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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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  1. Hi, I would like a help and tips on applying graduate school in Seoul Universities. I am international graduate applicant. Have applied twice and failed twice, quite depressed though. I have asked, double check all my personal statement/ study plan with teachers, and no missing documents, still fail. If someone can give me tips and monitor me, I’d be grateful for it. I heard cannot send more than 2 recommendation letters, I don’t know… :( please help. You can email me at [email protected]

    11 months ago
  2. Hiii i have a very long questions i would be honored if u could help me by finding this out
    . I wanna pursue fine arts, is it good to pursue from korealike are there any good university
    . Is doing undergraduate degree worth it from korea worth it??
    . Can we later on do graduate from someother place??

    1 year ago
  3. Hello :D

    I’m curious about the schools in Korea, like how does the education system works?
    do different schools have their own uniforms? and why is their uniform so pretty ?( referencing to the Kdramas I’ve watched, they look so posh and fancy)
    oh and the schools, are all public schools or they have private as well? and as a Korean, can they choose to do foreign education stuff like A levels or IB, or they have to stick to the public settings?

    2 years ago
  4. LEIIIGGGHHHH!!

    I was curious what made you decide to make the huge decision to go to school and live in Korea?

    2 years ago
  5. Leigh!

    How old were you when you went to Korea? How old were the rest of the students?

    I’m 27 and I’d like to get into a language course, but I’m a little fraid that people might be too young and I’d be considered the ajuma in the room.

    I know the video and the posts are old, but I hope you can get back on this one.

    2 years ago
  6. Somebody can help me? What’s “$600ish per 8 week term” means?? The total cost of 8 weeks is $ 600? or every week costs $ 600? Please help me! Thank you soooo much!

    3 years ago
    • I believe it is the total cost of all 8 weeks, not including the dorm or anything other than the classes.

      3 years ago
  7. Hi!
    I’m wondering if one want’s to do the masters in S.Korea is it very difficult? maybe a new TL;DR on uni stuff would be awesome! thanx!

    3 years ago
  8. I would really like to enroll in the intensive program, but I’m having trouble finding information on it, that or I’m over looking it. Can anyone lead me to where I need to go?

    3 years ago
  9. Could someone explain the application process to Ewha to me. I went on the website and it was a little confusing. Any help will be appreciated.

    3 years ago
  10. Leigh, Thanks for this amazing video. I would like to know did you go to Korea from the college languages programs….or did you just decide to pack your bags and go to Korea. If you did go with the college program did you get financial aid or did you have to pay for everything yourself. And finally, was it worth it?

    3 years ago
  11. I was wondering what Visa Liegh has. I’m looking at going to Korea next year to study, but not as an exchange student—i plan to enroll as an actual student in Yonsei University. So I was wondering what sort of visa a Liegh has that let her go to school and work/intern with EYK. I wanted to possibly get a part time job while I’m in Korea, after a few semesters of the langauage program at Yonsei. (I’m coming from America, by the way, just in case that matters)
    Thanks guys!!

    4 years ago
  12. Thank you so much! Even if Simon and Martina don’t answer my question, someone else always does. :)

    4 years ago
  13. leigh should do a video answering lots of these questions with random input from Simon and Martina here and there.

    4 years ago
  14. does Ehwa have a program for students wanting to study abroad for a year or so?

    4 years ago
  15. Dear Leigh, Ewha University has become of interest to me as my college of choice, but one thing I’m concerned about is the tuition. How much does it cost for a foreigner to go to Ewha University?

    4 years ago
  16. i planned to go to le cordon bleu korea next year , but then i realize that i should take language class first and surely i dont know what to take where and which one is good , can someone help me ? >.<

    4 years ago
  17. This may be a stupid question but I am still going to ask.
    Do koreans wear school uniforms in all schools in Korea or are there schools which don’t have rules of wearing uniforms?
    ( I mean junior high schools / middle schools and high schools )

    4 years ago
    • *lol* I don’t know since we had some similar rules but one could basicly wear what they wanted ( as long as it looked decent ).
      I remember that girls got sent to remove make-up in elementary school and in high-school no one cared about that much anymore.

      4 years ago
  18. Hi Leigh! I was wondering how you paid for food and other stuff like that? Did you get a job there in Korea? If so, was it hard finding one? What types of jobs can foreigners get? Thanks!

    4 years ago
  19. Does anyone know of a teen summer language program that would accept from England? Ive tried look but the only one I found said something about only overseas Koreans from america or something. I would really appreciate some help!

    4 years ago
  20. You guys are fantastic!!! This segment was amazing! I’ve been thinking about studying over in Seoul for a while so it’s nice to hear from the students perspective.

    Could you guys talk about living with diet restrictions? I recently found out that I’m celiac (I’m super allergic to gluten… So no more jjangmyeon for me TT TT). How difficult is it to live with food allergies/restrictions?

    4 years ago
  21. Heggo Leigh! I haveth a questionth for chu and that is….
    Why did you choose to go to Ewha over other universitites?

    4 years ago
  22. Did Leigh have classes other than language classes at Ewha? If so, at what point did you start taking them?

    4 years ago
  23. Any advise of how or where to learn Korean?

    Maybe you can teach us the basics?

    4 years ago
  24. This was very enjoyable, I would like to learn about Universities in Korea, Leigh did an excellent job and I look forward to more. The list of topics she spun off at the end of this vid would be a wonderful start! :)

    4 years ago
  25. i want to hold your hand.

    4 years ago
  26. Hi Leigh! I hope you see this. I’m wondering when in your schooling you did this intensive program. It sounds like that was the only schooling you were doing at the time, so was this after graduating university in the US, or was it related at all to a US university through a foreign exchange program? I am starting university in the fall and I would love to do an intensive program like yours someday! Thanks :)

    4 years ago
  27. That’s a lot of money!! Is it possible to earn a scholarship for this??

