Finding my Seoul Past Review

By (Cedar Crest College) - abroad from 03/01/2016 to 12/16/2016 with

Seoul Women's University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I liked it so much that I am planning on going back to Korea for graduate school and am thinking about possibly immigrating there.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses taught in english were easy but at the same time the tests were difficult because the language was so indirect I couldn't tell what the questions were asking. The Korean courses were really amazing though and I learned a lot.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration wasn't involved much but there were in the middle of a staffing change

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I found my own housing and lived off campus which I really enjoyed

* Food:

Korea has good food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I think living off campus helped

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had an eye problem and got treated for acne while I was there. I waited less than 5 minutes in each case. The visit for the eye problem was $10 and the one for acne was $40 including medications. Also got new glasses, they did they eye test and then I came back an hour later to pick up the new glasses they had made.

* Safety:

Korea is safe.

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

Loved it


* 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)

I spent around $100 per week but I was commuting and living in my own apartment so it probably could be done cheaper

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Set aside a certain amount each week. When you don't have plans with people try to save, going out is a big part of Korean culture and its where you'll spend the most money.


* 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

I took a 20 hours per week course the first semester which got me up to the level where I could have a conversation. Second semester I had courses in grammar and speaking.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none. I knew the alphabet and some greetings
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Teach yourself the Korean alphabet and the pronunciation.

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

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Friends
  • Learning Korean
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • The SWU buddy program
  • Notices of events
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How difficult it would be to set up a bank account and my phone

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!