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USAC South Korea: Undergraduate Courses at Kookmin
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USAC South Korea: Undergraduate Courses at Kookmin

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    9

Seoul'd on Seoul

Being the first American cohort of students at Kookmin led to some special fanfare, especially concerning events at home! Kookmin University is a beautiful kid-sized institution with talented and friendly professors and staff. One hiccup was the administration, who were unhelpful at best. The international affairs office seemed unprepared to deal with us, but if you're self-reliant, it shouldn't be a problem! I had to live a 40 min bus ride away from campus due to a housing issue but was reimbursed some money for the additional expense. Therefore, I lived right by Seoul Station and Itaewon and had a blast. In either the apartments or dorms, one is sure to make friends from around the world. Seoul is a beautiful, busy city that is adjusting slowly in some places and very rapidly in other places to outsiders. If you are Western, be ready to adapt and have one of the best experiences of your life!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    8

Seoul is amazing!

I wouldn't trade anything for this experience! Seoul is an amazing city and there is so much to do! It was definitely an honor to be among the first group of students to partake in this exchange program at Kookmin University. The students, professors, and even the locals were very kind and approachable so there was hardly any hesitation to ask for help getting around. Also, the university provided fair academic standards even though it was quite different such as their grading system. One thing that can be improved on, is being able to navigate through the university home page, etc.