Great time at Hanyang Past Review

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 09/03/2018 to 12/21/2018 with

ISEP Exchange: Seoul - Exchange Program at Hanyang University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about everyday Korean life and the culture. It was worthwhile to see how millennials in another country hang out and what they do for fun.

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.

Professors are knowledgable and will help exchange students out. Hanyang University had great facilities and a large amount of study areas.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Hanyang's staff was very helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Hanyang's provided housing was great but trying to put 3 people in one studio was slightly uncomfortable

* Food:

The local food was amazing and very accessible

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

very integrated as I was mistaken as a local Korean

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Seoul is very safe to travel alone in at night

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

Hanyang University had a great location and was very accommodating to exchange students.


* 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)

Local food and school food was priced very reasonable. Shopping for necessities was also cheap

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat like a local and cook some meals, attend free events


* 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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Food
  • sightseeing
  • location
* What could be improved?
  • Hanyang Buddy Program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How an ARC works, how grading works in Korea

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.