Programs to Take Notice,
JBNU International Students!
Yan Natalya, Department of Journalism and Communications
A student’s life is measured in semesters. The first fall and second spring semester form a year; each semester is a valuable chapter of life. Although in general nothing changes, such as schedules, people, and even the city or country, all these seemingly unchanging details make a difference in your academic life. While adapting to new surroundings is very difficult, one of the most stressful but inevitable experiences international students have is meeting new people. Loneliness is doubled when you are surviving on your own and are foreign to the country. Indeed, studying abroad on your own is difficult. That is exactly why international students should not isolate themselves and should pay attention to the programs from JBNU Center for International Student Services (CISS). The Center is conducting two major programs for international students: Buddy Program and Study Assistant.
The International Buddy Program is vital for international students. The aim of this program is to befriend Korean and international students to one another. Students are divided into groups of four people: two local and two international students each. Every group elects a leader, who takes responsibility for any paperwork and connects the team with the CISS. However, the leader’s primary duty is to organize language and cultural exchange. In practice, this means unlimited chatting online, regular group meetings and joint cultural activities such as traditional Korean hanbok experiences, city excursions, or Korean cuisine tasting. Additionally, Korean students would also explain to their “buddies” how to do everything correctly on campus. JBNU is already a massive university, let alone one of the largest university campuses in Korea. There are plenty of academic functions students are supposed to learn how to perform on their own, such as course registration or student card issuance. That is why the Buddy Program is usually suggested for international freshmen.
Some interesting opportunities to participate in with your buddy team is provided straight from the CISS. The success of the program is reinforced by active interest from both sides. Korean students go out of their comfort zone and make an international network, while foreign students find it easier to acclimate in Korea, become accustomed to a local lifestyle, and most importantly, to understand the ways of locals and Korean mentality. Moreover, the most active team gets awards and scholarships by the program at the end of the official evaluation period at the end of the semester. The International Buddy Program is held on a regular basis every semester. The registration for the 2020 Spring semester begins within the first week of March, but the application schedule may be subject to change. Students should check all of the updates on the official webpage of JBNU CISS, ciss.jbnu.ac.kr.
The Study Assistant program is often confused with the International Buddy Program for a few similar details, such as the application period or the same coordinators from JBNU CISS, but the essence of the Study Assistant program is quite different. Officially the goals of the program are the improvement of academic performance and Korean language skills of international students. Korean and international applicants are gathered in groups of four within the same department. Teams are sorted by matching similar institutes and major fields, which become a productive, full-fledged study unit. In this case, students can help each other not only with language exchange but also with class papers that non-natives would have difficulty understanding.
Most international students set a goal to get a high passing score of TOPIK, Test of Proficiency in Korean, within a semester. Through the Study Assistant program, one can receive support from a native speaker for the exam. Likewise, Korean students participating in the program are motivated to study harder in turn. Along with the Buddy Program, the Study Assistant application period changes slightly around the beginning of each semester. Actual details can be found on ciss.jbnu.ac.kr, the official website of JBNU CISS.
Ten Roman from the Department of Business administration stated:
“As I know, SA was made on the basis of the successful Buddy Program to help not only with cultural adaptation but mostly with studying. Therefore, I could easily meet seniors from my department who are passionately willing to help. The first batch was especially helpful for me. My assigned groupmates, friends to this day, actually helped me with scripts for my personal presentations. I still keep in touch with them, though we met two years ago doing SA.”
Semester Starting Checklist:
For international students, it’s of vital importance to make a semester checklist to stay organized. First, students should check their visa status. Every international student must have a valid visa and ID card. CISS provides service for visa extension and ID application. Visa extension can be applied for once the tuition payment is completed. Application days at the CISS: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 AM until 4 PM. Additionally, visa extension applicants cannot apply for installment payment plans.
Next on the checklist is to change ID data if necessary. In case of any changes made to ID profile information, data registered at the Immigration Office must be updated within fourteen days. This rule applies to any changes in data, regardless if it is address or passport information.
Then, if students want to obtain a part-time job, they must receive permission. Working a part-time is allowed only after issuing part-time job permission at JBNU CISS.
Then, applying for insurance is crucial. International students without any insurance may be restricted from visa extension and may lose their scholarship and other benefits from JBNU. An insurance agency forum will be held in the CISS office on the third floor of the New Silk Road building from the second until the sixth of March between 10 AM and 4 PM. Students can obtain insurance for one or two semesters, thus, six months or a year.
Finally, joining JBNU CISS on social networking sites is the last step. The fastest and most convenient way to get updates from CISS is following the JBNU Center for International Student Services (CISS) page on Facebook.
Useful Applications for JBNU
Kwon Sho-young Editor-in-Chief, Hong Sammy Editor, Choi Yoo-chan Reporter
If you find it difficult looking up various information about JBNU, why don’t you try using these useful applications?
