GLAM

Not sure how the subway station works? Or how to ride a taxi? Or maybe you want to know the best place to shop and need a few tips on how to bargain? Maybe you don’t need help with any of that. Maybe you just want to go out and eat but have no one to eat with for the night!  Well have NO FEAR, GLAM IS HERE!

So, what is GLAM and what does it stand for?

Well, GLAM stands for Global Ambassadors. GLAMs are student leaders who help mentor exchange students like you and I, with questions and assist us in adapting to campus life and to get accustomed with Korean culture.There are 14 GLAMs and you will find that they are just like you. They enjoy the college life, love to make international friends, learn your culture and of course, teach you theirs. They are our mentors and our friends and for many students, GLAMs are their very first Korean friends that they make here at Chung-Ang University.

Each GLAM is assigned to a certain number of exchange students. So this means that you have an assigned GLAM and usually you are able to interact with them through a chat app. Kakao Talk is an app commonly used in Korea to contact other people. You can read more about it on a previous post here . GLAMs will usually contact you maybe a month to a week before your arrival in Korea. During that time, if you still have any last questions, it would be good to ask before leaving for South Korea. Upon your arrival, GLAMs will greet you at the Airport. If you arrive later due to a delayed flight or are scheduled to fly in on a different day, then you will instead, end up meeting them when you sign in at the dorm . Usually, to get to know each other better, a GLAM will meet up with his or her assigned group  once every two weeks or however often the group decides to meet in the future.

GLAMs are one of the best assets that CAU carries within the International Office. Not many study abroad programs provide global ambassadors that help you throughout your stay. These GLAMs are so helpful in many ways that I feel very fortunate to be studying abroad here at Chung-Ang. These GLAMs are literally just one Kakao text away if you need anything. From personal questions such as “where should I get a haircut?” or “would it be rude if I say this? How would you say it?” to asking “how was your day?” or “Do you want to grab dinner?” Get to know your GLAM and know other GLAMs too! They are all so helpful and sweet and are a blast to hangout with.

Below are some pictures and additional information to see what kind of activities GLAMs are involved in:

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GLAMs waited at the airport and finally met up with the new, incoming exchange students.

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They also work at the English lounge, the French lounge and at the International Office so you may find the GLAMs in any of these places.

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Every semester there are 3-4 cultural events that are provided free of charge for exchange students. The GLAMs are a part of these events and are able to answer any questions you have about them. The sign-up for these events is usually in the International Office.

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