Harald Olsen

Spring abroad numbers rise

More students will travel abroad this spring than last, the director of the Office of Study Abroad said. A total of 453 students will go abroad during the spring term, which is a “slight increase” from the number of students who studied abroad for one semester last spring, Robert Hallworth, director of Study Abroad. said. […]

Total crime in Foggy Bottom decreases

Despite several violent assaults near campus in the last few months, overall crime in Foggy Bottom has been lower in 2009 than it was in 2008. This year, total crime in the Police Service Area 207, which encompasses the Foggy Bottom campus, is down by 6 percent from the same time period last year, according […]

Man robbed of $1,000 near campus

Web Exclusive A man was robbed of $1,000 in broad daylight after using an ATM a few blocks off campus Saturday afternoon. According to a Metropolitan Police Department report, two men approached the alleged victim, who was using the United Bank ATM at 23rd and M streets at approximately 1:50 p.m. One of the men, […]

Study abroad application to move online

The Office of Study Abroad is using a new online application system to ease the study abroad application process. Starting this semester, interested students can start the process by going to the office’s Web site and searching through a database of available programs, organized by many different criteria. Whereas formerly, students interested in finding a […]

Seeing Korea through a different lens

Seoul, South Korea – In Korea, a year living in the country makes you an old-timer. Normally, it takes just six months for a foreign student or English teacher to arrive, absorb, and depart. I can count the Americans whom I know to have lived here for more than a few years on one hand. […]

Expat: Finding the language ‘melting pot’ in Korea

Web Extra SEOUL, South Korea – During lunchtime, my university cafeteria rings not only with loud exchanges in Korean, but also Chinese, Thai, Russian, Mongolian, French, English, Japanese and Malay. While there are many international students at Seoul National University, its diversity is not the result of a welcoming Multicultural Student Services Center or earnest […]

ESIA hosts Korean diplomat

Though his address touched on such weighty issues as reunification of Korea and containing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the second-place finisher in the South Korean presidential race began his address at the Elliott School of International Affairs Tuesday by expressing empathy for a fellow politician. “I did not naturally support Sen. McCain’s policy. However, I […]

GW Expat: Monkeying around in Korea

SEOUL, South Korea On Saturday, I spent a night in one of the handful of bars in Seoul that are designed for foreigners and proud of it. The bar is called Monkey Beach. From the first time I laid eyes on the sign, I knew I would find few better examples of an expat bar. […]

GW Expat: Sharing a dish of Korean culture

SEOUL, Korea Most nights I go to dinner with other students and professors at places that specialize in violently spicy seafood soup, slabs of grilled bacon or red pepper chicken and glass noodles. Seoul has an incredible number of restaurants and it is normal for people to eat out almost every night, especially students, because […]

GW Expat: South Korean students excited about Obama

Web Extra I first learned of President-elect Barack Obama’s victory in a cafeteria in South Korea. A television screen that normally showed nothing but shiny new commercials and variety shows had switched to a live feed from CNN. If the massive “Obama Wins” headline couldn’t clue me in to the outcome, just one name kept […]