The best experience exceeded my expectations Past Review

By (Queensland University of Technology) - abroad from 06/22/2015 to 07/23/2015 with

Ewha Womans University: Seoul - International Co-ed Summer College

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Independence, Korean culture, meeting new people. Definitely worth while

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.

Learnt alot but also had heaps of fun, the teachers are all so welcoming and the work load is managable so you have free time on weekends to explore Seoul.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Excellent program, your presented with everything before you even need to ask and if you do have an inquiry they make sure to follow it up!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed in International house II which is the newest housing. Everything was clean and worked well.

* Food:

Campus is surrounded by shops and EWHA students even handed out a map of their favourite places to go!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

EWHA Buddy- Yoonjin! Was the best tour guide I could have asked for. She told me products to buy places to see and took us out on adventures which lasted for hours. So much fun. EWHA's teachers also organise feild trips and optional ones from other subjects that you are welcome to join in on the weekends. E.g. Hiking.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Personally did not experience any local health care. But the airport took our temperature with a lazor to screen for (MERS). No vaccines were required.

* Safety:

Most places are open all night and the men in Korea are very respectful, partly due to Confucianism. Very safe day or night.

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)

I saved alot of money for the trip so was not on a budget

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $750
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not miss your flight! I probably spent more because we went to expensive places, shows, galleries and I did alot of shopping but to keep costs down I would recommend eating at street vendours and shopping in districts where you can barter down the price. I would recommend eating Korean while you are there and going to places where you can share meals- e.g. Korean BBQ because when you split the bill it is really cheap!


* 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

We could learn as much or as little as we liked. The program was in English so you didn't have to learn any Korean but if you wanted to you could choose to take Korean as a subject and your Peace Buddy would teach you bits and pieces so you could order your meal and say thank you.

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? none
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? I personally did not undertake the Korean language classes

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Peace Buddy program
  • Housing/ campus facilities
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • include towels and bathmatts
  • include toilet paper
  • Wifi acess in rooms
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How amazing it is!! Seoul is the coolest

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.