Study Abroad TEAN - Korea University November 04, 2020

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

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained one of my best friends who I spent most of my time while abroad. I got better at my Korean speaking skills.

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 coursework was challenging. One of the teachers at Korea University could have been a bit more helpful. I was unable to get the software I needed for a course and the teacher was not very understanding. Another student in that class had this issue as well.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Sandra was super helpful and fun to be around when we had the program trips.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

One of my favorite things about my time in Korea was the food! There are so many delicious foods to try. One of my favorite foods was jjimdak which I tried with TEAN in the first few weeks.

* 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

I enjoyed the trips we went on with TEAN and I met some great friends through the program.

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? $250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Pace yourself and don't spend a lot of money during your first week abroad. Only spend money on things you really want or need. Try to limit eating out to maybe 2 - 3 times a week or less if you want to save more. In Korea, you can get a meal at the convenience store for cheap.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
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? Beginner
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • trips
  • food
* What could be improved?
  • course options & prep
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known how difficult the courses would be at Korea University with no tutoring. Also, I wish I had known my last few weeks I would have very little money left. I would've been a little more frugal at the end of my stay.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.