Making a decision to study overseas can be quite a challenge. Here are the answers
to some of the most common questions that will help you enjoy your time at WOLBI Jeju.
How many hours are we in class? Are there days off?
In 50 minute lecture-10 minute breaks, classes normally run from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (and the occasional 2:30-3:20 pm afternoon class depending on the schedule). Classes are held from Tuesday to Friday with Saturday, Sunday and Monday being days off.
What happens on days when there are no classes (Sat, Sun, Mon)?
On Sundays, international students normally attend an English church service at Jeju Youngnak Church. Korean students attend and help local Korean churches near the WOLBI campus (There are about 400 churches on Jeju island).
Mondays are used to make trips to the city, go for a walk or enjoy outdoor activities, relax or do extra study!
Saturdays are similar to Mondays, but usually once a month, WOLBI students will host and lead a day-camp event for middle and high school students called Momentum. This normally begins at 2:00 p.m. with a high-power outdoor activity, concluding with an evening meal and a service with games, drama, music, message with apologetics themes ending around 8:30 p.m.
What does a typical week at WOLBI look like?
A detailed look at a typical weekly schedule can be found here.
What does a typical year at WOLBI look like?
A detailed look at a typical yearly schedule can be found here.
Will my credits transfer?
We are accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, an institutional accrediting body, so our credits transfer to most Christian universities and colleges.
What kinds of transportation are available?
Official transportation of student arrivals and departures are provided by WOLBI and extra trips to Jeju city are available by taxi. WOLBI also provides regular trips to 'E-mart' with a small fee. Transportation is also provided to church on Sundays.
Will I need to bring specific personal items with me?
Some students that graduate in the previous year leave behind used items or second-hand clothing and blankets. There is also a small yard sale at the beginning of the year for new students that arrive on campus. While many things can be bought on the island, some things available at WOLBI are:
* bedding (W5000/sheet set and W5000/blanket)
* some desk supplies
* bathroom/laundry supplies
* cups, mugs, containers
* bed shelves (W5000 each)
While internet use is limited to certain times and areas and mobile phones are not allowed in dorms, notebook computers will come in very handy for writing book reports, essays and various other assignments. Printers and photocopiers are available on campus. Some students recommend bringing personal pillows from home. A USB flash drive and a calendar/scheduler of some sort are also helpful items to bring. Stationery items like binders, folders, notes, scotch tape, erasers, pens can all be purchased on the island.
What leadership opportunities are there for me as a student?
Students are actively involved with the upkeep of the campus and various local ministries. Some of the roles as a student will be:
* Work team captain (Food prep, Bakery, Housekeeping, Tech-team, Maintenance)
* Ministry team leader (Local church, Momentum, English or Chinese ministry)
* Dorm Discipleship Assistant (DA)
* Praise team member
* Study group leader / tutor
What is Jeju Island like in general?
Jeju island is essentially a honeymooning tourist island complete with palm trees and dozens of beaches. While the WOLBI campus itself is situated among quiet forests and hills, there are many museums, coffee shops and interesting places to visit all around the island. It takes an average 4 hours to make a complete circle around Jeju island by car. With a population of approximately 605,000, it is a popular travel destination among Chinese and Japanese tourists. There are many fine restaurants and famous franchises like Mcdonald's, Burger King, KFC and Domino's pizzas on Jeju island, but Jeju is most famous for its Black Pig Samgyupsal (Korean style barbeque).
What does the weather look like on Jeju Island?
Jeju island has a humid subtropical climate, warmer than that of the rest of Korea, with four distinct seasons. Winters are cool and dry while summers are hot, humid and sometimes rainy. Summer weather is an average of 24°C - 30°C (75°F - 86°F). Winter weather is an average of 3°C - 12°C (37°F - 54°F).
What is the food like on campus?
We have two cooks: One is the western cuisine chef, and one is the Korean/Asian cuisine chef. They are wonderful ladies who love the Lord and are committed to serving Him with excellence!
Breakfasts are western (which is mainly American but includes Mexican and European) style. Each morning there are fresh baked goods for breakfast, along with cereal, granola, fruit, toast, juice and milk. Lunches and dinners are half western style and half Asian style. “Asian” style includes Korean, Japanese and Chinese food. We normally have Korean, Japanese and Chinese students so there is a rotation of each style of food. There is also a fresh salad bar at each lunch and dinner.
WOLBI Jeju is a place where truly east meets west. Everyone at WOLBI Jeju gets the chance to "taste" another culture and expand their eating palettes. While that sounds exciting at first, there are times when we all just want to eat what is comfortable to us. To help with this, for the Asian students, rice is normally served at least once each day and Korean kimchi is served at each lunch and dinner. For the western students, bread, peanut butter and jelly are served at all meals.