KU is Where You Want To Get Into December 09, 2018

By (University of Tennessee - Knoxville) - abroad from 06/23/2018 to 08/05/2018 with

Korea University: Seoul - International Summer Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Lets do a little prep for Seoul! Got T-money card? Check! Korean won? Check! Cute Hand Held Fan? Check! Umbrella? Check! Good tennis shoes? Check! Alright now if you have all those I think you are prepared for studying abroad at KU! Whether it is hopping on the bus to arrive outside the KU campus building or climbing hills to finally arrive at the dorm, I would never forget each view. Every day I spent on campus or in the buzzing streets of Seoul was something I never took for granted. A day without smile is a day wasted. I could say at this point that no time spent in Seoul was a day wasted. The people I met, the memories I made, and the food I ate could not have compared to any other summer of my life...even when Korea always manages to add an extra step at the end of each flight of stairs that could possibly trip you haha. For anyone who in the future possibly stumbles upon this review, I hope this message can serve as a final push for you to step foot into Seoul and make awesome memories like I did. :)

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.

The level of academic work at KU was definitely not a walk in the park, but both courses I took were very eye-opening in teaching us about Korean culture and history. The amount of work offered in the 6 weeks was definitely the standard I expected from such a prestigious university like Korea University.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was very satisfied with the dorm in Global because it was very clean and the it was obvious the dorm was very-well maintained. Even the ladies who came to clean our bathroom every week were nice.

* Food:

I LOVE THE FOOD IN KOREA! I loved the food so much that I lost my appetite when I returned back to the US honestly.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I enjoyed the local atmosphere in Korea, but I wish I had took more initiative in interacting with the local students and residents.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not encounter any health issues abroad so I am happy.

* Safety:

I believe Korea is very safe compared to many countries. I never once felt unsafe and nothing every stopped me from going out to explore.

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

YES I would choose this program at KU no matter how many times you ask me! :)

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)

Eating out in Seoul is a lot cheaper compared to eating out in the US. You can get a quick meal at the convenient store for less than $4.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It is better to convert money to Korean won before arriving to Korea to avoid ATM transaction fees honestly.

Language

* 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? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Cultural Activities
  • Academic Classes
  • Seoul
* What could be improved?
  • Make summer term longer
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? No need to hesitate! Just go abroad and see for yourself. No need to fear the unknown.