Experienced living like a local! Past Review

By (Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne / IPFW) - abroad from 02/22/2018 to 12/21/2018 with

ISEP Exchange: Seoul - Exchange Program at Ewha Womans University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Do not be afraid to go out and have fun and experience as many things as you can!!!

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* 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


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About 50000won to 70000won per week for food and sometimes other stuff
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Set aside an amount of money and use that only for food. Use cash instead of debit card that way you will know how much you spent and how much you are left with


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
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 be afraid to speak! Make many mistakes you want to but learn from it

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
  • 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?
  • Getting to explore beautiful places
  • Food
  • Experiencing the culture and attending local festivals
* What could be improved?
  • Provide students on more information of things that are useful and convenient (ex. Apps that helps earn points to get free drinks and food)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more "local" stuff ( stuff that locals use to their benefits, example paying with their mobile phones or getting on and off the bus)

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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.'