Michelle - SNU International Summer Institute

Bachelors of Arts/International Hotel and Tourism Management
July 2018

My experience

I chose SNU since it is the most prestigious and famous university in Korea. I studied "Introduction to Marketing" and "Introduction to Psychology" and the classes were held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 4pm which was really intensive. Even though it was a bit tiring, I had a lot of fun and learnt a lot from the classes.The professors were really friendly and approachable. The classes were a combination of lectures and tutorials and attendance was compulsory. I saved a lot of time and money as I did two courses in only 5 weeks.

How has the experience changed you?

I did catch up with some of my Korean friends and I also made a lot of new friends from different countries which was amazing. I made the most of my time in Korea and I even visited Busan at the weekend. I could practise my Korean a lot since I was staying at Airbnb with a Korean couple at a local neighbourhood.

Favourite memory

I love field trips especially the baseball field trip since everyone was cheering for the team. The DMZ field trip made me learn a lot more about Korean history as well.

Top tips

  • Stay at dorm if you have morning classes since it is very near to the classrooms(around 10-15 min walk). Airbnb near SNU station is a lot cheaper and you do not have share the room with someone else but then you need to take bus or free shuttle bus to the university which could get very crowded in the morning.
  • SNU is very big, so make sure you have the map or the app "SNU Campus Map" and know how to go to your classrooms!
  • Taking 6-8 credits(2-3 courses) is the same price and it comes with free field trip, but then I do not recommend doing 8 credits as it could drain all your energy to attend class from 9am-6pm.
  • Bring a Citibank card if you do not want to bring too much cash or go to Myeongdong for best exchange rates.
  • Learn some basic Korean and be ready to immerse in the Korean culture.
  • Summer in Korea is hot and humid, you could buy a portable fan there and don't forget to bring a pair of sandals.
  • Toiletries and clothes are very affordable for girls in the underground shopping malls.
  • Make your most in Korea and visit different cities if you have time!
  • Do not hesitate to contact the professors or school if you have any questions!

Funding

Short Term Study Travel Grant $1000