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 15.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after October 3. 
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.