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sarah
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, United States
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Independent
Yonsei University
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
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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Telephone, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Food, Nightlife:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
most of the text books are workbooks... so you write in them and can't sell them back. there are internet cafes (pc bang) all over korea, so if you don't have a computer, you can go to the pc bang and use a computer there for very cheap. most banks have account plans for foreigners, and the university has a health insurance policy through them. almost every cash dispenser in korea accepts foreign cards (unlike japan, where it's near impossible to get money from the machine!) if all else fails, find a cash machine in the subway... they always accept foreign cards.
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Viktoria
Wirtschaftsuniversitńt Wien, Vienna, Austria
Marketing and Sales Management, Graduate, University Agreement
Yonsei University
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Food is very cheap in Korea... If you stick to Korean food. Western food can get quite pricey sometimes. Transportation and Traveling is also quite cheap; if you travel in groups, you can stay at pensions or motels for 10.000 Won a night!
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Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Overall, Nightlife, Food, Travel:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
There's a "Grand Mart" at Shinchon Subway Station that is much cheaper than the "Rainbow Supermarket" at the East Gate. Don't go to Department Stores to shop for clothes, they are extremely expensive and they sometimes charge twice or even three times the price for Western labels. Go to Dongdaemun Night Market instead. - Great bargains!
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Jennifer
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Yonsei University
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Other
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings<br> Other
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
You spend more because you're traveling and you doing new things! All new things in different countries does cost money unfortunately...while I can't say it doesn't apply for things back at home cause it probably does (like going to see a new movie or a new bar that opened a few miles away etc...) Here..You are more willing to spend because with this spending comes the memories that you did them in a different country and the stories you can bring back to your family. I think thats why I was always more willing to spend on food and and travel here more than at home. There's new foods to try and places to see that at home you won't have and who knows when you will be presented with the opportunity to encounter these same places again.
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Food, Overall, Housing, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Significant financial surprises? mmm, don't go crazy spending if you know wiring money or your means of support doesn't come right away. I received a stipend from the school for my meals but I got so excited to see money that I blew it SO fast. On top of that my wonderful hardworking momma would send me $100 every 2 weeks...but once I blew my stipend and all I had was 100 every 2 weeks...Life got hard...And hard called for Ramen...FOR ALL MEALS. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner...It was all I could afford. It was horrible. Ramen makes me so sick to see now its scary.
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Muriel
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Yonsei University
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
The food was cheaper and so good. I had to buy a lot of calling cards and I traveled a lot more than I do at home.
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Telephone, Travel, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Food:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
The best way to travel in seoul is to get the "TMoney" card, it discounts all use of subway and bus.
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Artem
Siberian Independent University, Novosibirsk, Russia
Management Science, Graduate, Independent
Yonsei University
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
the costs of living are much higher
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Food, Overall, Housing, Nightlife, Travel, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
save money during first days of staying untill you will be confident enough about the prices. Communicate with local people even if they are very shy to communicate with:-))
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Kyle
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States
Financial Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Yonsei University
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Cost of living is much less there. I lived near the university too. The cost most things was less there than in the US.
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Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Telephone, Food, Overall, Housing:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Don't take too much with you or accumulate too much while you are there .It's a hassle to carry it all and you might have to pay a fee at the airport, or pay a lot to ship it home. But that is probably the same for wherever you go though. Housing near the university can be expensive, but if you search around you might be able to find a good deal. Overall costs weren't too bad there.
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