Importance Of The International Summer School At Yonsei University

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The CIEE program that I am going to is the International Summer School at Yonsei University. Yonsei University is a private research university, located in Seoul, South Korea. Established in 1885, it is one of the oldest universities in South Korea and is known as being the one of the top comprehensive international university in Korea. Yonsei University has a spacious and well-wooded campus located minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural center of Seoul 's metropolitan area.
The reason I chose South Korea is because I have been fascinated by the culture for a year and a half, and I want to be able to gain the full experience of the culture first hand. There are several reasons which lead to my decision including their entertainment,
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I went to the conference this year and presented my research on toxic chemicals in polluted runoff. I plan to present internship research at the next conference. But these opportunities will allow me to spread the word about potential opportunities to collaborate with South Korea on research and may even continue to do research with South Korea again. Besides research I plan to continue my studying of the language by taking a few Korean classes at Florida State University. Some of the classes that I plan to take are Elementary Korean II. It emphasizes speaking and listening, as well as studying Hangeul in further detail. Another class is Korean Reading and Conversation, this course continues to stress speaking and listening skills and introduces more of the essentials of Korean grammar. After I am done with school, I may go back to South Korea as a representative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs in the hope of connecting with South Korea on environmental …show more content…
I have seen the virtual tour of the campus and it shows the new housing for international students is called SK Global House it has great facilities. The Office of International Affairs at Yonsei organizes many activities to help international students get involved on campus. They organize a Language Exchange program for me to practice my Korean Language skills and help a Yonsei student practice their English. It’s a Buddy Program that has a Yonsei student help show me around campus and learn about Korean culture. Another interactive feature is the Global Lounge where international students and Korean students can relax, study, and practice their language skills. It’s a popular international student facility on campus in promoting global cultural diversity. With its large exchange network, it is a multi-functional space to foster an international perspective and sense for students and provides various one-stop services to international students. A part of the lounge is dedicated to language exchange. Students who wish to learn foreign languages can only communicate to each other in a designated language in these areas. Lastly I can get involved in students clubs like the Sanha Sarang club, which involves trips throughout Seoul to revisit historical scenes and promote cultural travel.
Overall this program is everything that I need to flourish during my time in South Korea. I am overwhelmed with enthusiasm to be able to be

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