If I lived in United States and got about 3.2 GPA in U.S. public school.
And got accepted to Korea University and went into College of Education- English language.
Would I struggle in the class? I’m scared that if i get into this prestigious college, I might be the last kid in class, cuz i heard Koreans are extremely nerdy. I’m a Korean American, but Americans study 1/100th of how long Koreans study.
I’m gonna apply next year, but my parents tell me you shouldn’t apply to Korea University, and they say you can apply but if u fail in the class, don’t blame me. And they tell me about how they aren’t fluent English speakers, but are extremely smart, and that I have to study all day, if i get in there.
I wouldn’t worry too much. There are going to be some hard classes and some easy classes, but overall High School in Korea tends to be FAR more harsh in terms of grading and difficulty than college. Culturally, college is the time to make valuable connections with people that you can depend on later in life, High School is a time for hard core academics. Mind you, it’s not black and white, but I suspect that you will find things easier than you expect. In a lot of ways Korean and American High School and University cultures are reversed in terms of how serious studies are taken.
Also keep in mind that Korea is experiencing a problem with grade inflation. I don’t know about Korea University specifically, but other top universities such as Yonsei (where I am going in the fall – we will be rivals) have been criticized for passing out too many good grades. I’ve read and have been told that your attitude in the classroom and your ability to make your teachers remember good things about you often play more of a role in your final grade outcome than the quality of your actual assignments. Ultimately however, every professor is different so there is not going to be an absolute rule. My gut feeling is that if you go into class showing that you’re interested and want to be there, you will be fine.
Finally, a lot depends on what you excel at. If you are a good test taker, Korea will be great. If you are someone who writes awesome essays but don’t do so well with exams, then you will have more challenges because most Korean syllabi have few (if any) writing assignments.
If you apply as an exchange student, most home universities will take language barriers into account and you may receive higher grades than what you actually scored in the course according to one of my advisers at the University of Washington.