Since mid-February I am in South Korea and have the opportunity to spend my fourth theory semester at Chung-Ang University in the heart of the city of Seoul.
Every beginning is difficult and so I had to undergo a 14-day quarantine after my arrival. When this was finally over, I was able to explore the diversity of Seoul and get to know many other exchange students. All of my lectures take place online due to the Corona situation but I still have the opportunity to get to know the university campus as the dormitory is also located there. The lectures are mostly in English, but I had to get used to the teaching level. In short, here you have to study a lot, intensively and especially quickly. Compared to the DHBW Mosbach, I also have two exam periods in the semester, one in the middle and one at the end of the semester. In my free time, I spend a lot of time in Seoul and enjoy living in one of the largest cities in the world. It is very impressive how advanced the infrastructure and some of the technologies are here. I have also been on some in-country trips which include the harbor city Busan, the volcanic island Jeju-do as well as the former capital of South Korea Gyeongju. One of my highlights so far was the 2‑day Templestay. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, I was able to experience the life in a Buddhist temple for 2 days. The program started at 05:00 in the morning and consisted of chanting services, meditation, Sunmundo training and the possibility to spend a tea ceremony with a monk. I am really enjoying my time here in South Korea and I am glad that TecAlliance is supporting me in this experience.