UNK Today | August 2014 - page 38

By JOSH MOODY
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — The chance
to study abroad for a month
while receiving free tuition and
housing sounds too good to be
true, but it’s how 68 students
at the University of Nebraska
at Kearney spent part of their
summer.
From July 2 through July
26, students
attended
Hanyang
University, a
private school
in Seoul,
South Korea.
They were
joined by four
UNK faculty
members who
served as
group leaders
and also
taught classes
at Hanyang
University.
Students paid
only a $100
application
fee and the
cost of their plane ticket.
“For the students, it’s an
opportunity to travel interna-
tionally, it’s an opportunity
to gain cultural awareness
and competence in a different
country, an opportunity to
learn a new subject and gain
credit hours that they can apply
to their programs of study at
UNK,” said Maha Younes, a
criminal justice and social work
professor at UNK who taught
at Hanyang University.
“It’s a win-win experience
for the students. I can’t recom-
mend it enough.”
While in South Korea,
Younes taught a class titled
“Cultural Perspectives on
Substance Abuse and Addic-
tion,” which was offered to
students from UNK, Hanyang
University, and students from
other universities participating
in a similar exchange program.
Younes was joined by UNK
marketing professors Ross Tay-
lor and Srivatsa Seshardi and
UNK criminal
justice profes-
sor Kyung Jhi
— originally
from South
Korea.
In exchange
for UNK
professors
lending their
expertise,
students were
allowed to
take up to six
credit hours
of tuition-free
classes, which
can be trans-
ferred back to
UNK.
While in
South Korea, UNK student
Miguel Jaimes took one class
— taekwondo. In his free time,
Jaimes used Seoul’s subway
system to explore as much of
the city as he could. He met
up with friends in South Korea
whom he had originally met at
UNK. They taught him about
South Korean customs and
culture.
“There are many different
types of countries that want
you to explore,” said Jaimes,
a sophomore education major
from Lexington. “People
should take the opportunity to
go to different countries and
learn their culture.”
Originally from Mexico,
Jaimes said that he had never
left North America before this
excursion.
“It was a huge culture shock
for me over there,” Jaimes
said.
Jaimes described the part-
nership with Hanyang Univer-
sity as very professional and
well-organized. After the trip to
South Korea, he hopes to travel
more.
According to published
travel research conducted
by Younes, once someone
travels, the proverbial travel
bug bites, and they continue
to travel.
“My view is that the world
itself is a classroom,” Younes
said. “If you want to open
someone’s mind, you encour-
age them to travel.”
This is the fourth year that
UNK has offered this tui-
tion-free international experi-
ence to students.
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UNK students study abroad in South Korea
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UNK STUDENT
Miguel Jaimes spent around five weeks in
Seoul, South Korea. Jaimes said that he spent most of his free
time using the subway system to explore the city.
UNK STUDENT
Miguel Jaimes took a taekwondo class in South
Korea as part of his study abroad experience. Native to the Ko-
rea’s, taekwondo has been an Olympic sport since 2000 and is
practiced worldwide.
“For the students
, it’s
an opportunity to travel
internationally, it’s an
opportunity to gain cultural
awareness and competence
in a different country, an
opportunity to learn a new
subject and gain credit
hours that they can apply
to their programs of study
at UNK.”
Maha Younes
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT KEARNEY STUDENT
Miguel
Jaimes described the food as one of the cultural highlights of his
time in South Korea. He added that there were many customs to
learn at the table.
MI-
GUEL
JAI-
MES
made a
stop at
Seoul’s
World
Cup
Sta-
dium
during
his time
explor-
ing the
city.
The
World
Cup
Stadi-
um was
used
to host
the
FIFA
World
Cup in
2002.
MIGUEL JAIMES
was one of 68 UNK stu-
dents who traveled to Seoul, South Korea to
take classes at Hanyang University. Each stu-
dent paid only for the cost of their flight, food,
and a $100 application fee.
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