ZSEIFS Alumni: In Their Own Words - South Korea
One month after their in-country experience, OIP followed up with the ZSEIFS South Korea alumni about their experience with the ZSEIFS, South Korea, and what they learned from it all.
(click on each question to see assorted responses.)
How has the ZSEIFS contributed to your understanding of the region? Did the ZSEIFS contribute to your views on interdisciplinary learning and teaching?
"There is no way I could have understood the region or had as much confidence going forward in doing teaching/research related to South Korea if I had not been involved in this program. I learned how to navigate the country and I came to understand what the goals of our partners and potential partners in Korea might be."
"I have gained a greater appreciation of the educational system and learned about the higher education experiences of the faculty abroad. In addition, I gained some new ideas for research that would be very interesting to conduct and can easily involve students."
"This was my first trip to Korea and my first extended trip to East Asia. I had virtually no knowledge of Korean history and politics. I now feel that I have a solid foundation on which to build further knowledge and understanding."
"Being able to see and experience Seoul, South Korea in person makes a huge difference. Adding lectures and readings that brought nuance to the war, economic growth, educational opportunities (and challenges) enhanced the experience significantly. I’m already a fan of interdisciplinary teaching and learning, so the contribution made by the trip mainly will center around putting me in touch with others on campus who care about promoting learning about South Korea."
Has your participation in the ZSEIFS contributed to your understanding of the student study abroad experience? If yes, how?
"I felt like participating helped me better understand both how a student would feel studying abroad and what it might be like for me to lead students."
"Yes, I learned more about the various options of student study abroad as well as how it works at the university level. This provided insight into developing a study abroad and exchange agreement with the universities."
"I didn’t have much knowledge of student study abroad before this. So I did come away with a stronger sense of how it works and I appreciated the conversations I had with [the Study Abroad & Global Learning Assistant Director] about various kinds of exchanges."
Would you recommend the ZSEIFS to a colleague?
"Absolutely. I feel the program is a wonderful way to build relationships with WKU colleagues, become more international in my teaching and research, and become more confident in my ability to be involved with other countries."
"I would definitely recommend the program to colleagues in my department, college, and university. That the program allows each participant to pursue different goals and objectives (e.g., introducing course content from the target country, pursuing study abroad opportunities, and developing ties with partner institutions) would be a key selling point for me."
"Yes, the program is well planned and will support a faculty member looking to expand their international reach."
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