    4 years ago
  28. Mobile phone fees are that expensive?!? o_O I thought in Québec we had expensive monthly fees for our mobile phone, but wow…

    4 years ago
    • actually the cheapest you can get is around 12.000, I was also very surprised… and if you have the cheapest one the calling and messaging is not even included (you just pay for having the number) and then you pay extra for it. You can get something like credit based sim card (like you just charge it every month) but most of the companies don’t want to sell that. Also it’s sometimes difficult to even get a sim card since they want you to buy a mobile phone in their shop first. One of my worst experiences >.<

      4 years ago
      • So, is it possible to buy a new mobile phone without having to sign a contract or stuff? Are there electronic markets which sell phones without phone plans/contracts, just the plain phone (with no simlock of course)?
        :)

        4 years ago
        • it is possible but it’s not so easy… usually you see phones on the streets which are sold by tele companies… but it’s, but maybe more expensive and then if you would want to buy a sim card in most of the places they will tell you that they can’t sell you a sim card only…

          4 years ago
  29. there are so many requirements… you have to go to lessons (you have to have 80% attendance), you have to do tons of homework (like we have grammar lessons, reading lessons, listening lessons and writing lessons and every day there are homework for each of these classes). One ‘semester’ (at least in the language course) is like 2 and half months. In that time you have mid term exams and final exams. For both of them you have to prepare something (like presentation, interview in pairs). Also they expect you to pay attention in every class (no phones, no games, no sleeping or eating). Also there are occasional presentations in class, sudden tests and so one…

    4 years ago
  30. I found this really hepful! I actually know a few Korean students that
    go/went to EWHA because they were International students at my college. I
    was an ESL tutor so it helped me get to know many Koreans and I know
    some from EWHA and CUK. I really want to study at EWHA for at least a
    semester so this does help give an insight on what to expect for the
    most part. Though I always get really worried because I am mixed, I
    wonder how I will be looked at compared to people who are..lighter
    skinned? I am biracial Puerto Rican and African American, or blackarican
    as I like to call it, and so I have light tan skin, and so I always
    wonder if I will be looked at differently and talked to differently in
    Korea than maybe my Caucasian friends or something.

    4 years ago
  31. I love the idea of having guest hosts for TL;DR, as this video was so informative and perfectly timed for incoming international students. It really helped settle my nerves a little bit as a American studying abroad in Seoul at Yonsei University for the next four months. Hopefully the lonely kimbap eating period won’t be in effect for my whole experience though! ^_^ Thanks Leigh and EYK!

    4 years ago
  32. I think Leigh fits well with you guys on camera =) It seems really natural and I would like more of these TL;DRs!

    4 years ago
  33. I really like having other people talk about topics that they have experience with! Good job guise. :)

    4 years ago
  34. Leigh, what year in college are you? I want to study abroad in korea but at my school ESL majors cannot study abroad unless its in the summer (I want to study abroad for a year).

    4 years ago
  35. My mom keeps saying that it is to dangerous and doesnt want me to study abroad to south Korea… Any advise???

    4 years ago
  36. IT’S SO MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE *falls out of chair and cries forever*

    4 years ago
  37. Hi guys … im a nasty fan from México and i found very interesting this video because my plan is to be an international student in korea ( do my MASTER) … really will be great if you could do a video from Hongik University and show us how the students life is there… BTW you gyes are awesome and i don´t miss any of your videos … please make more of Hongdae Area…✌&♥

    4 years ago
  38. I love you for this! I want to go to school for Korean Language (I would go for full-out Korean Studies if there were more schools that were less expensive and closer to me that offered it…) and the school I am going to go to has a study abroad program for Junior and Senior years in Korea. This is so helpful!!!! :D I love you guys. <3

    4 years ago
  39. This was one of the most informative TL;DR’s for me!
    Thanks Leigh <3

    Can you guys visit more universities?

    4 years ago
  40. are those costs in us dollars?

    4 years ago
  41. You guys should make a part 2 for this segment where Leigh talks about those stuff at the end of the video!!!!

    4 years ago
  42. Hi! I was wondering on if there’s a certain age requirement? Like… Since there’s typically a school age difference in Korea compared to America. Aren’t 18 year old (international age speaking) students still in high school in Korea? That’s the typical age Americans graduate at, so I wasn’t quite sure. I haven’t graduated yet but I do in two years and I really wanna have plans set ahead, and studying abroad at Ehwa University sounds like what I wanna do. If anyone knows, could they reply? ^^’ Also, the price for college in Korea, could someone compare it to the average price of it in America?

    4 years ago
    • Korea uses a different aging system than countries like the US. Rather than counting from 0 at birth, everyone starts at year 1. They usually add another year at the Lunar new year. So some people from America would be considered a year older in South Korea, while others would be considered two years older. It just depends on when your birthday is. They graduate high school at the same age as us, but they are 19. In the US they would be 17 or 18.

      Here is more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Asian_age_reckoning

      3 years ago
    • If you apply for some Scholarship then the age requirement will be that you must be under 25 when entering the program…

      I’m 21 (in a few months i will be 22) and by the time i’m entering the program (if i get the scholarship) i will be 23!! ^^

      4 years ago
    • I don’t think there are requirements. For our class the only requirement was to finish high school. We have 18 year old girl in our class

      4 years ago
  43. Leigh fits right in the “eat your kimchi” style and “feel”… Leigh ur just lovely and i’m looking forward to your future video/ tl;dr… *thumbs up*

    4 years ago
  44. Oh, and I definitely liked the format – Martina “interviewing” Leigh. It was nice to watch ^^

    4 years ago
  45. I was wondering if you guys could talk about the Korean language itself, and why its so hard to English speakers!

    4 years ago
  46. I totally approve of this new format of inviting others to talk about the subjects!
    Thank you Leigh for sharing your experiences~ ( you could have talked for an hour and I still would have watched the whole thing :D)

    4 years ago
  47. Yeah, a bit of change on the screen! I enjoyed watching this, keep it up Leigh!

    One question remains, though: do you have a gun? :-p

    4 years ago
  48. Also a question to Leigh: those 4 hours of class, is there a break in between? Most of the times I have 8 hours of classes with 3 breaks, 2 of 15 min and one of 45 min to 1 hour. So that means I’m at my campus from 8:30 am to 6 pm. I’m supposed to write reports and study after that but the library at my campus is already closed…

    4 years ago
    • Yeah that would be deadly for me! I do have laboratory/practical classes (how do you say this in English??) that are 4 hours without a break but you don’t really notice it because you’re busy with your experiments and such.

      4 years ago
      • At my school, we call them labs if they have actual experiments and such, or recitation sessions if they don’t. I have 4 hour labs too but we are allowed to leave whenever we want to use the restroom and the lab instructors don’t care xD

        4 years ago
        • Aah thank you very much (still learning english although I don’t have it anymore at school)! I have both too but when we have labs we have to ask the assistents to leave in case someone does something wrong and the place blows up. That’s what they said at least but now when I think about it that doesn’t make sense at all… well the rules are the rules ^_^

          4 years ago
  49. Wow that’s actually really expensive… The mobile phone fees are crazy high! Only the food is cheap! :/
    What about scholar ships?

    4 years ago
  50. I love this format! Even when it’s just Simon and Martina, you should try that thing with asking detailed questions. Really cool. It brings more life =)
    And Leigh is DEFINITELY a good fit. She is so lively and seems really smart! The chemistry between the four of you is wonderful!

    4 years ago
  51. I’ve also gotten the “American” thing a lot. Like a lot.

    My favorite conversation went like this.
    Lady: When I first met you I thought you were British!
    Me: Why did you think that? (I definitely don’t have a British accent)
    Lady: Well you’re so nice and kind! American women are all selfish and rude.
    Me: Um, why do think all American women are selfish and rude?
    Lady: Just watch Gossip Girl! They’re terrible!
    Me: *facepalm*

    Another time I had a British lady tell me that she’d be too scared to live in the US because she’d get raped or murdered. I told her I’ve never been raped or murdered and I didn’t think the crime rate was quite that bad. She insisted that it’s a very scary place. Then just a few minutes later she started talking about how much she likes to watch CSI. Oh man.

