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KNU Program Brings International Experience to MNU

MNU and Korea Nazarene University in Cheonan, South Korea, have forged an exciting exchange program enabling business majors from both universities to gain valuable international education while they earn dual degrees from each university. Hoon Min Hwang “Henry” and Mi Young Yoo “Bonnie” are living on campus and taking courses for their last two years of college at MNU in the 2 + 2 program. When they finish they will hold bachelor’s degrees in administration and international business from MNU and KNU respectively.

Yoo, who is from Cheonan, says she loves MNU and the U.S. is amazing.

“I have a lot of friends and my roomies are perfect,” she says. “I will give a presentation on MNU to a Korean student this week.”

She has learned a lot from her business professors here and hopes to land a job in the US after graduation but is also considering graduate school in England.

The 2 + 2 program is one of three cooperative programs with KNU. The 3 + 2 Master’s Degree Program allows KNU students to complete three years at KNU and finish an undergraduate degree in one additional semester at MNU. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, the KNU student may begin an 18-month master’s degree program at MNU. The International Business Minor Program allows MNU students to attend KNU during the spring semester (March through mid-June) completing 18 hours of business classes with international or global perspectives, fulfilling the requirements for a minor in International Business.

MNU sophomore accounting major Jonathan Babcock, from the St. Louis area, is currently studying at KNU this semester earning his minor in international business. With plans to become a financial advisor, Babcock says navigating the Korean culture is a growing experience.

“I’m learning about the culture here and many others,” he says. “In my classes there are kids from all over the world. I’m picking up on the language. The population is very dense and it is always crowded wherever you go.”

Overall he says the people in Korea are welcoming and helpful.

“While, traveling on the subway, trains, and buses it gets difficult at times because everything is in Korean. However, the locals always help me get around, even to the extent of a nice young lady chasing down a bus for me. Everyone likes taking me for dinner but at the end they never let me pay; they say it is their pleasure,” he says.

Lorie Beckum, director of the Center for Global Studies and Service Learning, is in charge of this program and others that assist students in obtaining international learning experiences.

“My hope is that all international students coming to MNU would find a loving, generous Christ-centered educational community, who embraces them with cultural intelligence and sensitivity,” Beckum says. 

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