1. Korean Language
Fret not if you are not familiar with the Korean language but will be visiting the country anyway. If you can managed simple and common words such as
“hello” (an nyeong ha se yo) and “thank you” (kam sa ham ni da)
you should do fine.
There is also growing number of people in South Korea that can speak English.
Go to the right places and to the right people, they will be able to help you with what you need in English.
Places frequent by tourist will be a safe bet. Such as tourist information centre, Myeong dong area or beauty shops have staff that can speak either English, Japanese or Chinese/Mandarin. You can also turn to guesthouses, hotels, convenience stores, banks for help in English.
If you are still worried, I would suggest downloading an app, bring a small phrase book along or get a headstart here at omniglot.
2. Travel insurance
I took Chartis travel insurance at $133 for 6 weeks. The SKKU group insurance wasn’t offered in my year. I chose Chartis as it was an easier process to buy online compared to the others. You could try NTUC and ACE travel insurance too.
3. How to get into SKKU summer international program.
For those not in a University in Singapore, you may head straight to the SKKU International Summer Program website to check out more details.
For those who are from NTU, you may need to check with your school’s website.
(Sorry i am not from NTU!)
For those who are from SIM, you may head to the SIM summer abroad webpage to find out more.
The website says qualification to get into the SKKU program is based on results but i think anyone can go as long as you can handle the summer school course requirements such as fees, take the number of modules they require etc.
4. SKKU accommodation
Room allocation were made randomly by SKKU and not with friends. Mostly, friends could be in the same building but different floors, or same level but different rooms.
You could switch though but i would advise you to do it discreetly between yourselves as it is unlikely the in-charge will allow.
If you do switch rooms, just be reminded that both parties will have to bear the risk of being forced to move back to their original rooms when SKKU does checks.
On a happier note, you can always make new friends and get to know more people other
than the friend of your choice by being in the same room! 🙂
5. Jeju Island
2 days may not be enough. There are waterfalls, caves, peaks, museums, factories and exhibitions to visit. You may use yeha tour as a guide. It is recommended you get a taxi/bus tour as places of interest in Jeju Island are quite far off the main roads.
As a student, recommended number for a taxi tour would be from 3 people onwards so as to not hurt pockets. Also, as a student, check the entrance board for youth rates to get cheaper entrance fees.
You may read someone’s recount of Jeju Island here while i try to gather and organize my own information in the meantime.