    I shudder to think of the impact of Jersey Shore.

    4 years ago
  52. In order to pay for your classes, did you work in Korea or take out a loan? Why did you decide to go to Korea in the first place? After the language course, what were you studying at the University? What do you want to do and why did you decide to go to Korea to do it? I’m so curious! (yeeeaaaah) I would love, love, love to go to Korea and learn about the culture and the language, but I just don’t know where to start? Where would you even start to become a full-time student in Korea?

    4 years ago
    • ^^…Ask the Korean Embassy of your country about the possibilities you have…cause not every country has the same or all of the programs…

      4 years ago
  53. Interesting! I’ll be waiting for more posts on this topic~ ^^

    About the tuition fees, is it for level 1-6 or just a level? :o

    4 years ago
    • If you mean the university fees of you mayor…you can get a tuition discount for the first semester at some universities (10-50% range varies from university to university) depending on the level you are when entering the university…

      4 years ago
  54. I’ve always wanted to study abroad somewhere in Asia but I’ve never really known how to go about it. Leigh has made me want to pursue this goal, even if there are difficult and lonely times

    4 years ago
  55. Very interesting! Yeah, it’s definitely fun seeing the whole EYK family!

    4 years ago
  56. I remember those kitchen labs. @_@
    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about the classes, “ppfft! Only four hours?!”

    4 years ago
    • Four hours is a lot. Seriously. I don’t think a person fully understands how much energy your brain uses up when learning a new language from scratch until you’ve done it. I was learning Polish in Krakow and it was EXHAUSTING. I completely agree with Leigh when it comes to sleeping – I have never slept so much!

      4 years ago
  57. Love the vid!
    Lots more Leigh, please :)

    4 years ago
  58. Nice tldr, i actually like seeing more of Leigh and Soo Zee in the videos! Especially when you guys had gone for bubble tea, that was fun.

    4 years ago
  59. This video is really good! Thank you sooo much! I will go to Yonsei’s 3 weeks language program in 2 weeks, so I was really excited for this TL:DR!
    Thank you for sharing Leigh! And you should absolutely make a video about all the stuff you said at the end, hehe!
    (Oh and I laugh so much at Simon’s interuption XD)
    Thank you Simon and Martina for doing so nice videos!

    4 years ago
  60. Does anyone know about any study-abroad Korean language programs that are offered during SUMMER semesters? Any one have any experience with that? Also, would any one want to go with me if so??? :D

    4 years ago
    • Lot of korean universities are doing summer school. You should check their website! Some of them have even programs in september.

      4 years ago
      • Thanks, Shu&A! Do you know of universities that have good reviews as far as experiences go?
        (And there is another way I can contact you? email or youtube channel or something? So I can ask you more questions since you’re going to yonsei soon? XD)

        4 years ago
        • My experience is pretty limited (it will my first time in Korea) but lot of my friends did go as exchange student for 1 semester. As I know there is Ewha, HUFS, Yonsei, Sogang and some others but I dont remember now :/
          I’m on twitter if you have questions :) (@shu_ask )

          4 years ago
  61. Leigh could you do a international student segment every week <3 that would be great to answer everyone's questions! Plus your amazing!

    4 years ago
  62. For me, it will be easier to get over the awkward touching because I’m a latino who lives in America.
    But I have to hug and kiss strangers for greetings and stuff so, it must be not that different.

    4 years ago
  63. This is CAD right??

    4 years ago
  64. I vote for a leigh student life segment. when other people started joining eyk I didn’t really want them to do videos but leigh and soo zee are awesome and fit perfectly with your style

    4 years ago
  65. $85 for cell phone plans??? And here I thought Canadian phone plans were expensive…..I mean, I guess since Korea hast the fastest networks…but still.

    4 years ago
  66. Question, can you only study korean or do you have to be a full university student? Because I want to learn korean so badly… but i don’t have Abitur/A level to go on a German university to do an overseas semester.

    AAAAAAAAAAAND, I really want to hear more of Leighs funny or awkward experience^^

    4 years ago
  67. that was an awesome tl;dr!!

    O_O ahahahaha your Japanese friends!!!! and Simon barging in to join the convo was hilarious!!

    4 years ago
  68. I am new here and you are awesome. Also it’s my first comment here. Here is my question: I am going to be scholarship student. Can you tell us more about scholarships and dorms? Especially what we will need when we get there and what we MUST take with us?

    4 years ago
  69. Leigh, since you said you didn’t know anything about Korean culture or language before becoming an international student; what made you want to study abroad in Korea? :}

    4 years ago
  70. Hi I would really like to know what the education system is like in Korea.
    Is it really study-intensive and inflexible, like how Korean dramas make it seem? Are teachers really strict, and spoon-feed you and force you to do things like 100000 pages of homework as practice?

    4 years ago
    • Just from my little bit of research, high schools are like that, but universities usually aren’t. I’ve heard people say that university in Korea is a lot easier than in their home country. Very few assignments, if any, and the tests come straight from the notes. (some people weren’t happy about the few assignments since they didn’t know what to practice, but still) However it also depends on which university or major. If you are in science/engineering majors, for example, it will be a lot of work.

      4 years ago
  71. OH GOSH YES! when I was in culinary arts I hated the 6 hour times! T.T varied from 2-4-6, I love cooking though ;)

    4 years ago
    • id rather do 6hrs of cooking than the 12h nursing clinical classes LOL

      4 years ago
  72. A question to Leigh, when you had classes in the beginner level, what language does the teacher use to teach the class? I mean u mentioned you didn’t speak any korean at all so how did you follow the classes, also would you recommend it?

    4 years ago
    • A bit late, but for posterity, I’m in a beginner level intensive language course and the classes are entirely in Korean. I’m the only American in a small classroom of people from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka who don’t speak much English; so our only common tongue is going to be Korean.

      The teacher uses very simple words like (write, listen, speak, repeat, look, etc) along with gestures so it’s usually pretty clear what she wants you to do, plus we’re all working out of a textbook (which has enough English, but is still mostly in Korean).

      On the plus side, this is very good for your immersion into the language. As someone who was self-studying prior, I wasn’t used to speaking or listening to Korean even though I already knew how to read and understood basic grammar. So the fact that the class is in Korean is very good. On the downside, I wish I could ask more complicated grammatical questions, but it’s really not the place for it.

