Life Changing Experience! December 05, 2018

By (Pennsylvania State University - Altoona) - abroad from 06/25/2018 to 07/19/2018 with

Korea University: Seoul - International Summer Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
KU ISC taught me not just to be a more open-minded person, but also more open with myself. I became more comfortable around new people and created many new friendships, all while experiencing a new culture that eventually felt like a second home. Every second of it was worth it!

Review Photos

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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.

* 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?

I did not have a need to use any healthcare programs.

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe while walking through the streets of Seoul. The people are incredibly respectful, but still always make sure you have friends close by!

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

KU ISC never failed to make me feel like I was home away from home. The staff and the KU buddies were always willing to help in any way they could and they introduced me to countless new people and experiences that I will never forget.

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)

Luckily, there is no shortage of delicious and inexpensive food near the university! This made it much easier to budget wisely.

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

I was enrolled in Korean language class, so I was always encouraged to practice at any opportunity.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? The best way to practice is out loud! Practice in the way you would actually interact with other people. Even when doing book work, read the sentences out loud to yourself so you become familiar with them.

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

  • 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?
  • KU ISC buddy program
  • Cultural Activities
  • Lots of free time
* What could be improved?
  • Different sign up times for activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I only wish that I would have known more of the language prior to attending the program, that way I could have interacted more with local people in a confident way.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!