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Korean influence hits FHSU campus

2/19/2014

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

egolden@dailynews.net

Journalists and educators from Busan, South Korea, toured Fort Hays State University on Monday and Tuesday to visit 14 exchange students from the Dongseo University in Korea who are spending the semester at FHSU.

The students are taking three classes during the course of the semester: business communication, health and human performance and English as a second language.

"I would say their English ranges from beginning to intermediate," said James Ward, professor of business communication. "For my class, right now, they're in a team project. The Korean students have been paired with the English students in groups."

FHSU is one of two U.S. universities to partner with DSU, which enrolls approximately 10,000 students. This is FHSU's third year in the program.

Students who are selected for the Global English Program are honors students and enrolled in an honors curriculum at Dongseo University.

"The government provides a maximum amount of support, and even with our affordable tuition, it doesn't cover all their expenses," said Cindy Elliott, assistant provost and dean of distance learning. "So, FHSU gives them a small scholarship to make up some of the difference. We've been willing to give the scholarships because these are honor students."

Elliott said the students from Korea are familiar with English, but the professors want to raise their skill level.

"That way, they can be strong candidates for grad school," she said.

Dunghee Lee, a student in the program majoring in adolescent counseling psychology, believes FHSU will be beneficial for her future.

"I had a special experience here," she said. "It's so helpful for living my life. I want to share my experience with my Korean friends and family."

Eunji Choi, a student majoring in tourist management, believes Hays is better than Korea.

"Before I came here, I was scared," she said. "I heard America was dangerous. I will miss America. I want to come back here and be able to improve my English skills and get more knowledge about my major."