Want to know how freshmen year in the Songdo dorms will be like? Check out the compounds of the Yonsei International Campus dormitory in the following videos made by our very own UIC students!
Posted by: Carmen, Class of 15.5, in February 2017
Residential College life in YIC (Yonsei International Campus) is pretty fun. In fact, all Freshmen, 'everyone' including those in UIC, have to mandatorily spend their first year in the Residential College Dorms. Of course, in your later years, you are free to choose to stay longer in the Songdo dorms or move near Sinchon (campus in Seoul), depending on how many of what classes you would like to take at what place. However, as a Freshman, you must stay in the dorms at either a 2 person or 3 person room (which you can choose) with your new roommates and participate in various RC programs organized by Residential Assistants in your particular 'House.' This is to say, during your stay, there are numerous events and guidances that you can receive from the House that you're staying in—the two Interntional Houses being 'Aristotle' and 'Allen.' This process is to establish a rich RC experience and networks among the starting students, and help guide you through your college life. Then, once you reach your Sophomore year, you can even pull yourself to apply as an RA!
But before you actually jump to see what kind of RC life is ahead of you, and what programs there are available to mingle with other RCs, you should know the procedure to sign yourself up for it, right?
In order to apply to a room in the Residential College (in Songdo), every semester, the yicdorm site always becomes your friend. In fact, the website (yicdorm.yonsei.ac.kr) has to be one of your frenquently visiting sites, as it becomes a entryway to a lot of news and reservations happening inside the dorms.
When you enter the website, this is what you will see in one corner:
The tabs on the left are for various reservations during your stay, while on the right, you can regularly see some updated announcements, including housing applications. The guidelines for housing applications are usually updated (both in Korean and English) not long after the previous semester ends, along with the price information for available room types.
Then, you have to wait for the time of application, designated accordingly to your status. If you are an entering or second semester Freshman, you will denoted as an RC. Otherwise, starting from your Sophmore year you are a Non-RC, or in some cases you could be a returning student after leaving for absence. In any case, the application processes are pretty similar.
The processes, nonetheless, are divided between the entering RCs (1st semester Freshman), and the existing RCs (2nd semester Freshman) along with Non-RCs and returning students. As an entering Freshman, you'll have to log in and put in your personal information (for nothing other than safety reasons), type of room you would like, as well as what type of person you are (in order to match you up with a compatible roommate). Keep in mind that 2 person rooms are popular although more expensive, and you might unfortunately be assigned to a 3 person room (amount of payment will be adjusted as well). Also, since the payment, application results, and date to move in are announced earlier for entering Freshman than the rest, make sure you check the website regularly to receive the bank account number to send your payment (which comes out not long after application) and afterwards figure out your room number and move in date. In order to figure out who their roommates are, students usually seek out Yonsei social media and ask if any one has gotten the same room as they did. But obviously, you will know eventually when you get to move in, and if you're lucky, you might find the best soulmate you could ever ask for!
If you are freshman applying for the dorms this year, I only hope the best for you, so that your first experience as an RC in Yonsei becomes a phenomenal one. :)
Stay tuned for more information regarding the food, facilities, and RC life you can look forward to! See you soon! We'll be waiting for your arrival in YIC!
Created by: Minji Jung, Class of 14, in January 2017.