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Sogang University – 4 month experience

  • What are the facilities like at your host university?

The facilities are quite clean upon arrival but future newcomers must be prepared to realise that there is no kitchen available to cook any food, which was quite a downfall. But the cheap food will make up for that predicament.

  • How does the teaching style differ to that at UTS?

The teaching style is very different and absolutely nothing similar to how it is done back home at UTS. It has similar teaching methods to classes in the United States. It can be quite daunting at first but you will eventually get the hang of it after the first week.

  • Do you have both lectures and tutorials?

The classes that I have taken, lectures and tutorials can be considered the same so there are no separations between the two.

  • Are you studying something really interesting or different to what you have done before?

I have taken upon subjects from psychology; sociology and history fields, which are quite different to what I am studying but have a lot of experience to take on board to my major back home.

  • How’s life in your host city?

It is an absolutely beautiful city with beautiful people, which will make your experience here unforgettable.

  • How was the orientation/arrival program at your host university?

Very long and tiring but was able to make great friends along the way.

  • Have you taken up a new sport or activity while on exchange?

Yes, I have joined 2 soccer teams. One from the dormitory, which is a lot more casual and another team that is, based within the university which is a lot more competitive.

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  • What have you found most surprising about your new country/culture?

The K-pop culture is heavily idolised here in Korea. To the point where they can be deemed as important politics. The influential status they carry behind these K-pop groups can be quite frightening.

  • Any top tips for future students!

Do not be afraid to jump into the deep end! The whole exchange experience can be quite frightening (and tiring) but I guarantee anyone that they will have one unforgettable experience.

Yudianzah Bahnuni
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education
Sogang University
South Korea

Australian Government New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant recipient.

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