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South Korea Study Abroad

South Korea 10343652_945067095519859_2798758168316649585_n 10583783_935210023172233_8848197495486599491_n 10646813_935210403172195_2979712070594038619_n 10678708_943483719011530_7995693318887119913_n 10690320_935210896505479_8992426941887660170_n       Simply amazing is how I would start to describe my time here studying abroad in South Korea.  Life is very different here than it is back home at Concordia and in a way there are slight subtleties that make it not so different.  So what is a typical day like in South Korea and at Soonchunhyang University?  There are so many things to do here and so many people to meet.  That being the case the first thing that happened to me was getting to meet other international students!  There are some international students we call (returnees) because they are simply amazing people who have had experience living and studying here in South Korea.  They helped the newcomers settle into their dorm.  The international students live in a building called Global Village which we call GV.  GV is an important factor in your day to day lives here at Soonchunhyang.  You will live in a suite with 11 other people, a mix of other international students and native Korean students.  Most if not all the Koreans in your suite will be able to speak english more or less so don’t worry about communication.  The Koreans are very welcoming and love to hang around international students, if you become good friends with them they will be more open to showing you around South Korea, they may even invite you to spend a few nights with their family in their hometown which trust me, it would be a great honor if they asked you to.  There are huge cities here that you can visit such as Seoul, Busan, Incheon, and there are beaches here for you to go to, shopping districts such as Myeongdong or Dongdaemun, a lot of palaces and temples to see, and a lot of different museums as well.  You can go clubbing, spend a night or day at the hot springs or jimjibam, try the different kinds of foods and restaurants, go out for a movie night, drinking happens a lot here (since it is part of the culture), visiting Jeju Island and there are festivals happening almost every weekend.  There is just so much more to do that I can’t name everything.  It hasn’t quite hit me yet that I am here in South Korea.  Maybe it is because I have always wanted to come here, or maybe it is because I just feel like I belong, and maybe yet it is because of the welcoming atmosphere that it feels like home.  Regardless I fully recommend studying abroad here at Soonchunhyang, I’ve learnt so much more than I thought I would and have experienced so many things I haven’t even imagined of doing.  But one of the most important things that I have gained here are friendships that will last a lifetime because no matter how many times I visit any of the magical places in South Korea, they are only as great as the people you share those moments with. 



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The beautiful view from Seoul Tower.

The beautiful view from Seoul Tower.

Hello! My name is Zoua Vang. I’m a sophomore at Concordia University in Saint Paul. For my 2014 fall semester I wanted to do something different, something I always wanted to do which was to travel to South Korea. When I heard about the study abroad program in South Korea from the CALL center I knew I had to do it, it was now or never! My application for this program was simple, yet, it caused me so much stress. I guess it is true when they say don’t procrastinate, which I did. Getting my VISA a week before leaving to South Korea was nerve wreaking because I witness other students having problems with getting their VISA approved by the Korea Embassy. But when I got my passport and VISA in the mail it was the happiest day of my life. It was a reality check for me. All this time I couldn’t believe that I was actually leaving. This being the first time traveling alone and going out of the country I was more anxious than ever.

My home for the next 4 months.

My home for the next 4 months.

I am currently studying at Soonchunhyang University in South Korea. I’m living in Global Village with eleven other girls in a suite it sounds crazy, but trust me it’s not that crazy. My suite mates are always busy with their classes and hobbies that most of the time we don’t even see each other until bed time. So far my experience here in Global Village is fascinating because you meet other great international students who are all in the same boat learning about the Korean culture. It has only been a month since I arrived in South Korea and it has taught me so much about their culture and society. The biggest cultural differences that made a huge impact in my life in South Korea was we use the subway almost every day. The subway transportation is very easy to navigate and it’s connected to almost everywhere in South Korea.

The National Folk Museum of Korea.

The National Folk Museum of Korea.

The Korean culture is known to be very respectful and polite when greeting their elders. Communicating is very different in the Korean culture because depending on the person’s age determine how you speak to the person.  For example when speaking to an elderly in Korea you have to talk formally because it’s a way of showing respect. There are many cultural differences in South Korea such as cars have the right of way, bow when you greet your elders, spicy food and drinking soju is very common in the Korean culture. There many things to do in South Korea you just have to come with an open-mind. That is it for my first month blog until next time!

In Busan visiting Haeundae Beach.

In Busan visiting Haeundae Beach.



