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2nd round in Korea – Soongsil University

Straight to the business: It is my second time to go for an exchange period in Seoul, South-Korea as in fall semester of 2015 I was in Korea University.

Short comparison of Korea University and Soongsil: Korea University is much larger with its internal bus lines inside of campus and one of the top Universities in Korea. Soongsil campus is much smaller which has its advantages. Around 17% of the courses are taught in English as in Korea University it is or was 40%. (Comparison of campuses, SU: , KU: )

My studies here have gone well. The start had its difficulties since a couple of professors told me indirectly to drop the course. They were not going to teach in english, even though the course was listed to be completely in english. After finding the suitable courses, it’s all good ๐Ÿ™‚

In my opinion, the main difference between studying in Finland and Korea is that here you will have to remember the contents by heart more or less. A correct answer in an exam may be what the course material tells about the issue – not what some other book or another source may tell. Of course it may not always be as strict as I say here.

Spare time

The exchange organization is not too active here with offical events. So the spare time has gone mostly with the flat mates and some other friends exploring and sightseeing the missed parts of Seoul. Also, let’s not forget about the nightlife here. Tripadvisor is a great site for finding out what to see or do.

Recently Koreans have started to protest against the president. Last saturday there was ~1 million people showing their upset minds around at City hall and Blue house. I was not participating the protest – I was left behind the police lines after exploring a traditional village and trying to go home.


I watched a basketball match with some Korean friends before and one of them is a local policeman. It was quite funny to meet him in full protection wear while I was trying to get around the police lines. He said that the other policemen gave him a really weird looks while greeting me. Chances to see just that guy are really low, since the area covered by police is huge and they were 21,000 in numbers depending of the source.


It has been a good exchange so far, I have had fun, made some friends and the studies are going well.



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I spent an exchange semester in Korea University, in Seoul. Location for the University was good, it was about 20 minutes to the real city center.

My accomodation was in the University dormitory. This was really cheap way to live, but quality of the room wasn’t so good.

If you are planning to go to study in Korea, I recommend you to read the dormitory rules really carefully. Most of the dormitories here have curfew (Time when you are supposed to come back to the dormitory, usually before 1AM). Korea University didn’t have this kind of rule.


This was the cheapest dormitory available, I didn’t want it, but they chose to place me in there.

Studying in Korea University was pleasant, busy and hard at the same time. Most of the courses were harder than back in Finland, but with effort you can manage to get good grades out of them. So this made up a problem that there was no time to just sit down and relax, basicly I was studying or going out for attractions or dinners all the time.


The city itself is really big to explore, and you can find yourself at a new place at any time you wish! I visited Nami-island, Busan, Osaka and DMZ apart from Soul while I was doing my exchange studies. Nightlife is really great in Seoul, when you have got enough of seeing the traditional things!


I would recommend this University for exchange studies. There is alot to experience and normally the quality of teaching is good. Just remember to make sure you spend proper amount of time to view the courses, and don’t rely on that you can change them!