The Korea WEST Programs (Work, English, Study, Travel), a joint venture between the U.S. State Department and the South Korean Ministry of Education, gives South Korea’s students the opportunity to study and intern in the US.
The German American Chamber of Commerce California (GACC California) is proud to be a designated sponsor for the WEST Plus Program which includes 2 months of language school, 10 months of internship and 1 month of travel.
- Discover and understand American culture and business life
- Improve English language skills
- Gain practical experience in the field of studies abroad
To participate in the program, Korea WEST Plus applicants must first undergo a screening process by the Korean Ministry of Education. Students then apply for sponsorship with GACC California. To be selected for sponsorship, applicants must have a good level of English, preferably already gained first practical experience in their field of study and demonstrate a high level of motivation as well as flexibility.
Once being selected by GACC California, an exciting phase starts during which each student gets an individual coordinator who leads them through the application process. Student and coordinator will work together closely and respectfully until a suitable host company is found. GACC California representatives will also be present during the Pre-departure Orientation in Seoul to meet the program participants in person before they finally arrive in the US to start their studies and training. This will be a chance for the students to not only meet us in person but to also ask some first questions. Also during their time in the US, GACC California will be the student’s’ first point of contact and will offer support and guidance.
WEST Plus Program overview while in the US:
Language school in San Diego, CA – 2 months
GACC California will place program participants at Q International School, located in the sunny and exciting city of San Diego, California. The school is located in a vibrant area of Downtown San Diego called Little Italy, which is home to many restaurants, cafés, and outdoor seating areas. During the two months of language school the students will get intensive training in English language and develop skills necessary to succeed in any business environment. The high quality learning environment includes comfortable classrooms, student kitchens, lounges, and computer labs.
Internship anywhere in the US – 6 to 10 months
A major part of the WEST Plus program is the internship section. GACC California will help students find a suitable placement in their field of studies anywhere in the US. We work with great companies from various industries that are located in all major cities and regions throughout the country. Our internships provide on-the-job exposure to techniques, methodologies, and expertise, and enhance the intern’s’ knowledge of the foreign culture and society. During the time of the internship the student will be assigned a company supervisor to mentor and guide them personally.
Travel – 1 month
After students successfully finished their language training and internship, they have the opportunity to travel the country for one more month before returning to South Korea.
To register for the program, students should submit their application directly to the South Korean Ministry of Education.
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