The biggest difficulty to be encountered while living abroad, especially while studying at foreign universities, would be language. Fortunately, CAU seems to acknowledge such difficulties felt by its foreign students. CAU’s Korean Education Center (KEC) has been running since 2004, and aims at helping foreign students to adapt to “Hangeul.” For foreign students pushing ahead with their efforts to study, preparing for graduate school and even for employment in Korea, CAU’s KEC provides quality TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) lectures. It uses “Chung Ang Han Guk-uh,” which is its own textbook, and is taught by excellent instructors every semester. For students who have received superb grades throughout the semester, there is also a scholarship reward, too. As KEC arranged some various extracurricular programs as well, it must be a great chance for foreign students to enjoy and to study at the same time!
How to Apply
To start with, those whose goals are to enroll into CAU for language studying are qualified for the KEC application standards. Fill out the online application form uploaded on the admission website (http://korean.cau.ac.kr/apply) with your official documents to prove your academic career. The length of the course is 20 weeks (two semesters) and the tuition fee is 3,000,000 won. Additional fees include initial registration charges (100,000 won) and textbook and boarding expenses that are not supported by KEC.
TOPIK lectures are provided through a total of six classes differentiated by student level. From Class 1 (introductory level) to Class 6 of (intensive level), students in each class study vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Korean. KEC is also planning to add phonics and media-utilizing lessons to the current courses. The Regular Course operates four terms every year, and for the first semester students study 200 hours. Meanwhile, there are differences in class hours between the Seoul and Anseong campuses, so please be advised!
KEC runs a short language study course during two weeks in both the summer and the winter vacations. Open in the evening hours, this course is meant to run efficient Korean study programs in a short period of time for those busy but interested in the language. Moreover, this short course especially provides diverse activities to enjoy Korean culture outside from just studying.
The whole course is composed of four terms (spring/summer/fall/winter). An average of two months is the length for studying each term, and the application period commonly starts two months before.
As mentioned, there are scholarship awards for students who have endeavored throughout each course. The scholarship selects the top two students with attendance rates over 90 percent and average grades of 90 or more from classes 1 to 6. When there are more than two people with the same score, KEC prioritizes those with better attendance, so make sure you do not miss any class!
KEC is always trying its best for the adaptation and convenience of foreign students at CAU. Excellent Korean faculty members are also skilled in consulting those with any problems or concerns, playing the role as “partners” for struggling students. It seems KEC’s international programs are headed towards a bright future, propelled by active cooperation and communication. As KEC’s director Hyun has mentioned, this program is “The most effective passageway for foreign students to communicate with the Korean language.” KEC invites you with its greatest pleasure! < 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >