Best semester of my college career January 24, 2018

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/01/2017 to 12/22/2017 with

ISEP Exchange: Seoul - Exchange Program at Yonsei University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think I learned a lot about myself as a person because i was put into a foreign country without anyone I knew. It really tested my ability to adapt but it also let me learn new and exciting things about myself. I would definitely describe it as a worthwhile experience. I had the time of my life.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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

My program was not overly rigorous but I view that as a positive because it gave me the ability and flexibility to explore, meet people, experience new things and to just have fun

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? In Korea, food on campus is extremely cheap, so eat in the school cafeteria when you can to save money.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • People
  • Culture
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe a little more outreach to exchange students would have been nice in the beginning of the semester but I eventually gained my footing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew to put myself out there from the very beginning For the first month or so, I kind of stayed to myself but after opening up, I made a lot of new friends and I feel like a few of those relationships will continue.