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South Korea Study Abroad

South Korea 10343652_945067095519859_2798758168316649585_n 10583783_935210023172233_8848197495486599491_n 10646813_935210403172195_2979712070594038619_n 10678708_943483719011530_7995693318887119913_n 10690320_935210896505479_8992426941887660170_n       Simply amazing is how I would start to describe my time here studying abroad in South Korea.  Life is very different here than it is back home at Concordia and in a way there are slight subtleties that make it not so different.  So what is a typical day like in South Korea and at Soonchunhyang University?  There are so many things to do here and so many people to meet.  That being the case the first thing that happened to me was getting to meet other international students!  There are some international students we call (returnees) because they are simply amazing people who have had experience living and studying here in South Korea.  They helped the newcomers settle into their dorm.  The international students live in a building called Global Village which we call GV.  GV is an important factor in your day to day lives here at Soonchunhyang.  You will live in a suite with 11 other people, a mix of other international students and native Korean students.  Most if not all the Koreans in your suite will be able to speak english more or less so don’t worry about communication.  The Koreans are very welcoming and love to hang around international students, if you become good friends with them they will be more open to showing you around South Korea, they may even invite you to spend a few nights with their family in their hometown which trust me, it would be a great honor if they asked you to.  There are huge cities here that you can visit such as Seoul, Busan, Incheon, and there are beaches here for you to go to, shopping districts such as Myeongdong or Dongdaemun, a lot of palaces and temples to see, and a lot of different museums as well.  You can go clubbing, spend a night or day at the hot springs or jimjibam, try the different kinds of foods and restaurants, go out for a movie night, drinking happens a lot here (since it is part of the culture), visiting Jeju Island and there are festivals happening almost every weekend.  There is just so much more to do that I can’t name everything.  It hasn’t quite hit me yet that I am here in South Korea.  Maybe it is because I have always wanted to come here, or maybe it is because I just feel like I belong, and maybe yet it is because of the welcoming atmosphere that it feels like home.  Regardless I fully recommend studying abroad here at Soonchunhyang, I’ve learnt so much more than I thought I would and have experienced so many things I haven’t even imagined of doing.  But one of the most important things that I have gained here are friendships that will last a lifetime because no matter how many times I visit any of the magical places in South Korea, they are only as great as the people you share those moments with. 



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The beautiful view from Seoul Tower.

The beautiful view from Seoul Tower.

Hello! My name is Zoua Vang. I’m a sophomore at Concordia University in Saint Paul. For my 2014 fall semester I wanted to do something different, something I always wanted to do which was to travel to South Korea. When I heard about the study abroad program in South Korea from the CALL center I knew I had to do it, it was now or never! My application for this program was simple, yet, it caused me so much stress. I guess it is true when they say don’t procrastinate, which I did. Getting my VISA a week before leaving to South Korea was nerve wreaking because I witness other students having problems with getting their VISA approved by the Korea Embassy. But when I got my passport and VISA in the mail it was the happiest day of my life. It was a reality check for me. All this time I couldn’t believe that I was actually leaving. This being the first time traveling alone and going out of the country I was more anxious than ever.

My home for the next 4 months.

My home for the next 4 months.

I am currently studying at Soonchunhyang University in South Korea. I’m living in Global Village with eleven other girls in a suite it sounds crazy, but trust me it’s not that crazy. My suite mates are always busy with their classes and hobbies that most of the time we don’t even see each other until bed time. So far my experience here in Global Village is fascinating because you meet other great international students who are all in the same boat learning about the Korean culture. It has only been a month since I arrived in South Korea and it has taught me so much about their culture and society. The biggest cultural differences that made a huge impact in my life in South Korea was we use the subway almost every day. The subway transportation is very easy to navigate and it’s connected to almost everywhere in South Korea.

The National Folk Museum of Korea.

The National Folk Museum of Korea.

The Korean culture is known to be very respectful and polite when greeting their elders. Communicating is very different in the Korean culture because depending on the person’s age determine how you speak to the person.  For example when speaking to an elderly in Korea you have to talk formally because it’s a way of showing respect. There are many cultural differences in South Korea such as cars have the right of way, bow when you greet your elders, spicy food and drinking soju is very common in the Korean culture. There many things to do in South Korea you just have to come with an open-mind. That is it for my first month blog until next time!

In Busan visiting Haeundae Beach.

In Busan visiting Haeundae Beach.



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