To cope up with the life in Seoul, the Daily Living Consultation Team of Seoul Global Center runs Korean language program for foreign residents. The program is so popular among the foreign residents in Korea that most of the classes got full within the first two days after the registration is open. It is offered with diverse schedule and levels, which makes it more convenient and accessible.
The first term was held from Feb 4 to April 27, 2017 (12 Weeks) with 37 classes and 644 students. Most of the students successfully completed the course. The second term started from May 20th. The general course was for 12 weeks, while the TOPIK course was for 8 weeks. The registration for the 3rd term is open from Saturday, August 26th to Sunday, August 27. All the registered foreigners in Korea including Korean passport holders are eligible to apply for the program.
The 2017 Seoul Correspondent program started in March, 2016. There are 13 Correspondents from 12 countries. They write about various information related to daily living in Korea. Their articles can be accessed through the Seoul correspondents' blog or the facebook page of the Seoul Global Center.
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Foreign residents sometimes find it difficult to visit Seoul Global Center because they are working during weekdays. For them, Seoul Global Center offers the on-site counseling in the areas which are densely populated with foreign residents. The service is offered free of charge in the field of Law, Labor, Insurance, Accident, Immigration, Daily living, National Pension, etc. In the first half of the year, on-site counseling was offered 11 times in foreign-centric locations such as Hyehwa-dong (Filipino Community), Daerim-dong (Chinese Commmunity), Itaewon (all nationals), Bomun-dong (Vietnamese Community), etc.
In the second half, we plan to conduct on-site counseling in different areas including Hyehawa and Itaewon. We encourage foreigners to visit seoul global center website to get more information of the on-site counselling service.
Every month, Seoul Global Center conducts volunteer Activities for Koreans and foreigners. The aim of this program is to develop cultural understanding and help those people coping up with their social life in Korea. In the first half, we visited local children’s centers and Youth Centers to introduce different cultures of the World. For more information about the program, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter.
To encourage community interaction among foreign residents, Seoul Global Center supports them by providing office space, stationary and other advertising materials. In the first half, 14 communities were supported including Korean Chinese students Network in Korea (KCN) and Hyehwa-dong Filipino Catholic Community. In the second half, we are planning to keep strengthening community interaction among foreigners.
In the first half of 2017, the Seoul Life Orientation for international students were conducted for 15 times in total at various universities including Kukmin University, Kyunghee University and Soongsil University. The Seoul Life Orientation program offers various information about Seoul life to new foreign residents in 10 languages including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and English. On June 14, there was a meeting for universities and Seoul Global Center, and many issues were discussed for the better orientations.
Global Center organizes many programs such as traditional dance, music, concerts, etc. with different nationalities and share diverse culture values. In the first half, 6 global concerts were hosted at Dongdaemun Digital Plaza, Seoul World Cup Stadium and Gwanghwamun Plaza. 20 teams from 7 countries participated in these programs and received overwhelming responses. The next global concert is to be held in the month of August. Please come and join us.
Foreigners’ Flea Market were held in the month of May and June at Gwanghwamun and DDP respectively. The objective was to expand communication, and raise cultural awareness among Koreans and foreign residents in Seoul. The foreigners living in Seoul can sell their own old belongings, handicrafts, accessories, used clothes and a variety of items through this market. As a part of social contribution, Foreigners’ Flea Market it encourages communication between community. In the second half, it is to be held in the month of September and October. Please check the website and participate in it.
To strengthen interaction between foreigners and Koreans through sports, FC Seoul has been organized every year since 2010. The 8th event was held on May 27 this year between FC Seoul and Ulsan Hyundai Soccer Club. One thousand multicultural families were invited free of charge to this event followed by Global Concert. There was also a booth of Seoul Global Center. The foreigners and all the participants could enjoy quality time.