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Activities for Seoul, Korea

Kookmin University

Orientation

At the beginning of each semester, orientation serves as a good opportunity for international students to get accustomed to their new lives at KMU. Clubs and other on-campus opportunities are available so you can learn more about all the co-curricular and campus opportunities available to you.

Festivals and Other Campus Events

Diverse events and meetings for international students are organized each semester. One fall tradition is a athletic meeting/field day; in the spring there is a BBQ party. In addition, diverse interchange programs are arranged by each department to support mixing 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 through out 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.

Organized field trips (that are free or with a small charge to cover costs), campus activities including kimchee-making and international day, and volunteer opportunities are also available.

International Buddy Program

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.

Yonsei University

Orientation

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; during the program you’ll learn various Yonsei cheers (“Akaraka”) that are used during the Yon-Ko Festival.

Festivals and Other Campus Events

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 Global Lounge Cinema—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 exchanges and Global Days are held to help students get to know one another; students are also encouraged to experience cultural exchanges and friendships by spending time with Korean host families through the short-term Host Family Program offered by Yonsei University. Additional information about this program will be discussed at the on-site orientation.

International Buddy Program

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.

Non-Credit Special Activity Series

You may complement your course of study with the following activities. There may be an additional materials fee for some activities.

  • Hanji Art
  • Hip Hop Dance
  • Kendo
  • Korean Cooking
  • Korean Pop Song
  • Samulnori—musical instruments
  • Taekwondo