Worth it! December 05, 2018

By (Koç University) - abroad from 06/25/2018 to 08/05/2018 with

Korea University: Seoul - International Summer Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I've learned how to live in a foreign country, I learned how to respect others cultures since they are respecting mine too. I've learned how to love, how to miss. I've fallen in love with Korea, Korean culture, the language, and the people. Made me realize that I felt home in Seoul, home is where people feel like they are at home.

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.

Best Professor that I ever had! Really helpful, friendly, their knowledge about the lectures is so good. I've never met any professors with this quality and kindness.

* 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

If the exchange rate was not increased drastically, I would really want to experience Korea University ISC all over again! If I have a single chance, I am coming again!

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)

I think that you can really adjust your own spending as your wish. You are able to eat meals for 3,000 won to 15,000 won. You can drink a coffee for 2,000-3,000 won to 6,000 won. It is really up to you.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around 150,000- 250,000 won. If I went out for nightlife, of course I've spent more.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Find places that you find affordable. Which is really easy. There are a lot of choices for the students around the campus, I am pretty sure that you will be able to find a place that is friendly to your own wallet.

Language

* 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? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Professors
  • Campus
  • Seoul
* What could be improved?
  • Cultural Activities
  • The length of the program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I knew that the weather can be so hot and that the dorm that I was staying at was at the top of a breathtaking hill.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.