• Spring 2018 Executive MBA Additional Admission       (By January 22)
    2018 EMBA Additional Admission (~1/22)
  • 2nd Round Application:     January 10 - March 29
    2nd Round Application: Jan 10 ~ Mar 29
  • KUBS, “Indisputable No. 1”    for 10 Consecutive Years
    KUBS, “Indisputable No. 1”
  • KUBS Receives Highest Score in JWB GRP Among Korean Universities
    KUBS Receives Highest Score in JWB GRP
  • KUBS EMBA Ranks 20th Worldwide in FT Executive MBA Ranking 2017
    KUBS EMBA Ranked 20th in FT Ranking

    The British newspaper, Financial Times (FT), has released the “2016 Top 100 Executive MBA (EMBA) Rankings” on October 17 (Mon). 

    According to the “2016 Top 100 EMBA Rankings,” released by FT, Korea University Business School’s EMBA moved up three places to No. 24 this year, only with its single-school program. Northwestern University: Kellogg tied for 24th place with Korea University.

     
KUBS Signs International Partnership Agreement with Hitotsubashi University in Japan
KUBS Signs International Partnership Agreement with Hitotsubashi University in Japan Korea University Business School (Dean=Professor Soo Young Kwon) signed a five-year international partnership agreement with Graduate School of Commerce and Management Hitotsubashi University (一橋大学).   The signing ceremony was held at Hitotsubashi University, situated in Tokyo, Japan, on January 9. Nearly 80 professors including △KUBS Dean Soo Young Kwon, △Associate Dean Jaehwan Kim, △Associate Dean Jong-Ho Lee, △Associate Dean Kyung Sam Park, △Professor Toyohiko Hachiya, Dean of Graduate School, △Professor Koichiro Takaoka, △Professor Tomoyuki Shimanuki, △Professor Kazuhiro Tanaka, and △Professor Hironori Fukukawa, graced the occasion with their presence.     The agreement was made to foster advancement in academic pursuits and research in the business field. KUBS aims to explore exchange and research opportunities with Hitotsubashi University.    The scope of partnership includes joint research projects, exchange of scholars, seminars, and more. The Student Exchange Program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and MBA students. Each school can send up to two students per year to study abroad at the other school. Exchange students are allowed to stay either one semester or up to one year.      Founded in 1875 by Arinori Mori, Hitotsubashi University began as the Institute for Business Training (商法講習所). The university has an elite student body of around 5,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students. As widely recognized in the field of commerce, Hitotsubashi University used to be named Tokyo Commercial School.   “I hope both schools will be able to share each other’s strengths and march toward a brighter future,” KUBS Dean Kwon said. “We will actively support our partnership with Hitotsubashi University to thrive academic exchange and research opportunities.”
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KUBS Startup Station Discovers New Future of Startup in Germany
KUBS Startup Station Discovers New Future of Startup in Germany KUBS Startup Station attended “TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017,” a startup fair which took place in December, to enhance their practical startup skills. Nearly 30 student CEOs from nine KUBS startup teams based in Iljin Center for Startup Incubation – △Red Rocket, △Vlogr, △Stipop, △Hidden Track, △Rich Baeksoo, △D&I, △SOVS, △Cosmetheus, △Dr. Teddy – partook in the event, featuring company visits.   TechCrunch Disrupt, held from December 4 to 5, allows startups from across the globe to introduce their businesses and interact with each other. Only fifteen selected teams will vie for the Disrupt Cup and $50,000 in the Startup Battlefield. The KUBS startup teams analyzed leading technologies worldwide and had the opportunity to hone their funding skills by networking at a global startup conference. At this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt, the participating startups mostly demonstrated business ideas such as automotive hardware, IoT devices, medical devices, and blockchains. Lia’s flushable pregnancy test won the grand prize in the Startup Battlefield. The participants concurred that many of the startups had business items with a huge potential for expansion. “After joining TechCrunch Disrupt, we thought we need to ensure our company provides a stronger value in the existing market,” Rich Baeksoo CEO Eul Rho said. “We were able to discover the future direction of our startup.”   “I was particularly impressed by the ways that the Lia pregnancy test team, the winner of the Startup Battlefield, raised awareness of an issue and reached a solution,” D&I CEO Sangjoon Park said. “I have gained insights into the field of environment which will be an attractive market in the future, and hopefully D&I can relate to this field as well.”   On December 6, the KUBS startup teams visited Korea Innovation Center (KIC) Europe to explore startups in Berlin. KIC Center President Seok Koo Ji explained the culture of German startups and potential for Korean companies to enter the German market. The number of startups and office leases has been rising rapidly after Berlin was selected as the world’s best city for startups to grow in 2016.   “Although it is extremely challenging to expand a business internationally, I learned that doing business overseas will offer us more opportunities and open up access to a larger market,” SOVS CEO Hyungjoon Oh said.   Meanwhile, as a part of the Korea University LINC+ Project, KUBS Startup Institute conducted a case research on TechCrunch Disrupt and Berlin’s startups to prepare for the event.
