In an effort to create a truly globalized university, Yonsei has been, and is currently participating in programs that allow faculty and students to study abroad within exchange programs with related institutions.
Koreans have long recognized the value of English as an international language of communication. Because of this, many overseas English language programs have found that Korean students occupy a significant percentage of their classes. Furthermore, as Korea has become more visible in international circles, business, sports and academia, many universities outside Korea have opened Korean studies departments/majors at their institutions.
We have created what is called the ¡®Global Village¡¯ within the Yonsei University, Wonju campus. This village is housed in our dormitories. The citizens are Yonsei university students who have a special interest in English as a foreign language, along with students from abroad who are native or expert English speakers. All activities, announcements, signs, and so forth will be in the English language.
Programs for our Korean students are operated in cooperation with the Institute of Language Research and Education to provide structured English language study. Other activities will be operated so that the GV will be, in essence, a yearlong English language semi-immersion camp.
ISs who are given a stipend to participate in this program can reap the benefits of learning about Korea, while interning as a ¡®language and cultural ambassador.¡¯ The stipend completely covers the costs of tuition, airfare, and dormitory, and provides some pocket money. Korean language classes for international students are offered as well as other culturally related elective classes that are taught in English.