Sophia Chien & Hannah Tang
Many students want to travel around the world and meet different kinds of people and make lots of friends. More and more students at Feng Chia University (FCU) participate in exchange programs to different countries. There are lots of ways to become an exchange student. Last year, FCU’s honors program provided the first international summer school to Hanyang University in South Korea. Thirteen classmates and I participated in the program. I learned a lot and had a great time.
When we arrived in Korea, we found that the summer weather in Korea is really different from Taiwan. It was much cooler, more like fall in Taiwan. After we arrived at the airport, we took the subway to Hanyang University. When we arrived at school, we took our luggage to our dorm. The dorm was not roomy, but it had enough space for two people. The dorm had fantastic facilities in which we could cook, do laundry, and take a shower for free. We could even turn on the air conditioner for free anytime! Additionally, there were many stores and supermarkets nearby, so we didn’t have to worry that we would lack something.
Hanyang University is very different from Feng Chia University. Hanyang University’s Seoul campus has more than 60 buildings, including those of Hanyang Women’s University and Hanyang Cyber University. The campus is so big that we had to climb up and down the hillside to our classroom every day. We couldn’t ride bicycles on campus it’s too steep. It was really challenging to my strength!
As a student in FCU’s program, I could choose 9 credits at most. I took 6 credits (two classes), which were “Advertising and Communication” and “Korean Language.” During my classes, I had a lot of discussions with the other students and did many group presentations. It was a good way to interact with people from different cultures. The Korean students were very friendly in helping us solve any problems we had.
During my time as a student at Hanyang University, I achieved my goals in enhancing my English abilities, cultivated my global vision, and broadened my perspectives towards different cultures. Although one month was really too short, this adventure has become one of my best summer vacation memories. If you want to have a unique study abroad experience, you can go to the Feng Chia University International Affairs Office for information. There, you will find many programs that you can join. Now all you need to do is decide which one you like best!