Jan 02, 2018
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2018 KUBS Admitted Student Information Session
2018 KUBS Admitted Student Information Session   The 2018 Korea University Business School (KUBS) Admitted Student Information Session was held at SUPEX Hall in LG-POSCO Building on December 23 at 2:00 p.m. This year’s information session is composed of the following programs: △KUBS Dean’s Greeting, △Introduction to KUBS, △Student and Alumni Stories, △Life at KUBS, △Q&A, and △KUBS Tour and Tea Party.     “There is a reason why Korea University achieves excellence in various rankings worldwide,” said KUBS Dean Soo Young Kwon to the admitted students in his welcoming remarks. “I encourage you to think what makes KUBS broadly recognized the world.”   “Fifteen professors discussed over and over again to select you all for admission,” said KUBS Associate Dean Jaehwan Kim while introducing KUBS. “The business school will always support and help talented student like you realize your dreams.”    In the “Student and Alumni Stories” program, Kyung Hwan An (Business ’11) who was captain of Korea University Cheerleading Squad and recently passed his CPA exam emphasized that people should think about what they personally want to do, pursue their dreams, and then practice to accept whatever the outcome might be.    “The business school immensely supported me in gaining global experience,” said Ju Won Im (Business ’13), a KUBS alumna who landed a job at SAP. “I wish you will be able to live out your dreams at KUBS.”     After the information session, KUBS student ambassadors “KUBE” explained details about △Scholarship, △Student Exchange Program, △Global Internship and many more. KUBS students have a privilege to experience these valuable programs. The admitted students actively participated in the next session where they had to answer quiz questions given by KUBE. The participants receive a baseball jack with a KUBS logo on it as a reward for answering questions correctly.      KUBE talked about campus life followed by the Q&A session where the admitted students and their parents can directly ask questions about KUBS. A campus tour was held afterward.     The admitted students enjoyed snacks provided by the business school and toured around the KUBS buildings including LG-POSCO Building and Hyundai Motor Hall. They also had the opportunity to chat with current KUBS students to satisfy their curiosity. 
Dec 27, 2017
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KMBA Students Become One through KMBA Night
KMBA Students Become One through KMBA Night   The Korea MBA Program (KMBA) hosted the KMBA Night to celebrate the end of 2017 at Conrad Seoul on December 22 at 7:00 p.m. Eschewing the conventional year-end parties, soon-to-be graduating Entering Class of 2016 and the Entering Class of 2017 who are about to become upperclassmen gathered to congratulate each other.     “Ding Ga,” a KMBA student club, put on a performance at the KMBA Night. Their songs and dance heated up the event. Many of the students waved the light sticks while applauding the club members’ performance in front of the stage. Students from other universities such as Sungkyunkwan University and KAIST joined and enjoyed the event.      “I am proud that you can study hard and play hard,” said KUBS Dean Soo Young Kwon who congratulated the students at the event. “You all have been working hard over the past year. I hope 2018 will be a very prosperous year and a spectacular one for all.” After Dean Kwon’s congratulatory remarks, Professor Dongwon Lee gave a toast to the KMBA students.      An inauguration ceremony of the KMBA Student Association was held. “The two years of my MBA journey flew by,” said Jiyoung Lee (Entering Class of ’16), who was president of the association in 2017. “I could not have come this far without the encouragement and support of 400 KMBA students.”      “Although this is a small part of our life, I will strive to make it significant and memorable,” said Yookyung Son (Entering Class of ’17), the newly-elected president of the KMBA Student Association. 
