SUNY Fredonia Partners with South Korean University
SUNY Fredonia has partnered with the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in South Korea to bring 120 to 160 Korean students to the SUNY Fredonia campus to study for three of their traditional four years of college-level instruction.
Beginning in the Spring 2012 semester, HUFS will send 40 students per year to the Fredonia campus to study as full-time students. The students will be free to study any majors of their choosing, and will be supported by the International Education Center in their transition to the Fredonia community. This agreement with HUFS is the first of its kind in New York State, although the institution has similar programs in place with 19 other universities in the U.S., and counts more than 340 partner universities in 74 nations worldwide.
The agreement was developed in part by KORUS Education, an institute that matches Korean universities with U.S. partners and oversees the first year of the "1+3 programs" (i.e., one year in Korea, three at Fredonia). Officials from KORUS and HUFS will recruit the first class of Fredonia students beginning this November, after students have taken the national examinations for college entrance. They will begin their studies at HUFS in February, focusing on general education courses and intensive English reading, speaking, listening, and writing. After a full summer session and fall term, they will then come to Fredonia.