A small global village 1,500 foreign students build
2015 International Students’ Festival takes place
Korea University hosted the 2015 International Students’ Festival
The festival was arranged to help foreign students inform about their culture, food, overseas studies, and travel in their own countries while gaining an understanding of the other cultures as well. During the festival, 29 nations set up booths as venues for exchange They were from Europe (Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Sweden, UK, Ukraine, Israel, Italy, Turkey, Portugal, France, and Finland), Asia (Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, China, Cambodia, Korea, and Hong Kong), South America (Dominica, Mexico, Brazil, and Peru), North America (US, Canada), Oceania (Australia), and Africa (Angola).
The foreign students attending the festival provided information on the culture, education, food and clothes of their own countries in their booths, thus promoting mutual understanding among those with different nationalities. The Brazilian booth introduced brigadeiro, a traditional Brazilian sweet made of chocolate and condensed milk, and the Turkish booth prepared and distributed sutlac and pide a Turkish traditional rice pudding and Turkish pizza, respectively. The Japanese booth drew attention from students by offering the chance to take a picture with Luffy, the hero of the popular Japanese anime.
The highlight of the festival was the 2015 International Fashion Show that began at 1 p.m. Students in various costumes exhibited their nation’s traditional fashion and individual talents. Mexican exchange student Martha participated in the show, wearing traditional Mexican clothes, and said, “This is an exciting and meaningful event of cultural exchanges. In particular, I liked that we had a chance to introduce our countries to each other and learn other cultures as well.”
Meanwhile, a flea market was also open for foreign students during the festival. Korea University Buddy Assistants (KUBA) sold items donated by the school, students, and alumni. It will contribute all proceeds to UNICEF.