Yonsei University Summer program review by South Korean internatial student in Brandeis Past Review

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Yonsei University: Seoul - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was a great opportunity to study and stay in home country for me as a student who has been studying in the U.S. for almost a decade. Academically, it was also satisfiable because courses offered in Yonsei are something I could not learn in American university.

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* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Workload wasn't too much. Grading system was generally fair. Professor tought students with enthusiasm but often met difficulties in making students interested in class discussion. Since my professor teaches students in American university, there was no particular differences I noticed in teaching method.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was easy to find an access to support services during my study abroad in Yonsei. Interestingly, there were many students from different countries in Yonsei. Probably, the big size of prgram caused the varaiety of students from different background. Academically, Yonsei Summer prgram was beneficial because there were courses i couldn't experience available for me such as "East Asian International Relations."

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed in my house in Seoul. I had no experience in staying in Yonsei University campus. However, I can tell you that South Korea, my country, is generally very safe in terms of neighborhood issue. Talking about nightlife in Korea, I recommand students not to hang out too often during the program because there are so many things to do with excitement in Korea everynight.

* Food:

Korean food often contains red spicy ingradients. However, there are also many delicious options such as Bulkogi, Galbi, and setra that foreigners can eat without difficulties. On the other hand, for vegeterians, It might be little hard for them to find "eatable food" because Korean restaurants do not offer customers vegeterian in general.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I went to the university from my home in Seoul. So, I didnt have a chance to join any social event organized by the program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The City of Seoul is very bright even in nightime. Plus, there are many local hospitals and clinics you can approach to. If there were Health issues throught my study abroad, it coul be easily solved. In the university, safety gurads worked 24 hours around the campus.

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)

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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