It is an honor and a privilege to serve the international students here at Seoul National University as the president of SNU International Students Association (SISA).
We welcome all our dear international students to the start of a new semester. We want to commend the students that were recently admitted, and we hope you will have wonderful experiences that will help you grow and be successful. We also extend our congratulations to returning students for remaining strong as you pursue your goals towards a not so distant graduation.
We are living in a tumultuous time where being a student is something completely different than what we envisioned. Additionally, many international students face the reality that being a student in a different country poses many challenges. It is not easy trying to learn a new language, understand a new culture, and integrate into the greater Korean community while keeping up with classes.
Do not despair, you are not alone. SISA is here for all of us to help resolve issues that will arise. This year as we work together to overcome the complications and hardships caused by the global pandemic Covid-19, we here at SISA are working to make the best of the situation. Although many events and community activities have necessarily been put on hold as we work through the crisis, we are still looking for solutions to the issues international students face at SNU. While we are still practicing social distancing, SISA is working on ways to pursue social engagement and we invite both the international student community and our Korean hosts to work with us to find innovative solutions to the issues we all face.
SISA has been working hard to create a better pool of information to provide to international students. We have been connecting, as much as possible, with all students via social media and SISA’s web portal, bringing relevant information on how to navigate the international students’ landscape and life in Korea. We are working closely together with the Office of International Affairs to create a better environment for international students here at SNU.
If you have any questions or wish to contribute to a better international student community at SNU, please contact us. We look forward to helping `Seoul National University the best university in the world.