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Being an International Student in Korea

August 8, 2013


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So, this is something we’ve wanted to do with TL;DRs for a while now. There are a lot of topics we’d like to cover, but we just lack the experience in talking about them. The topic about being an international student in Korea is one of those topics. It’s relevant to a bunch of you, I’m sure, who want to come to Korea to be students, so hopefully you found this video a bit useful. We’re also experimenting with the idea of having other people in our videos, though we know it isn’t easy, because we have a style when we’re on camera, and we’re not sure if other people can match that style, you know? We think Leigh’s a good fit. She’s very much like us. Anyhow, let us know what you think!

Leigh sent us more detailed info as well about school life, namely, the amount of money you’re gonna be spending. Mind you, not all schools charge the same. These are just Leigh’s figures. Hopefully they’ll give you a sense of what it’s like. Here’s what we got:

Cost of Being A Student in Korea

Tuition Fees in Korea

    – Tuition for intensive language programs is usually $1,400ish per 10 week term
    – Tuition for non-intensive language programs is usually $600ish per 8 week term
    – Undergraduate tuition is anywhere from $4,000-$7,000 per term, depending on your school and major
    – Graduate tuition is usually $6,000-9,000 per term, depending on your school and major

Residence Fees in Korea

    – On-campus dorm fees are really cheap, usually $600 per term
    – Off-campus dorm fees (goshiwon) are similar, usually $100-300 per month, depending on quality of location and amenities (some have private bathrooms, some have shared facilities)
    – Studio apartments require large security deposits, starting at $20,000 with a rent of $750 per month, but the higher the security deposit, the lower the rent

Miscellaneous Fees in Korea

    – Campus food is usually only available for breakfast and lunch, but an average meal is $2.50
    – Off-campus food is usually $7 per Korean meal, $12 at a restaurant style
    – Mobile phone fees are usually $85/month with a two year contract, and smartphones are the same price as flip phones
    – A single bus or subway ride will cost you $1.50
    – A short taxi ride is about $7, a longer taxi ride is $12, a taxi ride during peak traffic is about $26

Umm…so…yeah! That’s about all we can say about the topic, really. Leigh’s more than open to fielding more questions for topics for future TL;DRs if you’re interested! There were a lot of questions that you asked her on Twitter that we didn’t get to go through. If this video gets a good enough response we’d love to do more in the future :D

Also, I realize some of you might not know a lot about Leigh. She’s actually a full-time student here in Korea. She’s not a staffer here at Eatyourkimchi, but she interns with us, and helps a lot with video editing for a few of our segments. We’d love to hire her once she’s done studying, though, but that’ll be a while…

In a relevant note, we went to Leigh’s university, Ewha University, a long time ago for a WANK. Check it out if you want to see what a University is like in Korea. We should probably check out some other universities as well, I’d say…

And, lastly, if you like these TL;DRs, and want more of em, you should click on this pretty button right over here. It’ll make sure these videos stay around forever and ever. All it needs is you to click em!



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