Nice semester in Seoul Past Review

By (East Asian Studies, Business, Brandeis University) - abroad from 02/24/2015 to 06/23/2015 with

CIEE: Seoul - Arts and Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained an experience in Korean society and people; and it was the most worthful gain that I earn from this program

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I liked the diverse academic resources at Yonsei;

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I like CIEE staffs; they were very responsible and easy to contact when I have any questions about program and school

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Since I stayed at my family's house, I cannot evalute housing.

* Food:

Korean Food is always RIGHT

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved Yonsei's school spirit

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

During the program, I had any healthcare problem

* Safety:

I had not experienced any threat on my safety in Seoul

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Other than transportation fee, textbook cost and food cost was very reasonable for student.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Less than $100 each week


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

I like my Japanses class which learning Japanese skill on Business basis; However, it was hard to understand Professor gave Report written in Japanese after reading Japanese Literature for Midterm.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Japanese 10A
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Be more active in participate conversation in foreign language; make forienge friends whom you can practive your language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Experience in Korean Society
  • Making local friends
* What could be improved?
  • Social Skill in local society
  • Foreing language Skill (Japanses)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would like to know more detailed reviews on the courses