I’m an Alien !!!!! Finally

I remembered that i used to think that i am an alien or wished that i’m ..blamed all supernatural and Alien’ s movies i watched while growing up..hahaha…But who knows finally i becoming one ..legally an Alien in South Korea at least(should i feel good or bad about this?).

For foreigners who wish to live here more than tourist visa period allowed them to be which Malaysian up till 90 days… you need to apply for special visa as student or working..bla bla…long list of different visa… but once you entering Korea, within 90 days you need to register yourself as an Alien or should I say application for Alien card . Go to the nearest Immigration office in South Korea and follow this following steps:

1. Fill up the Alien Registration form with picture (here they need white background picture)

2. Passport/Visa

3. Pay registration fee 20,000 won

4. Enclosed your University acceptance letter or if you are working the letter from your company (i guess)

5. Wait for a month and you can either pick your card or they can send it by post

Hukssss…now you are officially an Alien in South Korea for next 6 month (duration given) …only 6 months? But i’m planning to be here more than that …and what should i do if i want to be back to Malaysia for a short while and back again to South Korea… I surfed around the internet and asked around but can’t find other Malaysian to asked..btw each country has different procedure depending on relationship with South Korea…but i still worried… so i just wait for 1 month to be back to Immigration Office and asked for sure:

1. Multiple entry (come and go and come again) within the period of your Alien card validity, you can freely go out from South Korea and back again without other application to fill up.

2. To extend your Alien validity period, you need to come again a month before the expiry date and request for extension. Your university need to issue another letter stating that you are going to continue studying for another semester.

huksss…there goes steps on how i becomed an Alien here in Korea!!! One more childhood’s dream fulfilled!!! Stamped.Image

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Life as Yonsei University’s Student

I hate to study but I end up study a lot in my life… till now I can’t figure out the reason why but being a student giving me a sense of satisfaction and challenge my mind.. Maybe I like the atmosphere of being to school, knowing new people and learning something new. And most of the time, I’m not really a good student but somehow not too bad J.

And again I end up being a student again. Here at Yonsei University. To fulfil one of my dream to study overseas. Yahh.. It sounds lame …I don’t blame people for thinking that. And people will again think how lame I am when I told them that I applied non-paid leave for 10 months to learn Korean language at South Korea!!!  Well, I have a long list of reasons why I choose this decision which I don’t blame people for not able to accept it. I wish life can be easy by being understood and accepted by others but this is life!!! Nothing comes easy.

Ohh..ok..My university. Let me talk about the university and also the Korean language program here. Being here, I knew that I’m not the only one who decides to walk on this kind of road. Every semester, almost 400 students from all over the world registered. All leaving their home, family, friends, job and their country to be here.  Basically if you need to count more, Yonsei University not the only University offering Korean Language Program. But the best program was offered by Yonsei University and Sogang University (based on students opinion).   And for a simple reason, I choose Yonsei instead of Sogang University coz Yonsei University itself is among 3 most prestigious University in South Korea! Hahahha… at least I need to spend my money for something worth it.There are 6 levels that need to be through if you want to master Korean language and it takes around a year and a half to complete all levels. If you want to apply for Korean University for undergraduate or graduate study, completing until level 4 will be enough. Given that I can’t apply for more than a year leave, I’m planning to finish only 2 levels which if you ask either you can do it or not, yes it can be done coz some students only come for a semester only. And I have no reason to finish all level given my circumstances and objective of taking a time off this time around. And of course I can’t be a translator if you wonder.

If anybody interested to join this kind of program, you can just go to any university of your interest and apply for it. Once accepted, you will need to take a placement test to determine your language competency and which level you should start your class with. Mine, I managed to skip level 1 and directly start at level 2 (I wish I can skip this level too).  But somehow, after leaving language academy back in Malaysia for more than a year, what else can I expect. Students then will be assigned to a class based on their level and my class has 12 students. Mostly from China and Japan. Others from HK, Thailand, Uzbeskistan and me from Malaysia.

How I found my life as student after a week being one? Yups….i still hate the study part. Even though, the 4 hours class everyday quite interesting but we need to do homework everyday without fail!!! I can’t remember when the last time I have homework every single day. During primary school? Emhhh…I don’t think I experienced one!!!  And I’m going to hate exam..yes, that’s for sure. But somehow being forced to learn this way and talking only Korean in class and after class with my classmate, I wish I can improve my korean language efficiency faster during my stay here. Event it’s kinda hard now with all broken grammar and limited vocab, somehow we managed to communicate. Aghhhh….but today is the first time I’m having headache and my mind was exhausted after watching Korean movie!!! Not only me basically but my classmate too. Trying hard to follow and understand the dialogue was kinda hard still for us! But maybe for next movie, we can understand more.

Study always not a fun thing to talk about. But I will update more on other activities besides study that I may experience here. Ohhhh … I always told my Malaysian friends that you can find good looking and hot guys at University area but I’m wrong!! Not at my school…or maybe not yet to be found! But student here definitely has good brain!!! 🙂