ANNYEONG chingus 😘
During the summer of 2016, I embarked on a short journey of a lifetime to the land of morning calm, South Korea, to attend Hanyang International Summer School.
HISS offers a wide selection of modules from arts to science and even Taekwondo classes. Compared to its counterparts, the school fee of HISS is definitely much more affordable while allowing students to take up to a maximum of 3 modules. For NUS engineering students, HISS definitely tops the list of summer schools as it allows one to map two compulsory modules EG2401 and HR2002.
When and How to Apply?
Application (for 2016) with HISS began somewhere near the start of semester 2. Do follow their FACEBOOK page to receive the most updated information.
For students of NUS, rumour has it that there is a quota of 200 students that HISS is welcoming. Do not belittle the quota! Slots were filled up quick according to my observation. To apply, simply head over to the official HISS site. Upon application, you would have to select your choice of accommodation (elaborated in the next episode). Upon submitting the application form, you would need to wait for approximately a few days to a week before the SAME application form will reflect if your application was successful. If my memory did not fail me, successful application was reflected by an updated form with a bank account/student number. To CONFIRM your attendance for the summer school, you would need to transfer the stated amount to the indicated bank account. Note: This payment will include the cost your choice of accommodation unless you have chosen self-source accommodation.
All of the above mentioned instructions would be made available of on the HISS site.
After your successful application with HISS, you would then need to “report” back to your own department with the necessary documents e.g module mapping. Shall not elaborate on this as I think one would be able to look up the necessary information on official NUS/department website.
There are several selections available. Here are some factors that may help you in decision-making:
- Comfort: single vs double
- Location: Walk vs Subway
**Do note that the description for each accommodation by HISS may not be true to its words
Hanyang offers both single and double occupancy accommodation. Needless to say, the cost of single occupancy is definitely much higher than double occupancy. But for light-sleepers, the extra cost would worth every penny for a month of good sleep.
On-campus vs Off-campus
As HISS is expanding each year, the number of on-campus room is insufficient to meet the demands of international students which explains for the availability of off-campus dorms. The main difference that sets apart on-campus and off-campus dorm is the presence of curfew (1am – 5am). However, according to my friends, the curfew was not imposed on them during their stay.
As suggested by its name, on-campus accommodations are located within the compounds of the campus. Hence, one would be able to save on travelling costs and time. On the other hand, depending on your luck, one’s off-campus accommodation (eg URSeoul) may require you to reach the school via subway. I’m not sure if you will be able to state your preferred off-campus dorms tho. FYI, the base fare for each subway ride is 1250won (S$1.50). While being located away from HISS may make URSeoul less desirable, it remains a dream dorm given that it is really quite ATAS (ps: it has rain shower head and bidet).
As I had wanted a single room BUT at a lower cost, I opted for self-sourced accommodation.
How did I do it? GOOGLE!!! As always, google “always” offers the best solution. Upon much googling, I came upon “goshiwon”. Goshiwon refers to a form of housing that is simple, small and cheap. For better visualisation, goshiwon is simply like a typical school dormitory but commonly packed with an attached toilet within its small area. Quite often, each goshiwon room also comes with a mini fridge and a TV!! YES, all the mentioned amenities for your individual use for approximately the price of 300 000won-550 000won/month! Sounds like a great deal huh? Yes, it is indeed a good deal but one should not get their hopes up about the room because uhm… photos of some goshiwons do lie a little… For starters, one can visit Goshistory to have a better idea of what’s a goshiwon like. During my visit, I had stayed at Apple Oneroom Goshiwon. I will elaborate on my experience with Apple Oneroom Goshiwon in a separate post.
Back to the topic of goshiwon, a good number of goshiwons would require a deposit of approximately 100 000won/per room. After making the payment for your Hanyang school fees, I believe you would have realised the hefty service charge for overseas bank transfer. So so, if you decide to book a goshiwon along with your friends, do liaise with one another to transfer all the deposits together to avoid incurring multiple service charge.
FYI: For HISS 2016, the single room-ers were allocated to a place called Unidence which is actually a goshiwon. I did not personally visit the place but my friend said the place was quite nice 🙂
That’s all for now! Lemme end of the blogpost with one of the nicest building in Hanyang School – School of Business.
For more photos of Hanyang, stay tuned to my gallery 🙂