가자! April 03, 2018

By (University of Central Florida) - abroad from 08/16/2017 to 12/22/2017 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Seoul - Korea University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved the independence I gained from it. I rode subways by myself, learned how to coexist within a different language, and was able to try these amazing new foods and meet great new people. The friends I made from my study abroad experience I think I'll be friends with for a long time. I also gained new insight to how the other side of the world works, and learned how to live like a true Seoullite, with an easy-going vibe.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Super supportive, and always there if you needed help!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very much so. I left feeling as if Seoul was my home.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Pharmacies are easily accessible, and many of the pharmacists can understand multiple languages. If not, just try translating your symptoms and showing them in Korean on your phone. They'll be able to help.

* Safety:

Seoul is super safe, and I never had a problem, at any time, in the city.

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

TEAN made everything super simple, and super easy. There wasn't a time during my entire experience where I didn't feel supported, and they were always there when I needed help.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to budget beforehand, and keep track of all of your spending!

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 2
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? Ordering at restaurants is one way to practice. Try your best, and most places are accommodating to people attempting to learn the language. If not, then it's just another learning experience.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The supportiveness
  • The cultural activities
  • The orientation session
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Budget budget budget! It also doesn't hurt to at least learn a little bit of Korean before coming here!