Hankuk University of Foreign Studies' (HUFS) Department of Greek and Bulgarian Studies has won a scholarship from the European Union's Erasmus exchange program, paving ways for its students to experience life at a European university.
Under the program, HUFS and Bulgaria-based Sofia University will run a joint exchange student program through September 2016. The participating students and professors will receive subsidies including airplane tickets.
The program, known as the European Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERAMUS), is an exchange program hosted by the EU, aimed at bolstering the quality of higher education in the region and expanding cultural understanding among different countries.
The program kicked off in 1987 in 11 European countries with 3,244 university students. Around 3 million students have joined the program so far as of 2013.
The program has been vitalizing international exchanges among students and staffs at EU-based universities, leading to the innovations of higher education and contributing to the integration of the European community. The program reached out to Africa and Asia starting 2014.
HUFS added the program will help students and professors in South Korea and Bulgaria better understand each other.