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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Mid-Semester Break 2
  • Restrictions: Only Study Overseas applicants may apply through GLAS
  • Budget Sheets: Mid-Semester Break 2
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Tour Academic Level: Undergraduate
Study Tours: Governing Faculty: Faculty of Sciences Click here for a definition of this term Available to Cross-Institutional students: Yes
Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
Seoul 2020

This course offers students an incredible opportunity to be immersed in the global, cutting-edge and rapidly growing world of biotechnology. South Korea has one of the fastest growing biotechnology sectors in the world. Government investment and industrial and commercial commitment has seen more than 15 times growth in biotechnology industries in South Korea in recent years. We will meet with delegates from the Austrade office and from Australian government and industry. We will network with University of Adelaide Alumni and have a mentoring evening hosted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce. We also tour biotechnology companies, research facilities and research institutes. We will actively see the process and mechanisms of basic science being developed; the applied studies for new drug design and discovery, novel biomaterials and bioinformation. This tour provides a unique opportunity to experience the scientific and dynamic business aspects as they are applied in the commercial world while building on students’ theoretical knowledge.   



This program will run from 19 September to 3 October, 2020.

The advertised dates of this program are indicative only and may be subject to change. The School governing this study tour will confirm exact program dates once students have been selected for the program.

There will be compulsory pre-departure briefings on Monday 7 September and 14 September, 2020. This will cover essential academic aspects for the study tour as well as tour logistics.

Although the application deadline is 17 May, 2020, students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Students will need to consult their STUDY PLAN and consider how this course (3 units) fits into their program. If students would like to discuss their Study Plan, please contact 

Note on COVID-19: Due to increasing cases of coronavirus infections in South Korea and in line with Australian Government advice, we are keeping our eye on infections and will be making decisions about travel based on Government travel advice. Currently, planning for this Study Tour is under the scenario that travel to South Korea will be safe in September and October.

Information Session

There will be an Information Session on MONDAY 16  MARCH, 2020 – 12:10pm. Venue: Molecular Life Sciences Building, Room 5.01.

Program Fee

The program fee is estimated to be AUD$3,781.00

This pricing is indicative only and subject to change. Final costs, and information on the cancellation and refund policy can be found when making payment on the Online Shop managed by your School.

This estimated program fee includes ground transport in South Korea, all accommodation (4 star hotel, twin share), entry to cultural activities and some meals. Follow the link for the program fee cost breakdown.

Students will be responsible for booking and paying for their own international flights, some meals and incidentals.

Please note that University of Adelaide tuition fees also apply for the enrolled course SCIENCE 3500 - Science International Study Tour.

Financial Assistance:

Eligible students may be able to access up to AU $8,295 (Asia) of funding from an OS-Help loan. Please review the Study Overseas website to check your eligibility to receive funding and how to apply. 

Please note that there will be a limited number of OS-Help Loans available in 2020, and some applicants may not be eligible for an OS-Help Loan. OS-HELP loans can only be processed once students have submitted their loan application forms and have met all eligibility requirements. Once approved, it can take 3-4 weeks for approved students to receive the funding.

Comprehensive travel insurance is provided free of charge by the University of Adelaide for students receiving credit for this program.

Course Content
Activities (examples):
  • Networking evening (with Alumni)
  • AustCham Mentoring Evening
  • Austrade offices
  • Korea Research Institute of Biosciences and Biotechnology (KRIBB) – research facilities.
  • Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) – research facilities.
  • Seoul National University
Companies: Celltrion Pharmecueticals, Medipost, Yuhan Corporation

Academic Credit

All credit is decided and pre-approved by the Faculty of Sciences. Once selected for the program, students must enrol in SCIENCE 3500 International Student Experience. 

Students selected for this program will receive
3 units of credit.
Students should not enrol in this course code (SCIENCE 3500) until their application has been assessed and they have been selected and approved by the Faculty of Sciences.

Eligibility and Selection

This course is open to second/third year students enrolled in Biotechnology or Microbiology/Immunology, Biochemistry or Genetics courses. Those students wishing to apply for OS-HELP must have completed at least 24 units which need to be recorded on their transcripts at the time of application and must have at least 3 units of study to complete on completion of this study tour.

The tour must have a minimum of 18 students to run. Selection for this tour will be made based on a combination of GPA and responses to the ‘About Me’ questionnaire within the GLAS application.

  • Tour leader will shortlist applicants based on a combination of GPA and application responses.
  • The Faculty of Sciences will conduct a degree check for each shortlisted student and approve the student for credit. This is an automatic internal process and students do not have to take any action for this to occur.
  • After the Faculty of Sciences has completed the degree check, students will be notified of their application outcome by Study Overseas.
  • Students will be required to pay an AUD $500 deposit within 14 days of their selection for this program.

Application and Deadlines
  • Check eligibility against criteria above
  • Create your application by clicking 'Apply Now' before the deadline.
  • Deadline for application submission: 17 MAY, 2020
  • Students will be merit-selected for this program. Applications will be assessed on the following:
    • Applicant’s answers to the ‘About Me’ Questionnaire in their GLAS application
    • Applicant’s GPA
    • Relevant courses that the applicant has already completed (as specified on the applicant’s University transcript)
    • Shortlisted students will be asked to an interview during the week starting 25 May, 2020.

Contact Information

For more information about the Seoul-changing Biotechnology study tour including academic and program content, please contact Dr Stephen Kidd in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, School of Biological Sciences.

For information about applications and administration, please contact Study Overseas.