Global Leap

Global LEAP

This two semester program is geared to students who want to
have an early international experience in their education.

The first semester addresses global issues; the second semester is spent abroad at the
University of Utah Asia Campus in Songdo, South Korea.

COVID-19 Contingency Plan - Please see FAQ



Students enrolled in Global LEAP will spend the Fall semester of their freshman year at the main campus in Salt Lake City. They will work closely with faculty and peer advisors within a small cohort of fellow freshmen. The intimacy of the program enables new students to transition more confidently to college and to play an active role in their own education.


Global LEAP students will spend the Spring semester of their freshman year taking classes at the U Asia Campus in Songdo, South Korea. Students will enjoy small class sizes, participate in social and service activities with their cohort, and have an early international experience in one of the safest countries on the planet.


LEAP programs offer first-year U students a seamless transition to the university setting. Students enjoy the comfort and support of their small LEAP cohort, and have a dedicated faculty member and peer advisors to assist them during their first year. Each LEAP class includes an introduction to the resources available to help students successfully navigate campus life and their academic pursuits.

Global LEAP Korea students will also participate in a Spring semester international experience while earning U credit at the University of Utah Asia Campus in South Korea.

  • Gain intercultural communication skills and global understanding.
  • Increase self-awareness and the ability to view issues from multiple perspectives.
  • Studies have shown that international experiences can INCREASE a student's GPA [1] an effect that typically persists to graduation.
  • 75 percent of companies indicate that a GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE [2] is an important hiring characteristic.

Sources: [1] [2]


This course will focus on crossing borders, including cultural, political, economic, and institutional borders.  We will consider contemporary issues of global concern, considering how the interdependence of nations impacts people as they navigate issues such as conflict, income inequality, sustainable development, and human rights.  We will examine the interconnections among Korea, the United States, and other countries.

Days / Times
TuTh / 09:10AM-10:30AM

This course on global citizenship is to push students to think more globally by focusing on Korean society and its interconnections with American society. Korea will be viewed as a model for how economic, social, and technological developments hold promise for building intercultural contacts across the globe and, for learning, for understanding, and for resolving conflict.

HONORS students can count LEAP 1100 towards an Honors core in Intellectual Traditions if they receive an A or A- grade.

This course continues to explore the meaning of global citizenship by engaging in a series of projects. The overarching theme of the semester is “Incheon as a global city.”  This theme will be approached via two routes: environmental problems and activism (Module I), and citizenship and human rights (Module II).  Different from the class in the fall, this course is a practicum that centers on learning by doing.  The course begins with a few more readings to refresh the ideas and the language covered previously about the environment and its citizens. Then, to put the theory to work, students will practice their “global citizenship” via projects and fieldwork in Incheon, South Korea to learn more about and contribute to local and international communities. Students will come face to face with other actors on the global stage and with them, take up the challenge of living the everyday as a citizen of the world.

Students will work with their academic advisor to select courses that meet general education and major requirements.  Meeting with an academic advisor to plan course selection is strongly encouraged.

Fall 2020 – U SLC Campus

Global LEAP Korea - LEAP 1100 HF, DV: 3 cr
*suggest completing Writing 2010 and QA in the fall semester


Spring 2021 – U Asia Campus 

Global LEAP Korea - BF/IR: 3 cr

If Global LEAP students participate in the semester in Korea, this course will also fulfill the University’s International (IR) requirement toward graduation.




Fall semester course registration




LEAP application due; earlier application encouraged

Classes begin at Salt Lake City Campus




University of Utah Asia Campus: Global LEAP Korea application deadline

Students notified of Accepted/Not Accepted status for University of Utah Asia Campus: Global LEAP Korea application

Submit passport application – if student does not already have passport




Deadline to cancel on-campus housing contract with Housing & Residential Education

Course registration at U Asia Campus begins

Meet with Global LEAP advisor

Orientation with Learning Abroad coordinator and U Asia Campus student services specialist


Salt Lake City Campus classes end

Apply for visa in mid-late December

Move out of campus housing

Arrange January Winter Break pre-travel housing*

*most students will go home for this period


Global LEAP Winter Break

Pack & prepare for travel


Arrive at U Asia Campus

U Asia Campus Orientation

Classes begin late-February


Course registration on main campus

Apply for housing 2021-2022 on main campus


U Asia Campus semester ends


Rebecca LarsenRebecca Larsen, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Rebecca Larsen, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Lecturer) in Undergraduate Studies at the University of Utah, is a political scientist with expertise in comparative politics and international relations.  She enjoys teaching first-year students in a variety of courses in ethics, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences.




The Global LEAP program is designed for participating students to take classes at the U’s Asia Campus in South Korea in spring semester 2021. While we are optimistic that students will be able to participate safely in international travel by spring semester 2021, we are also aware that the landscape of international travel safety in the wake of COVID-19 has changed dramatically. The processes used to understand and mitigate risks associated with international travel for any specific individual or foreign location are dynamic and complex, and continue to evolve as we learn more about global responses to COVID-19.

The University of Utah actively monitors the landscape of travel health & safety risks for all U students participating in international experiences, and works to identify potential risks related to COVID-19 as well as other global health, safety and security factors. If we determine that traveling to South Korea is not recommended for U students, advisors will work with each student to provide options to postpone this portion of the experience until a later semester. Advisors will also work with students participating in Global LEAP to identify an alternative LEAP program to join in spring 2021 on the SLC campus based on each student's academic goals and needs. Regardless of the contingency plans made for each student, all Global LEAP participants will be able to identify alternatives to completing general education and major courses that will not delay their plans for graduation.

