Summer at KU January 28, 2019

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 06/25/2018 to 08/01/2018 with

Korea University: Seoul - International Summer Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot of professional knowledge.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration tried their best when helping me with some immigration issues that involved a different university in Korea when the other university wasn't being cooperative.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The dorms were really nice, other than them being on a big hill. I wish there was a roommate matching system put in place.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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


* 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)


* 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

According to the buddies, they weren't allowed to speak to us in Korean, so I stopped interacting with the buddies because I only joined the buddy program to practice Korean. The class was fine, but we didn't practice speaking. It was mostly a lecture class.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I had finished the second year class at my university.
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Go to language exchange cafes! There's one in Gangnam and one in Hongdae. It's called Global Seoul Mates.

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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  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Classes
  • Cultural Events
* What could be improved?
  • Roommate Matching System
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish my Korean skills were better.

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:

Branding Workshop

Course Department: ISC 420
Instructor: Sunook Park
Instruction Language: English
Comments: We had an amazing field trip to Hongseong and were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to work on brand concepts with an actual company. In addition, we even held an exhibition for our ideas. Compared to my classes at my home institution, I participated waaaaaaay more. It was to the extent that I woke up at 3 AM to help the professor prepare the materials for class. This class was honestly life changing and influenced me to apply to the design program at my home institution and to come back to Korea to take more classes with this professor.
Credit Transfer Issues: I didn't have any issues transferring the credit back.