Thank you for a remarkable summer! December 10, 2018

By (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) - 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 would say spending the last summer of my university life in KU was the best decision I have made. I have gained an in-depth knowledge of Korean history and cultures and grown to be a more mature, independent, confident and competent person. This brand new experience, memories and friends that I have made in the program are absolutely worthwhile.

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.

There are up to 120 courses that taught by professors from distinguished universities in the world. I could choose the courses that I am truly interested in and broaden the horizon by learning from students around the world. Also, the course intensity and workload were manageable.

* 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?

KU provided a plenty of cultural activities for us to experience Korean culture, ranging from Taekwondo class to field trip to Korean Folk Village. However, the vacancy for the cultural events was limited. Sometimes it was difficult to register successfully. Besides, I got time to explore the city, such as visiting Jeju Island and Busan during the weekend. Despite the language barrier, travelling around is always a good way to learn and immerse in a culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

For me, Korea is a safe country but it is better for you not to wander around at nighttime because there are many drunk people on the street, especially the bustling places.

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

I like the Korean culture a lot personally and KU offered me a great opportunity to study and experience the local cultures and academic experience with so many resources and support. If I could do it once again, I would definitely choose the same program.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About 150,000 won
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you will cook and seldom dine out, the food expense would be much lower.

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

After I learnt vowels and consonants of Korean, I could manage to form and briefly understand the Korean words (especially when ordering food). Therefore, I was more confident in using the simple phrase I learnt in daily life and travelling.

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

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

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Food
  • Cultural events
  • People
* What could be improved?
  • More cultural events and more vacancies
  • The size of the buddy group
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how much I would enjoy my stay in Korea so that I can have a better planning to visit more places and to enjoy every single moment.

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.'