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!!! 🙂

11 thoughts on “Life as Yonsei University’s Student

  1. Hello i’m from Malaysia too, came across your blog while surveying for studying abroad (Korea). You apply to yonsei as a full time undergraduate/graduate students or as a KLI students?

    1. Hai,
      With my own money … But i think University usually offer their scholarship to foreigner but you need to study for 1st semester and based on your performance you can apply it…maybe you can go to respective university website to check 🙂

    1. You can check the university website for more info…they have information in english. Not only Yonsei but most Universities in Korea offer korean language course fr foreigner. Good Luck.

  2. Can i know how is the marking paper for exam and asignments? I know they offer the course in english but do you need to do the exam in english or hangul? I heard it is compulsory to take korean class but the professor will be teaching in english so i wonder?…..

    1. Hai, Jove

      I can’t really answer your question coz i took Korean Language course not a degree/diploma. Hence in my case, classes and exam is in korean language and hangul. But i heard that if you want to further your degree there you need to learn korean language like me until level 4 as minimum requirement to apply for degree course. But how they conduct the degree course, i’m not sure. You can always check their website or write to them. tq

      1. Thank you very much for your reply! I really appreciate it. Im currently trying to apply for UIC and they don’t require applicants to give their TOPIK result. So i guess ill be fine without it but then again who knows I probably wanted to apply to other universities in case i didnt get a place there. Btw, thanks again for replying me ☺️

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