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About Gwanak Homestay

Foreign student homestay of Seoul National University

Gwanak Homestay is an international program in which international students attending Seoul National University can learn about Korean culture and etiquettes as well as Korean language through homestay in Gwanak-gu residents’ houses. They will make you feel at home and also make your life easier in Korea. This is a valuable opportunity to promote the understanding of Korea as well as to introduce your culture and traditions to Korean people. We look forward to your interest and involvement.

  • Application : International students attending Seoul National University
    (undergraduates, exchange students, graduate students, and students attending Korean language programs)
  • Application period : year-round
  • Application Method : http://www.gwanak.go.kr/eng (for foreigners-homestay-application)
  • Document to submit : Application form, Certificate of Studentship, passport
  • Homestay Costs : 500,000 won to 600,000 won
    (Homestay cost can be a little different depending on the location and facilities of the host family)
  • Inquiries : Department of External Relations, Gwanak-gu Office (gh6321@ga.go.kr)

Application process for Gwanakstay

  • 1 Apply for approval of guest registration

    • Apply for approval of guest registration at Gwanak-gu Office English Website.

      ※ Online applicants must submit a copy of passport and certificates to prove of your enrollment at SNU.

  • 2 Checks the documents and gives guest approval

    • The districr officer reviews the submitted documents and gives approval.

      ※ Reservation is available after getting an approval

  • 3 Host reservation

    • The student chooses the host with information of different hosts on the website. and make a host reservation.
  • 4 Notify the Applicants(Host)

    • A text message about the information of applicant(applicant period, gender, nationality, age, department, etc.)is sent to the host.
    • Host with available accommodation needs to contact the district officer in charge of the homestay program to be the waiting list.
  • 5 Notify the Applicants (Host & Guest) of the Decision

    • The district officer confirms ‘Decision of the reservation’ on the web-site and notifies it by a text message. (Guest, host)
    • Guest and host checks the details on the website (E-mail and contact information)

      ※ The district officer’s involvement in the application process ends with this step. For the next step, gust and host discuss and decide on their own.

  • 6 Mutual Exchange of Information & Scheduling a Meeting

    • The host directly contacts the guest(via e-mail or phone call, etc.) to exchange information and arrange a meeting schedule. (date, time, and place, etc)
  • 7 Move in with Host Family

    • The guest meets the host family on the scheduled date and moves in with them.
  • 8 Change the processing status on the homepage(Host)

    • Host changes the status as ‘decided’.
    • If the homestay is not decided, host should change status ‘cancelled’. Otherwise, other guests cannot apply for the host on that date.
  • 9 Draw up the Homestay Agreement & Payment of the Homestay Expenses

    • Guest would download the homestay agreement from the website and host and guest draw up the homestay agreement. The guest pays homestay expenses to host.

      ※ Host and guest each have the homestay agreement, and the host will present copies of homestay agreement to the district officer.

  • 10 Homestay

    • Guest will learn the lifestyle of typical Korean households and Korean culture by staying with host family. (Any changes to the program should be notified to the district officer.)

  • 11 End Procedure

    • The Homestay Program finishes after the agreed period. Reviews will be either posted online or presented to the office manager in charge through email.

      (Online : http://www.gwanak.go.kr/eng, Manager Email: gh6321@ga.go.kr)

Korean Family Life Etiquettes

  • Wait for elder members in the family to pick up their silverware/chopsticks
  • Be on your feet when greeting elders or invited guests
  • Bow to greet when you are being introduced by an elder
  • When calling one another, people do not use the other person’s first name unless the person is younger. People usually use titles such as: ah-buh-ji (father), uh-muh-nee (mother), hyung (older brother), o-bba (older brother called by a female), nu-na (older sister), un-nee (older sister called by a female)
Basic Family Etiquette
  • Be quick to rise to your feet when you see an elder member (in Korea, when the eldest comes in the house, all family members go to greet him at the door)
  • Greeting the parents after waking up and before sleeping
  • Personal questions are just a way to express your attention to the other person (this type of question might not be so well received in foreign cultures but in Korea, it is common to ask such questions so please understand it as a Korean way of expressing care and attention)

* If you honor this Korean family etiquette, your host will greatly appreciate it with joy

* If you apply for travelers insurance, you can experience a greater measure of safety during the homestay.

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