Nation’s largest International Summer Campus held at KU
1,830 participants from about 300 schools in 34 countries
The International Summer Campus (ISC), the largest in Korea of its kind, kicked off at Korea University.
Korea University is holding the ISC with university and pre-university participants from both domestic and international universities starting Tuesday, June 26th and lasting six weeks.
Korea University’s ISC started in 2004 and has shown steady growth over the last 15 years. It has now become the largest international short-term educational program in Korea.
For the 2018 ISC, 1,830 students have come from about 300 universities from 34 countries such as the USA, Singapore, Canada, Hong Kong, the UK, and Australia. The students attended the orientation on Tuesday, June 26, which was the starting event of their 6-week program. The orientation, which started at 10am in Inchon Memorial Hall, included the entrance ceremony, explanation on the academic calendar, school life, and scholarship, gender equality and safety education. There was also a chance to experience Korea University’s cheerleading.
Korea University ISC has provided top class lectures by inviting distinguished scholars from all over the world. This year, lectures will be given in about 120 disciplines including business management, economics, politics, law, liberal arts, science, technology, and art by professors from universities such as the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell.
The KU Pre-College program will be offered to pre-university students from abroad. The strong point of this program is that the students can take classes alongside university students and experience college life.
On top of lectures taught by distinguished professors, students will have the opportunity to experience various aspects of Korean culture such as watching a baseball game; making Korean food; learning different skills such as Taekwondo, calligraphy, K-Pop dance; and attending the Boryeong Mud Festival. They will also be offered internships at Korean conglomerates and public enterprises and government offices.
Korea University has also prepared a Buddy Program for the international students and Korea University students. This program will give the Korean students chances to learn international manners and help the international students to get used to their new environment.
Sunhyuk Kim, Vice President for International Affairs and Dean of International Summer School, emphasized, “The biggest merit of KU’s ISC is that the participants are from various schools and countries.” He also mentioned, “Students who come to Korea University learn about not only Korea, but also other parts of the world. This leads to high student satisfaction and higher numbers of participation each year.”
At the entrance ceremony, Professor June-Seek Choi, Associate Dean of International Summer School, said, “KU’s ISC provides the best education in the world. This year, 57 great scholars will provide that. I’m looking forward to your development after six weeks.”
Professor Neil Shore from UC Davis advised, “For many of you, Korea will be your first time. It might be hard getting used to new people, culture, and environment at first, but Korea, especially Seoul is very attractive. I hope you gain a lot of experience with good friends here. On behalf of the faculty who will be giving you intensive lectures for six weeks, I would like to wish you all a good memory. I hope you have the program’s objectives in mind during our time together.”
The student representative Janice Lam Qian Ping from Singapore National University said that she is looking forward to communicating with students from various countries and backgrounds, taking lectures, and learning from lots of different cultural programs. She added that she hopes everyone will enjoy the opportunities here at Korea University with good friends and professors.