1. JBNU Library Application
The JBNU Library application is necessary for students to use the library with ease. Various functions are in the application. Without the application, students have to take out their student ID card from their wallet when entering the library. However, using this convenient application, students can scan their own QR code on the application. It works the same way when renting books. Seat reservations are convenient as well. When swiping button number one to the right, up comes “My Page”, which shows how much each student rented books or spent time in the library. Students can also check whether individual seats and the study rooms are available by pressing buttons two. However, keep in mind that students can make reservations through the application only after they enter the library. However, students can return the seats and the study rooms anywhere, anytime they want.
Now by pressing button three, finding books are available, and button four helps students self-rent the books from the central library. Students can borrow up to ten books, for two weeks, while this rental period can be extended twice more. In the Access Guidance section, there is specific information about different ways to use library rooms, smart tables, and computers. There are additional services like checking the bus and medical location information, and wi-fi connections availability. Thus, when you have the opportunity, peruse the application thoroughly. Unfortunately, this does not afford an English version.
Coursemos offers students information about the courses they take. Some professors do not use online material, so students might not be able to find out specific information about the courses through this application. However, some do use this application to upload their materials online. It will be useful to download the materials and to upload the assignments. This application is also translated into English and Japanese.
3. Kakao Talk – Tell Me About JBNU
There is a helpful Kakao Talk chatbot called ‘Tell me about JBNU’. This is a Kakao Talk chatbot where many students can conveniently get information about JBNU. Simply put, it is a secretary in the hands of students. If a student types a word, it provides information corresponding to simple words. The information it provides is about the university, dormitories, and the services provided by JBNU. For example, students can get a menu of the dormitory and school cafeterias. Students can also simply check out various notices provided on the JBNU homepage.
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4. JBNU Hospital Mobile App
The most inconvenient thing about using hospitals for students is having to wait long hours for receiving medical treatment, being seen by doctors, and paying for medical expenses. However, through this application, students can use the hospital easily. Through the application, students can book medical services without visiting or calling them. Students can also pay for the treatment through the application. If a student needs a prescription, an e-prescription can be easily transferred to the drugstore where the student desires, which will dramatically reduce the time of this procedure. If the student subscribes to an insurance policy, he or she can easily claim insurance loss through the JBNU hospital mobile app.
‘Everytime’ is a university community and timetable service that supports about 400 universities in Korea. It has many convenient functions that are essential for academic life. Students can access it through the application or the internet site. Most services are available only after you certify that you are a student of the specified university.
‘Everytime’ provides the time and brief information of almost every class in that particular university. Before the course registration commences, students can easily plan the timetable that they want. Students can also conveniently create a timetable for the courses they have registered for after the application period is completed.
Students can also evaluate lectures on the application. This enables students to make careful and accurate choices by looking at the evaluations of the courses they want to take, knowing the overall content of the lectures, and reviewing the characteristics of the professors. Students can also provide information about the courses after they take them , and evaluate them as a platform in which to help others.
Additionally, ‘Everytime’ provides a university forum. There are many kinds of forums, including a free bulletin board, secret bulletin board, public relations bulletin board, etc. All writings on the bulletin board may be written anonymously. Students can glean information from it and talk to various students.
‘Everytime’ offers services that help students such as used book transactions, cafeteria menus, forums, course content information, and promotion of events and contests.
Tips in Korea
There are various cafes in Korea, and each of them have interesting features. This information will guide you, so you don’t get confused with the various types of cafes .
1. Internet Cafés (‘PC bang’ in Korean)
Regardless of users’ age, the Internet Café is popular in Korea. It is a great place to play games with friends, search for information, and to eat delicious food which you can order at a reasonable price. Usually, these internet cafés run twenty-four hours a day. However, teenagers under eighteen cannot enter after 10 o’ clock PM.
2. Study Cafés
When you feel sick of preparing exams in the library, a study café can be a proper place to go. They are very quiet, clean, and have availability to charge your electronic devices. Also, most study cafés provide interior design tailored to the study environment of the users’ study preferences. If a user wants to study alone, they can choose to study in a closed off reading room.
3. Sleeping Cafés
You may be curious about why some Koreans sleep, not in their homes, but in a sleeping café. According to the research of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the average hours of sleep in Korea is seven hours and forty-one minutes, which is forty-one minutes less than the OECD’s international standards of sleep time. So, these study cafés are frequently used for workers and students to fulfill their lack of sleep. It is convenient because as they study, they can take naps, instead of going home. However, it is typically expensive to visit a sleep cafe, and it is not open twenty-four hours a day, so you should check the open and close time.
Our reporters here at the JBNU Globe sincerely hope that these resources will help all of the JBNU international students with all of their queries and concerns. Make sure to check out these various, helpful resources!