CIEE South Korea ! February 02, 2020

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/23/2019 to 12/20/2019 with

Study Abroad Programs in South Korea

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained the confidence to use and practice the local language!

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

Amazing individuals who cared for you like if you were their family! When I would need medical attention or even emotional help, my CIEE host administration where amazing.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very limited housing offered, however the roommate match making was nice!

* Food:

I enjoy spicy foods and the food in South Korea was too sweet for my tastebuds!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

CIEE was very helpful in making sure that no students needed medical assistance. When students needed medical attention, the on site personal was helping you every step of the way.

* Safety:

I feel more safe in South Korea than I do in the US!

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

Finances

* 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? 170

Language

* 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? 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? Korean 20a
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? Get lost outside of the city! Force yourself to use the local language with locals

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • food
  • night life
  • study environment
* What could be improved?
  • integration with local korean students
  • exploring outside the city
  • budgeting tips
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? South Korea is fit for anyone who is willing to explore and enjoy night life with many Koreans.

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.'