The Many Adventures of Korea has to Offer! Past Review

By (Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft., The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 09/04/2014 to 12/10/2014 with

Hanyang University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much! Food, culture, language, people, etc. It was a breathtaking and enlightening experience. It was definitely worth it.

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.

Pretty much for most courses only one or two exams determine your grade.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Poor organization for vital components that students truly need. They mostly focused on extracurricular things like "welcome parties, trips, etc."

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Really satisfied. Great place to live!

* Food:

If you can handle Korean food then great! But for those who can't or are vegetarian or glucose intolerant then goodluck.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I spent a lot of time traveling around and immersing myself in the local culture

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got into a car accident while riding a taxi. Korean healthcare system is great! I didn't have to pay a single and cent and got all my treatments paid for and got extra payments for "mental/psychological treatments"

* Safety:

Super safe!

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)

Food in Korea is SUPER cheap!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Probably 50 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Travel in groups, plan ahead, and use the local systems (transportation, food, etc.)


* 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

I pretty much only used Korean.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
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? Korean 3
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Just prepare and practice survival language skills and go there and just live. Your language skills will improve whether you like it or not.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Food
  • Culture
  • People
* What could be improved?
  • International Office System
  • Visa Extensions
  • Better Mentor System
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That Hanyang University provides simcards for you to use in your phone to use at Korea.

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.