Learning to be self-sufficient Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 06/27/2016 to 08/04/2016 with

Korea University: Seoul - International Summer Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned my levels of comfort when traveling alone as well as general knowledge/experience about how to properly travel alone. I think it was worthwhile because I learned a lot about myself and how I adjust to completely new environments.

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Personal Information

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

Rather than the program itself, the city and surrounding area was wonderful and really new to me, so it was really enjoyable to explore Seoul and become more comfortable in that space.


* 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 $140 on a normal week and $200+ on a splurge week


* 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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  • 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?
  • Friday excursions
  • Interesting classes
  • Easy access to the city
* What could be improved?
  • On-site administration
  • Transport services for students
  • Organization of the program in general
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I came fairly prepared in terms of travel experience as well as budgeting for myself, but I wish I had known about the program's shortcomings because while those shortcomings were few, they inconvenienced many students. If I had known that it would be better to solve transportation and dorm issues by myself instead of relying and waiting on program administration, those problems would have been solved much sooner than they were in that moment.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
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.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Understanding Drawing: From the Cave to the Monitor

Course Department: Art History
Instructor: George Liebert
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Course Department: Anthropology
Instructor: Ayumi Takenaka
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: