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Immersive International Studies Summer Institute

Engage in historical role-playing to analyze international issues

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Explore international events through in-depth study of specific moments in history

The Immersive International Studies Summer Institute explores key international events through a vibrant and engaging curriculum. Active learning is incorporated to develop an understanding of international issues as well as a diverse skill set, such as persuasive speaking, critical thinking, research skills, problem-solving, teamwork, expository writing, and leadership skills.

The program allows for the exploration of key international events through an in-depth approach to specific moments in history in order to gain a complex understanding of the issues of that time. The program offers two tracks, Track A – Korea at the Crossroads of Civilizations: Confucianism, Westernization, and the 1894 Kabo Reforms; and Track B – Defining a New Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945.

The Immersive International Studies Summer Institute is offered under the auspices of the UCLA International Institute, which serves as the focal point for international research and teaching at UCLA. Through its multidisciplinary centers and programs dedicated to the study of world regions and global issues, the Institute fosters learning about and active participation in the contemporary world. The academic programs offered through the UCLA International Institute focus on the modern and interdisciplinary study of many of the world’s regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East) and important international thematic issues (international development, global health, and globalization) facing the world today.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.


Students living in on-campus housing will be charged an additional housing fee.


Program Fee $825
Registration Fee $350
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students) $50

Meet your instructors

Dr. Jennifer Jung-Kim


Leading the UCLA Immersive International Studies Summer Institute 2022 is Dr. Jennifer Jung-Kim, who has a PhD in Korean history from UCLA. She is a lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Program in International and Area Studies, and the Honors Collegium Program at UCLA, teaching interdisciplinary courses on Asia as well as upper-division courses on Korean history and culture. She is honored to have been a recipient of the 2021 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Jung-Kim is a strong advocate of Reacting to the Past, having co-written the 1894 Korea game and served on the Reacting Advisory Board. She teaches historical role- playing games because students enjoy and retain what they learn in a proactive, immersive environment.

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