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Erasmus Experience in Seoul, South Korea by Bryan

Published by Bryan Salazar — 3 years ago

0 Tags: Erasmus experiences Seoul, Seoul, Korea, South

Why did you choose to go to Seoul, Korea, South?

I wanted my experience of studying abroad to be challenging and thought it would be a good opportunity to step out of my comfort zone.

How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?

I'm studying abroad for two semesters (8 months enrolled in uni; 2 months of winter break). I receive $750 per month, while I'm enrolled as a full time student. Not during winter break.


What is the student lifestyle like in Seoul?

Teachers are more tolerant in regards to writing expectations. There are more assignments to be submitted however. Classes are mainly composed of both, Koreans and international students.

Would you recommend the city and the University of Seoul to other students?

Absolutely. Hanyang University has a great exchange program. Seoul is just amazing.

What is the food like?

That's subjective of course. But get ready for kimchi everywhere you go and lots of spicy food. Fried chicken & beer is also everywhere.

Did it cost you to find your accommodation in Seoul?

Dormitories may be free depending on your university. I chose to stay outside of the university, with the help of a friend that speaks Korean.

How much does it cost to live in Seoul?

Around 600, 000krw per rent. 300, 000krw livig expenses. (Per month)

Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available at the University?

It is easy to learn the basic things (hello, sorry, thank you) and to read the alphabet. Other than that, it is a very complex language. Yes, there are langugae courses available.

What's the easiest or most economical way to travel to Seoul from your city?

Airplane. Look into scholarships. I was fortunate to get a discount through an airline employee.

Where would you recommend to go on a night out in Seoul?

Itaewon and Hongdae are a must. Gangnam is more expensive, but fun as well of course.

And for eating? Can you recommend some good restaurants in Seoul?

There are good restaurants and cheap ones as well in almost every area.

What good cultural sites are there to visit?

From war memorial, to dmz, namsam tower, museums, palaces, temples. This city has so many sites to see that it is difficult to see all of them in one semester.


Is there any other advice that you could give to students going to Seoul in the future?

Korea has a great advantage, it is accessible and cheap to travel within the country and outside of it as well.

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