I’ve talked to a few other people who also when through the application process and we all agree that the interview process was quite easy. First, you wait in a room where other students are waiting to be called in for their interview. Once you’re called in, you have a seat in front of a few International Officers who ask you some pretty typical questions- “Why do you plan on going on the exchange? What are you expecting to learn overseas that cannot be learned at U of T?” etc. It was maybe 10-15 minutes long. You could prepare for it but honestly, if you have a good resume, can answer their questions confidently without seeming like all you’re gonna do overseas is to party, then you’re fine. However, I’m very experienced in interviews in general so I might be a little biased. If you have little experience in interviews, then definitely practice out loud instead of just thinking about what you’re gonna say.
Just wants idols in music or TV to be normal, everyday people, and not part of some exclusive, spotlighted world that is nearly impossible to join and just as difficult to live through. I know it’s selfish, but I see these incredible people- hardworking, funny, smart, playful- and I just want to KNOW them so badly. I don’t mean with thousands of screaming fans around me or through a piece of technology, just ME. But this world they’re in doesn’t allow that, and that’s why I wish they weren’t famous, so it would be. Don’t we all want that?
Of course I don’t mind the questions :) I’m currently messaging people who are doing exchanges at Korea University just so I have a better idea before I go.
When I first brought up my wish to do a summer exchange in Korea last year, my parents weren’t exactly thrilled because they were worried about my safety. They understood how strong my desire to go was so we had a discussion and decided that if I’m able to work hard and get accepted into the exchange program and a good Korean university, they would allow me to go this summer.
I attend the University of Toronto in Ontario and getting into the exchange program was no easy feat. In order to apply, I had to write a letter of intent on why I wanted to go and have two references, in which one had to be from an academic source (ex. professor or TA). Next, I had a panel interview conducted by the International Centre at U of T. After my interview, then the school made the final decision on whether or not they wanted to nominate me to the school that I wanted to do the exchange with (Korea University.) Once I was selected and accepted to Korea University, I had to make sure I had a final average of a B in all my classes. Whew.
As tedious as the process is, I’m very happy I was able to apply through my school instead of directly to the university.
1) I save money- the cost to attend the program was the same cost as taking a course at U of T (Korea U charged around $3500 while I only had to pay around $1000- same cost as a full year course at U of T) and I didn’t need to pay the application fee which was around $100
2) the school did everything for me- they sent over the money for the tuition, copies of my academic records, proof of insurance while overseas
3) it’s safer- I had to take a MANDATORY safety while abroad session which taught me everything from what to do in an emergency to how to take care of myself. My school would also be monitoring my activity while abroad so if anything seems suspicious, I have the entire university looking out for me.
So yes, the school is amazing but what did I have to do on my own? I had to book my own flight, pay for my residence fee at Korea University and arrange for transportation to the school from the airport. (The school could pick me up but I have friends in Korea who wanted to pick me up instead.)
As for a job, I am really considering teaching English in Korea for a year after a graduate. Attending school in the summer will give me an idea on what it’s like to live and study in Korea. This way, I won’t regret it if I come here as a teacher and will have to fulfill a one year contract. Korea University is also ranked in the top 3 universities in Korea so doing this exchange would be amazing for my resume.
I hope this answers your questions. Feel free to message if you have anymore :)