      2 years ago
    • no way they are in English!! I also had beginner course and nobody could speak English at all… and still can’t. They expect you to know at least a little bit (alphabet, a few words, pronunciation)… it’s not so easy. It’s right thought that beginners books have a little bit of explanation (ours had it in the back)

      4 years ago
    • Probably English, with tutors available for the students who don’t speak English, and the textbooks having multiple versions rather than just English. The textbook I use for self study has Japanese and Mandarin versions as well, for example (and in the reading textbook, it actually has english, japanese, and mandarin all together because most of it is in Korean and the other languages are just for the vocab) and it’s the textbook used at Yonsei University.

      4 years ago
  73. Hey Leigh, when you said all of the students in the class spoke a different language and they had to only use korean to speak with one another, how did the teacher teach? I’m sure she doesn’t know all of the languages in your classroom?

    Thank you so much!

    4 years ago
  74. I was just wondering how you become an international student? How did you, Leigh, get into it? I searched a lot, but I can’t seem to find anything about it ^^

    4 years ago
  75. Hey Leigh!!! How was the application process for Ehwa University?Did you receive any financial help like scholarships or financial aid?

    4 years ago
  76. Leigh did you take out any student loans like how were you able to survive.

    4 years ago
  77. Good to know that Korea is really not that expensive to live in.

    4 years ago
  78. Yes finding a Korean Boyfriend. Actually i want to know how do you sign up for this language program i would like to do it.

    4 years ago
  79. i’m currently a student studying abroad in japan at a language intensive program. there’s a lot of taiwan people in my class and we can only communicate with each other in japanese. i can totally relate to this and some of Leigh’s experiences

    4 years ago
  80. Leigh is awesome! definately don’t mind her being in the videos. I really enjoy seeing her in them as well as you guise

    4 years ago
  81. Hi Leigh, are your korean courses separate from your BA’s? and if so how is the workload?

    Would you say that it’s easy to get a part time job in Korea (even with minimal korean), and how do you think that a job works with the workload that you have?

    Also I would love to see more segments on being an international student in Korea, as the more information I get the more I can prepare myself and also help to settle my parents nerves on studying in such a different country.

    Simon and Martina, I would love to see you guys do a walk through Korea University ^^

    Also could you give Spuggy an extra special belly Rub from me ^//^, and all the best to ALL of the Eat Your Kimchi crew :3

    4 years ago
  82. I loved this. Give us more of Leigh explaining student life in Korea :D

    4 years ago
  83. This make me want to go to university in Korean

    4 years ago
  84. Just a quick note, on something Leight said in the video.

    If you, unalike her, is not Western looking, say: born and raised by Asian parents abroad, adopted, way too many asian roots in your blood, the part of looking foreign certainly never applies at all times. This really comes from my experience of studying in China, but trust me. People will forget at times, even if you have told them. And it can get really awkward if you are not too familiar with the language yet.

    4 years ago
  85. How do you earn money?
    Do you work or do you get “an educational grant”?

    4 years ago
  86. More Leigh! She is fantastic on camera! Is she a longhorn? If so, me too! Hook ’em!

    4 years ago
  87. Len

    Hi! I’d be interested to know on how can I apply for a scholarship in Korean schools? :))

    4 years ago
  88. I’m currently in Korea for a summer exchange programme in Chung Ang University. So far it’s AWESOME!!! Might drop by your studio this week~ :D

    4 years ago
  89. If you explain that you’re religion doesn’t allow you to drink, you shouldn’t have any problem. Of course, in gneeral, because you could found some jerk like in every country xD

    I think S&M mentioned this a couple of times in differents videos and I have talk about this (and drinking in general) with a korean friend. ^-^

    4 years ago
  90. MZ

    Hey guys:) I was wondering… I am planing to study engineering here in my country when I’m finnished with high school. And I know for a fact that the school I’m going to has an exchangeprogram to korea.. but I’m not sure how that would work. Are all the classes in english then or do you have to know korean? and is it possible to take language classes while going to school or is that to much stress / you don’t have enough time?
    Hope there is someone else who have studied something besides korean in Korea to help me out:)

    4 years ago
    • okay, I am not sure but this is what I think. In our school we had to take one year course before going to undergraduate. So you will have to take it too. But my Korean friend studies engineering and he told me that the classes are usually in English (even they are all Koreans) and if not the classes then the books are. So if there will be no preparation Korean lessons then it will be in English. And you can always take Korean classes.

      4 years ago
  91. DD

    This was a very informational video, thanks you guys for posting this. I was curious though, what is it like/how can a person apply for international internships from over sea’s? I’m from the states as well and I’ve been considering looking into some internships over sea’s. I’m majoring in Media and Communication at the University of Washington in Seattle. And since Leigh is a intern herself, I was wondering if she could talk about being an intern in Korea and if she knew of anyone of her friends who was an international student and got an internship in Seoul. As for other places I was considering applying to…other then to you guys of course…would be Korea’s hood a.k.a YG Entertainment. I know I sound like a complete nut job thinking I could score an internship there, but hey a girl can dream!

    4 years ago
  92. Lool Ai Ore reference there.. I always want to learn other languages thanks for the insight.

    4 years ago
  93. I would like to know what is the point/goal/intention of being an
    international student? Is it simply to learn another language and
    culture or is there more to it than that? I have friends who’ve studied
    international commerce or are looking for a career in diplomacy but I’m
    not sure if there are other classes besides language. Are you studying
    film at university as well Leigh? An American friend of mine exposed me
    to several Korean independent films a few years ago (in America) and it
    seems as if there is an international circuit for independent Asian
    films, is this where you are going with your Korean knowledge? Or is film just a hobby?

    4 years ago
  94. This was a great TL;DR. It was nice that Simon made a cameo (so funny!) but it was still in the same flavour as Simon and Martina but with more confidence on a subject. Sometimes I find the TL;DRs have a lot of disclaimers because there is no direct experience with the subject and it kind of makes me walk away wondering how useful the knowledge I just gained will be. There is absolutely no reason why TL;DR can’t have guests or guest-hosts, I think it ups the level of knowledge-imparted enormously if only from gaining the confidence factor without taking away the Simon-and-Martina-esque flavour. If it is not a member of the EYK crew, you could always do an interview style segment. Hahaha, of course when I say this, I tangent to thinking of an “interviewing people on the street” style of segment – oh my! that would be hilarious with S+M but perhaps not something that would work well on the streets of Korea.

    4 years ago
  95. Whats dorm life like???!!

    4 years ago
  96. Hi! I really enjoyed this video. I’m landing in Seoul in a week and a half and start my EPIK orientation (Teaching Bootcamp?). I am going to be out on Yeongdo Island in Busan, can’t wait! My question is: Could you guys tell me some useful phrases that I won’t find in my Korean phrasebook?

