Something you will never forget

Kevin K.

University:  Chung-Ang University
Study Period: 
Fall semester 2014/2015
Academic Level:  Master
   

Busan 1

Where do you start when you get roughly one page to describe something like a semester abroad in Korea? A country so different to what you are used to and an experience as unbelievably great as this? I hope I can do this trip justice with this little report.

Preparations

I made my decision to go to Korea around a year and started planning my trip around half a year before. I contacted is-link roughly around winter and informed them that I want spend a semester in Fall at Chung-Ang and organizationally they have been with me the whole time. The whole process, including application, course selection and learning agreement was uncomplicated and worked out without any problems. Although there may be times when you feel lost, it’s usually alright and you don’t have to worry about anything (although you will have to be proactive at times). In general, after everything was organized and the University accepted me, I arrived in Hong Kong on the 25th of August and left for Seoul on the 29th. A couple of hours later I arrived at the University, got my student’s ID card and was sitting on my bed in my new room in the dormitory. The semester started on the 1st of September and went until the 19th of December. I then left for Tokyo on the 22nd of December, stayed during the Christmas holidays, and was back home on the 27th.

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Would I do it again? Without any hesitation!

Jan S.

University: 
Study Period: 
Spring 2013
Academic Level: 
Bachelor
   
 

SmitmansA little more than one year ago I boarded the plane that would bring me to Incheon International Airport, close to Seoul in South Korea. It was hard for me to believe I was about to spend one year in a country I just barely knew from reading Wikipedia articles, listening to some korean music and trying to consume a little korean media.

After a stop-over in Dubai, I arrived in Seoul almost a month before the actual study period began. I stood at Incheon International Airport with three other students from Essen and we had no idea how to get to the university, where we would move into the student dormitory. More on that later.

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Korea? – More than just Samsung and Gangnam Style

Michael P.

University: 
Study Period: 
Spring 2013
Academic Level: 
Master
   

In August, a month before the start of the semester (September), I flew to South Korea, so that I could get familiar with that completely different culture. For the flight route I chose a stopover in Dubai (3 days) to also get an insight into the modern Arab world. Another advantage was that the flight via Dubai was much cheaper than other carriers on direct flights.

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Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea

Marcel G.

University: 
Study Period: 
Fall 2012
Academic Level: 
Bachelor
   
 

KoreaFrom the early August until the end of December I was studying in the capital of South Korea, to be precise at the Chung-Ang University in Seoul. Actually it was my first time travelling to Asia, so I was very excited. It was my intention and desire to experience something totally new, so I decided not to go to a European or ‘Western’ country. The first days are really flashing for someone who was never in Asia before, but after a few days you get  used to it, and after a while you nearly can´t imagine anymore how it is without all these neon signs everywhere and without all these people being always around you. Around 25 million people are living in the big area of Seoul (containing all the satellite cities like Incheon and Bucheon etc.).

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