In the spirit of being abroad, I have another scheme to publicise which I think is rather well-hidden. This one is particularly appealing for potential students who want to go abroad during their degree but don’t want to do an entire year, or for students who want to go abroad but not to Europe (because they had a bad experience in a Paris café or something). I’m talking about the Summer Programmes.
I can only speak for the current year, but the way it is now students are able to choose from a respectable selection of universities in East-Asia. This year there were places at Shanghai University in China, five South Korean universities, and two Taiwanese universities. All of these universities offer English-language courses in subjects that include politics, pop culture, business, and language study. Naturally, there are extra incentives. Your status as a Leicester student gives you discounts — tuition fees are always paid for you, and some universities go as far as paying for pretty much everything. They sure are nice people at Chung-Ang. In addition, eight £750 scholarships are given to first-years and eight more are given to Arts, Humanities, or Law students who aren’t in their final year.
The application process is simple and the courses generally vary from three to five weeks in the June-August period of the year. Student stay in the university’s accomodation whilst completing the course, taking advantage of the scheduled field trips (North Korean border, sign me up!), and their proximity to some of the biggest and most important cities in Asia. I’ve heard nothing but good things from past students. It’s one of those opportunities you just don’t get outside of university.
How do I know these things? Have I been briefed by PR? Naw, it’s because I’m going to HUFS in Seoul come July. If you’re not convinced then check out my future blogs for some first-hand experience. If they’re written in Korean then the summer programme went well.