Amazing language and culture, for the adventurous! February 04, 2019

By (Texas Lutheran University) - abroad from 08/22/2018 to 12/22/2018 with

CIEE: Seoul - Arts and Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
How to live on my own, how to navigate cultural and language barriers, made amazing korean friends, it was great!

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Next to the CIEE housing (maybe two blocks away!) is a giant hospital. The program gave us a tour and information on seeing the international clinic when we first arrived, and when I was injured I went there and the CIEE was awesome and came to meet me there. All the staff spoke english and were super helpful, and the healthcare is very inexpensive.

* Safety:

Because it is such a big city, there is always something going on and there are always people around, so you feel very safe even at night and by yourself. There are alot of protests in downtown Seoul but I walked past them with no issues.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $140


* 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Beginning level
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? Go out and speak Korean!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • FOOD
  • Language component
  • Friends I met
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Class registration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will spend ALL of your money, so only take what you really need

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.