Kind regards from South-Korea

Sharing my thoughts and experiences about my exchange period in South-Korea

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Last preparations

Last week all the exchange students had to pick their courses. The system didn’t work at all, it was horrible to use Ajou’s course registration website. I had to use 3 different browsers to get it done and on top of that, I didn’t get any of the courses I wanted to take. Well okay it was my own fault, I woke up one hour later than the course registration opening time, early bird gets the worm.

Courses that I had to take:

  • English conversation 2
  • English composition 1
  • Korean language 1
  • Domain analysis and software design

Total credits are 12 if I remember correctly. But credits will be doubled after I get back to JAMK because Ajou University has different credit system than JAMK.

I’ve been also packing and printing/copying all the documents just in case something happens. It’s hard to pack clothes, because I don’t know how one should dress to school in Korea. And I should start learning a bit of Korean to survive in the airport and hotel, Korean people are not famous for their english skills.

Starting to regret this whole studying abroad thing, I feel so bad for leaving loved ones here in Finland. Seeing them crying and talk about this spring without me makes me feel a bit down. Well I hope this bad feeling will pass. Anyway I’ll be gone just less than 4 months.

that’s all for now.

Kind regards,


Less than 20 days

Just got my passport back with the visa, yay ! No stress about that anymore 😀 It only took 3-5 business days, I thought it would take like 2 – 4 weeks so I wrote them a letter asking if they can call me and tell me how long it would take normally. They did call me and the lady from Embassy of the Republic of Korea who spoke with me in the phone was really nice and friendly. All the fees including posting was around 70-80€. Plus I had to pay 50€ to the bank for writing a letter of confirmation about my finances for the visa.

I also got the extended insurance, it cost me 130€ and bought a new phone, Oneplus X and new laptop, Lenovo U31. Im spending too much money :’D not good..

Finnair finally answered me, they might actually compensate for the loss. I had to book a night at the hotel (60€) near the airport beacuse I’ll arrive to Incheon airport on 23rd and Ajou University’s free bus ride is on 24th. Dormitory opens on the same day too.

Lists of courses was released 2 days ago. It’s not complete yet, but they will release the final version of it this Friday. They supposed to release it last Friday actually, but it got delayed. There was few interesting courses, like Taekwondo, Jazz dance or something like that, Golf etc.. I must get the Taekwondo course ! 😀

Lists of room assignment results was also released. I got a 2-person bedroom in new international dorm and I’m sharing the room with Korean student. Got a e-mail from AGA Ajou Global Ambassador, there’s a guy that will be my buddy for this semester.

I’ll better go eat my breakfast now.

Kind regards,