The best decision I made in my university life!!! December 07, 2018

By (National University of Singapore / NUS) - abroad from 06/26/2018 to 08/02/2018 with

Korea University: Seoul - International Summer Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learnt how to live independently and to support myself. Financial management and daily decision making. It makes me more confident and not to rely on others more. Also, it is a great opportunity for me to experience living outside of Singapore which is such a small city. It gives me a chance to explore what is outside and also to travel on my own.

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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.

Resources are available online which is very accessible to all of us. Classes are short, productive and well-planned.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very easy and convenient. Only have to map modules and apply for summer programme. Since I have quite a number of seniors who went there, it was easy to get our mapping approved.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed at a Goshiwon off campus and it is still very convenient.

* Food:

N/A

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I took basic korean before i went for the trip. Hence, I can understand simple korean. However, it is still a hassel because of language barrier.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Insurance from school

* Safety:

I notified the Singapore embassy in korea that I am going as an exchange student and kept a lookout for their contact details and addresses.

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

Korea University is more expensive than other universities that my host university offers but it is very prestigious and offers many more courses that other universities do not offer. Also, their administrative team is very efficient and helpful. They are all able to speak english and it is not difficult to communicate with them at all.

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 travelled to other cities outside of seoul and hence, I spent a lot on transport.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $400 per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You can opt for goshiwon off campus which is way cheaper.

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

  • Hostel
* 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
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?
  • Extra activities provided like Lotte World Trip
  • Very supportive administrative team
* What could be improved?
  • Allow more students to join the extra activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? N/A, information are very easily accessible

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Calculus 2

Course Department: Mathematics
Instructor: Wayne Smith
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Homeworks and solutions are all uploaded on a website which was shared with us. Also, his lectures are all well-planned and concepts are explained very clearly and orderly. The teacher is very well-prepared and teaches with a steady pace with no rush. Gives us ample examples to practice on and make sure we are keeping up with homeworks. I went for all the lessons. We are assessed through a lot of homeworks (one every 2 days because I'm in the 7 week programme), midterms and finals.
Credit Transfer Issues: N/A
Course Name/Rating:

Principles of Finance

Course Department:
Instructor: Park Jae Won
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It is more of an introductory course for Principles of Finance which is very informative and interesting. The teacher was very knowledgeable about his field of study and shares many more interesting facts with us about the real exchange of bonds. He also gave us advice on what to invest in. I went for every class and did not miss any lessons. We were accessed through homeworks, midterms and finals.
Credit Transfer Issues: N/A