South Korea: Asias' Soul Past Review

By (literature/ pre med, University of California - Merced) for

Yonsei University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I grew both academically and personally, it was definitely worth it.

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 workload was substantial but in my case, it was also voluntary. You can choose to take relatively easy courses as opposed to participating in time consuming projects or otherwise. The grading system was comparable to ours.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Strengths- they were always available and ready to answer any questions; they truly worked toward the students best interest and were eager to offer any help they could. Weaknesses- communication was often timeS difficult as their English was not as well versed as I hoped.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The University itself houses many decent restaurants.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Trip to Busan was absolutely memorable; it was hosted by the program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The country was very safe.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? N/A


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Begginers Korean Language Course
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I was encouraged to learn the language because of the lack of communication otherwise. Also, I did practice plenty with my lab mates and other foreign students living within the dormitories.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Go!