Dec 26, 2017
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“Have Breakfast and Do Well on Your Finals!” - KUBS Joins “Eat Breakfast and Study at Library” Project
“Have Breakfast and Do Well on Your Finals!” KUBS joins “Eat Breakfast and Study at Library” project … Evokes explosive response from students In conjunction with Korea University Library (KU Library), Korea University Business School (Dean=Professor Soo Young Kwon) hosted the “Eat Breakfast and Study at Library (Eat and Study)” project during the final exam period for students who skip breakfast to go to school early in the morning. KUBS Dean Kwon, Associate Dean Jaehwan Kim, and Associate Dean Jong-Ho Lee participated in the event, held on December 18 at 8:00 a.m., and handed out sandwiches and drinks to students.   The library’s lobby was jam-packed with so many students lining up to get breakfast in the morning. The food delivery was held simultaneously at the lobby of KU Library and the first basement of Hana Square. KUBS drew positive and explosive responses from students by preparing around 400 sandwiches and drinks. The Eat and Study Project, launched by faculty and KU Library, was designed for students who are exhausted by exams. The event was held three times during the final exam period to encourage students to get a well-rounded breakfast and do best on their exams. The first and second events were hosted by Professor Sungchul Kim, KU Library Director, on December 7 and Professor Soon Gu Myung, Dean of KU School of Law, on December 14, respectively. KUBS Dean Kwon and Professor Hyuk Yoo, Dean of KU Graduate School of Computer and Information Technology, joined the third event on December 18.     “I pulled an all-nighter at the library to study for my final exams and lined up here to get breakfast,” said Gil Yong Lee (Linguistics, ’13), a KU student who received his meal at the library. “I was going to skip breakfast because of my hectic exam schedule, but thanks to KUBS which provided us breakfast, I feel like I can do well on the exams.” “I am impressed and proud of our students who skip breakfast to come to school and study in spite of the brutally cold weather,” Dean Kwon said. “I hope students enjoy these sandwiches that we provided this morning, do well on their final exams, and have a wonderful winter break.”    
Dec 19, 2017
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“I Challenged Myself with Confidence” - Kyung Hwan Ahn (Business ’11) Passed CPA while Heading KU Cheerleading Squad
“I Challenged Myself with Confidence” Kyung Hwan Ahn (Business ’11) passed his CPA while heading KU Cheerleading Squad   Q. Could you introduce yourself to our readers? My name is Kyung Hwan Ahn, captain of the cheerleading squad in KU. I passed the CPA whilst heading the cheerleading team. I was named captain in November 2016, and have been so ever since. Q. Why did you decide to take the CPA? I started preparation for the CPA when I was doing my military service. I entered the ROK armed forces in November 2013. When I was promoted to corporal I decided I wanted to make my service more meaningful. One of the seniors in the camp recommended doing the CPA and thus, my preparation began in June 2014. I continued on with my studies after being discharged and passed the first round of the CPA in February 2016. After deferral, I passed the second round in June 2017. Q. It must have been struggle preparing for the CPA in the army. How did you overcome the difficulties? Frankly, preparing for the CPA in the army was not an easy task. I was assigned to the front line, so it was even more difficult to make time for the exam. In the end, I left the army not having done much preparation. After discharge, I struggled with managing my schedule. To overcome this problem, I tried rewarding myself after having completed my daily goal. I like sports, so I would watch videos of match highlights at the end of the day. Q. I heard that the school helped with the preparation. I was motivated by the others who were preparing for the exam. Having study group sessions with other students was very constructive. We went through most of the materials that were covered in the first stage of the exams. Also, doing mock exams in “Jeongjincho,” a classroom dedicated to candidates preparing for the CPA, was hugely helpful.  The business studies courses I took eased my understanding of the CPA materials. I remember taking Professor Seok Woo Jeong’s tax accounting and Professor Joon Young Shin’s intermediate accounting lectures. I often sought council from my advisory professor, Hyoung Koo Moon. Q. I heard that you are the captain of the cheerleading squad. What inspired you to do cheerleading? I was part of the cheerleading squad from 2011 to 2013. Having taken a gap year, I was impressed by the cheering events in the freshmen welcoming ceremony and orientation. Without a moment of hesitation I applied to the cheerleading squad.   After my military service, I spent a year in the planning section of the club. When looking back at my time at school, I wanted to contribute to the team because I had gained so much from it. Thus, I applied for the captain position. Q. Was it not difficult managing your time between your studies and club activity?  