It was a mind blowing experience Past Review

By (ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS., The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 09/02/2013 to 12/16/2013 with

Hanyang University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I sacrificed a whole lot to come to Korea, and even if I had the chance to go back, I would make the same decision. I made many life-long friendships and experienced things that I wouldn't have been possible back in the States.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was always ready to help me, and spoke very good English.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I wish they had a roommate match-up process.

* Food:

Loved the different variety of food!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everyone was very welcoming.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

At Hanyang, there was a local hospital and they had a separate section for international students, so it helped getting my point across.

* Safety:

Our school was pretty safe, but of course just like any other country at night it could be a little dangerous.

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)

There are many temptations such as shopping and eating. I was always spending money left and right. $200 a week

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? food= 100-150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? write down all of your expenses


* 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? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? minored in Korean
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? Make Korean friends rather than always hanging out with American friends, this helps you learn the language faster.

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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  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • people
  • food
  • night life
* What could be improved?
  • better programs to meet students
  • welcoming program
  • better mentor-mentte program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To bring more winter clothes!

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.