My experience as an exchange student at CAU was life-altering. I knew that studying abroad would be an amazing experience, but the people at CAU made my experience complete and most memorable.
CAU provides its international students not only with challenging and comprehensive educational classes but with real-life work experience as well. Through my classes, I learned the power, necessity, and dynamics of teamwork. Through teamwork and many group projects, I learned many skills, such as time management, leadership, compromise, and presentation skills.
Korea has also taught me how to work and benefit from a communal society, which is very different from America’s individually focused society. Working at E-Lounge and CAU Kindergarten has broadened my horizons.
Most of the Korean words I learned I picked up from my CAU Kindergarten students. They wanted very much to learn English and to learn about the American culture, but they also wanted very much to share their own culture. Also, interacting with my Korean andinternational colleagues at E-Lounge was not only fun but educational as well. It was great to discuss with them the differences and similarities in our everyday lives, including our cultures, businesses, and geographies.
Besides the CAU environment, living in Seoul City was amazing! I’ve never lived in a city before, so that alone was a huge change for me. Living in Seoul made me realize that I love city life, and I really enjoy the fast “pali-pali” (hurry-hurry) lifestyle. The city not only motivated me but also exposed me to so many different people and personalities despite the language barrier.
The housing that CAU provided me was exceptional! I was beyond satisfied with the apartment I shared with six international students from Canada, France, Japan, and America, overlooking Han River. Sharing a beautiful apartment with what felt like the whole world was a thrilling adventure. Every day, we discussed the cultures of our home countries with our many new Korean and international friends.
Overall, I felt like I experienced the whole world and not only CAU and Seoul in South Korea. CAU’s International Exchange Program is by far one of the best programs out there if you’re looking for a truly global experience. CAU brings the whole world to you in Seoul - the soul of the world.