At the beginning of each semester, orientation serves as a good opportunity for international students to accustom to their new lives at KMU. You can also learn more about the clubs and other on-campus co-curricular opportunities available to you.
Diverse events and meetings for international students are organized each semester. One fall tradition is an athletic meeting/field day; in the spring there is a BBQ party. In addition, diverse social programs are arranged by each department to support engagement with local students.
Kookmin has more than 70 clubs to choose from and a variety of outlets for artistic activities, including exhibitions, music, dance, and drama performances. The Kookmin Art Center has a gallery, film studio, two theatres, and three dance studios. A concert hall hosts music concerts and other performances and lectures throughout the year.
Each spring, the General Students Association holds a big festival called Daedongje. Held every May, the festival period includes club introduction ceremonies, exhibitions, singing contests, dance competitions, and more. These events are arranged by individual clubs to promote themselves so that students can have a good time and be exposed to different aspects of campus life.
Some campus activities including kimchee-making and international day. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
*The Global Peers Program is on hold until further notice due to COVID-19.
Kookmin University has organized this program to promote interaction between international students and Kookmin students. It is designed to help international students adjust to their new environment and to learn/experience Korean culture by encountering it firsthand from their buddies. Likewise, we encourage our students to introduce and share their culture and lifestyle with their Korean buddies—broadening the world view for both. Matches with buddies will be made prior to arrival.
KMU has designed immersive cultural experiences to help you learn and discover Korean culture during your summer program while earning college credit.
Upon the conclusion of your program, you will be awarded a completion certificate. This will be a special time to say farewell to your instructors and new friends.
First Step to Korea is a fun orientation program that will familiarize you to daily life in Korea and introduce you to both city and campus life in Seoul and at Yonsei. Other study abroad and international students will also attend. After orientation the Office of International Affair’s student organization, Yonsei Global (YG), offers a ‘First Step to Korea-Seoul tour’ for interested students.
The Yon-Ko Festival is held each fall when Yonsei University and its rival, Korea University, hold an annual competition in soccer, baseball, basketball, rugby, and ice hockey. Students dress up in school colors (royal blue) and join in the rhythm and beat of the school cheers with Yonsei students.
Other activities include the ‘Korean Movie Night,’ offering famous films from past and present and free language classes that are designed to offer voluntary teaching and learning opportunities to incoming international students. ‘Language Exchange’ and ‘Global Day’ are held to help students get to know one another. Students are also encouraged to experience Korean culture through ‘Korean Culture Experience,’ also offered by Yonsei Global and Office of International Affairs. In addition to above listed events, volunteering programs, company tour programs and other various events for exchange students are provided. Additional information about this program will be presented at the on-site orientation and in the student handbook.
Yonsei University has organized this program to promote interaction between international students and Yonsei students. It is designed to help international students adjust to their new environment and to learn/experience Korean culture by encountering it firsthand from their Yonsei buddies. Likewise, we encourage our students to introduce and share their culture and lifestyle with their Korean buddies—broadening the world view for both.
An orientation before classes start will help introduce you to life at Yonsei University. It will open with a performance, usually a K-Pop cover dance, and then go over important regulations, notices, library information, and the campus culture. Summer students will also get to experience AKARAKA.
Yonsei University has designed immersive cultural experiences in the form of one-day trips to help you learn and discover Korean culture during your summer or winter program.
Spring: Open (Nov. 1 deadline)
January Session: Open for late applications
January Session: Opening Jan 2022
Minimum GPA: 2.5 (all terms)
Semester programs only:
Minimum class standing: Sophomore
Open to degree-seeking students attending a 4-year institution at the time of application
Minimum GPA: 2.5 (all terms)
Semester programs only:
Applicants must be degree-seeking at a 4-year institution and have sophomore standing at time of application. In addition to above, transfer students must have one semester completed at their current institution.
Kookmin: 40 students
Yonsei: 50 students
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