I’m not sure what programs Yonsei offers for a yearlong study. Maybe check out CIEE and also be sure to visit the study abroad office at your school because they will be a great resource and work with you to find a good program for you even if the program you want is not already established. Good luck! :)
Hey! Sorry for the backlog! Living in Korea one day, even short term, would be almost a dream come true for me too. So I definitely know how you feel. But to be honest, living in Korea can be kind of tough for foreigners and there will be very few industries where your foreign status will not bring you down. Teaching English/tutoring or counseling Korean students who want to attend university in the US is one, and I’m sure other less corporate work is doable as well. So I’d suggest that you finish your schooling in Chicago (or anywhere else in the US), take some Korean language classes, and plan to study abroad for a year during that time. After you graduate, apply for a program such as Epik or Talk to teach English in Korea. Living in Korea is the surest way to learn the language! And if you’re teaching English there, you’ll be employed and worry free. Hope that helps! :)
Hi! I guess if you read through my blog a little, you’ll get a glimpse of what life is like as a study abroad student in Korea. I think studies are about the same, nothing particular. If you’re not from a large urban city like me, then you’ll probably find Seoul (assuming that’s where you’ll be) to be full of adventure. There’s always a lot to do, although my favorite part might have been just sitting in cafes. The night life is pretty upbeat; Koreans really know how to get their party on. :P It’s definitely a great experience, so I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone a bit and embrace being a stranger in a strange city. From someone who has been in those shoes multiple times, I’ve never regretted anything! Let me know if you have any more specific questions, good luck!
I am American, but if you were actually wondering about my ethnicity, I am Chinese :)
Hello Blanca! I’m so glad that my study abroad blog can be a resource for you even a year after I finished the blog. To answer your questions:
1. I don’t believe YISS to be a very competitive program. I could be wrong but I don’t you should have any problem getting in.
2. Best part of the trip is definitely the people you meet. Definitely live in the dorms on campus even though it can be a bit costly. I went through CIEE, which provided me with a smaller group of friends that I am still very close with. If you can find anything like that, I would definitely recommend it! YISS is huge and it can hard to find a friend group to plug into. :/
3. No Korean knowledge is required before the program! If you’re planning to take a Korean language course, Yonsei has courses ranging from beginner I to advanced III, so no worries. But if you are a quick learner and want to get the most out of your summer, it might be worth your while to learn the Korean alphabet and some basic vocabulary. The beginner classes spend a lot of time on alphabet and basic vocab/sentence structure (stuff I think you can pick up easily on your own).
4. I’m not sure I understand the question. If you mean in order to learn Korean, then Chinese is definitely useful but it’ll take you longer to learn Chinese than Korean so there’s really no point. If you meant in general, Chinese is an increasingly important language in the world so it would be good to know if you want to go into anything international after college. If you were going to learn both anyway, I’d go with Chinese first :P but honestly, if you don’t have interest/passion for it, it’ll be hard to really learn a language well. So I say go with what you’re more interested in!
Hope that helped, feel free to ask me more questions! :)#cupcakemaster512 #south korea #study abroad #faq #questions #korea #summer #yonsei
I think my summer study abroad cost around $6-7,000. It’s a bit harder to fund in the summer since you can’t get any financial aid or use your regular scholarships toward summer studies. I got a scholarship for $1,000 and had to put up the rest with a loan. I think I also got a bit of the pell grant, though I am not too sure.
I’m pretty sure you can be in any US college but some programs have specific schools they are affiliated with that will make things like transferring credits and such a bit easier. Just do your research and know if your school is affiliated with any programs and how that affects you.
Let me know if you have anymore questions! :)#laughing-ish-away