하나, 둘, 셋. 안녕하세요! Blonde Vlogs 입니다! Last time you said “하나, 둘, 셋” and I was like *wipes nose* “안녕하세요”…….okay -My name is Hannah -I’m Bekah – and we go to school at the University of Nebraska at Kearney And we are…… Studying abroad in South Korea! – (Canadian National Anthem) “O Canada “Our home and native land” (what the heck Bekah) – But yeah, we’re studying abroad in South Korea at 중앙대학교 (Chung-Ang University) Aaaaaand yeah This video is because we had a really tough experience Starting studying abroad. It’s just, we didn’t know where to start or what to do for studying abroad And we want to make this experience so much easier for a lot of people – Yeah, and specifically for this video, ummm we are going to talk a lot about starting your journey Starting the process to studying abroad because it’s really difficult to know where to start and which is why we will give you as much information as we can in this video and the next few videos. – When you search “Study Abroad” at your university website, there’s probably a form that you have to fill out Saying why you want to study abroad, where you want to go or where you’re interested in going, so that your advisor will be able to have a general understanding of what you’re looking for when you go in to meet with your advisor. – And we will link the interest form in the description below so if you’re interested and you go to UNK look at the description box and it’ll take you from there. So prior to this meeting you should do some research on the different programs that your school offers We’re gonna be talking a lot about our school’s, in spe- (ummmm Bekah?) We’re gonna be talking about our school in particular a lot in this video but just keep in mind if you go to a different school, there may be some similarities, so this video is still helpful to you. Before you, uhhhh, go to your meeting, you should do some research on different programs your school offers, as well as other schools that are partnered with your university. One option that a lot of people do (it’s very popular) is to do a Group Program And the group program is when you go with other people from your university, as well as one advisor from your university and you all go together to this one place and study for one semester. – The next one you could do is a Summer Program, which is just over the summer, as I just said, umm, and this is just a good opportunity if you don’t want to go during the semester because if you have a lot of classes that you have to complete, like music majors. A lot of music majors have a lot of classes they need to complete. It’s a good idea to look into these ones as well, even if you’re a little bit on the fence about studying abroad because of your schedule. – Last one we want to talk about for the programs is one we’re both doing. It’s Individual Program, or also known as like an exchange program. It’s where you go by yourself. Like it’s not a specific program that your school puts on, but they are still partnered with the universities. And that’s not saying that you can’t go with group of- like you can’t go with a group from your school. You can still go with a friend. – Like I’m going with my sister
– No go-go-go with a friend:) – I highly suggest going with a friend. Unless you’re adventurous, which I am not, so… All this information is from the study abroad website, which we will also link in the description if you have any other questions and you can also look on your study abroad website at your university if you do not go to UNK. – Before you meet with your advisor, though, it’s important that you make a list of universities or places you wanna go to, so that you have a general idea of what you wanna do, and that way your advisor can help you limit down those options or pick one central one that you wanna go to, cuz if you go to a university like UNK, we’re only allowed to pick one university that we wanna apply for. But some universities you can pick multiple, and you apply for all of them and see which ones you get into. After your meeting with your advisor, you’ll possibly be sent a portal It’s a portal to take you to the information that you’ll need to complete for study abroad. At UNK, we have three phases that you need to go through. There is the Advising Phase, the Pre-decision Phase, and then the Post-Decision Phase, which when you go to your meeting, your advisor will talk about more about that. – So, if you do not have a passport, get it as soon as possible, like as soon as you fill out your interest form and you know for a fact you’re going, get your passport, because passports usually take three to six weeks… MONTHS, months (ahhh my guy) three to six months for it to process and for you to receive it so get your passports as soon as possible. I know people that didn’t get their passport until like a few weeks before they went, and they still had to get- you have to get your visa, and you need your passport for that – So keep a lot of things in mind
– You don’t want all that stress. – No.
– Cuz tha-that will just make the experience so much more stressful. – It’s important to research your university and the country that your going to. Most likely, the country you’re going to does not have the same customs and culture that you do at your home. So, it’s important to research what you have to expect, and what to do, what not to do, cuz some things might not be considered appropriate in Korea, especially with dressing/ dress code, hair- well hair is generally okay, But especially with how you dress and how you act and manners, research all of that before you go there, because you don’t want to offend anybody. – When you’re researching about customs and about different cultural aspects of where you’re going, some universities have a blog. – Sorry…..yawning… – Did you yawn????? (no bekah stawp) ????? – YouTube is a GREAT resource to find information, which is hopefully why you’re here 😉 Ummm Some channels that I used to research about Korean culture and what to expect is-are (english?) Edward Avilia….. (oh my gosh hannah no *face palm*) Is it Avilia…Avila… Edward Avila He does a lot of beauty videos, but he also has videos about when he came to Korea because he’s not from Korea, he’s from America, but he went to Korea and has been living there for about sevenish years He has made a few videos about his experience and what he didn’t expect when he got there. There are most likely a lot of other channels that you can go look at and find for your country that you’re going to. – It doesn’t seem like you need to do this, but it’s very, very important, especially when trying to get accustomed to living there and helping you transition from living from your home university to your host university is learning the language. A lot of people, when they think about studying abroad, they don’t think about taking the time and learning maybe a few phrases, but it’s very important, especially in your everyday life. For Korea, learning how to ask for a T-Money card is very important. T-Money cards are how you get around a lot. It’s for the subway, and those are very important. So learning how to like say “Hi, I would like a T-Money card” or “I want to recharge my T-Money card”. That kind of thing. Learning those phrases, very important. Just to remember them. And some resources that I use personally ummm To help me learn a little bit of Korean was a bookset from “Talk to Me in Korean”. They also have – I think they have a YouTube channel as well
– Mhmm and a website. – YouTube is a very good resource as well. Megan Bowen does a great job at helping people learn Korean. – With “Talk to Me in Korean”, they also have videos on their website that basically is everything that’s in the books, so you don’t have to buy the books. You can have- you can listen to the videos and look on the website, but the books are helpful if you are more of like a hands-on learner Another thing is to start saving now. It might not seem like it, but all those months that you’re starting to plan will go by so fast. And it’s important to start getting the money together now, because you will need to have that financial support when you go over there. I think every application expects a sort of, ummm, affidavit to, or like financial statement, saying that you have a certain amount of money that if something happens to you while you’re in that country, you will be covered. – What’s an affidavit? – It’s th- it’s the form (great explanation hannah) – Oh, you said “affidavit” and I was like – It’s the fooooorm (wow hannah) – Look at you being all… formal… OKAY – Another thing that you can do is look for possible classes online. You made me yawn. On the Chung-Ang website, or your school’s website, there will possibly be a list of courses taught in English that you can look at. Some of them might not be in the fall semester or the spring semester, but that gives you a general idea of what you can expect. And you can make a list of the ones you might wanna take and bring it back to professors or the registrar’s office and see what could possibly transfer over. And if you don’t have all the information about the class right away, you can bring the syllabi back when you come back from your trip and then they can help you figure out if the credits will transfer over. – yeah – yay – There are other things that you have to keep in mind, like visa, like boarding passes. That kind of stuff. Just getting ready. But this will give you at least a little bit of an idea of what you need to prepare to study abroad and what to expect. – Be looking for the video of our experience of going to Chicago where we got our visas to go to Korea. We have a whole vlog-ish type video about that coming up soon, and…yeah! Keep on the lookout for other videos about our trip to Korea and then while we’re in Korea and what our experience is like. – It’s gonna be fun! – It’s gonna be a fun experience. I’m so excited to go on this trip with you guys, and I hope you stay tuned and keep watching. Bye!!!!!!!!!!!