“What is the professor talking about?”
I asked myself while trying to understand the lecture.
“Physics lecture in Korean~you are so dead.”, my inner conscience told me.
I now understand how those back-benchers in high school used to feel when the teacher asked them questions about the lesson.
To tell you the truth, I have to study everything by myself. It is my own fault because I didn’t study Korean language well before starting my university. So I would like to tell everyone who are planning to study in Korea, to study Korean well before coming here.
Luckily, I have nice classmates who help me when I don’t understand the lecture. 3 out of 7 classes are in English. The remaining 4 are giving me a hard time.
I entered Hanyang University in 2012. I am not a freshmen anymore, but I still feel like one. My student life in Korea is like an adventure.
In the 1st year, everyone was relaxed and didn’t care much about the lecture or the classes. Most of the students sat at the back and slept the whole lecture but 2nd year is totally opposite. Everyone wants to sit in the front and almost no one sleeps during the lecture. I think I am the only one who feels sleepy during the lecture.
Most of the Korean students study hard and that makes me feel I am so lazy. I need to get myself together and study like they do.
My grade wasn’t that bad last year. I hope to get better grades this year.
My best friend always tells me one thing, “don’t study like it’s a burden; study to get rid of the burden.” I am trying to follow his advice.
After spending 2 years in Korea, I think now I can give some advice to people who want to come here. So here are some tips:
- Learn Korean language before coming to Korea if you want to have a happy student life.
- Be independent because you can’t get help from all the people all the time.
- Study about Korean culture so that you don’t get culture shock and also be ready to experiment with your taste-buds because food here is different.
- Learn how to save money because you will need it. Trust me. You must think twice before buying anything. Sometimes you end up buying stuff you don’t really need.
- Bring your own laptop unless it’s okay for you to spend some millions won on branded laptops. Some electronic marts offer affordable laptops but they are not good in long-term use.
- Living in Seoul can be 2 times more expensive than that in other cities. I used to live in Cheonan before moving to Seoul. I could have saved money there but in Seoul, it’s almost impossible.
- Korean people don’t open up to people easily but if you get to know them, they are really nice people.
I hope this might help anyone out there wanting to come to Korea. I will leave some links below about studying in Korea. You can check that out and get some good information. Happy Study!!!
For studying in Korea:
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For Korean scholarship:
For free online Korean classes: