KU and UC partner providing hundreds of study abroad opportunities
in USA and Korea
▲ UC Berkeley Campus
Korea University’s Office of International Affairs is excited to announce the creation of a new student exchange partnership with the University of California (UC) System providing excellent opportunities for hundreds of KU students to study on the East Coast of USA, while welcoming many more American students to KU. Partnering with the UC System will allow us to send up to 200 students each year for one semester. Prior to this new partnership we mostly sent students to the interior of the USA, but now we have this excellent opportunity to provide more diverse locations, while increasing choices for our students. KU students will dispatch from fall 2022.
This new student exchange program differs from regular bi-lateral exchange programs in that it is with a system of universities, not just a single institution. The UC System includes 10 campuses throughout the state of California, including the prestigious UC Berkeley and the UC LA campuses.
From 1999 to 2005, KU had exchanged students with the UC System, however the program was discontinued due to KU sending more students than we received. Since that time KU began to make some student exchange agreements with individual members of the UC system, but these programs were small and did not meet the needs of many of our students.
“This new partnership is the largest single exchange program we have ever developed and we are confident in the sustainability of this program going forward,” says Mr. D’Arcy Drachenberg, Assistant Director, International Cooperation. “Due to the increase in popularity of Korea as a study abroad location, KU is now a top choice among international exchange students from North America.”
This new partnership with the UC System is also timely, in that it helps KU to respond to the preferences of students as expressed in the recent domestic student survey conducted by the Office of International Affairs in May, 2021. This survey, which was answered by almost 830 students revealed that about 81% of the students preferred English-speaking countries and 77% of them responded that they would like to choose North America regions (U.S and Canada) as a study abroad destination.
“Korea University’s exchange programs have definitely been benefiting from the rise in popularity of Korean culture and BTS around the world,” says Prof. Hikyoung Lee, Vice President, International Affairs. “For this reason, we are now receiving more exchange students annually than we send out. This means that we can now make more partnerships with top universities, like those in the UC System, while addressing the preferences and needs of our outgoing students.”
▲ UCLA Campus
KU’s Office of International Affairs has also made a number of other new student exchange partnerships in the last year in North America, including three in Canada; McMaster University, Dalhousie University, the University of Saskatchewan and two in the USA; the prestigious Wesleyan University and Baylor University.
“We are confident that this new program will be popular among our students eager to study in the USA, while enabling us to receive high quality foreign exchange students to KU,” says Professor Lee.
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