Global Academy for Future Civilizations
Global Academy for Future Civilizations Programs
- Come to Korea and experience extraordinary international summer program, "Global Collaborative 2018 Summer Program" at Kyung Hee University, Seoul. - Open to all undergraduate/graduate...
Global Academy for Future Civilizations Reviews
Global Collaborative summer program 2017
Submitted by JM - - | December 06, 2017
Kyung Hee University Global Collaborative (GC) Summer Program is a great opportunity for students from all around the world to interact and share their ideas with each other while at the same time, immerse themselves in a different learning environment and culture. By attending classes conducted by world-renowned professors from different backgrounds (such as United Nations and CoNGO), it allows one to widen their perspectives in the rapidly globalized society. There was a variety of classes offered and I find myself spoilt for choices. We can also pick up some Taekwondo or Korean Language skills during the program!
Curriculum aside, the summer program also allows me to experience the Korean culture and society in a short span of time. Special programs such as the Seoul City Tour at the start of the program allowed me to visit a couple of sightseeing spots in a day. I also attended the Korean Culture Week that took place for a week after the end of the program. It allowed me to travel around Korea to places such as the Nami Island, Demilitarized Zone, MBC broadcasting stations as well as Carribean Bay. I particularly enjoyed the trip to the DMZ the most because it is not every day that one can get so close to North Korea.
My stay at Sehwa dormitory was also pleasant. The facilities were to my satisfaction and I did not encounter any major problems. The rooms were clean and I like how I have a bathroom in the room. The location is also very convenient as there is a bus stop right outside the dormitory and the nearest subway station is also near if we commute by foot.
All in all, it was a summer well spent at Kyung Hee University. I would encourage more people to apply for this worthwhile program to create unforgettable memories like I did.
My life at KHU
Submitted by Alison - Hong Kong Baptist University | November 16, 2017
I have taken part in the GC Summer Programme 2017 held by Kyunghee University from 28th June to 27th July. It was such a worthwhile programme for me to widen my horizons and to deepen my understanding towards the Korean culture.
Kyunghee University’s campus is so beautiful because of its adoption of Western architectural style. To my surprise, the campus includes a kindergarten, a girls’ middle and high school and a boys’ middle and high school in it. Therefore, I had met people from different age groups during my school life there.
In addition, I took two courses at the university during the programme. The first one was Contemporary Korean Narratives in Film and Fiction, while the other one was Korean Language Ⅰ,Ⅱ. Although It might seem to be tiring to have classes from Monday to Friday for three consecutive weeks, it was a rewarding learning experience for me.
The film course served as a chance for me to understand more about Korean society and culture through films and fictions. I have known about the sentiments of the Koreans towards the separation of Korea, the unbalanced power between men and women in society and the abuse of violence and authoritative power in the past in South Korea. The professor required us to present our thoughts towards the films and readings in each lesson to help us exchange ideas and to discuss the social issues brought up in the films and readings.
The Korean course covered both the speaking and writing parts, but it focused more on equipping students with speaking skills. The teachers taught us how to write sentences to introduce ourselves and to describe our daily activities. We learnt about how to order food, how to talk about our plans and how to tell the doctor about our sicknesses. The things they taught were useful for us to communicate with Koreans we met in our life there. The teachers were friendly and patient, who were more like friends to us. Not only did they teach us about the course materials, but also did they recommend us to try food in other Korean cities. One of our teachers, who is from Busan, told us to try the seed-stuffed pancake (씨앗호떡). Besides, we learnt about the games that Koreans usually play with their friends, like the numbering game 3-6-9. Therefore, the Korean language course enriched my knowledge in both the Korean language and culture.
On 1st July 2017, most of the International students participating in the programme went on a Seoul City tour. We visited Gwanghuamun, the Seoul City Hall and the Namsangol Hanok Village. Although the weather was so hot that day, putting on Hanbok was still an enjoyable experience for me. In addition, the Korean culture week of our programme lasted from 22nd July to 27th July. Firstly, we travelled around the beautiful Nami Island. It is well-known for its beautiful scenery and the place for shooting one of the scenes in the Korean Drama “Winter Sonata”. Secondly, we went to Cheorwon to learn more about the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea. Moreover, we visited one of the Korean broadcasting stations called MBC. Besides, the University invited a newly-debuted Korean band called Honeyst to hold a mini performance for us. It was the first time for me to meet Korean idols in such a close distance.
This exchange programme has enhanced my understanding towards the Korean culture, and made me into a more independent person. The most worthwhile part is to meet friends from different parts of the world, like Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and Taiwan. This helps me to know more about life in other countries and to facilitate cultural exchange. I would recommend other HKBU students, who are also interested in Korean culture, to go on the GC Summer Programme held by Kyunghee University. It can be a life-changing experience!
The best memory from Global Collaborative program
Submitted by Jenny Leung - Hong Kong Baptist University | November 12, 2017
Last summer, I joined a Global Collaborative Program which is held by Kyung Hee University, one of the well-known private school in Seoul. Joining this exchange program is the best decision that I have made. It is my first-time travel to Korea. It gave me an opportunity to widen my horizon, meet more new friends and have a self-development.
