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325. Brief Introduction of myself and how I found out about the double-degree program

뉴스관리자 기자2014.03.31 15:42:48

Brief Introduction of myself and how I found out about the double-degree program.

By Jung, Su-hyun, Senior

Dept. of Business Administration

 

I started studying at KNU in 2006, which means I have been a student for 8 years and most of my friends have already graduated and started working. I am a huge fan of football, especially the English Premier League, since I was ten years old. This is one of the reasons why I chose to come to Newcastle in England. Now I am studying at Northumbria University in Newcastle, reading International Business Management.

In 2007, I started working as a teaching assistant in English teaching camps, where I made lots of friends from different countries. With all these influences, I made up my mind and set myself a goal: To go and visit as many countries as possible while I am still a university student. After finishing my military service, I started putting my plans into action. I went to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa for four months. After coming back from Australia, I found out that there are quite a variety of programs in KNU. I started working as a student intern at the JAG Office of the US Army in the first semester of 2011. While I was doing my internship, I was able to prepare for the exchange student program. I was selected for the SAIPEKS program in the second semester of 2011 and came to Northumbria University. I was there for six months as a student and intern, and I loved my life in the UK. After coming back to Korea, I always wanted to come back to UK and fortunately I joined my friends who were preparing for the Global Challenger program. We were accepted and were able to visit the UK and Germany for the summer of 2012. For the second semester of 2012 I went to Mexico for a Global Internship. Before going to Mexico, I learned about the double degree programme, but I had already applied for the internship so I planned to apply for the double degree programmed right after coming back to Korea. I checked the website of the Office of international Affairs on a regular basis and sometimes called Ms. Saeron Lee to make sure of the schedule. I even amended my flight schedule to make it in time to apply for the programme. I was accepted by both schools in the first semester of 2013 and started preparing for the programme with all the other applicants during the semester.

 

About the Double Degree Program and Northumbria University

In KNU, there are a lot of Globalisation Programs for students: internships and exchange student programs in different countries all over the world. Among them, I think, the Double Degree Program is the best. Basically students spend two or three years in KNU and spend the rest of their student life in the other university. When you graduate, you graduate from both universities. The biggest restriction is that they are only for Business and IT major students.

 Northumbria University is located in the city centre of Newcastle. Newcastle is one of the big cities in UK and the biggest city in the North East. It is a neighbour city of Sunderland, where Seung yong, Ki and Dong won, Ji who are the best football players, play. The city is well known as a student city, for there are of two big universities in the city centre, Newcastle University and Northumbria University. The student life might seem very relaxing when you come here for the first time because of the timetable you get. In my case, I only took three modules in the first semester, which meant that I had to attend 10 to 15 class hours each week and get 18 scholar points in KNU. We do not usually have any exams, but at the end of the semester you have to turn in a 3000 word academic assessment  paper. A module consists of lectures and seminars. Lectures are given by a team of lecturers from different majors and and nationalities. This gives us a better understanding of the topic, because they can teach us from different perspectives. There are about 100 to 300 students in a lecture, so the seminar plays a very important role for learning. We team up and share the ideas and knowledge we learned in the lectures. Preparing for seminars and attending them helps a lot in the academic perspective. It might be a very difficult and strange experience for Korean students. However, if you overcome this, you can learn a lot from the seminars. Also in my case, as I am a member of Smashing, the table tennis club in KNU, I have joined a table tennis team. I have played as a member of Team Northumbria and competed against other universities in the BUCS league. Also, since I am a huge fan of football, as I have said earlier, I have been to a lot of football matches. I am a season ticket holder for Newcastle United, so I get all the home game tickets in Newcastle, and with the connection between Sunderland AFC and Korean Society, we go to Sunderland to support Ji and Ki. Also for my interest, I have been to both Manchester clubs, to the FA Cup games at Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford. This weekend, I am on my way to the Bolton Wanderers versus Cardiff City game, which could be interpreted as Lee Chung Yong versus Kim Bo Kyung. Being a huge fan of football and sports has helped me a lot in making myself settled in UK life.

As I have already finished half of my double degree life here in the UK, I do regret that I should have put more effort into studying. Since I came back to the same university in which I had spent my exchange student life, everything was the same and I felt so easy with everything. I have to finish my dissertation and wrap up to go back to Korea and prepare to find a job. I have never regretted my university life being so long, and being to 5 different countries for my own interest, because those experiences made who I am right now. I hope that the students in KNU who are interested in my learning path can make up their mind and start doing the same, not just sitting down and worrying about a future that will never be known. If you have any questions regarding my experiences, feel free to contact me at himme369@naver.com. I will be glad to help you with all my efforts. Last of all: Keep Calm and Do What You Love to Do.

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