- How Yonsei GLC Helped Me Pursue my Dreams in the Korean Music Industry October 18, 2019
Global Leaders College student Fanny Gerlach from Austria
Name: Fanny Gerlach
College: Global Leaders College (GLC)
Major: Culture & Media
“At the age of 12, it became my dream to study and live in Korea. It was when I came across a K-pop song for the very first time, and my interest in joining the Korean music industry started to develop. By the time I turned 16, I had an opportunity to participate in the one-month Summer Special Program provided by Yonsei University Korean Language Institute (KLI). After spending time at Yonsei, I was determined to come back to Yonsei as a regular student. I was certain that enrolling in Global Leaders College (GLC) would help me pursue my dreams in the Korean music industry.
I always struggled to learn foreign languages when I couldn’t practice using that language in real-life situations. I had studied Korean at the University of Vienna for a year before coming to Yonsei, but all of my Korean classes were taught in German, so I couldn’t properly learn the language the way I wanted to. On the other hand, in my first year at GLC, I had a mentor who I could study with 1:1 once a week; all my classes were taught in Korean, and I had a lot of Korean classmates with whom to practice Korean. GLC also provides Korean language courses for any GLC students who want to improve their Korean language skills. I had a lot more opportunities than I had in Austria, which allowed me to learn Korean quickly.
My favorite class right now is Visual Storytelling, a Culture & Media course. Not only is it the first class that I am taking for my major, but we learned Photoshop skills and the connection between media and its impact on Korean culture. I have always had an old liking for creative art, and the fact that this class serves as an introductory course for what I will be studying in my major is intriguing.
Something I really like about GLC is that the college itself is very supportive and friendly towards its students. I remember our freshmen orientation was over one week and I could see that the GLC Student Council tried to make us feel comfortable and helped us get through the semesters. GLC is still a young college compared to other regular majors at Yonsei, but it is trying to improve by communicating with us and analyzing what is best for us. I also find it amazing how a variety of students from different backgrounds can connect with each other through their passion for learning Korean at GLC. We have a lot of overseas Korean students as well as students from other continents, such as Asia and Europe, learning in Korean. This cultural diversity is what I feel makes GLC unique from different majors."
*Interview by The Yonsei Annals reporter Cha Min-kyung
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Global Leaders College (GLC) at Yonsei University offers the world's first Korean language-based premium undergraduate curriculum for international and overseas Korean students. GLC raises global leaders with the ability and skills to establish and reinvent Korean values with its interdisciplinary, diverse program that provides a broad spectrum of subjects related to the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of Korea. Students receive customized Korean language education based on their Korean language proficiency.
GLC’s five majors are International Commerce (Int'l Finance, Int'l Economics, Int'l Politics), Korean Language and Culture Education (Korean Language Education, Korean Culture, Korean Studies), Culture & Media (Cultural Exchange, Culture & Media Contents, Cultural Marketing), Applied Information Engineering (IT & Communication Technology, Computing Technology, IT Management) and Bio & Living Engineering (Bio-engineering, Bio-life Technology, Bio-wellbeing Technology). Online application deadline for Spring 2020 is November 14, 2019. Apply now!