    4 years ago
  97. I went to SKKU and it was one of the most affordable language programs and one of the top programs, and the curriculum and program itself was really well balanced and not extremely heavy for an intensive course, compared to Yonsei for example, even though Yonsei is one of the top programs in the country (and one of the most expensive ) they rely heavily in textbooks and self studying, they are also very heavy in grammar and vocabulary for the first two levels which isn’t the cup of tea for most students who are just getting into the language and have no background in japanese, chinese or korean. I did One term there and didn’t like it personally, but I guess if you come from an Asian country and are used to the work load (and can afford Yonsei lol) it could work for you. I suggest everyone to look into the programs and find people who have been there to get a first hand experience and see if it would work for you c:

    I had many friends who went to Ewha and they said the fees were very affordable and the classes were very fun and interactive, the teachers were really good too, the only think they seemed to not like much was the textbooks they were using.

    I can talk about SSKU and I think if you are/were a university student and are used to the workload and conference style classes you’d like it. If you are fresh out of high school or a freshmen in uni it might be a little too much for some.

    4 years ago
  98. I’m thinking about going on exchange to Korea so this was really helpful! I’d love to know more about the dorm life too, and it’d be great if you’d do wanks on other universities in Korea. :)

    4 years ago
  99. Are you studying Culinary Arts in Korea? what school? :)

    4 years ago
  100. That is exactly the reason why I stopped eating and drinking while watching EYK videos. You never know what is going to happen xD *lol*

    4 years ago
    • There’s been funny moments before, but usually I refrain from drinking just before and during the parts I know will be funny. This, I totally expected weird questions, but not that. For whatever reason, I just… died laughing. lol. At least I didn’t get the Cherry Coke up my nose. ( Seriously, that shit hurts )

      4 years ago
  101. This was really interesting, thank you.
    I remember when I started college, I wanted to take part in a student program and go study somewhere else. My goal was to jump into cold water and go to Japan but, my college didn’t have any student programs at all. ( -.-* )
    Now they have some but it is based on european countries and they have some problems with points one gets after finishing a class at the end of the semester ( you can pass classes, let’s say, in Italy and come back and they will tell you that you have to re-do all of the classes again because they can’t accept the points you made in Italy. >.> bull**** ).
    Long story short, I never knew before that some colleges are so screwed up.

    Anyways, I took japanese classes ( not with college, it was like a hobby – had nothing to do with college ) for 2 years and I am glad I did that.
    Now, I want to start and learn korean but I’ve decided to do it on my own with the help of the internet.
    So, does anyone know any websites which can do that? I know one. I think it was talktomeinkorean or something…
    Are there any else?

    4 years ago
  102. Leigh this is actually super helpful!! actually let me tell you a story backwards….or something like that. Right now I’m learning korean in my country because I want to go to Korea to study and my teacher is well, korean. She was telling me the other day that when she was send here six years ago (I’m from Costa Rica) she didn’t knew ANY SPANISH and if you might think that korean is hard to learn well spanish is even worst. Actually her biggest trouble in learning was that korean does not translate well in a very logical grammatical way in spanish, it is best if you directly translate korean to english, to her bad luck (or good luck depending on your point of view) not a lot of older people in Costa Rica speak english so she was put in the position of really having to learn kickly how to speak and write. She recalls those years as really depressing because she wasn’t able to communicate well and the few grammar that she could learned was through her daughter who was just starting school, but still to this day it is really difficult for her to mantain a fluid conversation with other people in spanish. Just a few days ago she asked me if we in spanish had a formal way of speaking like in korean, she ended up becoming scared because I told her that since Latin America has a lot of countries we all speak different spanish….so I think I traumatized her.
    Also last semester I was taking japanese classes in my university and they were 4 hour classes with attendance and everything you mention, actually a lot of professors in my university take attendace really seriously, to the point of failing the class if you miss it without a good logical explanation or a justification from a doctor. I actually thought that all colleges did this mmm. Well hopefully you could update on some other students info on the future!!

    4 years ago
  103. Does anyone has any idea how to be an international student in korea, if you come from belgium? because here.. we got looooots of student programmes abroad, china, japan, thailand, philipinnes,… But korea….. nooooooooo TT___TT it’s like the biggest nightmare! so I got no idea how I can go to korea, is it possible to go to korea (for studying) without any organisation? but most likely, it will be much more expensive and difficult right? :(

    4 years ago
  104. ugh omg 4 hour class? Noooo thank youuu. I burn out after an hour and a half of my art classes ; ^;

    4 years ago
  105. Leigh, now that you are enrolled in a graduate program, what are you studying?
    I heard that it is really difficult for an English-speaking foreigner to get a non-teaching/translating job in South Korea, how would you (or Simon&Martina) go about finding a job in a different field? Thank you (:

    4 years ago
  106. U guys are awesome!!! U can be funny and very helpful at the same time!! Thnx a lot!! :D

    4 years ago
  107. this is exactly my case, class from 9 to 1 every day, lots of homeworks, only asian classmates which I don’t understand, teachers take attendance and if you miss a class they immediately ask you what was wrong with you, if you took a pill or something, I am tired every day, I also don’t study at all XD Oh god, I didn’t know it’s the same exactly XD and about the weird questions… prepare that they will ask you if you have four seasons in your country, especially if you are not from Asia XD … haha guys I am just studying in one of those language programs so you can message me if you have a question :)

    4 years ago
    • How do you fund your life there? Like, did you just have to save up
      loads before you went, or did you get some kinda of job or..? This
      really confuses me sorry!

      4 years ago
      • that’s a little bit difficult. First of all, there are many different programs in Korea. There are programs which you have to pay for yourself (it costs like 1.000.000 won in a month and then living and food..), that’s really expensive. But then you have many programs where you are given a scholarship. I don’t know how it was in Leigh’s case but my case is like this: I get scholarship which means I don’t have to pay for the lessons and also I get extra 200.000 won every month. At first I thought it’s really good but as I’ve been here half a year I can’t say it’s so good. First of all you have to pay for your living (at first I lived in a dormitory which was like 180.000/month but it was really terrible, so I moved to an apartment which is for 230.000/month), then you would need a phone (around 15.000/month), then you would need to eat (one meal is around 5000 won) and everything else you need for living. Also you would need to buy some textbooks, pay for visa, pay for traveling and so on and so on…. you can get a job here (but the problem is that if you have a student visa you can only get a job after 6 months you live here), many students do it illegally. But part time jobs are not so highly payed. So for example I have a part time job and I get the scholarship so I can pay everything I need with that but if I want to do something extra (cinema, traveling, karaoke) I have to use my own savings… also if you plan on staying here more than 6 months there are more problems with visa and so on… so I would recommend you to choose a good scholarship (preferably the one which gives you a free living in a dorm or something) and then save a little bit (at least around 5.000.000) if you want to live comfortably.

        4 years ago
  108. Hi, Simon & Martina ^^ I wanted to know what people in korean think about controverse between SM & JYJ ? Do they support JYJ or SM ? And, what do you think about this ? Do you think that JYJ will be on a show a day T^T ? Ps: JYJ have been excluded from concert lineup of Asian game (they are ambassador). I’m tired by this.