It was a struggle doing both cheerleading and studying. But it was beneficial as well because through cheering, I could relieve my stress that would build over academic work. It was tiring because I found myself running out of time often, but I persevered with the thought of my future career. Q. What do you remember the most during your time as the captain? I cannot forget the results of the annual KU-Yonsei sports competition. I used to imagine what it would be like if KU loses because I thought the disappointment would fall most heavily on the captain. But I was not sad at all when I saw the players who gave their hearts to the games and my fellow squad members. I always had the notion that winning is important, but that changed after the competition. Regardless of the results, every KU student came together to cheer for their teams and that, itself, was an invaluable experience. I would never forget the day when I stood in front of my 20,000 fellow students. Q. Could you tell us about your plans for the future? After this term, I am going on an exchange to Belgium. As the country is the center of transport in Europe, I hope to travel in various places in the continent. After graduation, I intend on working at an accounting firm and become the best accountant in Korea. Q. Could you give your KU students a word of advice? I believe I was able to become the captain and pass my CPA because of my confidence. Coming to KUBS allowed me to erect a life signpost. The confidence that derived from being accepted to KUBS naturally flowed into other aspects and helped me become the head of the cheerleading squad and do well on the CPA. I would encourage other students to be confident and have pride in their school life.
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[Undergraduate Career Story] “I Thought About My Future after Attending Alumni Panel Talk, ‘Stories of Alumni’” - Dong Han Woo (Business '09)
Undergraduate Careery Story  “I Thought About My Future after Attending Alumni Panel Talk, ‘Stories of Alumni’” Dong Han Woo (Business ’09) - Financial Supervisor Service Q. What are some of the activities that you have done as an undergraduate that helped you to get employed? I am a certified accountant and have worked in an accountant firm for a year, and have now moved to Financial Supervisor Service (FSS). I think my CPA background was the big factor that led me to this institution because the materials I learned during my preparation for the CPA were relevant to the entrance examination I took when applying for FSS. I was also a member of KULSOM for two years and I had gained a lot during my time there. As one of its executive members I encountered the good and the bad with my colleagues. This unique experience gave me a lot to talk about in my personal statement and interview when I was questioned on "resolving conflicts" as I could easily refer to my experiences in KULSOM. I think I found the topic easier than the other candidates did. Q. Why did you choose FSS? I too pondered on the question for a long time. In my first year when I took "Understanding management," I was impressed by the accountants’ role as the watchdogs of capital and their duty to the public good. But as you can see in the news, everything was different from what I had imagined; what I could contribute to the public was quite limited. I thought I could make more of an impact by implementing policies and bringing about changes by working in FSS and hence, I decided to work here. Q. Could you tell us about your work and the firm culture? I am working in the credit supervision department which oversees indebted business groups, evaluates credit risks and enforces credit extension. Because the official documents I publish are used in papers and as guidelines for financial institutions, I have a huge sense of responsibility over my work. The corporate culture differs by group but my office’s is reasonable. Most of the work is planned through meetings, and encourages contribution from every member of the team. Because it conducts public related businesses, it inevitably has a vertical hierarchy, but I think I enjoy a considerable degree of freedom. Q. Tell us how you prepared for applying to FSS. • Writing the personal statement There are many topics that need to be included in the personal statement. Trying to gain experiences relevant to each topic would require more than the four years we normally spend in college. Thankfully, my experience in KULSOM gave me lots to talk about under topics like "resolving conflict" and "worthwhile experiences." You do not have to spend the four years studying just for the sake of filling your personal statement with stories worth mentioning, so just get yourself involved in a variety of experiences and broaden your horizon. •Preparing for the written exam The written exam is very important in your application. The level of questions is easier than that of the CPA (people call it the 1.5th round) but you will inevitable run out of time. Personally, I think the exam mainly comes down to solving the basic problems as accurately as possible in a short amount of time. • Preparing for the interview After they announced the results of the written exam, I formed a group with the other candidates to prepare for the interview. For 5 days, we met everyday and read relevant articles to develop a sense of the overall work they do at FSS, and we conducted mock interviews. It was a short period, but the group sessions were very helpful for the actual interview. Q. Could you give some advice to those who want to work in similar fields? I think a lot of people consider working in financial public institution a dream job that provides stability and a good work-life balance. But they will be hugely disappointed if they apply only for these perks. I hope they reconsider what it means to work for the public good. I think this opportunity is the biggest merit of working in a financial public institution. I often attended career seminars, business school alumni panel talks and heard numerous vivid accounts of their work. They gave me opportunities to deeply reconsider my future. I encourage other students to attend these two events so they can hear their alumni’ real stories about their companies.