Students participating on the Global LEAP Korea program pay the same tuition at the U Asia Campus in the Spring as they pay on the main campus in the Fall. Non-resident students pay resident tuition for the semester at the U Asia Campus. Even with the added cost of a flight to South Korea, the Spring semester is more affordable than Spring semester on the main campus, given the low cost of housing and food in South Korea.

FALL 2020 (U Main Campus) PROGRAM COSTS

Based on 26 credit hours - 13 each Fall and Spring Semester as listed at the Income Accounting website

TUITION & FEES Resident Non-resident
Tuition & Fees $4,264.30 $13,450.48
ROOM & BOARD Resident Non-resident
Housing $5,625.00* $5,625.00*

*Please note, this rate is based on reported average costs for all undergraduate students at the U. Freshman costs may be up to $2-$3K less, due to lower freshman housing fees. Estimated costs may vary based on room type and meal plan selection.


TUITION & FEES Resident Non-resident
Tuition & Fees $4,264.30 $4,264.30*
Global LEAP Program Fees $500 $500
International Medical & Security Evacuation Insurance CISI $247.50 $247.50
Intercultural Effectiveness Scale Assessment $30.00 $30.00
Asia Campus Administrative Fee $200.00 $200.00

*Non-resident students pay resident tuition for the semester at the U Asia Campus

ROOM & BOARD Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Housing $900 $1300
OTHER ESTIMATED EXPENSES (All costs below are estimates)
Passport – if student does not already have passport $175
Visa $45
Flight to Korea $1500
In-country Transportation $200
Wire transfer $25
Immunizations/Medical Visit* $735
Books & Supplies $400
Meals $1,155
Personal Expenses $1,000
Emergency Fund** $500

*Actual amount will vary based on immunization history
**Recommended funds in the event of unforeseen situations

Yes, federal financial aid can be applied to this program.

In addition to financial aid, you can apply for scholarships through the Office for Global Engagement that can be applied towards the cost of the program. If you currently receive scholarships, please check with whoever administers the scholarship to see if it applies. Students, who complete the both semester of their LEAP seminar are eligible to become LEAP scholars where they will have access to additional scholarships when returning to the main campus.

You must be in good academic standing with the University and have a 2.5 or higher GPA from Fall 2020 and receive approval from your LEAP instructor. You will need to complete all parts of your University of Utah Asia Campus: Global LEAP Korea application by the required deadlines.

On-campus housing consists of single and double-occupancy rooms ($900.00 and $1300.00 per semester, respectively), which are furnished with one twin bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe per occupant. Each room also has one private bathroom including shower. Each resident has access to a kitchen on their own or an adjacent floor. Cooking space is limited to two small burners, one microwave, and a sink, and cooking equipment is not provided. The on-campus cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday-Friday as well as a light brunch on Saturday, for about $5.00 (₩4,000-6,000) per meal. Please note that the cafeteria is closed on Sundays. Groceries and other food establishments are within walking distance and easy access.

Click here for a virtual tour of the housing facilities at the Asia Campus

You will receive a comprehensive in-person orientation coordinated by your LEAP instructor, Office for Global Engagement: Learning Abroad, and the U Asia Campus during Fall semester. This will cover everything from applying for a visa to registering for your courses. In addition, through your University of Utah Asia Campus: Global LEAP Korea application you will receive a Welcome Packet and complete an online orientation which will introduce you to best practices and resources for living and learning abroad for your Spring semester.
When you arrive in Korea, you will participate in an international student orientation as well as a new student orientation to familiarize yourself with the U Asia Campus facilities and resources.

Yes, non-resident students will continue to work towards residency while participating in the international experience of the Global LEAP Korea program.

For residency questions contact: Connor Edgar in the Admissions Office

If, while participating in Global LEAP, you find you are unable or ineligible to travel to Korea for the Spring 2021 semester, you may still be able to participate in another LEAP program at the main campus. Please work with your advisor to determine a course of study that supports your goals.

Global LEAP students are responsible for arranging their travel to the U Asia Campus. Incheon International Airport is one of the largest and busiest airports in the world and easy to fly into from multiple locations. Please work with the Office for Global Engagement: Learning Abroad if you need assistance making travel plans. Information on how to get from the airport to the Asia Campus can be found in the Welcome Packet.

  • All students, including Global LEAP participants, who plan to live on-campus must reserve housing for the full academic year. Once you are sure you will be going to Korea, please notify the Housing Office that you will withdraw from on-campus housing for spring semester. Housing requires a 30 day notice, so don’t delay this step once your travel is confirmed.
  • The move-out date in fall semester is Dec. 19, so Global LEAP students will need to arrange off-campus housing for the time in between the semesters from Dec. 19 – mid-February. You may choose to stay in the Salt Lake area, travel, or go home, depending on your unique situation.
  • If you plan to request on-campus housing for the 2nd summer session or the following academic year, you must complete an application through Housing; applications will open on Feb. 10, so you may apply while still in the US or any time before the deadline while in Korea, depending on your travel plans.
  • Housing staff will host an orientation at the U Asia Campus regarding on-campus (Utah) housing options. If you did not live in on-campus housing during the fall but plan to do so your sophomore year, you are encouraged to participate.

For questions:

Jason Atherton, Director, Academic Standards,