    4 years ago
  109. I would love to hear more about everyone’s different experiences with other waygooks (American, Canadian, European, Australian, South African, etc) and their perspectives on teaching/working in Korea.

    4 years ago
  110. OMG I think I this is the fifth time I have asked this but can you guys talk about korean hauntings/ ghost stories
    like here in america we have bloody mary, donkey lady, the devils dance, texas chainsaw massacre
    or how we americans make a lot of haunting movies, like the conjuring just came out based on true events stuff like that
    or in my mexican culture la llorona, about a weeping women who drowned her kids, and the story goes that if you hang by near lakes, river, etc.. you will here her crying out looking for her children
    but seriously, please let this be on the next TL;DR
    AHHHHHHH :o

    4 years ago
    • Just from what I know many people here believe in ghosts but I never heard about haunted place. It is said that there are many dead people in the Han river in Seoul though XD Also my Korean friend told me that it’s usual between high schoolers to try to summon a ghost (like with the desk with letters). There are also many korean comix books which are scary like that, they say they are based on real stories but I don’t know :D

      4 years ago
    • Ooh yeah, ghost stories! xD That would be cool but I’m not sure that’s something many Koreans know about…

      4 years ago
  111. How convenient to post this video now! I’m going to be studying abroad at Yonsei for 2 semesters in two weeks! I will be taking semi-intensive Korean courses (2hr courses 5 days a week) in addition to 5 other classes (3 lecture, 2 dance, I want to add a 3rd dance class, but there’s no space)

    4 years ago
    • I did that. I took Korean 1 from 8:00 to 10:45 AM from Monday to Thursday… It was… you will really need like 5 hours of nap time afterwards. But I also did these program with other classes and I was able to get a high GPA but it was hard work. Good luck! And you should definitely check out the Sinchon area! So many delicious foooods!

      4 years ago
      • Luckily Korean is my last class of the day, and I’m used to having back to back (occasionally back to back to back language classes… I’m a language major studying 3 languages at the same time, well when I’m at my home university), so hopefully the transition won’t be that hard for me

        4 years ago
  112. MOAR LEIGH

    4 years ago
  113. This is really awesome, thank you for the post Leigh! :D I’ve been wanting to learn Korean for a while now, but the ONLY university programme in Korean in Norway shut down a few years ago… so I ended up learning Chinese in the UK. And I’ll be going to China for A YEAR. Boom, twice the foreign student.
    Luckily when I get to China I will have studied Chinese for almost two year already so I won’t go there and be all lost…
    Impressive that you managed to keep up with your intense classes! Good luck on learning Korean in the future! :D

    4 years ago
  114. Some things I wanted to say:
    1. Is it weird that I had the combined urge to laugh and cry when Leigh said kimbap has the taste of sadness and loneliness?.. Kimbap has been one of my favorite foods for a while..
    2. Is Leigh mixed? I hope no one takes that the wrong way and thinks I’m trying to be racist.
    3. DEFINITELY talk about all the stuff you said when the TL;DR was about to end (Korean boyfriend, before/after learning Korean, etc.)
    4. Like many have said before, LEIGH, WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND? YOU ARE SO FREAKIN’ COOL. Actually, I wanna meet all of the EYK crew.. SIMON, MARTINA, HOW DID YOU FIND LEIGH AND SOOZEE? I guess cool people just attract each other, huh?
    Note that I will be reading the blog post after I post this so I don’t lose these thoughts and I may or may not comment again.. hehe..

    4 years ago
  115. Leigh. . .I was wondering, is it really hard to get accepted to Universities with those programs in Korea? Because I was thinking of studying abroad. Also, how do you talk in Korean so casually because I’m a very shy person and I can speak a little Korean but when I try to talk to a Korean, I tend to freeze up and not be able to speak ;^; I’ll be that lonely kid in the corner crying and sulking to herself with no friends ㅠㅠ Any advice to get over that? How do I not become the lonely person eating kimbap? ;^; Leigh please be my friend ;~;

    4 years ago
    • HI! I really want to know this too :c im also shy but i want to change that and in the process learn korean jehehe

      4 years ago
  116. I actually funded almost all of my trip with financial aid :D But I did it with the exchange program in my school so you have to check your school about that.

    4 years ago
  117. Is there a loan system at Korean universities? Like how in the U.S. there is FAFSA for student loans.

    4 years ago
  118. Do Korean universities have a loan system? Like how the USA has FAFSA for student loans.

    4 years ago
  119. This is so awesome, cause i;m planning to come there next year :D

    4 years ago
  120. can you do a segment in how to get in Korean universities and what to prepared like paper work etc

    4 years ago
  121. Leigh you rock. Its as simple as that.

    4 years ago
  122. I definitely understand the questions! I live in Hong Kong and get asked lots of interesting questions and my friends are amazed at how easily I can talk to guys. To them, talking to men is difficult and they don’t understand what there could be to discuss with a guy but I’ve had many guy friends so for me, it’s easy to make friends with them. I got asked if it got hot here in the states because my friend thinks it doesn’t, and she asked if we had airconditioning. It’s very interesting, the differences between cultures. I also, apparently, speak too quickly.

    4 years ago
  123. FREAKING AWESOME TL;DR!!!! Thanks so much Leigh!!!! I am coming to teach in Korea in about 2 weeks, and thinking about checking out graduate school programs while I am there. Please do another TL;DR about Korean Universities! Also, what’s so great about Seoul U? Everyone in the dramas freaks out when it is mentioned :p Thanks again!

    4 years ago
  124. When I lived abroad, people asked me so many questions about America that I thought were so strange, like “Do most Americans have plastic surgery?”, “Are all the boys hot?”, “Is American high school like ‘Mean Girls’?”, “Do you know a lot of cowboys?” (because I live in Arizona), and of course the gun question. I think my classmates expected Americans to be loud and obnoxious as well, and I am extremely shy, so I didn’t really fit a lot of their ideas. It was so crazy for me to realize that people learn about the US the way we learn about other countries, through their movies and shows (which I guess should be obvious, but like I didn’t even get that until I got the ‘Mean Girls’ question).

    4 years ago
  125. i would love to hear more about campus life in korea! im really interested in doing an exchange when in collage (art collage mind you…) and wanna know more about just general student life and stuff!

    4 years ago
  126. I’m really interested to know how you learn korean with everyone speaking many languages. I personally don’t have any experience with that kind of environment. Every language course I’ve taken has been taught in english. I’ve been taking a beginner class in korean recently but it’s taught in english to a classroom who speaks english. I’m wondering if it would be more efficient to completely immerse oneself or if that would be more confusing.

    4 years ago
    • we have many people speaking many languages and we just learn everything in Korean. Even when we were beginners.

