Great Time! March 31, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/27/2018 to 12/21/2018 with

Yonsei University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I can survive anywhere! But I think that came from being abroad in general instead of specifically being at Yonsei. It's a basic exchange program but your experience depends on whether or not you're willing to explore.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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 lived off campus in an Airbnb

* Food:

The food here is so cheap!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I took classes at UIC which helped me make friends with actual Korean and international students.

* 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

I think Yonsei was great! It was less academically challenging than my home university, so it gave me time to explore. I feel that my willingness to put myself out there helped me have a great time. Like once I got invited to a dinner with the president of Yonsei because one of my professors randomly invited students! Have an open mind!

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)

Sometimes I would spend less than $7 USD on food a day...you'll survive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to find small part-time side hustles! I had a babysitting and tutoring gig.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
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? 202
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 sure you watch Youtube videos about essential Korean phrases. Also to help you gain confidence make sure you try to talk to sales attendants, waiters, etc and you can move up to other people. And try to find a language buddy

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

  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* 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?
  • Fun events like Yonko Games
* What could be improved?
  • More information about campus events for exchange students
  • More information about professor/course quality
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Basically I would have budgeted better. I depended on money from my school to survive and wish I had gotten more info about it beforehand.

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.