My Korean Adventure Past Review

By (Finance and Marketing, University of Hawaii - Manoa) - abroad from 03/01/2012 to 06/21/2012 with

Yonsei University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
By studying abroad, I learned Korean, made a lot of friends (both exchange and local), gained cultural information about living in a foreign country, and made memories that will last a lifetime! It was definitely worthwhile and I highly suggest studying abroad!

Review Photos

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Some classes were extremely difficult to comprehend due to the professors poor English.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were alright. They tried to help but was a little unorganized and vain about information.

* 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


* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? fluxuated, but around $100 or so.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to resist going clothes shopping and eat in school or at the food/street vendors.


* 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? Just conversational, no classes previously taken
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? Make friends with actual Korean students

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Korean culture/environment
  • People
  • Korean Food
* What could be improved?
  • Organization and communication with exchange students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to speak Korean