As a member of UIC Student Ambassadors, I (Daichi Ishii) would like to introduce Three-Campus Comparative East Asian Studies Program offered by UIC, which is often known as the 3 campus program. I am actually an exchange student from Keio University in Japan as a participant of this program.
As part of the program, you will visit 3 campuses in East Asia including Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong in this program for 1 year or half year. This program is provided by the international center in Keio University, UIC in Yonsei University and the Faculty of Social Science in Hong Kong University. All of these three universities are well known as one of top universities in Asia.
Although this program offers many courses about Asia, you can take courses only in English. Also, you will have many opportunities to experience local culture, and acquire languages by taking language courses and interacting with local people in dynamic Asia.
Interestingly, participants of this program are not only from three co-host universities in Asia. The official homepage says that the list of universities sending students to the 3 Campus East Asia program has been growing since 2013. Students from Cornell University, Georgetown University, King's College London, Princeton University, University of Geneva, University of Southern California and University of Edinburgh can join this program now.
Students from three co-host universities and University of Geneva tend to participate in full year program and others tend to participate in half year program. Some universities including Yonsei allow their students to join the full year program
You can see the details about the schedule on official website below.
The full year program is held from September to August. In the full year program, you will stay in Tokyo from September to February, so you can enjoy Christmas and New Year Holidays in Japan! The half year program is held from February to August. Although you take courses with other exchange students in Keio during your stay in Japan in the full year program, Keio provides a two week long short-term course called KJSP (Keio Short-Term Japanese Studies Program/ 慶應義塾大学短期日本学講座) for participants of the half year program.
Both the half year and full year participants study together from March when Yonsei starts its new spring semester. UIC students take courses as usual in this semester besides one compulsory course of this program. After studying one semester in South Korea, participants go to Hong Kong to take short-term intensive courses about Asia and China, and will intern with credits.