Culturelicious! Past Review

By (Global Studies, Brigham Young University) - abroad from 05/01/2013 to 06/20/2013 with

Study Abroad Programs in South Korea

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely a growing experience for me. It wasn't all good but the bad things taught me things I will probably need in the future so it was, in the end, an important adventure.

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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.

* 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? $50+
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save as much as you can beforehand so you don't feel limited. Save most of your souvenir buying to the last minute so you don't run out of money in the middle of the program.


* 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

It was supposed to be half language, half culture, but it was probably 85% culture. Not a bad thing but that should have been explained in the application.

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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 102
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? Force yourself into situations where you will have to use the language. Listen and read a lot as well. But speaking is very important.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
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?
  • Experiencing culture
  • Living in the hanok cheon in Andong
  • Jeju
* What could be improved?
  • More of an emphasis on language
  • Making a better schedule
  • Structure
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known more of the language before I went.

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!