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안녕 여긴한국이야!

Greetings from Korea!

I studied Mechanical Engineering and Production Economics in Korea for about 4 months at Soongsil University. I originally had 6 courses, but two of them were cancelled, so I was left with:

  • Engineering Design (where we got to choose projects using Arduino Uno and self-made phone apps.)
  • Advertising and Promotion
  • International Logistics & Trade
  • International Business

Which is enough for 4 month exchange.

In my free time, I did a lot of things. We made a really good group of friends right from the start and did a lot of things with them example:

  • One week trip to YangYang in the first weeks after quarantine
  • In the third week we went on a week trip to Jeju-do Island.
Jeongbang Waterfall in Jeju-Do
  • Renting a car and buying sleeping bags + hammocks and touring all over Korea and staying out except the first night because we met some really nice people and they asked us to stay with them
Boys and hammocks
  • A week in Busan
  • DMZ
  • Paragliding
  • Joining to a kickboxing gym
  • Hiking & staying out with hammocks
  • Skiing in Youngpyong Resort

    Youngpyong

And the free time in general was really nice with a good group of friends. There were no boring days.

Comparison of education and training in Finland

In Korea, university is very competitive because grades are given cumulatively. School felt like a race sometimes because of this. I had this kind of arrangement in all my other courses, except in Engineering Design. In Finland grading system is points-based and you get your grade based on effort. The exams were usually just memorization, which was sometimes really hard to adjust to.

¡Saludos desde Barcelona!

Greetings from Barcelona! I have spent four months studying mechanical engineering in university called Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. I had only five courses in university and they were quite easy without much work, so I had a lot freetime during my stay. I spent my freetime travelling and exploring the city and sights.

During my stay, I have lived with a local host family and it has been a great way to get to know the Spanish way of life. I have learned to talk in Spanish and I used English only in university with other students.

Barcelona is a beautiful and big city and it has a lot to offer. I have spent a lot of my freetime walking on the streets and different neighbourhoods and there’s always something new and different to see everywhere I go.