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What to Pack for Your Korea Adventure This Summer. 

Are you prepared for an incredible summer adventure in Korea? We’re certainly excited! Before diving into packing, let’s take a glimpse into what a Korean summer can look like! Known for its easily navigable and walk-able cities. However, with humidity soaring, how do Koreans manage to beat the heat? The answer lies in their choice of attire and accessories! Protect Yourself from the Sun: Sun protection is needed in Korean summer culture. You will need essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses, and a suitable hat to prevent overheating. Opt for a high SPF sunscreen to shield your skin from harmful UV rays, remembering to reapply every two hours, particularly during outdoor cultural activities. Plus tip, buy a hand held fan to carry with you. It will help you cool down faster. Prioritize Comfortable Footwear: Understanding your feet’s needs is essential, especially when embarking on long days of exploration. Opt for lightweight sneakers, sandals, or breathable flats that offer ample support for extended walks. Avoid leather or shiny black shoes, as they tend to absorb heat, potentially causing discomfort. Your feet will thank you for the thoughtful choice! Opt for Light and Breathable Fabrics: Korea’s summer climate can be quite intense, especially for newcomers. Yet, the right clothing can make all the difference. We suggest opting for light and breathable materials such as cotton, linen, or moisture-wicking fabrics. Loose-fitting tops allow for ample air circulation, ensuring you stay cool throughout the day. For girls Embrace Stylish Summer Dresses: Who says staying stylish means sacrificing comfort? A summer dress is the epitome of both. Koreans adore lightweight dresses, available in various lengths to suit your preference. Just ensure they’re summer-appropriate, as the thickness of the fabric plays a crucial role in keeping you cool. Stick to Casual Tops and Bottoms: While summer basics are a must, it’s worth noting that Korean fashion leans towards modesty. Tank tops, for instance, aren’t commonly worn as standalone pieces. Consider layering with a light cover-up for cultural respect. Mix and match casual tops with shorts, skirts or thin pants. Wear pants that you know will keep you from absorving heat, or getting sun burnt. Pack an assortment of lightweight blouses to diversify your wardrobe for a comfortable and fashionable city exploration. By remembering these tips when packing for your summer trip to Korea, it will ensure you have the best time and be prepared for what will come your way! We can’t wait to see you in Seoul.

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What type of visa is required for a visit to Korea?

Understanding the appropriate visa for your visit to another country is crucial and perhaps the most significant aspect to research. Visas play a pivotal role in determining your entry into the country and the duration of your stay in Korea. U.S. Citizen Information If you are a U.S. citizen, you can take advantage of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. This program allows U.S. citizens to visit the Republic of Korea without a visa for a duration of up to 90 days, provided the purpose of the trip is for tourism, business meetings, conference attendance, or visiting family or relatives. An extension of stay is not permitted, and this visa is commonly referred to as the Tourism Visa. No additional application is required for U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. Citizen Information For non-U.S. citizens, the process varies depending on your nationality, with different standards ranging from 30 days to up to 6 months. Information regarding visa exemptions for non-U.S. citizens can be found at ( Visa process regardless of Nationality A visa is needed when staying for a duration longer than 90 days. When applying for a student Visa (D-2) you must submit an application form at your local Korean embassy. In the U.S. the cost of the Visa is approximately ($45) and must be paid in cash or check. The student visa application (D-2) involves the submission of various documents, including the Certificate of Admission (CoA) issued by your program. Additionally, proof of final academic credentials and a financial statement (e.g., bank account, scholarship details, etc.) to demonstrate the student’s budget for expenses during their stay in Korea are required. It is important to note that the issuance of these documents may take a considerable amount of time, and there might be additional requirements throughout the process. To ensure a smooth application process, it is strongly advised that students reach out to the Korean embassy or consulate in their country of residence well in advance. This will allow them to obtain information on the necessary documents for the student visa (D-2) application and prepare the required materials ahead of time.

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