Primitivo Galan Jr., a BS Chemical Engineering III student of the UP Visayas School of Technology, qualified to be part of the Online Summer School of Kyungpook National University. KNU is one of the UP System's partner universities in South Korea.
The KNU Online Summer School brings together students and academics for a unique intercultural experience through lectures on global and Korean issues and Korean language and culture. All courses are taught either in English or Korean.
Through the online summer school, Galan said that he gained a deeper understanding of Korean culture and language through cultural sharing and the Hangul class. Hangul is the writing system of the Korean language.
He also said he gained knowledge on Korean fashion, its evolution, the current trends, and the different styles of Hanbok. He learned specifically who wears them and how they should be worn. He also learned about many other things such as landmarks (in Daegu, where KNU is situated); dance lesson from KNU's resident dance group for his K-POP class; basic self-defense moves from Taekwondo class; unique elements of Korean dramas and movies; and Korean daily routines where they were also taught how to make basic and traditional dishes.
"What I loved most about the whole experience is that we all learned together as we get to communicate with our group and our Korean peers each day. The group where I belonged was composed of students from Czech Republic, Croatia, America, Korea, Poland, and China. Being the sole Filipino participant, I had the chance to be exposed to their culture as well," he said of his experience.
By joining the summer school, Galan earned three credit units in Global Culture from KNU. This program ran from August 9-20, 2021.
To qualify, a student must be enrolled in a university or college and is pursuing a bachelor's degree. Information on this is found at: https://en.knu.ac.kr/admission/summer01.htm