Neverending exchange life Past Review

By (Applied Economics., The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 03/04/2013 to 06/14/2013 with

Seoul National University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The local students at Seoul National University are known to be very very hard workers which made my classes quite challenging. However, it was very fascinating to see and learn how eager they are to learn and also manage to have social life as well. There are so many things you could learn from the local students. Also, they have an excellent exchange student group called SNU Buddy. It is ran by local students and allow exchange students to gather together and experience unique, Korean events. They put effort into putting those events together and it shows. Overall, my experience at SNU was absolutely worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* 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?

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I would say around $100~120
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cafeteria food is very cheap and not bad. Korea has so much good food to try but it will cost you quite a bit if you keep eating out! Also, fruits and veggies are generally quite expensive compared to the states.


* 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
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? Korean students are everywhere in the states. Grab them and practice then also you can help them learn English if needed!

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

  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Beautiful campus in spring
  • The people I met during the semester
* What could be improved?
  • Cleanness of dormitory
  • A few professors who teach in English that students cannot understand well
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The classes I chose to take were pretty difficult because I had no information of how they are taught or how local students think of. They have a website called which is similar to ratemyprofessors, but it's only in Korean. It would be helpful for exchange students if can be provided in English.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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.'