Dec 06, 2017
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[Interview with the 51st KUBS Student Council] Make KUBS one, Yiroom
Interview with the 51st KUBS Student Council  Make KUBS one, Yiroom   (from left) Vice President Joonhyun Park (Business '16) and President Jiwoong Ha (Business '14) The name of the 51st student council [Yiroom] signifies the spirit of "making our wishes come true" and encompasses our determination to fulfil the students’ demands in various aspects such as ‘culture, welfare, communication and convenience. Our logo has been inspired by a paper plane. It conveys an image of [Yiroom] striving to achieve our hopes like an ascending paper plane. The KUBS student council has shed its 50 years of history and is now taking its first step towards a new chapter of 50 years. For that, [Yiroom] is prepared to go to its limit and beyond to ensure that all the students can feel the improvements made in our school. And like I have mentioned before in all of my twelve speeches, the student council is not a place to garner experience, but a position to prove one’s worth. [Yiroom], for the subsequent year, will strive to prove its worth and that the KUBS students were not wrong in their voting.     ·  Forming a culture [Yiroom] will go further than merely providing a place for academic pursuits and create a place for enjoyable cultural experiences. We intend to provide cultural courses like "Barista course," "make-up course," "culture course." Next autumn, we will host "KUBS Moonlight Film Screening" to make an unforgettable night for friends, lovers and colleagues. Lastly, there will be sports competition that will range in a variety of events such as bowling and pooling to engage students who have not been able to participate in such events due to the lack of choices of sports. ·  Forming a welfare  [Yiroom] will operate an "All day 24 hour" benefits to KUBS students which will be applicable outside the "normal school hour." We will install a system that will allow students to borrow items like mat, tongs, and wax. If there are any household items that students need, [Yiroom] will investigate the demand of the goods and opt for a group purchase. We aspire to become a council that considers even the small things in everyday life. Lastly, we will form partnerships with restaurants, karaoke and studios that will have benefits exclusive to KUBS students. ·  Forming a communication platform For an active and practical communication with our students the council will always bear in mind that the students are the main of the school. First, we will allow a more liberal operation of the KUBS affiliated volunteering club, “Atti” that will result in a system which will require communicating with the club members. We will move away from the traditional way of making the club follow the plans laid out by the student council. [Yiroom] will also change the system of students having to reveal their names when submitting proposals to a system where they can submit anonymously. In addition, the student council will provide feedbacks to all proposals submitted by the students. Lastly, we will hand out snacks that students truly want. We will run a survey on what students would like and show the kind of snack event the best college in the country would throw. ·  Forming convenience [Yiroom] has plans to launch KUBSTORY, an integrated business school mobile phone application, to improve the students’ college life. The application will include various functions such as a map of the business school, so that they can lay out the business school in the "palm of the hand." It will also have an online platform for classes/clubs so that students can check notifications relevant to them more effectively. The program will run an "army address book" so students can easily find the addresses of their friends in the armed forces and send them letters. These are the four areas where we would like to keep good on our 12 pledges. Are you not excited for the future of KUBS? We would be grateful for the students’ interest and support.
