Почему я НЕ ХОЧУ учиться в корейском университете – 4 причины

Почему я НЕ ХОЧУ учиться в корейском университете – 4 причины

August 31, 2019 18 By Stanley Isaacs


Everything said in this video is just my personal opinion. I don’t claim to be right. I have never studied in a Korean university. All I know is based on what different people (Koreans and foreigners) told me. But they are subjective too. Hi everyone! This is a video on why I don’t want to study in a Korean university When I just came to Seoul to study Korean I was thinking about getting a master degree here because I will have been accustomed to the country by the time I apply So why not There are many good universities in Korea But now after living here for almost a year I understand that not in a million years won’t I apply for masters in Korea And there is a number of reasons reason #1 Is the price, which is more or less the same in Korea and in Europe but Korean universities are not in the top-30 in rankings they are on places 40-70 [actually 100 something] I can well get into a more prestigious university in Europe which is much closer to home both geographically and culturally and where I’ll pay pretty much the same money reason #2 the education system yes, lots can be heard about how important education is for Asian people and Koreans as well and that Asian parents insist on their kids getting best education and that everyone stives to be more and more educated everyone gets into university That is true In Korea, those who failed to get into college are are considered second-class citizens they don’t have career opportunities because no good company will take on a person with no diploma but at the same time the quality of educational is questionable if you ask me the program, of course, is similar to any university in the world (globalisation!) but in Korea there is no culture of debate and no chance for students to disagree with their professors because in Confucianism a person with higher rank than yours has to be treated with utmost respect and a teacher, a mentor is respected so much I don’t even know how to explain That’s why one shall not disagree with a teacher Say if your professor is a democrat and you’re, say, a communist you can’t really express your opinion to them can’t debate with them So even on an exam one should say exactly the same things the teacher said in class [people really learn lectures by heart, I witnessed this myself] or exactly what is written in a book, recommended by the teacher In some disciplines that’s, of course, normal but in social science that’s just a total catastrophe Because the core of social science is debate there is no absolute truth, so if I can’t say to my professor “Mr. Kim I believe that what you’re saying in wrong” what’s is the use of studying, especially for masters Considering science, as far as I know and according to what I heard from numerous people Korean universities don’t teach to think about the concepts [I’ve trouble translating this notion] For example, someone studied physics and they know how to solve a problem, complete a task but they cant fully explain [I’ve gotten confused myself..] how this all works [I hope you’ve got what I was trying to say, because I’ve got lost in thought… I am not very good with science…] And this is the main reason why I don’t want to study in Korea When the education is based on thoughtless learning by heart repeating what the teacher said and not on thinking yourself thinking creatively and not on discussion and debate what’s the use reason #3 Total lack of cooperation in Korean universities competition is cruel The reason for this is that the work is marked not based on the number of received points (how it works in Russia: if one gets, say 90 to 100 points, one gets an A 80 to 90 points – a B, and so on) and in Korea the work is marked by percentage: people with top 5% results will get an A next 20% best results – a B, and so on Basically, if your classmates are stupid, you’re lucky because even if you’re bad with some subject you can get a good grade [true story] At the same time, if there are 5 people in your class who always get 100 out of 100 no matter how hard you try you won’t be able to get an A just because those 5 people always get 100/100 This is why in Korean universities the atmosphere in class is very tense Because people would do anything to get a good grade because GPA is very important for getting a job [if you don’t study, you’ll become a janitor] I really hate competition I believe that in university people should be on good terms with peers and help each other out And I totally hate this grading system because I am not the 100/100 type I always had 8 out of 10 which was an A and totally fine by me and 10/10 for me is too much trouble So I don’t see any reason to subject myself to this if there are plenty of universities with normal grading system reason #4 is the freaking attendance Koreans are just obsessed with attendance in every area work, studies, weddings and funerals… everywhere The same way one must be at the work place but non necessarily work or one must go to the wedding of anyone who invited them the same way being present at each and every class is a must [even death is not an excuse for not showing up] This is how extreme it is: in the university I attend the language course in for normal students [meaning those enrolled in the university itself] seven classes missed in a semester mean an instant F Well, it’s not all that bad, on one hand but I’m personally not ready to attend 100% of classes especially not in a master program In university I really skipped a lot especially in the later years and it’s never affected my grades and I was very happy So, as you can guess, I can’t understand this obsession with attendance and am not eager to face it especially considering that there are plenty other countries and universities with much less strict attendance policies because well, the result is more important than attendance Those were my four points I am not saying that those points are true for everyone There are many disciplines that are taught very well in Korea But for me personally this system is not suitable and I am sure many of you will agree So I hope that this video was helpful I want to emphasise one more time that I am not saying that Korean education is bad or that no one should ever study abroad in Korea and so on I just want to point out certain aspects of Korean education system which may not appeal to some people and that may be it’s a good Idea to give it some thought and consider different options and not just thoughtlessly choose Korea [Here I remembered I promised to be less evil] Speaking of advantages Student clubs are very well developed in Korean universities It’s really easy to join some clubs while studying and get involved with different activities find new friends and have fun together while also developing in what you’re interested in There are art clubs like photography, creative writing, drawing; also some school bands There are travel clubs too where you can find travel companions clubs related to religion sport clubs, clearly That’s very cool and I’d say it would be great if there were such clubs in Russian universities The facilities of all Korean universities are good too Nice modern dormitories with rooms for 2-3 people only [in Russia it gets up to 5 in one room] it’s even possible to get a single room The dormitories are located right on campus Auditoriums are very well equipped and computer classes too All the necessary computer programs are available For science classes there are nice labs Really 5/5 for the equipment Campuses are modern, beautiful and clean The Koreans themselves are an advantage because they are hard working and devoted to studying especially in master programs (thought it’s just my assumption} And also Koreans have this attitude towards foreigners.. it can make you feel they think you’re hopelessly stupid but in fact they honestly try to help you and make your life in Korea better So if you decide to study in Korea you’re most likely to receive lots of help and support from Koreans Zank… Thanks for watching [subscribe!]