One of my friends just returned from a five-week study abroad program in Seoul [Sogang University Korean Immersion Program], and she was kind enough to sit down with me for a quick interview. Check out the Q&A below!
How did you find out about this program?
I googled ‘Korea study abroad’. I also asked friends who have done summer study abroad programs and one of them recommended the Sogang program.
What was a typical day like?
Wake up and have breakfast at the dormitory. Then, four hours of language class. Within the language class, it was two hours of speaking–it was a speaking-oriented program–and two hours reading or writing. There was a 1-hour lunch break. We would eat on campus, or get something at the convenience store and eat on the go [because some culture classes are off-site]. After lunch, we had two hours of culture classes, which included K-pop dance, taekwondo, cooking, traditional Korean mask dance, and calligraphy. On the weekends, you have time to do whatever you want. [Program Overview]
What was the biggest challenge of this program?
Trying to study when there are so many things to do in Seoul. It was very hard to [find time to] go outside of the city. It’s really what you make out of it. Trying to have as much fun as you can within the five weeks and packing in as many things as you want [to see or do], while taking care of your studies.
What are the top 5 places that you would recommend visiting?
1. Myeongdong for skin products.
2. Ewha Mural Village was very nice for picture-taking and random artwork.
3. Hongdae for food and low key clubs.
4. Go to the outskirts of Seoul. Everland was a lot of fun.
5. Gyeongbokgung Palace
What advice would you give to someone that’s traveling to Korea for the first time?
Learn a little bit of the Korean alphabet beforehand. Learn a few basic phrases in Korean so that you can get around, and download the Subway Korea app because it will be your best friend. [Download Subway Korea for iOS and Android.]
Do you have any questions about Sogang University Korean Immersion Program or traveling to South Korea (Seoul and Busan)? Let me know via comment or email, and I’ll do my best to get them answered!