Learning about my Korean roots at Yonsei January 11, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/28/2018 to 12/22/2018 with

ISEP Exchange: Seoul - Exchange Program at Yonsei University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to become more proficient in the language by studying abroad. It was worthwhile because I learned a lot about the Korean culture and food.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Academically it was not challenging at all, however course availability was great.

* 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

I loved my course options and my classes though it was not academically challenging at all. I was able to make new friends through clubs at school.

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? Around $150 per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Apply for external scholarships

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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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • Course Options
* What could be improved?
  • Dorming (almost didn't get housed)
  • Dorm Facilities
  • Orientation for new students could be longer than 2 days
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I knew about whether my courses would be approved before I went to the program instead of finding out during the semester.

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.'