Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
real estate in seoul is crazy expensive, moreso than it is in the states. if you find something that looks reasonable as compared with prices at home, the apartment is probably only big enough to turn around in. prepare to pay more on your apartment. cell phones are also more, because the actual phone is typically more expensive than it is at home (or equal), but for people who don't have a korean identification number (that means you, foreigner!), you're not allowed to have your own mobile account. you'll have to use pre-paid phone cards. these cards are great for calling back home, but they get expensive with calling or texting friends in korea. only upside: if you call, it wastes your minutes... if someone calls *you*, your minutes aren't used up. so always get koreans to call you (it's free for both of you that way)
overall, everything else in korea is cheaper, so by the time you factor in the expensive apartments and phone cards, it pretty much evens out with all the money you'll save on food, etc.
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was more expensive than at home.
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Food, Nightlife:
was less expensive than at home.