Welcome to my channel! I decided to film this Day in the Life of a Korea University student video to help future international/exchange students to get a glimpse of what a typical day would look like for a Korea University student. I am currently on exchange for this Spring 2017 semester from the NY, USA. As I mentioned, every day differs so much because there is always so much to do in Korea.
I highly recommend applying to study abroad at Korea University because it will definitely be a time you won’t forget.
(Compiled from questions incoming students have contacted & asked me! If you have a question that's not here COMMENT on the video!)
1. Where do you live?
I lived in Allive Goshitel near business side of campus. I paid 550,000W/month + 50,000 deposit. I would recommend this place if you are a business student/have a lot of classes on the business side of campus because of it's location. However, it is far from the busy side of campus (near Anam Station). It is about a 10-15 minute walk from there or two stops on a bus (101, 7211).
2. What are you studying? What semester are you in?
I am a business major (KU doesn't have concentrations but in my home school I concentrate in marketing). I am in my fourth semester- second year, second semester. However, in Korea SPRING is the first semester and FALL is the second.
3. What is the process for applying?
Please contact your home university and ask if they have a program WITH Korea University. I applied through my home university so unless you go to Binghamton University I can't specifically help you out on that sorry :(
4. What was the course registration process like?
Course registration was very very harsh for a lot of exchange students and it's usually harsh for even native students here. It's very competitive and seats go fast but I personally got all the courses I wanted. Before the registration period starts your KU advisor will send you an email with all the things you need to know so don't worry! I registered for classes back when I was still home so I had to make sure I got the time exchange right. Even if you don't get the course you want, you can always wait for orientation/couple days before the semester starts because courses fluctuate in capacity for the first week or so of classes. Don't worry-- on orientation day they will give you a detailed booklet of the steps you need to register for classes!
5. What are the schedules like? Is it possible to put all your classes in two days?
The schedules vary like a normal university and usually are MWF or T/Th like most schools.
6. Is it difficult to get a dorm room? Are goshitels more expensive than dorm rooms?
My goshitel was more expensive than dorm rooms but by very little. I believe CJ is 2,000,000 won for 4 months (comes down to less than $500 a month). Also, my study abroad advisor told me that KUBS exchange students from my school NEVER get a place in CJ so I knew I had to find off-campus housing on my own before arrival.
7. Do the dorms have a kitchen? Or is it simply buy from dining halls/restaurants? Is there a meal plan?
I think dorms have small kitchens. No meal plans but the food is very cheap in caf/around school. YOU WILL NOT STARVE! Don't worry LOL
8. Do they provide bedding, pillows, duvets at the university?
At CJ it is 20,000W to rent.
9. How’s the buddy system?
I really enjoyed it because it allowed us to get comfortable with the school. They have many events/lunches/dinners together.
10. Do you feel that Korea University has a lot of student events on campus?
At the beginning of the spring semester there was a club fair & a school-wide cheering event/concert called Ipselenti. We had performers like TWICE, Hweesung, BeWhy. In the fall semester there's also a small club fair and also a HUGE event called the Kor-Yon Games (Korea Uni VS Yonsei) which is a sporting match/cheering event also with many famous performers! I heard it's LIIITTT!!! KU treats their exchange students very well with an established buddy system-- your Katalk group chat amongst your group will always be buzzing with people willing to hang out & go on adventures together! Everyone is open to making new friends :)
11. What’s around the university? What’s the neighborhood like?
For starters, buses & trains run from the university to anywhere in Korea really so you will not be deserted. It is not as crowded as like Hongdae or Seoul Station and Anam is an area that not many people go to unless they live there. But however, there is this road (the one I walk through in the video) that has the most "life." There's coin noraebangs (karaoke), chicken joints, roadshop makeup, convenience stores, restaurants, etc..
Thanks for watching and please feel free to comment any questions/comments down below! Have a good day :)