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Buddy Program(KUBA)

What’s KUBA?

KUBA stands for Korea University Buddy Assistants and each students will have a group of KUBA members when they arrive in Korea.
During each vacation period, the Office of International Affairs recruits KU student volunteers (mostly second year students or higher) for KUBA to guide and help Study Abroad and Exchange students adjust to Korea University life. Buddies are selected on the basis of their language abilities, student involvement (including participation in societies and clubs at KU), and in-person interviews.

Exchange/Visiting students will be automatically registered as KUBA members and will receive e-mails from Korea University buddies before the semester starts.

Main Purposes of KUBA

  • Help in becoming familiar with Korea University and student resources
  • Assist in finding housing
  • Provide one to one language and cultural exchange
  • Advise in course selections
  • Join in semester events and activities
  • Offer the opportunity for long-lasting friendships

Activities and Events

Exchange/Study Abroad Students studying at KU have the opportunity to experience and participate in KU's events each month as follows. Through these experiences, even with the short-term duration of their stay in KU, students can learn about Korean culture and the KU school sprit while building strong friendships.

Welcoming Party (March, September)

On the first week of the new semester, KU welcomes exchange/study abroad students at this Party. Exchange/Study Abroad students have lots of opportunities to become familiar with KUBA members while promoting a mutual understanding of Korean Culture and Korea University.

Field Trip (April, October)

Now, it is time to experience NEW Korea. Most of the students are have become accustomed to KU life around this time of the semester. Exchange/Study Abroad students and KUBA members go on field trips to places near Seoul for a cultural experience twice a year in spring and fall. Students are able to spend their time to learn more about various aspects of Korean culture.

University Festival (Ipselenti, May)

After midterms, in May when the campus comes alive with blossoming flowers, international students get a chance to take part in one of the most important events at KU, IPSELENTI. By participating in this school’straditional event that has a long history at KU, students will learn the passion and pride of being a true KU student.

Field Day(May)

In May, KUBA members organize athletic event called Field Day with international students. They will be divided into 4 groups and do many games such as group jump rope, relay and dodge ball at green campus.

Annual Korea University - Yonsei University Sports Event (September)

KU students join together for the annual Korea University VS Yonsei University sports event. This annual event has been likened to the Keio-Waseda match or the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race held every spring. Over the two-day period, they compete in baseball, basketball, ice hockey, rugby, and soccer. The event is made even more interesting by the contrasting traditions and academic cultures of Yonsei and Korea. As the oldest universities in the nation, both have venerable histories, a source of pride for their students. International students also share in the pride of being a Korea University student.

International Students' Festival (November)

International students with a sense of belonging to KU through various activities previously mentioned above are encouraged to be representatives for a culture Olympics called "International Students’ Festival" At the event, international students from over 20 different countries set up booths to present the foods, clothes and games from their home countries. Approximately 500 KU and International students, including those from other domestic institutions enjoy this booth display event. At the fashion show, the second part of the festival, students will have a chance to show other students their countries’ traditional clothes.

This event was first held to accelerate socialization between KU and international students and has been providing a much anticipated opportunity for both international students and KU students to break the ice with each other and to understand each country’s culture better by preparing and enjoying the event together.

Farewell Party (June, December)

Finally, towards the end of the exchange experience, international students are invited to attend the farewell party. At the farewell party, students will receive a remembrance. This provides them with a great collection of memories of their time in at KU and Korea.