My name is Nicole and I was one of the very few students who were able to participate in a short-term program at Chonnam National University in Gwangju (which is a 3.5hr bus drive away from Seoul) during the semester break in July 2018.
Being able to experience living on-campus and living life as if I was a Korean student was very enjoyable. Everyone got put into groups of six with other foreigners from around the world participating the program and had two Korean buddies per group to assist us with any problems or translation help during our one month stay. During the program, I studied Korean and applied what I learnt when ordering in Korean and buying things.
In Korea, everything is so, so cheap compared to Melbourne! In addition, the weather in the summer season was hot and humid – for summer in Korea, cafes are your best friend as they can save you from the heat (anywhere with air conditioning, really).
As part of the program we were able to go on cultural trips and one of them were that we visited the tourist sites in Seoul such as Namsan Tower, Gyeongbokgung Place and Insadong street.
RMIT’s New Colombo Grant mobility grant made my trip a lot easier and more comfortable!
To summarise the trip in a one sentence: "There is so much to do and see but not enough time, I’LL BE BACK AGAIN!" – To which I did return and visited again the following year for vacation.
For more pictures of my trip, feel free to follow me on Instagram: @nicole.loves.food
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.