JUST CANT LIE IT WAS THE BEST SUMMER OF MY LIFE! December 05, 2018

By (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) - abroad from 06/25/2018 to 08/04/2018 with

Korea University: Seoul - International Summer Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile without doubt! I made many new friends from different countries and also learnt a lot about the Korean culture.

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 took the Intro. to marketing class which is the morning class. The class is overall satisfactory and interactive. Interaction in the class and the examples given by the teacher allow me to apply the theories into daily life that help me understand the theories in an easier way. But one thing that I need to mention is that the teaching pace is a bit slow so self-study is needed.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I have nothing negative to say about the administration of the program. The structure allowed for a lot of freedom but at the same time having good amount of regulation.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Well, for the room, I am okay with that since it is comfortable with air-con, space is enough and I have a private washroom in my room. Yet, I am living in the Frontier House. There is no kitchen, microwave and refrigerator in the whole building while the dorm fee is the highest one (The same price with CJ but for sure the facilities in CJ is the best. They have 2 kitchens per floor and even a fitness room). So that means you have no choice but need to eat out everyday. But lucky there is a convenient store which is really near so you can grab some cheap food there. And the dorm is near the station! Only 10-15 mins walk I think!

* Food:

I didn't go to the cafeteria of the school since there are a lot of good restaurants with reasonable price around the school!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

OMG! YES! Make sure you join the buddy program provided by KU! This will allow you to know other International students and some Korean students (as you will have one Korean buddy) Apart from that, there are tons of cultural activities provided by school which are all free! Grab those chances and join as many as you can! Then you will have unforgettable experiences!!!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I have no experience with it but there is a 약국 in Anam so you can get some medicines with you feel sick.

* Safety:

Please DONT need to worry about the safety issue! I am 100% sure to tell you it is so safety even you are walking on the street alone in the late midnight! And tbh, there are still people on the street in the late night as Korea is famous for its night life (u know^^)!

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

I attended the Korea University ISC 6-weeks program and I’m pretty sure to say spending your summer in KU is not only worthwhile but a wise choice^^ I did join the exchange program from another uni in Korea before (the one in SKY and is competing with KU for many years, u know) and upon the comparison between two exchange programs, I highly recommend KU, not only because of the class but also many other factors ,like the cultural activities, help provided from the school and so on

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)

Hmmm okay it quite depends on you. If you are going to do tourist stuff, shopping and eating out almost everyday, then ofc it is hard for you to live on a student's budget.But for me, it is totally ok, like sometimes eating out, sometimes just grab food in the convenient store. (GS25 helps me a lot haha)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around 300,000 won
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? 1) There are tons of good restaurants in Anam with good price (i.e. 10,000 won for all-you-can-eat KBBQ, cream chicken (yum Korean chicken with cheap price if you share with friends), 고른햇살 (so cheap! I love this place!))

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?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Cultural activities
  • KU buddy program
  • Accessibility to facilities
* What could be improved?
  • Dorm (frontier house only)
  • A longer program
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* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To know that there is no kitchen in my dorm (jk)