Cheju National University life, Jeju, South Korea
On May 27th, 1952 Cheju Provinical Junior College was established. This institution would later (March 1, 1962) become what it is known today as Cheju National University. Cheju National University boasts three qualities as its primary principles: Truth, Justice and Creativity, all of which combine together to form the university’s motto of “Explore the Universe and Its Creation.” Aside from being Korea’s 5th largest university, with a student population of 10,673, Cheju National also includes 9 colleges, 11 faculties, 24 major options, a university hospital, 46 departments with 10 department groups and 2,525 annual available admission positions (http://www.cheju.ac.kr:8080/eng/status/sta02.jsp). That’s not too shabby considering the school has only been around for less than 60 years.
Apart from the obvious educational aspects, the university is actually a great place to hang out and spend the day. The campus is both beautiful and GREEN, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to enjoy a meal or a cup of tea. Every year, in-and-around the school’s anniversary, all the university departments collaborate together and put on an incredible three-day festival filled with live music, food, activities and drinks. As a matter of fact, last year’s festival included performances by the nationally acclaimed and talented K-pop singer IVY!
Using the library
For the more academically-minded, however, the school also includes two libraries, both of which contain a large selection of foreign books and international journals. The Central University Library, which is located just behind the Foreign Language Institute on top of the hill, has an entire floor, the third floor to be precise, of English language text books, classic novels and other reading material. The Central Library features a total of 750,000 books, multimedia materials, degree theses, and domestic and international journals. On the other side of the campus, the University Journal Reference Library’s 2nd floor has a plethora of international journals and reference material in various languages; it is located next to the Law School, right by the main University Gate. Although a person can only obtain a library card if they are a student or faculty member, the library does not discriminate between guests and everyone is more than welcome to browse and read all materials within its confines. A further plus is the fact that both libraries are quiet and offer cheap photocopy services.
At the heart of the university resides the University Student Center, which has two convenient and cheap restaurants, a book store, a snack and stationary shop and a surplus of space for anyone and everyone to hang out and chill. The campus of Cheju National University really does have something for everyone. Whether you just want to sit, relax and enjoy a cup of something cool or warm in one of the on-campus cafes, have a picnic among the many cherry blossom trees that dot the campus or put your thinking cap on in one of the libraries, CNU is a great place to spend a day.
Top 10 Eats and Treats at CNU
1. Ti-Amo Café (great gelatos and organic tea selection)
2. Café Trotoni
3. Hobong Food (quick and convenient)
4. Kim Bap Heaven
6. Barunsaenghwal Sandwiches
8. Kyungheu Ho Joung
10. The Organic Food Restaurant
Services at CNU
1. Post Office
2. Free Clinic and Pharmancy
3. Nong Hyup Bank (full-service bank)
4. A shoe repair guy (he can be found in the student center and fixes any kind of shoes while you wait!)
5. Foreign Language Center offers English, German, Chinese and Spanish language courses for both students and the general public.
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