South Korean Students Studying English, Exploring U.S. Culture at Southeast


Six students from Hansung University in Seoul, South Korea, are spending three weeks immersed in the Southeast Missouri State University community, participating in the Intensive English Program (IEP) and experiencing American culture.

The students are part of a student exchange partnership program between Southeast and Hansung University. During their stay, the students are living in Vandiver Hall and attending IEP classes in Southeast’s International Village.

The students are Minhwa Kwon, Hyeyeon Seong, Yusung Kim, Jinhee Jeon, Gyuhui Hwang and Yunjeong Yong.

The three-week program is both a linguistic and cultural focus opportunity. The Korean students have observed several undergraduate classes, including classes in their respective majors.

Additionally, the Korean students have participated in campus and community events, including attending a Memphis Grizzlies basketball game in Memphis, Tennessee, and a performance of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; as well as visiting the St. Louis Aquarium and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

The students have also attended several meetings of student organizations and the Cape Girardeau Rotary Club; and visited local historical monuments including Cape Rock Park and the Mississippi River Tales Mural in downtown Cape Girardeau.

This weekend, the students will stay with local families.

They will conclude their stay at Southeast with a closing reception at 11 a.m. Feb. 7 in the International Village Multipurpose Room. The reception is free and open to the public.