Become a South Korean International Student during the Pandemic Period

Nabilla Rizky Ramadhan, a student of the Department of Communication Science and Community Development, Faculty of Human Ecology (Fema) IPB University, who is fondly called Bibil, succeeded in becoming one of the representatives of IPB University in the Jeonbuk National University Exchange Program Spring 2020 Program. This program was also attended by students of the University of Indonesia and Gadjah Mada University during March-June 2020. During their studies there, tuition fees, meals, and boarding houses were guaranteed.

As we know, South Korea was reaching the peak of the pandemic at the time. This certainly has an impact on the activities that Bibil does. At first, Bibil panicked and was confused. His departure was postponed from what was originally scheduled in early February to mid-March. Six out of ten IPB University students who were declared to qualify got the blessing of their parents to continue the program. What makes Bibil sure is that the South Korean government and related universities pay attention to their safety. The South Korean government's expertise in handling COVID-19 succeeded in bringing this country's position from the beginning of the second largest position after China in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 to become the 40th world.

Being an international student at Jeonbuk National University, Bibil is free to take any subject. He took as many as 12 semesters credit units (SKS) Korean classes and economics. The students are also allowed to take part in extracurricular activities there. However, because of this pandemic, all lecture activities are carried out online. Likewise with educational activities at other levels there.

"It's unfortunate because this condition is an obstacle to expanding the network with students around. We can only know students who are in the same class. In addition to extracurricular activities, music festivals and spring festivals were also eliminated. Besides, there are also memorable things while in South Korea, namely cleanliness. Restaurants in the country implement self-service. The local people are also friendly and very appreciative of foreigners who try to speak Korean," he said. From the first, Bibil wanted to go to Korea. He still did not think that his dream was fulfilled and could even study at the same time, make new friends, and get to know Korean culture more.

According to him, students who want to get an opportunity to exchange can dig up as much information. Bibil itself gets information from the Instagram account @ico_ipb.

"For friends who want to exchange, messages from me, find a lot of info first. For IPB University students, you can follow @ico_ipb on Instagram.  In there, you can find a lot of information about the exchange program that can be applied. Do not be afraid before registering, afraid of not being accepted or afraid of complicated requirements and others, just try it first. The complexity of us taking care of the requirements paid off with the experience we gained from studying abroad," he said. (FA / Zul)(IAAS/YN)

Published Date : 28-May-2020

Resource Person : Nabilla Rizky Ramadhan

Keyword : South Korea, Exchange Student, IPB University