Amazing Summer in Seoul! Past Review

By (Arizona State University) - abroad from 06/26/2018 to 08/02/2018 with

Korea University: Seoul - International Summer Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained global perspectives on the world by meeting international students and I learned about a completely foreign culture. I also gained independence and confidence in traveling abroad. All of these were incredibly worthwhile.

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.

The classes were challenging, but not so challenging that there was not enough time to still enjoy the study abroad experience. My professors understood that we wanted to travel and explore, so they did not assign too much homework and had very detailed and engaging classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

My adviser was very helpful throughout the whole process.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in Frontier. The room was nice and I had a great view, but I did lack a kitchen, so cooking and storing food was impossible.

* Food:

I always liked the cafe where the food was cheap and really good!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did have to get a specific vaccine, but I had no health problems throughout my trip.

* Safety:

I always felt very safe both on campus and anywhere in Seoul really.

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

I loved KUISC so much. I enjoyed my classes and met a lot of international students that changed my perception on the world. I had plenty of time to explore Seoul and try new foods, and it was really one of the best summers I have ever had.


* 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)

Since I could not cook or store food in a fridge, buying food and eating out definitely added up.

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? Find the market close to campus where there is a lot of cheap produce and eggs! Eat at the cafeteria for lunch to save money and spend more on weekends!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

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?
  • Variety of classes
  • Being with international students
  • Field trips
* What could be improved?
  • Buddy could have reached out more and facilitated a closer group
  • Hang out with the group of buddies as a whole
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing!

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.'