      4 years ago
  127. Thanks for doing a video on this guys! I attended Sogang University for their intensive summer language program last year and really felt like I learned a lot there. Most of the people in my class level were American with a few Europeans and one girl from Singapore. They were definitely long days but so much fun!
    After the summer program I went to Korea University Sejong for the semester and found that I had more time outside of class..or maybe more energy because my brain wasn’t so full of Korean language all the time. I was able to join different organizations and can relate to the MT stories ;p so much fun but we paid for it in the mornings…
    And now I’m finishing my application to go back to Korea to attend Ewha Women’s University next semester! I never would have thought I would be able to study there again but I’m so excited that I have gotten the opportunity again!!

    Please do more videos about University life, like housing and roommates, and adapting as a foreigner and student :D

    4 years ago
  128. I totally want to go to Korea! I bet there are a lot of programms and scholarships for students that take care of some of these tuitions =)
    @Leigh: Is it hard to get an on-campus dorm?
    http://love-your-ego.blogspot.de

    4 years ago
  129. Soozee is my eat your kimchi bias but I don’t know… Leigh is sneaking her way up there. Watch out soozee you might get knocked out of first place.

    4 years ago
  130. lol i’m doing ILP in japan right now, and some of our homework was to write 7 haikus in japanese… LOL appropriate videos

    4 years ago
  131. I would love to do a language program~ If only if only~ studying korean alone with noone to talk to is hard…

    4 years ago
  132. I LOVE this!! Leigh, this was awesome and you’re hilarious!

    4 years ago
  133. I have a question, not sure if it’s been answered (pretty sure it hasn’t since i did a mini EYK marathon this week) but I want to know about the health insurance or health care for foreigners. Does it cost more or less to go visit a doctor in Korea than in North America?

    4 years ago
    • I don’t know how it is in America but for me it’s really expensive in Korea. For example last month I went to doctor (without insurance) and for the visit I payed 15.000 won and he told me to come again in two days (as doctor here just give you medicine for a day or two and then you have to come back) . I went there 4 times in total so I payed around 60.000 won. Also my friend had to go to a dentist (her teeth filling fell out) and she had to pay 1.000.000 won!! for one filling. I heard dentists are expensive in Korea but I didn’t know it’s this much. If you have an insurance here then it’s okay but insurances are not so good anyway, they pay back around 60-70% of your expenses only. If you are a student in Korea usually the school offers you some kind of insurance. For me I had to pay 500.000 won for 6 months (but I didn’t accept it since I had my own insurance in my country for studying abroad). Also there are some hospitals which offer basic health care for foreigners for free, but there are not many of them.

      4 years ago
    • Health care is much cheaper in South Korea. The same is true for most 1st world countries in comparison to the USA (I believe it’s cheaper in South Korea than Canada as well) due to our crappy “health care” system that rewards companies while making citizens pay a fortune. Here’s a discussion of it: http://askakorean.blogspot.com/2010/01/healthcare-system-in-korea.html

      4 years ago
  134. 4 hour classes are like summer classes in the US. i had Calculus for 3 and a half hours a day just this semester XD

    4 years ago
  135. I don’t know if anyone already asked this but… how, on the first place, get to go study in Korea? xD I know it sounds really dumb but I’m from Argentina -South America- and I have noooo idea how to apply to go there :D

    4 years ago
    • I’m from Peru and I moved to America after I graduated from High school to get into a university so my tip is: Know what school do you want to enroll learn what are the tuition fees for classes, fee of dorms. Contact the school and ask the requirements you should have in order to be accepted at their school (it’s about your grades and GPA) then if they accept your enrollment you’ll have to start all procedures to get a student visa and each country has it’s own different laws so you’d have to deal it with the country’s embassy that you are planning to go.

      4 years ago
    • Mee toooo XD

      4 years ago
  136. I’ve got an Ewha specific question…or two. My friend told me that it’s a coed school, despite the name. Does Leigh (or anyone else:) know what the gender split is like there? Also, are the entrance requirements as tough if you’re only going for the intensive language course versus an undergrad program?

    4 years ago
    • For Koreans, it’s girl only. However Ewha does have male exchanges so all the boys being exchange students, the gender split would be less than 10:1 most of the time.. It varies between classes though. Marketing course I took had 5 boys and 40 girls and in Communications class there was only one boy in the middle of at least 20 girls. Don’t know much about languages courses but http://elc.ewha.ac.kr/korean/en/template/intensive03.asp here it says you have to take placement test of some sort.

      4 years ago
      • The placement test wasn’t that bad. It is just a way for them to check the level of Korean you have. I actually took it and got placed in a higher class because I knew the alphabet already and can read even though I have no idea what I was talking about.

        4 years ago
  137. You should definitely do Yonsei University

    4 years ago
  138. i love when you feature leigh and soozee in your videos and they get more screen time! they fit right in and are a welcome addition to the nasty crew :)

    4 years ago
  139. Still gotta put the TL;DRs close to the top for your segments. Great video and so glad Leigh and Soozee are getting some screen time. Making me rip my hair out saving up for a language program.

    4 years ago
  140. thank you for covering this topic!! it was really insightful and it kind of gave me hope i guess i would say. ^^

    4 years ago
  141. You really can’t expect someone to not wear something just because of your phobia. Would you go up to a random person outside and tell them to not wear an outfit because of your phobia? o_O

    4 years ago
    • I agree, It’s not all about you. I think pokadots looks great on Martina and she should continue wearing them. She looks great in actually anything, just don’t tell her what and what not to wear, it would be seen as “Selfish” Maybe you aren’t, but please consider others feelings

      4 years ago
  142. I loved this video! I’m really hoping to study abroad one day but I’m curious as to why Leigh chose Korean. Is she a K-Pop fan(although this seems unlikely :P)? Was she fascinated by the culture?, etc.

    4 years ago
  143. Definitely want to go to Korea to study thanks it helped a lot ❤

    4 years ago
  144. Simon and Martina here: we both REALLY want to do Culinary Arts. Not because we want to open a restaurant or anything like that. We just want to know all that stuff. WHOA SO JEALOUS!

    4 years ago
  145. How did you apply and get accepted into the language program? I’d love to do it sometime! Learning Korean is a life goal, and I see no better way to do it than being a student in Korea! :D

    4 years ago
    • you can look up the universities on the web and they will all have english pages for the programs and details on applying and documents and all that fun mind melting government stuff. Good Luck

      4 years ago
  146. I’m kinda wondering what Leigh is majoring in right now. haha but I love TLDR’S !! :)

    4 years ago
  147. YAY Ewha Girls! We actually have Korean “buddies”, like peace buddies, for the students who take language program in Ewha so no one will suffer from lonely lunch or being alone anymore! And there are more English speakers and French speakers on campus.

    4 years ago
    • Eeerrmegawd why does this comment keep disappearing?! You can find pretty much about registration and courses on Ewha Language Center webpage! I don’t know much about the language programs because I never took them but since I graduated Ewha, I can tell you about campus if you have any questions and help if random Korean pops up in that website:)

      I wish “BEGG” could see this! I tried replying right back to you but couldn’t! the comment kept disappearing!

