Amazing summer in KU!! December 05, 2018

By (Hong Kong Community College) - abroad from 06/27/2018 to 07/21/2018 with

Korea University: Seoul - International Summer Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have grown up in the past four weeks, I become more independent because my family cannot take care of me in the past four weeks. I studied and leaved in other countries by myself, I need to take care of myself, including of food and drink. In addition, in study, I can do more better for managing my time, to distribute my time to play and study. I did not put all of my time to go to play and shopping in Korea. And then I actually know how to enjoy my life. In Hong Kong, there are rapid pace of life, most people think that study is important, and play is wasting our time. Under this stressful atmosphere, I always think whether I need to study all the time. However, I changed my mind now. Korean know how to enjoy their life, even they are tied after the end of their work, they will also go out and then drink and talk something with friends.

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.

I learnt something on the lesson, such as the media of Korea, Koreans history of films and Korean popular culture. I took “Mass Media and Popular Culture in Korea” in this summer in KU. Even I am not live in Korea, but I also love Korean pop culture so much, such as K-Pop. Korean culture is storming the world and the Korean Wave is also the increase in global popularity of South Korean culture. I appreciate and enjoy the dance and K-Pop music of some Korean idol groups, that’s the most vigorous reason why I love Korea and K-Pop. In addition, I desire to know more and learn more knowledge and information about Korean popular culture, so I choose this ISC course in this summer to know more things about Korean culture. It is a golden chance to recognize the deeper layer of Korean popular culture and to figure out what is Korean popular culture and their mass media. On the lesson, professor is so fun and nice, and he can impact knowledge accurately. He will read the content of the textbook and then to explain it more clearly. He also showed some video for us to aid for explanation.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It is large enough. Also, its location is convenient because it is near to CU.

* Food:

Different kinds of food provided to choose in school canteen. It is changed every weeks.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

For me, I think Korean popular culture can lead me to the path of fashion because its pop culture has already swept across Asia. Also, more people are starting to follow some news or information about Korean clothing, Korean food...especially K-Pop (the Korean popular 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? No

I want to choose the program about Korean language. I want to learn more about the Korean culture and also learn their language. Because I think I can easy to communicate with local people and then easy to learn their culture and lifestyle..

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 want to buy something, such as clothes.. I also want to try all of the Korean foods, so I spent a lot during this 4 week. It is not easy to me to live on a student's budget, because I did not have a work at that moment.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Around $800000 won
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Spending less on food and spending more on playing.

Language

* 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?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Lesson
  • The experience of KU
  • Can able to learn the topic of Kpop
* What could be improved?
  • Cultural Activities
  • Activities in lesson
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I can realize that I will buy many clothes in Korea, then I won't bring too many to Korea.

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.