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Yonsei University

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4.27 / 5 based on 115 reviews
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Michael
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, South
International Relations, Graduate, full-time graduate school program
Yonsei University
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
If you learn Korean, it opens a whole new world for you--people in East Asia value when you show some effort to learn and understand their language and culture. Yonsei University has a Korean Language Institute - without a doubt, the best in Korea. You will find here people from all around the world!
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Michael
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, South
International Relations, Graduate, full-time graduate school program
Yonsei University
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> A private grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
The exchange rate of Euro fell down considerably, and so did the German Mark. The best advice is to bring US dollars...piles of it!:) In Seoul, which is a gigantic metropolis of 12 million people, the money goes out very fast!
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Travel, Housing, Overall, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Food:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Watch your budget...just like anywhere else.
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Michael
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, South
International Relations, Graduate, full-time graduate school program
Yonsei University
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Yonsei University and its Graduate School of International Studies offer many courses in five general areas: International Cooperation (Foreign Policy and Security - also my field), International Trade Policy,International Management, and Area Studies (Japanese, Korean, American). The courses are taught by top professors who are valued worldwide, and provide a good challenge to anyone who wants to really learn something.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
find more time to keep up with readings:)
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Michael
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, South
International Relations, Graduate, full-time graduate school program
Yonsei University
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Although you can get almost anything in Seoul, I suggest you bring your medicine that you are used to (anything from Aspirin to Tylenol and etc), bring also your favorite deodorant, shampoo, shower-gel, and other hygiene products. Don't forget presents from your home country that will be helpful when meeting with Korean friends.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Yonsei is the most international university in Korea. It offers freedom, energy, creativity, culture while pursuing the values of academic research and truth. It opened a new world for me, a world that has changed my life forever. I am happy to be here!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Please come to Yonsei!
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Michael
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, South
International Relations, Graduate, full-time graduate school program
Yonsei University
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
There are so many clubs, bars, cafes in Seoul. People here love to go out, and have fun! The Yonsei University District called Shinchon is filled with thousands of young people everyday, and therefore one can find just the perfect place to go out with the perfect atmosphere. There is definitely an unique culture here, combining old asian tradition with the new fast paced techno world. As a European I have enjoyed it very much!
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Michael
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, South
International Relations, Graduate, full-time graduate school program
Yonsei University
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: so called Hasook-schip or Boarding House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Korean Hasook-schips are the best to live in.
Why?
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
There are many hasook-ships around Yonsei University. You pay anywhere from 300 to 500 dollars per month which includes home made meals, and laundry service. (Great! The International Dorm at Yonsei has no meal plan, and so when you stay at in a boarding house, you don't have to care about going out to restaurants for food. I like to have my space and freedom, and so boarding house is my choice. However, if it is your first time at Yonsei, stay in the dorm, and then look for a boarding house.
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