An experience I can only do once Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., Barnard College) for

Yonsei University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I really enjoyed being in another country, however, there was a huge culture difference. I took 4 classes and enjoyed only 2. Their system of teaching is still not up to date. The teacher and student relationship is still very traditional and there is a hierarchy. However, 2 of my classes was so interesting and interacted because the teacher was educated partly in the states. This really made me so thankful of the western education, where questioning, thinking outside of the box is encourage.

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* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I go to a liberal art college, where opinion and creative thinking is encourage and it not purely memorization of the textbook and what teachers says. However,in Yonsei memorization was mainly the way they teach, but there are classes that are not like that. Their grading system is mainly depended on 2 exam so that puts a great amount of pressure on the student to memorize everything, and the office hours are not an common thing in Korea.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I was one of the first student that my school send so the information was not enough but it was a known fact to me.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I found a house off campus and I loved it.

* Food:

The food was mainly Korean food. I grow tired of the food quickly.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?


* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Korea is generally safe, but it always better if you know someone who can take down the cab number just in case.

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? $250 or more
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? None


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
Language acquisition improvement?

The program at Yonsei was terrible, the teacher was not very encouraging at all. There was no extra help when you seek for it. This completely ruining my experience in South Korea.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Make sure you choose teacher who has been abroad for part of their education, that will you the difference in your experience.