Dec 06, 2017
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[MBA Career Story] “You Need to Think about Your Strengths and Weaknesses When You Do Your MBA” - Hyunsoo Moon (2nd Class of AMBA)
MBA Career Story “You Need to Think about Your Strengths and Weaknesses When You Do Your MBA” Hyunsoo Moon, (2nd Class of S³ Asia MBA) SK Chemical Singapore branch office Q. What did you do before embarking on S³ Asia MBA? During my last term of my MBA in Singapore in November 2010, I was working in the Singaporean branch office of SK Chemical Co. Until last year I was in charge of exporting Korean manufactured petrochemical products to and trading the products supplied by the head office from South-eastern Asia/India. This year, I was relocated from "pure trading" to the risk management department. Before starting my MBA, I worked in a French pharmaceutical company where I worked in sales/marketing for 7 years. Q. Why did you choose S³ Asia MBA? Before starting the MBA program, I considered the NUS MBA because I was located in Singapore. By pure chance, I visited the campus and read a brochure detailing the S³ Asia MBA program. I was interested in Asian countries, especially China/Korea/Singapore, and I was fascinated by the fact that I could study in the leading university in each country. I hoped that the program will facilitate a deeper connection with the place and give me a first-hand experience of what it is like to live there. On top of that, I was planning on finding a job overseas (Singapore) so S³ Asia MBA was more suitable to me than the other programs. Q. Which curriculum in S³ Asia MBA helped with your career development? I had the opportunity to visit the local major companies while spending a semester in each country. As someone whose career was fostered in one company and a specific industry, I was able to gain a lot from learning about each company’s unique history and future plans (considering each country’s culture, policies and characteristics). Other than merely visiting the companies, I worked on various projects concerning the companies with the other students and the work we did together allowed visceral experiences and instilled new business perspectives. I think this type of work taught me a lot on how to conduct businesses with global partners. Q. Could you tell us if you did any career development related activities while doing S³ Asia MBA? On completing my MBA, I tried networking with people working in the field I was interested in, and actively sought consultation on finding a job. In the end, I managed to find a job through my network. The only regret I have is not being able to network as actively when I was in China and Korea. Q. Lastly, could you give the other S³ Asia MBA students and prospective candidates an advice on building a successful career? I started my MBA with the focus of switching career and furthering my career. My base is in engineering so I worked assiduously to catch up on the subjects that were all very new to me. But I feel I should have been more involved in networking or in internships which would have given me a deft hand in more practical affairs. Before giving some advice on the MBA program, I would like to share my thoughts on leading a successful career. Primarily, I believed that an MBA would grant me quicker promotion and higher pay check. But now I know that doing an MBA requires you to develop your passion on a certain industry and improve your knowledge. It is crucial to think of it as a process whereby one can identify his core assets and in the long term, build on his career. In the past, generalists who could do all sorts of work were praised. Nowadays, people are looking for insightful specialists who could bring a competitive edge to their organizations. Even if it takes a long time, I hope the students can focus on developing a better understanding of themselves and finding a suitable career.
