▲ Sang-hyeok Lee who works at the Office of Academic Affairs
Since 2012, the UOS has participated in a credit transfer program with several universities, including Korea, Ewha, Hanyang, Sookmyung, and others. The UOS provides this system to expand course capacity. Sang-hyeok Lee, official of Academic Affairs, emphasized that each university has different characteristics and presents different learning opportunities. “Students who visit their hometowns during vacation also can earn credit. This can be another way to take advantage of this opportunity,” Lee said.
Students can also take classes not offered at the UOS. Each university gains from the program, as well. It provides publicity as students from other universities enroll and carry word of their experiences back with them. Byeong-hoon So, a major in Political Science and Diplomacy in Chonbuk National University (CNU), used the credit transfer system during the second semester of 2014. He chose subjects based on his interests, some of which were not offered at CNU.
“It was a very short time to experience the UOS, but I was struck by the attitude of professors,” So said. “One professor said that students who take his class will become specialists.”
The program does have drawbacks. One common problem is with living accommodations. It is difficult to find a short-term residence. For example, students who want to study at CNU or Pusan National University may find it difficult to do so if they are not able to find accommodations. Providing such accommodations should be the first job of the UOS to encourage more active exchange between universities using this program.