“Today, I’m a K-pop Star”
International students, who are attending Korea’s largest international summer program, participated in a flash mob and took part in various Korean cultural activities.
A large flash mob was formed by a group of students from different countries around the world.
A group of international students attending Korea University’s International Summer Campus (ISC) program, the largest international, short-term educational program in Korea, formed a large flash mob at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 6 in Central Plaza on the KU campus.
Around 300 students from different countries danced in unison to “Red Flavor,” a popular song by Red Velvet, a K-pop group.
The students had been practicing for the flash mob dance in their spare time. Despite different cultures and languages, they shared a common passion for K-pop—a manifestation of the widespread popularity of Korean pop culture.
“The dance routine was not as hard as I thought it would be. Joining a flash mob was a whole new experience for me. And I really enjoyed it,” Noreen Fong, a Singaporean student, said after the performance.
International and Korean college and pre-college students are attending this year’s KU ISC program, a six-week program that started on Tuesday, June 26.
Established in 2004, the KU ISC program has grown into the largest international, short-term education program in Korea. This year approximately 1,830 students from around 300 universities in 34 countries, including the U.S., Singapore, Canada, Hong Kong, the U.K., and Australia, are attending the program.
KU ISC offers world-class courses taught by distinguished academics from the world’s top universities, such as the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University. There are about 120 course offerings covering a wide range of subjects, including business management, economics, politics, law, liberal arts, science, engineering, and art. KU also hosts the “KU Pre-college” program designed to assist high school graduates who will enter universities to prepare for a successful university life by providing university-level courses and a variety of special activities.
The KU ISC program offers various extracurricular activities, such as attending a professional baseball game, Korean cooking class, taekwondo class, calligraphy class, K-pop dance flash mob, and the Boryeong Mud Festival, as well as internship opportunities at companies or public organizations in Korea. There is also the KU Buddy Program designed to ensure that international students are comfortable in their new surroundings.
Sunhyuk Kim, the vice president for International Affairs and the dean of ISC, stressed that “having students from various cultural and academic backgrounds is ISC’s biggest strength.” “Those who come to Korea University to experience Korea through this program actually get to experience the world. This explains why students’ satisfaction with ISC is so high and the number of applicants for ISC is growing each year,” he added.