Is this a vacation or school? Past Review

By (International Affairs And Commerce, University of the Pacific) - abroad from 09/03/2012 to 12/21/2012 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The biggest thing I learned is how to deal to communicate effectively with different people.

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 Classes taught in English were very not very rigorous. The regular Korean language class was 2 hours a day, every day, which got a little tedious.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very unhelpful. The guy in charge was in leaving soon after we arrived so he pretty much didn't care.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Dorms are clean and house many amenities. however the common language is English and their are very few native Koreans living their.

* Food:

There is great cheap food about a 10 minute walk from the dorms. the on campus food is pretty good as well.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Yonsei has programs to help make connections with local people which was kinda hit or miss. Many Koreans want international friends so if you want to meet Koreans there are plenty of opportunities.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I don't have any person experience but my friends that had serious medical issues were able to get treat but it was very very expensive. Pharmacies are abundant and cheap for minor issues.

* Safety:

I felt safer in this city then any other major urban area.

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)

It's possible to eat out on the equivalent of 10 dollars a day. typical dinners cost around 5,000-8,000 won.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100,000 Won
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out every day.


* 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? none
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? Don't live in the dorm.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Meeting people from around the world
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Yonsei administration
  • Yonsei's english classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Korean

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.