Some Tips to Follow Student Exchange in Korea

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Adien Gunarta, student of Communication Science and Iffa Aulia Fiqrianti, Technobiomedic student after sharing tips with students. (Photo: Binti Quryatul M)

UNAIR NEWS – Two Universitas Airlangga students shared tips on following student exchange in Korea. The interest of student exchange in Korea is increasing from year to year. The two students are Adien Gunarta, student of Communication Science Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) and Iffa Aulia Fiqrianti, Technobiomedic, Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) student.

Both have been in a student exchange program at Chonnam National University (CNU), South Korea. Adien in 2016, and Iffa in 2017. They attended the International Student Exchange Fall Semester program for four months. After sharing information about their experience at CNU in an event organized by Airlangga Global Engagement (AGE) on Friday, January 26, both shared tips for UNAIR students who are interested in joining similar programs.

“With an Exchange program we gain different experiences in someone else’s country,” Adien said.

For four months on CNU, Adien and Iffa took four courses but they were different from their studies at Universitas Airlangga.

Adien, for example. At CNU he took courses in English Literature, Aesthetics, Korean Traditional Art, and Korean while Iffa took Korean, Korean Folklore, Biochemistry, and Nanomaterials Processing.

The Exchange was opened by AGE UNAIR (formerly known as International Office and Partnership (IOP), ed ), one of UNAIR’s work units engaged in internationalization. Conditions that both prepare were essays, CVs, TOEFL certificates, and transcripts. TOEFL certificate with a minimum score of 500, and a minimum GPA of 3.00. If they pass the document papers, then they are eligible to follow the selection of interviews.

Iffa said that students who include reasons for the courses they take will have a better assessment. Adien for example. The man who focuses in art and aesthetics took Aesthetics course during exchange program at CNU.

“If you know what are you going to take there, it will be a plus point. Like Adien who has passion in aesthetics, “said Iffa.

Iffa was impressed with the South Korean people who really appreciate the time, judging from the way they walk. “The people there walk fast. At first, it is like  offending when you walk but then hit. But you will get used to it. Korea is a developed country. They really appreciate time, “said Iffa.

In 2017, in the same program, UNAIR sent three students to join the student exchange at CNU. Besides Iffa, there were two other students in Psychology program, Faculty of Psychology (FPsi), and Management, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB). (*)

Author: Binti Q. Masruroh

Editor: Nuri Hermawan


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