An experience so amazing I couldn't possibly describe it in only one line Past Review

By (University of Maine - Orono) - abroad from 03/01/2017 to 06/21/2017 with

USAC Korea: Kookmin University in Seoul - Korean and East Asian Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
gained so many new friends and learned so much about other cultures and not just the culture of the destination program but from all over the world because you meet so many people from all across the world

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.

there were limited classes for my major in my language so I had to take some lower leveled classes, but they were still very interesting and the ones that were higher level classes were challenging

* 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

There is not a single thing that stands out as something that did not like and can't think of a reason to chose another program when I loved this one so much


* 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)

if you want to you can definitely live on a budget really easily but it is also very easy to do the opposite and spend too much money

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? probably averaged around $500 a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out at restaurants every night as tempting as it is


* 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? None
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? 0
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? just study from a book and use some sort of audio to accompany it, it also helps a lot if you just get acquainted to seeing the language a lot, it sounds weird but once you are used to just seeing a different language it feels more comfortable

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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
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?
  • campus
  • facilities
  • city
* What could be improved?
  • not much
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I was not so worried about going, and I would tell myself to not be afraid to enjoy myself and be as open as I could possibly be

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.