Dec 06, 2017
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[Study Abroad Experience] “It Was a Chance to Study with Graduate Students from All Sorts of Background”
Study Abroad Experience “It Was a Chance to Study with Graduate Students from All Sorts of Background”   I spent my autumn term in ESCP Europe, Paris, France in 2017.  I chose ESCP for having one of the most prestigious MBA programs (Grandes Ecoles) in France, and because I could study with the other graduate students. I led a happy Parisienne life during my stay in ESCP. From the 10th arrondissements, Marais, the Pompidou Centre was within 30 minutes of walking distance and the Seine was only 15 minutes away by public transport. I was the only Korean amongst the exchange students, but it was a good chance to foster relationships with people from different backgrounds.  The interaction led me to develop different perspectives on my previously held values. Also, the school is a graduate school, so most of the students were older that I was. Most of them had studied longer that I have, and were already employed so it was a good learning opportunity for me. People say that the exchange program is the highlight of college life. I was concerned because I had many unpleasant opinions about my friends’ prior exchange experiences so I was concerned at first. As an exchange student in a foreign land, I was engulfed with exotic experiences and I would like to press that it is not an everyday experience. And even if there are hardships during the exchange, I think there is a lot to take from the adversity because eventually, everyone will face one someday.  I think my stay in Paris was the happiest time I had spent in my entire life. A lot of people complimented me on my rejuvenated appearance. Visiting museum galleries in Paris, and conversing with people from different backgrounds all helped to construct a stronger self-esteem. I would like to tell those who are afraid to go on exchange, to do away with their worries. There will be many pleasant surprises. After my exchange term ended, I extended my visa and stayed in Paris for a total of 9 months. I was saddened at the approaching date of my eventual departure. Whether you go to Paris as an exchange, or to another city in France or even another a country, grasp at any opportunities that would make you happy through the exchange program.   Yura Ahn (Business ’13)
Dec 06, 2017
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[Global Internship Experience] Valuable Experience in OKTA, a Platform that Connects People
Global Internship Experience | Overseas Korean Traders Association (OKTA) Valuable Experience in OKTA, a Platform that Connects People   (left from the left) Se Ran Bae (Business '15) interning at Overseas Korean Traders Association (OKTA)   Q. How did you prepare for the internship? I checked the school website for notifications regarding the internship program. I selected the country or the company I was interested in and looked through past reviews about their internship program. For more information, I had help from the international office. There are many required documents so it is easier to prepare beforehand. I would recommend applying for an American visa before anything else. After the document screening, do not fret over the interview because it is more about telling who you are. Q. What does Overseas Korean Traders Association (OKTA) do? Overseas Korean Traders Association (World-OKTA, or OKTA) which is located in Los Angeles, U.S., is a non-profit organization that is aimed at increasing trade between Korea and the US.  It has a different character from other companies and it provides a good ground to meet people from various industries and get involved in various kinds of work. OKTA is located at the junction of Wilshire Street and June Street, situated inside the KOTRA building. The organization is helpful for those who are interested in trade or public institutions like KOTRA. The advantage of working in OKTA was being able to meet with its members which included a lot of board members from different companies. These members were entrepreneurs and they were rich in business insights, so it was a good experience to hear about their experiences. I applied for an administrative post but the workers there allowed me to explore other departments and I am grateful for their support. Rather than sitting in an office all day, I found myself attending seminars and meetings about real business projects. Therefore, I visited many places in LA. Q. What kind of work did you do? For the administrative work, I was responsible for organizing the OKTA members' information on excel, and writing documents for business plans. But other than administration, I worked in finance, accounting, design and other departments. In the finance and accounting offices, I wrote disbursement documents and maintaining the balance sheet using Quick Book. Quick Book is a balance sheet program often used in the U.S., and it was a fruitful chance to apply what I learned in "Accounting Principles" and "Intermediate Accounting."  It also gave me an insight into the expenditures of the organization and the mechanism behind its relationships with its sponsors. Regarding designing, I used tools like Photoshop and Illustrator to publish monthly issues which will be sent to the members. Q. How did you find living? As a KU alumnus, the president of OKTA helped me on numerous aspects. Originally, there was no residential support so I had to find my own lodging with the help of a LA Korean community website. But the president was considerate to look for a reasonable priced accommodation. Lunch fees were provided by the association. Downtown LA is does not have a stable public order so I do not advise people to go touring in the evening. Having a driver’s license will help immensely when travelling. I would recommend people to prepare an international driver’s license. The cost of living is expensive, but the cost associated with working is in fact, quite cheap. It is possible to visit San Francisco or Las Vegas and there are many tourist attractions in LA. I recommend using Uber and Google Map. Q. What’s your overall thought on this global internship? I think that going on a global internship was the best choice I made in college. I found out what it was like to work abroad and the stories I heard from people whom I met had had given me lots to think about regarding my career. Also, although it has been only two months, the time I spent in the company had cultivated a global mind. I would like to thank our business schools and OKTA for giving me a wonderful opportunity.   Se Ran Bae (Business '15)
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