Wow, has it really been a year since my last post? I really thought I’d be able to update with all my experiences whilst in Korea, but I just couldn’t afford the time to. Yonsei KLI’s Regular Program was really intensive! I also got really busy when I came home, hence the quietness.
A couple of weeks ago, I got an email asking me about KLI, and since I’ve been getting similar questions, I thought I’d just put them into a list for easy reference. Any future questions will also be added here. Please check if your question has been answered before asking.
Okay, so I had to go to the Embassy of the Republic of Koreatwice. Why? Because they insisted on the original copies of my birth certificate and my school certificate. Now it’s not like I didn’t research on the internet as to what I needed before I went there, because I did! And NO ONE mentioned that ORIGINALS were needed, so here I am to inform you all that you need to bring originals in addition to photocopies. They will return the originals to you after checking it against the copies, which they will keep.
What you will need for a D-4 student visa application in Singapore:
Valid passport (make sure to check the expiry date!)
Visa application form (you can fill it out there)
Original certificate of admission + 1 copy
Original certificate of graduation + 1 copy
Financial statement if you don’t have a Korean sponsor (original bank statements from the past three months of more than $3,000 (EDIT: $5,000 as of Jul 2013); make copies for yourself if need be as they will keep the originals)
Original birth certificate + 1 copy (if your parents are sponsoring you and you are using their bank statements)
1 passport photo
Application fee: S$66
Note: All Singaporeans have a 90-day visa exemption when travelling to S. Korea, so you’ll need a visa if you’re staying longer than that; there is no way around this, unless you are willing to get out of the country and back to renew your tourist visa. Calculate the duration of your intended stay to see if you’ll need a visa.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will try to recall what I had to do, lol.
Self-study; I’ve never formally been in any classes. There was only once that I went for 5 two-hour beginner lessons (because it was on discount~), where we were taught to read, write, pronounce, and introduce ourselves. I was actually already too advanced for it, so I didn’t learn anything new besides having my pronunciation corrected and how to ask for discounts cutely. Ha.
Update: I joined Dae Han‘s Advance 1 classes in May 2012 (a month after this question was answered), but because their standard is a lot lower than the Integrated Korean Intermediate books that I’d been self-studying from, the class was easy for me. I decided not to advance into the next level after I completed the Advance 1 level, so I’m back to self-studying.
My dad emailed me saying there is this really good Rosetta Stone for Korean offer and I’m trying to decide if it’ll be worth it to buy it. It’s all five levels at a decent price. Should I?
My friend Marsha has it. She’ll tell you~ lol
This is what I told my friends just now: “It’s pretty okay, just that I think it would be better if you already have a slight grasp of the language because it really just throws you into it without teaching you how to read or write and there’s no English translations or dictionary or anything like that. They do read it out for you and provide pictures though, pretty much the same way you teach a baby.”
I will give my proper review of it when my head doesn’t want to split, lol. Overall, I’d say go for it. The (3 months free) online services are pretty awesome and I’m considering renewing the subscription when it expires in two weeks. I just tried it for the first time just now. Also, I didn’t know there’s 5 levels?? The one my dad got me only has 3.