Systematic support from the college for academics and settlement for international students
Expected to attract more foreign students by improving satisfaction on studying in Korea
Utilize as window for communication between university and international students, exchange information between international students, and be a place for networking
[January 24, 2018]
<Launching ceremony of the YU International Student Association>
YU (President Sur Gil-soo) established the ‘International Student Association’. Its purpose is to help international students adapt to life in Korea quickly and to provide systematic support by the university for adapting to school life.
On the 19th, YU held the launching ceremony of the International Student Association at the Convention Hall on the third floor of the Cheonma Art Center with the attendance of YU Presiden Sur Gil-soo, international student support team, and over 300 international students studying at YU. Until now, international students at YU independently organized international student associations within their colleges and operated communities for their respective countries.
Currently, there are approximately 1,340 international students from 65 countries studying at YU in undergraduate school and graduate school, and at the Korean Language School. By establishing the YU International Student Association as an official organization, it appears that it will help to not only motivate the academic performance and adapting to life in Korea for international students, but also be used for networking for international students from various countries to share information. In particular, it is expected that by improving satisfaction of studying abroad for international students, it will contribute in attracting more international students in the long term.
At the launching ceremony, YU President Sur Gil-soo said, “YU is not holding back in supporting the stable settlement and academic work of international students by methods such as establishing Korea’s first global exchange center, which is a general support facility for international students.” He added, “I hope that the International Student Association will become a student-governing body and a window for communication between the university and international students by forming a community among international students.”
The YU International Student Association is planning to organize academic departments, translation departments, legal consultation departments, culture and sports departments, and PR departments to help with student-governing activities, while also supporting the academic and everyday life of international students (experience-based learning, pick-up service upon arrival, academic and life consulting, etc.) through cooperation with the university. At the launching ceremony, Pan Yinchen (30, right on photo) from China currently enrolled at the YU Graduate School of Korean Language and Literature master’s degree program was appointed as the first chairperson of the association. Mr. Pan Yinchen who received the International Student Association flag from YU President Sur Gil-soo said, “I will help the International Student Association help international students settle down stably and focus on their studies.” He added, “I will also do my best so that we can help YU develop as not only international students, but members of YU.”
Meanwhile, YU held a New Year’s event with international students together with the launching ceremony of the International Student Association. At this event, international students held Korean speaking contests and talent shows to celebrate the founding of the International Student Association.