Exploring a Modern Urban Jungle in Asia October 25, 2017

By (Ohio Northern University) - abroad from 06/30/2016 to 07/31/2017 with

Hanyang University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Friendships that I can keep with individuals who live all over the world, and finding something that i enjoy, traveling.

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.

Would recommend, classes weren't challenging and plenty of time to explore South Korea and meet many international students

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Poor direction from the program in directing where everything was and how to register and get to classes

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Regular Dorm Housing nothing special

* Food:

Liked the food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Learned a lot from the culture to the language

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Didn't have too many problems was healthy the whole time

* Safety:

Extremely safe

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

So much freedom and time to do things that you can't do in the U.S with people who make so many memories that you probably cant do it again.

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)

3 not too pricy

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $900
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat at whole in the wall places and avoid expensive tourist places

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

Korean people are very friendly to you if you can speak korean and are willing to help

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish
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? At least make the effort to speak the native language, speaking english will get you nowhere

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Exploring
* What could be improved?
  • More TIME
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Speaking Korean

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.