South Korea seems to be always a bit forgotten when it comes to semesters abroad in Asia. Of course there are possibilities to go to China, Japan, or South East Asia.
The vibrant city has so much to offer during day and especially at night. I was expecting a great time but everything I experienced during my semester abroad exceeded my expectations. When you think about going abroad to Asia, don’t forget South Korea, you will definitely not regret it.
International Students at HUFS are completely free in their choice of courses so it is basically up to you what your weekly schedule looks like. Of course you should take courses taught in English if you are not an expert in Korean.
I had to take five courses in order to get all the credits I needed for my home university as this semester abroad was mandatory. With these five courses I had lectures from Monday to Thursday, mainly from 9 am until the afternoon. The lectures were very interesting, especially to hear different approaches to subjects from students that were from all parts of the world.
In the afternoon and the weekend there was always a lot of free time to spend with new friends, exploring the city, hiking in the surrounding mountains, singing as loud as you can at karaoke (so called Norebangs – small rooms you can rent with your friends and have a private karaoke party) or even organizing a trip to Busan or Jeju, a beautiful island in the South, or even Japan and the Philippines.
Actually the biggest and only fear I had was the language as I don’t speak any Korean. I was afraid that at University or e.g. in restaurants there will be only Korean and that no one will understand me. Of course this was not the case and English is spoken everywhere in Seoul.
Furthermore it was very interesting to try to understand some of the squiggly lines of written Korean. We found out that it was actually not that hard to read and after some time could understand some words or phrases. At least we knew what to order in a restaurant and tell the taxi driver in case they were not familiar with English that much.