Want to know Chung-Ang University’s best kept secret? In case you haven’t read the blog title yet, I’ll give you a hint. It starts with a scholar and ends with a ship. Yep. Scholarship. Chung-Ang’s got ‘em.
Every semester, Chung-Ang offers Global A Scholarships to exchange students.
Now, if you are like me, when you hear the word scholarship something like this runs through your mind. “ Yeah, okay so there’s a scholarship, but how many do they offer? How much is it worth? How long is the application?”
Because—let’s be honest—if they only award one scholarship for $100 and the application has three essay questions plus a letter of recommendation…..the chances of me actually sending an application in are slim to none.”
So I am happy to announce that this is one scholarship application that is definitely worth your time!
Here’s how the Global A scholarship works. The scholarship is awarded by the CAU’s Office of International Affairs. It is around 1,200,000~1,500,000 Korean won a semester. (Approximately $1,050-$1,300 USD.)
Multiple scholarships are awarded each semester, however the exact number varies. (To give you an idea, 25 exchange students were awarded scholarships this semester.)
Application requirements? You must be a native English speaker.
The Global A Scholarship works kind of like an internship. In exchange for the scholarship (which is paid out in monthly installments), exchange students spend 8-12 hours a week in either the E-lounge, or in Administrative offices doing English-related activities.
Pretty sweet right?
Applying is easy too! After you have been accepted to the Chung-Ang University exchange program, and if you are a native English speaker, the Office of International Affairs will send you an email and an application. (If you do not receive an email a month before your exchange semester begins, please contact the coordinator at your home university to make inquiries.) The application is short, simple, and easy to complete (aka there is only one essay—and even that could be called more of a short-answer section.)
Now, once again, if you are like me, you might have one last concern that sounds something like this:
“If I am going to school full-time and working 10-12 hours a week, will I still have enough time to explore and experience Korea?” (The last thing you want is to be in a awesome place like Seoul, South Korea and not have time to explore.)
Speaking from experience, I would say yes. The work hours are reasonable and I haven’t ever felt like it hindered my experience as an exchange student. I have found that in a normal week there is plenty of time to do homework, explore Seoul, and hang out with friends.
It’s even possible to take a day off of work if needed. Some students want to go on a trip (say to Japan or Jeju Island) and need a day or two off of work. No problem. Just plan your trip, notify the International Office a week in advance, and they will help you rework your schedule.
All in all, the Global A Scholarship is a great opportunity for exchange students. I honestly haven’t heard of another scholarship program quite like it, which makes it just another great reason to study abroad at CAU!