Friendly people, great food, and wonderful culture! Past Review

By (Electronics Engineering Technology, Western Washington University) - abroad from 09/03/2012 to 06/21/2013 with

Yonsei University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to learn a new language and experience a new culture. I could broaden my knowledge of my major.

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

* 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?

There is a hospital right next to the university, which is top quality but a little expensive so insurance is necessary. The program administration gave a very informative presentation about health issues at the start of the program. No vaccines are necessary.

* Safety:

Relatively safe unless one does reckless things. The school is in the city, so one must be careful of traffic.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $80.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat at the school cafeteria. The food is cheap and good.


* 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? Intermediate
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? There are some great websites and books available to study by oneself. I also recommend finding a native to teach each other's languages with. Homestay is also a great option.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* 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?
  • Meeting lots of other international students.
  • All the clubs and activities for foreign students.
  • The language courses.
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing I can think of.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew about the alternate language courses which take less time.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!