Being an exchange student to Korea for three weeks had definitely been one of the best experiences in my life as it was my very first time, visiting and studying in Korea. Although it was only a short summer programme, I have learned a lot of new things and also enhanced my understanding of the Korean cultures.
On the first day of orientation, we were required to sit for the Korean language course placement test. Korean classes are classified into four bands based on competence: Beginner one, Beginner two, Intermediate and Advanced. In a class, there were students from many different countries such as Japan, America, China and Indonesia. Moreover, teachers, who were in charge of the Korean Immersion Programme as well as Korean classes, were really friendly, humorous and professional. The fun and happy learning environment prompted students to have a very good relationship with teachers, which was crucial in helping us effectively improve our memory retention and motivation to learn. During my time in Korea, I turned to the coordinators, whenever I faced any problems. Most of the coordinators could speak at least four languages including Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and English and were very friendly and helpful. Dankook University also prepared a lot of cultural activities for the exchange students such as Seoul Tour, Nanta musical performance, Korean traditional music, Korean traditional dance, Amusement Park, ceramic arts, k-pop dance, and Korean movies.
Public transportation is very convenient in Korea. By using the T-money card, we could travel to most of the places by bus and subway. I would often lose my way during the first few days in Korea, due to the subway route which can be very complex and difficult for a new user. Fortunately, it did not become a serious problem to me, thanks to the assistance of some great smartphone apps. I enjoyed Korean food very much, they were very delicious and nice; but, they were still spicy for me. My spicy food tolerance level has definitely increased after living in Korea for three weeks as I was having spicy meals almost every day.
I am so glad that I had joined this exchange programme because the exposure and life lessons that I have gained from such an experience are invaluable. I will never forget everything and every moment that I have experienced in Korea.