I wish I could go back! July 30, 2016

By (Saint Mary's College, Indiana) - abroad from 06/21/2016 to 07/20/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Confidence and a new understanding of Korean culture and society

Review Photos

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

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My morning class was perfect! My afternoon language course was the worst.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Everything on campus was too expensive and not very tasty. I would always eat off campus.

* 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

I loved almost everything about this program!!!

Finances

* 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)

Language

* 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? None
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? Don't take the language course! Learn from your peace buddies!

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?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The field trips
  • Meeting new people
  • The independence
* What could be improved?
  • LANGUAGE COURSE
  • Communication between International Affairs Office
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not to take the language course

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

History of Korean Tradition and Folk Culture

Course Department: Korean Studies
Instructor: Michael Pettid
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The course was intellectually challenging but extremely fun. We went on many field trips that contributed to the course and my knowledge of Korean society. I participated as much as I would in my classes at my home institution. Assessed on participation and presentations.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Korean Language 101

Course Department: Language
Instructor: Wooju Jeon and Si won Jung
Instruction Language: Korean and English
Comments: This class was too challenging. I was expecting to learn basic Korean such as food, colors, greetings and farewells, etc. Ultimately, this class was a semester class in a one month course. The teachers did not understand that we didn't have enough time to do all the homework or to study outside of class. They didn't know about our filedtrips on Friday so they assumed we had lots of time to study. I wish the summer course leaders prepared this course to match our schedule. Also, the class was too late in the day. I would have had more time to explore Korea if the class had been right after my first morning class. The exams, homework and papers were too hard and too time consuming. I had my Korean friend with my homework and even after 2 hours of working I had only finished half assigned homework. I did not have a great experience with this Korean language course.
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