Campus Life

Overview

Between classes, students can grab a coffee and snack, take a quiet stroll, watch a movie, or play sports – all without leaving campus. Also, high-speed Wifi service covers the entire main campus to keep you connected anywhere you go.

■ Academics

Overall, the quality of education in Korea is good. It’s not easy to become a professor in Korea, so successful candidates must have graduated from a highly-ranked university overseas, or studied at one of Korea’s top schools. In addition, most have had real-world experiences in their field of expertise, giving them a valuable level of insight into the subject they’re teaching. This means that students are learning from some of the most distinguished figures in their fields, a rare opportunity in many other countries.

■ Student-Teacher Interaction

One of the unique aspects about Korean university culture is how easy it is to form a close bond with your professors. Even though many of them have travelled the world and have graduated from some of the best internationally-ranked schools (such as Johns Hopkins, Cambridge, etc), most professors are surprisingly down to earth.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for professors to invite their classes out for different activities. Like so many other aspects of Korean life, bonds between the students and their professor are strengthened through a fun activities.

In the classroom, student-teacher interaction will be less casual. It’s important to always address the professor as ‘Professor’, Gyosunim /교수님 or ‘Teacher’, Son-saeng-nim /선생님. Like anywhere else, some professors encourage discussion and invite discussion from students during class. Others follow a lecture-style teaching approach and expect students to listen the presented information.

■ Language Exchanges

While many Korean students may appear to be shy at first, once you establish a connection you’ll find that they are very welcoming, and will be eager to help you adjust to your new life in Korea. Even if you are a native English speaker, you will still find it easy to communicate with most Korean students. Many Korean students are eager to participate in “language exchanges”, where for 30 minutes you’ll help them with their English, and in return, for 30 minutes they’ll help you with your Korean. This is a great way to learn and make friends.

■ Student Clubs

It’s one of the biggest university clichés out there, but joining a club is a fantastic way to meet new friends and get involved with campus life. Clubs usually recruit during the first few weeks of school, but they’ll accept new members at any time. Student clubs are pretty relaxed, with meetings often followed by dinner at a Korean restaurant to bond with each other. Clubs are offered in many areas incuding volunteering, arts, outdoor recreation, traditional music, travel and many more. If you’re interested in learning about Korean culture, a great way to expand your knowledge is to actually find out first hand.

■ MTs (“Membership Training)

A fun and unique part of Korean campus life are MTs. “MT” stands for “membership training” and are trips are organized by students of the same major, year, campus club, or sports team. Usually, these trips are held somewhere in the countryside in a pension (a large vacation house), or boarding house. The point of MTs is to strengthen relationships between peers and can be a great bonding experience.

■ Varsity Sports

Varsity sports aren’t a key part of campus life in Korea. While there are sports teams that compete against other schools, they are not as popular as joining a campus sports club, especially for international students.

If you really want to join a sport, you can find out more when you arrive. If it’s something you’re enthusiastic about pursuing, most teams will be accommodating. After all, you don’t need Korean language skills to kick a ball!


Transportation

There are several different kinds of Intra-City and Inter-City bus lines available for a variety of transportation needs. There is a bus lane designated for public transportation during rush hour.

■ Intra-City Buses

There is an extensive network of Regular, Deluxe, and Deluxe Express buses that can help you reach any part of the Daejeon Metropolitan area. All buses carry a sign specifying the line number and their destination (in Korean) on the front and the sides of the bus.Bus fare is divided into student (elementary, middle and high school students) and adults. You should pay your bus fare when getting on a bus.To get off the bus, push the button before arriving at your bus stop. Cards can also be used to pay for bus fares at a slightly discounted rate. Children under the age of 6 can ride free of charge. Deluxe Express buses make fewer stops than other Intra-City Buses.

■ Transportation Card

One can purchase a transportation Card at subway station ticket windows or at a variety of vendors throughout the city. Transportation cards work like debit cards. They cost a few thousand won initially and can be credited in increments of 10,000 won. The card can be kept in a wallet or purse and waved over a magnetic strip on entry turnstiles.

  • Electronic Payment Method: Issuing Civil Affair Documents, Transportation, Culture / Sightseeing, E-Commerce Personal
  • Authentication Method: Dealing with Internet Civil Application Service, E-Commerce, Payment of Taxes , Reservation / Booking, etc.
  • Information Storage & Management: Information storage for Personal identification (admission tickets, medical examinations and treatments, etc.) Reservation / Booking Information Record

News, Media and Communication

  • Newspaper
    Newspapers may be purchased at convenience stores, street stands, and subways. Monthly or yearly subscriptions are also available. There are two English newspapers, The Korea Herald and Korea Times.
  • TV
    Korean television networks KBS1, KBS2, MBC, SBS, etc. are broadcast throughout Korea. Cable TV is also available which provides various channels specializing in news, movies, musical entertainment, documentaries, sports, education, games, home shopping.
  • Radio
    There are many FM and AM radio stations broadcasting throughout the country.
  • Internet
    Internet is available on campus. Moreover, internet access is also available in gamerooms or PC rooms, which are easily found throughout Korea.
  • Books
    You can easily purchase books through online and offline bookstores. Furthermore, most large-scale bookstores have dedicated sections for foreign books and magazines.

Holidays

  • Weekends
    Most businesses, public offices, and banks close on Saturday and Sunday. In general, universities do not hold classes on Saturdays.
  • Public Holidays
    • New Year's day : Jan. 1st
    • Lunar New Year's holidays : Dec. 31st, Jan. 1st, and Jan 2nd in lunar calender.
      Most places are closed during this New Year's holidays. During this time many people come to visit their families hometown, all relatives gather to honor their ancestors with traditional rituals, and bow to their elders「sebae」.
    • Independence Movement Day : March 1st, a day to commemorate the independencemovement on March 1st against colonial Japanese rule.
    • Buddha's Birthday : April 8th in lunar calendar. This holiday is held in honor of Buddha's birth, and colourful ceremonies are held in Buddhist temples.
    • Children's day : May 5th. This is a day for children. People give children presents, or go to picnic with them.
    • Memorial Day : June 6th. This holiday is held to remember the war dead. Memorial services are held throughout the country, and many people visit the National Cemetery in Seoul, bringing flowers and special food.
    • Independence Day : August 15th. This holiday celebrates liberation from Japan after 35 years of colonial rule.
    • Chusok holidays : August 14th, 15th, and 16th in lunar calendar. This is one of the most important festivals like New Year's day in Korea. However, people do not 「sebae」on Chusok unlike Lunar New Year's day.
    • National Foundation Day : October 3rd. This day marks the founding of Korea by the founder, Tan-gun, in 2333 B.C.
    • Christmas : December 25th. In general, christians love to hold a grand celebration of Christmas.
  • Other Holidays
    • Election Day : This is a public holiday to allow people to vote
    • Labor Day : May 1st. This is a holiday held only for those in the work force.
      Banks and most companies close for the day. However, public servants are expected to work, and teachers and students must go to school on this day.