Fun, Travel, Great Experiences! Past Review

By (International Relations And Global Studies, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 09/02/2013 to 12/13/2013 with

Seoul National University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Delving into other countries is great fun. Definitely 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.

Classes were solid, material was interesting and professors engaging. However, it was hard to figure out how you were doing in the class!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Sometimes, it was hard to get in contact with the administration and you had to go here physically to get stuff done.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very convenient location.

* Food:

Great food for cheap price.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I wish I had joined a club, I mostly became friends with other exchange/international students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Safety really wasn't an issue. The dorms are super secure and as long as you're not stupid and wander alone in the city at night, you should be fine.

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)

Korea isn't a very expensive place. The food is pretty cheap and transportation isn't bad at all. However, there's so many cool areas to go shopping. That's where most of the money is spent!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget yourself.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Food
  • Traveling
  • Going to school in another country
* What could be improved?
  • Wish SNU wasn't so isolated
  • More course offerings in English
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew 3 hour classes four times a week is really tough.

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.'