      4 years ago
      • this is me……:( for some reason, my comments kept disappearing….

        4 years ago
        • Hi, Disqus marked your comment as spam because you began the post with a link. If you include it at the end of the comment, it usually works.

          And then after that you posted nearly identical comments, like, 20 times in a row, so they all got marked as spam.

          I’ve un-spam-ed your first comment, so it should be fine now.

          4 years ago
    • do you know how you get into the program?

      4 years ago
    • Peace buddies? Is that someone to walk you home at night so you feel safe?

      4 years ago
  148. Nic

    Such an awesome video! This will make so many people happy. I know so many people who want to study in Korea.

    Question for Leigh about the lack of personal space and touching…. do you ever ask them not to or do you just go along with it?

    I experience that a lot when in my husband’s home town down south in a rural part of Korea. But I can’t really tell people to not touch me like that. The ahjummas that want to touch me – I just grin and bear it. My sister-in-law always wanted to hold my hand while we were out and more and my husband would try to explain to her that it made me feel a bit uncomfortable, but it took her a long time to understand that. Do you find if you’ve explained that you sometimes feel uncomfortable that because it’s such a different concept to them that someone doesn’t want to be touched – that they just keep doing it anyway?

    4 years ago
  149. YAAY this is really helpful. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I want to ask Leigh if she knew anything about the summer 3-week intensive program? I’m planning to apply and I’m between Ewha and Yonsei. I wonder if she knows anything about it or anyone who tried it. THANK YOU again :D

    4 years ago
  150. Love Leigh, I could watch more of her! And Suzy too. I totally dig the idea of having other people in your videos too! Then you can talk about topics of which you might not have first hand experience but want to provide the information.

    On a side note, I’m studying in a Korean language program right now. I’m currently on level 3 and I’m studying in Dongguk University. I totally agree with Leigh about all she said. And in our school there are like a couple of other westerners/English-speaking people but it feels like they try to not put us in the same classes, so it’s kind of lonely at times. In our school most people are from China. There are like gazillion Chinese people and maybe 10 or so people from other countries. So it can be quite lonely with all the Chinese people speaking Chinese with each other, but I feel like the further you get on your studies the easier it gets. I can now actually hold conversations in Korean, which is pretty cool. Can’t wait to get to the University!

    4 years ago
  151. Thank you so much for this ! Many of my friends are going to Korea for travelling and since I’ve only travelled to Korea in the past, and have only studied in Canada and HK, I cant answer these questions exactly.
    I’ve also thought about doing intensive programs for language learning so seeing the Korean factor is amazing.
    Also, would LOVE to hear about dorm life! Haha

    4 years ago
  152. Leigh, I’d be interested to know how you all learned Korean from scratch since all of your classmates spoke different languages, I’ve never heard of a language class like that.

    Also do you know of any other good universities with an intensive language program that you could recommend?

    Thanks!

    4 years ago
    • Leigh how do you sign up for these programs and what are they called

      4 years ago
    • I went to Ewha as well and took the Korean class they offer. However, I didn’t take the intensive program that Leigh did but I just did the regular Korean. I was actually the only fluent English speaker (from an English speaking country) in the whole class but the Korean teachers (we had two) taught in English. My classmates are actually pretty good in English too. The textbooks were another story though. I’m pretty sure they have an English, Chinese (Mandarin), and Japanese versions. So basically the teacher was there to actually just reinforce the idea (grammars,etc) and the book can further explain it to the students.

      4 years ago
      • where do i go to find out more about how to become a international student at Ewha as an undergraduate? what programs do they have? how and where do i go to apply there? if you can answer these questions, i would be SUPER grateful!! thank you!

        4 years ago
  153. Wow, this was soooo informative! Makes me wish I had done such a program when I was in college, though I don’t think education majors can do much studying abroad if they are hoping to be teachers in the states. Nevertheless, this was great and good luck to you, Leigh! BTdubs, did you declare a major at a stateside university?

    4 years ago
  154. This was helpful! Thank you!
    I’m (finally) going to Korea in about 20 days *___* and will be attending HU for one semester (though I wish I had gone for Ehwa T_T)… so this is kind of perfect timing, really!

    4 years ago
  155. I love this!! Leigh do have a similar style than you guys, it fits really good, please make more videos like these!

    4 years ago
  156. Haha, Leigh is so adorable!

    4 years ago
  157. Hey Leigh, I’m super interested in being an international student and Korea is very high on that particular list, so for your study abroad program did that program have a scholarship or any kind of finanical aid to help you pay for it?

    4 years ago
  158. Is Intern Leigh in graduate school or undergrad???

    4 years ago
  159. I don’t know if there are any good pastry schools in South Korea, but in case I go back to wanting to go into linguistics and foreign languages, this’ll be helpful :)

    I’m always happy to see more Leigh and Soo Zee in your videos (even though you know I love you two, right?)

    4 years ago
  160. Definitely talk about getting a Korean boyfriend!!!!!

    4 years ago
    • As a Korean, I don’t see why some of you guys want “Korean” boyfriend. AND I’m just so curious! Why are you interested in Korean boys in particular? Can anyone tell me? Is this because of all the K-drama and handsome romantic boys in it?

      4 years ago
      • Some people want to be fully submerged into a culture and language and that include dating someone from that culture. In my experience, I do not find(many) white guys nor Australians (I’m Australian) attractive due to cultural reasons and as well as looks. Finally white babies are ugly.

        4 years ago
      • Not necessarily that but more like how to overcome a language barrier, if they would object to dating a foreigner, different dating styles and dates of there (Korea) vs North America.

        4 years ago
    • Race fetishism isn’t cool.

      4 years ago
      • A bit judgmental there huh? There is a difference between preferences and objectifying.

        4 years ago
    • First of all… Before being Korean, they’re men. And just by that I’m pretty sure the ways of getting a Korean boyfriend are exactly the same as getting a boyfriend of any nationality.

      4 years ago
    • That’s like getting a boyfriend from any other country. Chemistry and and compatibility. Korean guys are guys, they’re not some special breed of man just because they’re Korean.

      4 years ago
    • 1. Don’t weird them out by thinking they’re any more special or different than other men anywhere else on the planet
      2. Get introduced to/meet somehow a Korean guy
      3. See if there is mutual attraction
      4. Commence usual courting rituals (may differ culturally/personally, they’ve talked about these before)
      5. Be together???

      4 years ago
    • IKR? I’ve been so CURIOUS!

      4 years ago
    • IKR?? I’ve been so curious!

      4 years ago
  161. I have a question for intern leigh. How did u get the visa for korea. Like i am living in u.s.a but i would like to go for graduate school. So how does the procedure work? Can u tell me a little bit about it? Thank you.

    4 years ago
  162. LEIGH WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND?

    4 years ago