My name is Annaba Nadya Cahyani, a 4th year student of Public Administration, Universitas Indonesia. I joined student exchange program to Yonsei University, South Korea, for fall semester 2018. I got the information about this program from international office website and decided to apply. The reasons why I chose South Korea, especially Yonsei University, are because I thought it would be easier for me to adapt in Asian countries and I am quite familiar with Korean language. I was also thinking about the access for mobility, safety, and the lesson I could get from this program.
The application process was quite easy and fast. After all the application process was done, Yonsei University offered a scholarship by Korean Government to all their international student. The application included documents scanning and financial statement. After that, the course registration was opened. There are three course registration period in Yonsei University, which are Mileage Bidding Process, Waiting Number System, and Course Add & Drop Period. In my opinion, this registration works better since students got the same opportunity and had a chance to drop courses that are not they are interested in.
During my stay in South Korea, I was amazed by how fast they administer, organize, and develop such a system where students could get whatever they need. On orientation day, international students are given a handbook about Yonsei University and Seoul, which includes campus life, immigration issues, transportation, emergency numbers, and programs offered to international students (Seoul Tour, clubs, and Yonsei Global Programs). This handbook was quite helpful during the first week or month in Seoul.
I also joined Mentor’s Club which then lead me to the biggest event of Yonsei University, Yon-Ko Games. I was wondering if UI has the same club, but I think UI buddy club is the most similar club to Yonsei Mentor’s Club. I would love to join UI Buddy Club and share my experience to make international students in UI more pleasant during their stay. Mentor’s Club basically offers activities out of campus depend on student’s interests and personalities since not all students like outdoor activities or mingle with other students fast. Mentor’s Club also lead us during Yon-Ko Games, which made me think if UI’s International Students also have the same experience, feeling the hype during the games or such big event in UI.
Afterall, Yonsei University’s student exchange system is truly a world-class exchange program where more than 40 nations were represented by the diverse student nationalities. The opportunity to meet people from so many different backgrounds and cultures was very eye-opening.