July 2017

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The first foreign Master’s engineering student in Korea University

Anya explains how she used her scholarship to cover her living expenses in Korea. She received funding by working as a research assistant for her professor’s lab at Korea University.

She was not able to consult other foreign students before she went there. Anya was the first foreign student in their department. So, with the help of her professor and a lab captain, she was able to settle down in Korea easier prior to the start of her program.

Anya also shares how it’s quite hard to get into her lab unless it’s via a referral. Anya’s professor is looking for more foreign students to join his lab as a research assistant.

Anya completed a Master’s in Engineering specializing in Environmental Engineering at Korea University. She also completed a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas.

Mentor Anya: Offers advice on studying environmental engineering in Korea on AFriendAbroad.com. She speaks English and Tagalog and works for CH2M HILL.

If you want to ask Anya a question about studying engineering in Korea, please register as a student and visit her mentor profile page. You can also ask her how to be a lab assistant for her professor in Korea University! Watch more of Anya’s videos here.

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Here’s the dilemma: you want to study in Korea but you know it can get quite expensive. Don’t give up just yet though! Anya explains how she used her scholarship to cover her living expenses in Korea.

How you can study in Korea without breaking the bank

Anya’s scholarship covered for 75% of the costs while her department sponsored the remaining costs. Anya became a research assistant in her professor’s lab in Korea University via a referral so she was able to receive extra funding.

Prior to Anya, Korea University’s engineering department did not have other foreign students. Thus, they had to duly prepare her on what to expect in Korea when it came to expenses.

She received a monthly stipend of ₩500,000. Plus, her department also sponsored her dormitory room. She budgeted her food, mobile, and travel expenses around her stipend.

Anya completed a master’s in engineering specializing in environmental engineering at Korea University and a bachelor of Science in civil engineering cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas.

If you want to ask Anya a question about studying engineering in Korea, please register as a student on afriendabroad.com and visit her mentor profile page. You can also view more videos featuring Anya.

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One of the biggest struggles some foreign students have to face is the language barrier. For Anya who studied in Korea, it was doubly hard for her since Korea also has a different writing system. She talks about her experience learning the language plus some minor issues she faced while she was there.

Surviving with only the basics

The classes she attends in her university are taught in English, but surviving on a day-to-day basis is a different story. So despite her university using English in their classes, Anya still had to learn Korean. She was able to learn the basics but she said she struggled with her vocabulary.

To get better at a language though, you must constantly use it. You never really stop learning when it comes to languages. Anya said it’s “still a learning process” for her.

Anya also mentions the Korean Government Scholarship Program or KGSP. This is offered every year. They study Korean for one year, full-time. They don’t start on their actual postgraduate program until after they’ve completed their first year.

How she deals with prejudices about her nationality

Anya says that the locals have misconceptions about people from her nationality. While this might be off-putting, it’s important to understand where they come from. However, in her experience, she was able to get past this easily.

Anya also recalls her friends in Korea, and she says she still keeps in touch with them. She talks about her experiences with her fellow Korean students and how they often learned about each other’s cultures.

Anya completed a master’s in engineering specializing in environmental engineering at Korea University and a bachelor of Science in civil engineering cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas.

If you want to ask Anya a question about studying engineering in Korea, please register as a student on afriendabroad.com and visit her mentor profile page.

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Ever wondered how some people end up taking their masters, or why they chose to study that certain degree? Anya tells her story about how she chose her Master’s degree and how she ended up studying in Korea under a full scholarship.

Anya completed a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree and graduated with Latin Honors (cum laude) from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines.

Afterwards, she started working in the construction industry. Within less than a year, she started teaching as an instructor in her alma mater. Meanwhile, other people started to encourage her to pursue a Master’s degree.

The road to Korea: Why Environmental Engineering?

Anya participated in various projects that eventually led her to choose her Master’s program, Environmental Engineering. She had already started her Master’s in 2009 in Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

Anya also applied for schools in Europe, but she received news from her seniors that Korea was giving out scholarships. Anya decided to go for it. She was offered a full scholarship, and as a result, she started studying Environmental Engineering at Korea University.

If you want to ask Anya a question about studying engineering in Korea, please register as a student and visit her mentor profile page. Watch Anya’s other videos here.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad