The application is now open for the 2013-2014 SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY PARTNER UNIVERSITIES IN JAPAN AND KOREA
Office of Extension Coordination (Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs)
DILC Bldg., Apacible St. corner Magsaysay Avenue, University of the Philippines Diliman
U.P. Diliman undergraduate students (second-year or third-year standing) are encouraged to apply (except for Certificate courses) for the one-year student exchange program with U.P. Diliman’s partner universities in Japan and Korea.
1. Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled (Certificate courses are not eligible)
2. 2nd-3rd year standing or not graduating during AY 2013-2014
3. Collective GWA of 1.5 or better for Japan
Collective GWA of 2.0 or better for Korea;
4. Knowledge of Nihongo or Korean (has enrolled or is currently enrolled in a Japanese or Korean language class under the Department of Linguistics or Asian Center)
5. Must be 23 years old and below and will not turn 24 years old before March 2013
1. Resumé with 2”x2” photo
2. Latest True Copy of Grades (TCG)
3. Two (2) Recommendation Letters from UP professors addressed to:
The Japanese/Korean Exchange Student Screening Committee
(Office of Extension Coordination-OVCAA)
4. 500-750-word Essay explaining why you wish to be an exchange student to Japan or Korea (format: Times New Roman, 12, single space, 1” margin all sides)
5. A photocopy of the student’s Form 5 for the First Semester AY 2012-2013
6. A photocopy of the student’s valid passport (not expiring before October 2014)
Note: If the student does not have a valid passport yet, the student must instead submit a photocopy of the passport application/renewal appointment slip (sent by DFA to the applicant via email for confirmation of desired appointment schedule) indicating the date and time of the appointment.
All application documents must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, June 29, 2012 at the OEC-OVCAA, DILC Bldg., Apacible St. corner Magsaysay Avenue (near NCTS/Sundial and Computer Center).
All applicants will undergo a panel interview during the selection process. Scholarship is for one-year exchange only with a batch of successful applicants leaving in April 2013 for Japan, and March 2013 for those selected for Korea.
Scholarship package include: free tuition, monthly allowance, dorm, and round-trip airfare (for Korea only). Students are also given a chance to work part-time with salary/compensation.
For more information, you may visit the OEC-OVCAA and look for Ms. Belle Nabor or Ms. Joy Villar. Contact numbers: 926-6590 or 981-8500 local 2561.
OMG. I remembered the days I spent preparing for the application process of this scholarship. Hahaha! It was summer 2010 when I decided that I will try to submit all the requirements for this scholarship. After I completed all the requirements, I got a call from OEC telling me to go to their office for the scheduled interview. I really don’t have any idea about the interview. I thought there’s only one interviewer but when I arrived at their former office at Quezon Hall, the other applicants were wearing formal clothes while I am only wearing my Cheer You Up shirt, maong pants and sneakers. lol. I really didn’t have any idea that the interview is a PANEL interview. There were around 5 or 6 professors from different colleges. They asked me different questions about my resume, my essay and about Korea. I can still remember Mam Marot’s questions “What characteristics of Korea turns you off?”. She asked me that questions since I only said good things about South Korea. Hahaha! I was really nervous during that time. After the interview, they just said to wait for the call if I am accepted or not. August, September, October, November…. December…. It was early December when I first got a call from OEC. I thought that was the acceptance call, but it was Ate Joy asking if I already took Korean lessons. Nyahahaha. If I’m not mistaken, it was December 6 when I got a call from OEC asking to report in their office the next day. I went to the office and I saw the other applicants. They asked us to go to inside a room, and there, Ate Belle told us that we are the possible next exchange students to South Korea. It was the time when there’s a huge tension between the North and the South so we were very nervous if we can still go to Korea.
After applying for the passport, completing all the documents, solving visa problems, getting advanced exams… tadaaaa! We were still able to go to Korea and had a firsthand experience of the life in South Korea!
If you are a UP Diliman student and if you are qualified to apply, don’t hesitate to try! You might be able to meet a lot of new people, experience new experiences and a whole lot more! What are you waiting for? Apply now! 🙂