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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. After orientation the Office of International Affair’s student organization, Yonsei Global (YG), offers a ‘First Step to Korea-Seoul tour’ for interested students.

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 ‘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.

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.