Study Abroad at Korea University

Study Abroad at Korea University

From Sarah Hachman

I am applying to study abroad at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea over summer of 2019. I will be spending weeks in South Korea, while taking two, 4-week courses centered around Korean language and culture

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My name is Sarah Hachman and I am applying to study abroad at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea over summer of 2019.

During high school, I began teaching myself Korean. It started off with the alphabet, but it quickly progressed to numbers, then basic phrases, such as hello, thank you, yes, and no. I was never expecting it to become anything other than attempting to satiate my own curiosity, but learning Korean became a large part of my high school years. There were a lot of bumps in the road, especially when it came to learning more about proper grammar and sentence structure. When I entered college, I was able to take a formal Korean class, which greatly benefited my learning. My professor was a native speaker, and really encouraged us to push ourselves and to strive for excellence. I was enrolled in Korean for two semesters, hoping to work my way up to earning my certificate of proficiency, until my university did away with the Korean language program due to lack of student interest. I was devastated. I had worked for years to get to where I was, and I was forced to quit. When I expressed my disappointment to one of my advisers, she suggested that maybe I take a look at studying abroad in South Korea.

I had always been interested in studying abroad, but attending school in South Korea never occurred to me. Immediately I knew it was what I had to do. For my whole life I had been adamant about wanting to experience all the world had to offer. I wanted to connect with people, befriend them and learn from them. I wanted to experience different cultures and to learn about and understand the issues that matter to and affect them.While it is entirely possible to just take a class on Korean language and culture, there is something to be said about going to a foreign country and truly experiencing these things. When it comes to people and places, books can only take you so far, and it is the same for languages. While in high school, when I was teaching myself, I stumbled upon a blog post discussing the importance of visiting the country to truly understand the language. Their reasoning behind this statement was completely solid. People do not talk how textbooks are written; people use slang and modern terms, which is where textbooks fail learners. When reading a textbook, you can go at your own pace, sounding out each syllable as you go along. That does not happen in the real world; no one has written dialogue displayed like subtitles as you are talking to them. Instead, you have to learn to listen and formulate a response on the spot. It is impossible to get this kind of proficiency from a textbook alone.

 Having the opportunity to study abroad in South Korea will allow me to better understand the world around me, will broaden and strengthen my connections to people, and will vastly improve the quality of my education. Studying abroad in South Korea, even for just four weeks, has the potential to change my life and my outlook on the world. Unfortunately, I am unable to proceed on this path without some assistance

About Korea University:

Korea University is located just three miles from the center of Seoul

Korea University is a part of South Korea's "Ivy Leagues," which are called SKY (Seoul National, Korea University, and Yonsei University).  

The student body is comprised of 30,000 students, including more than 14,000 students from 20-35 countries.

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