During the program, I took the Economics class because I have learned Economics before. Therefore, I believed that I can pick up easily. Unexpectedly, the teaching methods in Korea is totally different with Hong Kong. In Korea, the lectures are interactive. Professors tend to explain the economics through the group discussion and presentation. As a result, there are many chances for me to communicate with my Korean classmates. At the beginning, I felt nervous because of the language barrier. However, I found that Korean student are not only good in English, they are nice and helpful. They help me a lot, for instances, I have a speaking task in the Korean Language class. They help to correct my pronunciation before my actual presentation. They reduce my workload so that I can concentrate on my presentation only. At the end of the program, we have befriended already.
Apart from my Korean friends, I make friends with people from different countries, Indonesia, Singapore and China. When chatting with them, I can improve my mandarin and English skills. Besides, they introduce their cultures and life to me. All of them made my exchange program more interesting and memorable.
Besides, living in a country with an unfamiliar language and cultures is a challenge for me. I can’t read the menu in the restaurant. I can’t understand the announcement in the public transport. However, I have gain different experiences when I am getting out of my comfort zone. For example, I walked along the cycling trail with my friends although we have no idea how long is the trail and where is the destination. At the end, we have walked around five hours and feel proud of us. Apart from this, to be honest, I don’t like to eat Korean food before I go to Korea. Now, I like it because I am willing and brave to try new things. In other word, all that experiences allow me to be more open-minded.
Finally, getting out of my comfort zone helps me to develop myself. I have learned more life skills, especially time management and money management. I need to spend money in my budget. I need to schedule my time so that I can have a balance between sightseeing and my studies. Those skills not just useful in the exchange program but benefit for life.
To conclude, exchange program is a valuable experience for me. After joining the program, I have a deep impression about Korea and Korean. That feeling is totally different with travelling as I have more interaction with the local people. The program had finished already but the memory last forever. I hope that I can join this program again.
Submitted by Halim - SIM | November 11, 2017
after this exchange, I have a more open view of the world. I enjoy it. I get to know people from different country, different backgrounds, different culture. thus expanding my view of the world. the professors are well equipped. Not only they are knowledgeable, they concern of our well being too.
Best experience in Korea
Submitted by June To - Hong Kong Baptist University | November 11, 2017
It was such an amazing opportunity joining the summer exchange program in Korea. Since I have never been to Korea, I felt excited before I headed to the place. Korean culture and the background of Kyung Hee University attracted me when I first saw the program on the website. I was passionate about Korean culture and the country. Also, Kyung Hee University is very popular and I would like to experience the Korean campus life and culture.
During the one-month exchange lives, I lived with a Year 2 girl who from HKBU. It’s lucky that we have been chatted a lot (haven’t met with each other yet) before the departure to get know of each other and we have already been closed together since Day 1. This was my very first time to live with a person other than my family, and it was grateful that we built friendship and had unforgettable memories.
I took Korean language and North Korea course there. First, it was really good that I could have lectures covered North Korea. The three lecturers had impressive and professional background with different academic interests in NK issues. For example, Professor Bong from Yongsei Uni taught about nuclear and military, and KHU professor gave the topic of human rights. Through the lectures, I was able to listen to the comments and ideas from the South Korean students, and how are their attitudes toward reunification. I like how professors and students shared and expressed their feelings about North Korea to foreign students. I also learned the value of Korea which is “We”. They believe Korean stay as a whole, even though SK and NK are separated. For example, Korean would say “Our school” in Korean rather than “My school” which is preferred in HK. They emphasize the concept of “We”.
For the Korean language course, it is good that my Korean language was improved a bit better. It also reminded me to study hard in future since learning a new language needs to spend regular learning effort. Our two teachers were from Seoul and Busan, therefore, it is fun that I could get to know more about the difference between these cities and their personalities. The teachers are so nice and energetic, even though they could not speak English well, but they could always create a happy learning atmosphere.
Other than lessons, I also learned Korean from different aspects, the most challenging is food ordering. I like to observe people’s behavior in restaurant which help me to know more their habits and usual practices. My favorite restaurant in Korea is near the university and hall residence. One thing I liked about the place is that there are no chairs and we can sit on the floor! The food was delicious but more importantly, I made friend with a lady who works there. The lady was so kind and even though she can only speak Korean, I tried my best to communicate with her. Sometimes when she saw me to have dinner alone, she would come and chat with me. I felt so happy and warm as I never expect that. Me and my roommate even visited her in the restaurant and took photos the day before we left the hall residence.
I also had some interesting memories there. For example, me and my roommate had dinner with a Korean friend who came from Kyung Hee University. After the dinner, he brought us to a cafe which was mostly visited by international students as he mentioned. We chatted over a lot of topics, from Kdrama, Kpop, campus life, politics, food, PC clubs to Hong Kong!… which is a great opportunity to share fun things altogether.
There were so many great and joyful experiences in Korea. Although we have tight lesson schedule, I was still able to explore many new places and meet new faces which I was very satisfied. Joining an exchange tour is totally different with just going on a holiday since I could experience the campus culture there and understand culture difference between HK and Korea universities. Again, thank you for having me in the summer program.