Amazing December 05, 2018

By (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill) - abroad from 06/25/2018 to 08/02/2018 with

Korea University: Seoul - International Summer Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile because I learned to me more persuasive and determined

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Great educational experience. I took three classes, and all professors were great and knowledgable in their area of expertise. It's a summer program so the GPA I got wouldn't have affected that of my home university, but I really pushed myself to get an academic scholarship. The academic rigor would depend on your determination, but if you would like to get the scholarship, I recommend you to study as hard as you do in your home institution. The academic intensity would depend on the course you take and the professors, but my general feeling is that the course load is reasonable. As long as you put your effort, you will get the grade you are happy with. What I really liked about KU ISC was that the professors and staffs tried to be as helpful as they could! They would print out the textbooks you have to read for class and make sure you have a satisfying experience with the program and in Seoul. One thing that I suggest for an improvement is to have classes taken in other academic buildings of KU. This doesn't bring the quality of experience down, but I wish I had an opportunity to take classes in other buildings so I could get more comprehensive experience that KU could provide. Wish I had the next opportunity to join KU ISC again, but I will be graduating within few weeks. I still hope for the best wishes for the program, and I hope to re-visit Annam soon!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Well-organized administration. The staffs were punctual and knew what they were doing. I got my offer letter late compared to others, and when I called them, they were immediately able to find out the problem and really tried to solve it.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

N/A because I didn't get a KU housing, but I heard from friends that it was a satisfying experience to live with roommates from various countries.

* Food:

Food is awesome because it's cheap! One thing I would say about food is that the food provided in school restaurants is limited (and sometimes average), but if you go somewhere right outside of the campus, you'll have many options.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was a welcoming experience to get to know the school culture. Because I was already familiar with the Korean culture, I didn't have much trouble getting used to it, but I'm confident that those who don't know about the Korean culture shouldn't have much trouble integrating.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A because I didn't have a healthcare problem. Make sure to have all required vaccines before departing from your home country.

* Safety:

Korea is probably one of the safest countries in the world. It's fine to hand around at 3am without feeling unsafe. Just make sure to know where you are going and what you are doing!

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

The location (Annam) is great, professors were great, great classes.. I think i've explained enough in my previous comments


* 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)

It's relatively easy to live on a student's budget because the food cost within campus is cheap. However, restaurants outside of the campus is more expensive, and the cose to live in Korea has been rising. You would need little bit more than the minimum expenses.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

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

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Classes
  • Location
  • Quality of food (mainly outside of campus)
* What could be improved?
  • Academic building locations
  • Longer lunch time
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Wish I knew students who came from the same home institution as me

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Business Communication

Course Department:
Instructor: William Walker
Instruction Language: English
Comments: William is a very kind person and professor. He may seem a bit shy when he talks in front of people, but he always makes a good point in his class lectures. His midterm was reasonable, and the final presentation project was a lot of fun to prepare for. It's a 10-min long presentation about our career goals. As someone who had to apply for jobs after the summer classes, this presentation really made me think about my career development more thoroughly, and it was a rewarding experience because I learned a lot.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Consumer Behavior

Course Department:
Instructor: Woody Kim
Instruction Language: English
Comments: He was very chill and knew a lot about the materials. I participated in class more often than I would have at my home institution, because he considered participation very importantly. It's a lot of theory-based materials that require lots of memorization, but luckily, he let us have a cheat sheet that was useful.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Abnormal Psychology

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Dr. Nora Feeny
Instruction Language: English
Comments: She was very enthusiastic and organized. She was very passionate about the course materials and handled questions very well. There were 4 exams, which sounds like it's a lot to take in 6 weeks, but it's doable because they are multiple choices and reasonable. She also drops one of the tests at which you got the lowest score.
Credit Transfer Issues: No credit transfer issue because this was for my major, and my school and major department seems to be flexible.