Studying in South Korea through the CIEE program Past Review

By (Economics., The University of Texas at Austin) for

CIEE: Seoul - Summer Korean Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The professors and the courses offered were exactly what I was looking. I am satisfied with my academic experience as well as the cultural experience I had with my CIEE friends.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Not enough clear instructions (internet issues).

* 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?

* Safety:

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I feel like the housing should not have cost as much for a six-week stay without meals.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Korean Economy

Course Department:
Instructor: Doowon Lee
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Mostly lecture-based, this course addressed the development of Korean economy since 1950. The professor was well-prepared for the lecture and welcomed questions from the students.
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North Korea, Inter-Korean Relations & Unification

Course Department:
Instructor: Yongho Kim
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The professor based his lecture on identifying North Korea's foreign policy behavior through three priorities. He was a great professor with much experience in the field.
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