Avalon English Schools. Ewas English Academy. Jungchul English Schools. These are the names of major English school franchises that will greet you on big, flashy billboards as you walk along the streets of Seoul — a testament to Korea’s thriving English-learning scene.
Foreigners who teach subjects other than English while holding E-2 visas are at risk of being deported due to a new policy introduced by the Korean Ministry of Education. Several academies have been investigated by the immigration office and faced closure when it was revealed that they had employed foreign teachers with E-2 visas to instruct other subjects.
A new study shows that a glass of red wine is equivalent to an hour spent at the gym. Such are the typical headlines that propagate through media, heralding to the world yet another new, amusing finding.
Spring. Cherry blossoms draping the country in a vivid pink, the sun bathing us all in a warm embrace, the winds enveloping the atmosphere in a gentle cool, and to top it all off, enough dust in the air to give us all smoker’s lung.Korean spring has been plagued for a very long time with what is known as hwangsa, or yellow dust. Dust from deserts in the west are blown over here by powerful w
On May 27, the second Daejeon Sports Day for International Students will take place. Hosted by the Daejeon Metropolitan City and organized by the Daejeon International Center, the event will last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Daejeon Hanbit General Stadium and Chungmu Gymnasium and serve as a unique opportunity for the international community in Daejeon to get together and spend an entire day compe
International students received an email that they could not comprehend. They were told that they would be charged with student fees starting from May. Collecting student fees has been a controversial and sensitive issue among international students because they were rarely informed of the services the Undergraduate Student Council (USC) provides; now they are being forced to pay. Starting from Ma
While the international student body shows signs of growth, the international faculty has barely changed. The faculty in KAIST remains incredibly homogenous, with foreign professors barely making up 10% of the faculty despite claims by several presidents that they will strive to increase that number substantially. It’s not hard to see why: KAIST is directly funded by the South Korean governm
Seven years ago, I was freed from mandatory military service when I obtained my Canadian citizenship. It was honestly one of the best feelings I have ever felt, standing in front of the administrator and holding the citizenship certificate in my hands. The stories my father told — brutal daily training exercises in the ice and under the sun, unforgiving drill sergeants with voices louder tha
Ever since its inception, KAIST’s ambitious promise to increase the ratio of foreign professors has been, well, ambitious. Recently inaugurated President Shin again vowed for a goal of 15%, but exactly how he intends to hire a minimum of 10 new foreign professors every year remains opaque.
Appearance is important in any and all culture, but how far should appearance go in deciding our lives? Through the concept of gwansang, predicting one's fortune through the face, we explore the weight of how much looks can serve as an outlook to the future.
The University of Aberdeen, a British public research university in Aberdeen, Scotland, has made a decision to open a new campus in South Korea. Established in 1495 as the fifth oldest institution in the English-speaking world, the University of Aberdeen will open its new branch, located in Hadong, in the coming September.Prior to the agreement, a delegation of nine members from the provincial gov
Last year on November 26, the Daejeon Metropolitan Office of Education announced the Ministry of Education’s decision to grant the status of “specialized high school” (teukmokgo) to Daejeon High School, overcoming one of the major obstacles needed for the creation of an international school. The metropolitan office had initially intended to create an international school for grad
Could you briefly introduce the KI House to our readers?The main focus of the KI House program is one-to-one. Unlike usual language centers or school programs that teach students in groups, we try to give as much attention as possible to the individual students with the professionally trained teaching staff we have. Also, most language centers create fixed time programs that the students have to f
Christians have always been known for their frequent and large-scale missions. Historic examples, such as the missionaries sent to Scandinavia to convert the Vikings, demonstrate the lengths some devout Christians will go to spread their religious teachings. While many practitioners of their faith are likely to take the more congenial route in preaching their principles, others resort to more aggressive and invasive measures.
On December 9, the KAIST International Students Association (KISA) announced the results of the 2016 KISA presidential election. The sole candidate of this year’s election, Sanzhar Kerimbeck, has been officially elected as the next president of KISA.The election was held on December 8 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Voting booths were set up in the three major school cafeterias — Kaimaru (N11),
Martin Heidegger once said, “Humans are temporal creatures.” Every hour at my club’s Membership Training (MT) retreats, every minute in a Starcraft game, and every second in a physics exam seems to dash past me. On the flip side, every hour spent in a dreary linear algebra lecture, every minute and every second outside on a cold December day seems to drag us down like a temporal
Concerns are growing over the fanatical Christian missionaries seeking out international students to convert them to the Christian faith. Many internationals have had their personal religious preferences and personal spaces violated by this relentless hounding, and though this is something that should be addressed quickly, we should take a step back and see the underlying causes and look beyond th