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Karel Sauvageau, Exchange Student

Q1. Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Karel Sauvageau, a 25-year-old French Canadian. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Asian Studies, Profile Geopolitics, and Korean Language at the University of Montreal. I grew up in the beautiful city of Quebec. If you watched the South Korean television series Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, then you would know about my hometown!

Q2. Why did you choose Korea?

In 2019, when I was looking for an end-of-studies internship, I discovered the “Miracle on the Han River,” the rapid economic growth in South Korea, which led me to become interested in the country’s workplace. Therefore, I decided to start a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies in Geopolitics in the fall of 2020 to participate in the student exchange program here in Seoul. Moreover, Quebec and South Korea are investing in development projects together. Thus, as a representative of Quebec, I would like to work with South Korea, the Asian dragon that is highly advanced in research and development and provides many opportunities.

Q3. Why did you choose SKKU?

When I received the university list for exchange programs, I clicked on the Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) website and found that SKKU is the oldest university in South Korea. As a person who always has had a great interest in history, I immediately chose SKKU as my first choice. While scrolling through the SKKU international website, I was able to find information about the exchange program easily and thoroughly. For me, it had to be SKKU. I did not consider other options at all.

Q4. How is your life at SKKU?

My student life at SKKU is even better than expected. It seems to me and my other Quebec friends in Seoul that SKKU provides a much better and faster service to international students than other universities in Seoul. When I came to Korea, I had many questions unanswered, but SKKU took care of everything from the issue of settling down to making friends. So far, all my professors are very kind and open-minded. They make sure that we get to participate in group projects with Korean students. Furthermore, I am greatly looking forward to participating in many school activities and festivals.

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