Ewha's Summer Program (The BEST) August 05, 2016

By (National University of Singapore / NUS) - abroad from 06/21/2016 to 07/21/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have learnt that I am very messy. Hahahah but jokes aside, I have learnt to appreciate different cultures better

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 have enjoyed myself so much at Ewha's summer program. It is definitely a perfect balance between learning and fun! I took Gender Relations in Korea and I have learnt so much not only from the classes, but also the class fieldtrips. The House of Sharing fieldtrip was especially memorable as we got to meet the halmeonis who were forced to be sex slaves in WW2 and also got to learn more about their stories.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Mimi is seriously the best program coordinator anyone can find. Ewha is so lucky to have her! Prior to the program, my friends and I bombarded her with so many emails with queries about the program and she was always fast in replying. Even though my friends and i didnt really manage to interact with her during the program, through our small exchanges with her, her sincerity and genuine concern for the students could be felt. She would never fail to ask us how we're doing in school and how we're enjoying our stay. Thank you so much Mimi!!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I absolutely LOVED my dorm! It was so clean! My roommate and I arrived and we wanted to clean the room, thinking that it might be a little dirty. But as we started, we realised that the room was so spotless that it seemed like it just got cleaned. We were lucky because we got the high ceiling (attic style). When I got back home it felt so strange to have a low ceiling room again hahaha. Also, air conditioning was good, which really helped with the summer heat.

* Food:

We didnt really get to try the food at the cafeteria because it was largely closed during the summer time. But my cousin who went to Ewha for the fall semester told me that their food was SO affordable and absolutely yummy! Ewha Sarang (their school's famous kimbap) is a must-try! Though my friends and I didnt dine much inside of campus, there are tons (and really, TONS) of food options just right outside of school! Seriously, this is some sort of a dream location for a university when it comes to food (and shopping too).

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

one of the main reasons why i enjoyed myself so much in Ewha was because of the PEACE buddy system that they have. Unlike many other universities, Ewha's exchange programs attaches a buddy (an Ewha student) with the exchange students. Seriously I have met sooo many amazing people from all over the world thanks to this! I'd like to specially mention my PEACE buddy, Park Sunhyun. She is absolutely one of my favourite persons in this world. She was so sweet and she is more than just my buddy, but a real friend of mine now. She offered to meet up with my family when they came over to visit because she really wanted to take them around to really experience Korea. Sunhyun has seriously played a big part in why my stay in Korea was so enjoyable.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The area around Ewha is really safe compared to the neighbouring universities.

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

My friends who went to other universities in Korea for their summer programs told me their reviews and I am convinced nothing can ever beat Ewha's summer program. hahahahaha

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)

Korea's food is really affordable so unless you spend too much on shopping (like me), you can definitely live on a student's budget. But seriously, let's get real, who spends on a student budget when you're on summer exchange.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 400USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Share your food with your friends! Korea is very generous with their food portions so you can still have a very full meal if you were to share 3 main courses among 4 people

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
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 system
* What could be improved?
  • I'd like to see my exam grades
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? None.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Gender Relations In Korea

Course Department: Sociology
Instructor: Professor Lim Eun Mie
Instruction Language: English
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