EMU’s Exchange Student in South Korea Writes Home for the First Time


They say ‘Be the change that you want to see in the world.’ Many of the risk takers, those that walked off the beaten track are the individuals at the top of multi-million companies. Those very people embraced something different and embraced change. For those students that crave a change of scene with the added bonus of adding to their CV’s, opportunity awaits in the form of the student exchange program.

While the student exchange program has been in service at EMU for over 10 years, it has recently had a boost in the form of a change of management and office, which has seen applications sky rocket and provided a first for EMU with the first European student to study here via the program.

The exchange program currently collaborates with 22 universities that EMU students can visit for a semester or two semesters, to enhance their educational experience during their studies. The Eastern Mediterranean University is currently playing host to eight students from countries such as China, Kazakhstan and Austria who are studying across the departments of Banking and Finance, Psychology, Tourism and Hospitality and Civil Engineering. While these students have come, gone are 6 of EMU’s full time students to partner universities across the world, contributing to their studies in Canada, Kazakhstan, Turkey, South Korea and Germany. Their respective departments of Business studies, Communications and Media Studies, Tourism and Hospitality and Architecture will be excited to receive their results and hear of their adventures.

Mert Ercan Bulut from the Department of Tourism and Hospitality has only very recently landed in South Korea, but has already acclimatised with the fantastic orientation program available there and is ready to focus on his lessons. ‘Everything here genuinely is good. I have adapted very easily to both the country and university. We are currently within our orientation week with quite entertaining events every day and I am making new friends from a number of different countries. I am quite excited that I will be attending my first courses here from the 5th March and would like to thank Hanife Erisen at the Student Exchange Office and Prof. Dr. Ali Ozturen for their encouragement and helpfulness in providing this opportunity to me.’

If you are interested in the Student Exchange Program and would like further information or if you want to follow the journeys of all the Exchange students, please like and follow the student exchange Facebook page  at EMU Student Exchange or Email: studentexchange@emu.edu.tr or visit the office at Student Exchange at MIKA office, BE005 Building of Economy and Finance, ground floor.

By Hanife Erisen