extremely inspiring January 25, 2016

By (Psychology, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/01/2015 to 12/17/2015 with

Yonsei University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The fact that I was able to gain a first-hand experience on the culture was very exciting and helpful. It was very worthwhile as I learned more about the different studying, communicating, etc styles of the local students.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was not living in a dorm

* Food:

the quantity and quality is both very good, and the price is also very friendly.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Korea is my home country, so I was already familiar with the 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

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? around $100

Language

* 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? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? taking language courses or participating in different organizations that encourage you to speak more of the language

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

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Facility/campus
  • courses
  • organizations
* What could be improved?
  • communication with other study abroad students
  • learning more about the Korean culture before going abroad
  • course selections
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have known how to be more involved in the program so that I would be a part of the community.

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!