Thank You South Korea!

This Plus3 trip to South Korea has been an absolute blessing. I couldn’t have imagined all the amazing things that would happen on this trip. I have learned so much about Korean history and their culture professionally and socially. Every visit we had, whether it be cultural or professional taught us something unique to Korean…

40 Hours and 8 Delays Later

Today was a rough one. We all work up early and were sad we had to leave. We packed the bus and left for Seoul at 7:30 AM. We had a six-hour drive ahead of us to the Seoul airport. Thankfully, I slept most of the bus ride and it went by quick. At the…

The Day Before Departure :(

Today was a very sad day. It was our last full day in South Korea and none of us wanted to leave. I got up early and my friend Dylan and I decided to head to Haeundae Beach, one of the nicest in Korea. During popular beach times, there can be over a million people…

PNU

Today was our last scheduled day of the trip. Many of us were sad because today was the beginning of the end. Our first visit was to the United States Consulate because our originally company visit was canceled. However, the US Consulate was very interesting. We went into a classroom and the US diplomat talked…

A Port of the Future

Our day started off with a company visit to Trainor. Trainor is a company that specializes in training and certifying workers mainly in electrical engineering. The manager of the Busan branch gave us a brief overview of what the company does and why it is so important. Busan is a huge port city with many…

Hyundai Motors

Today our group toured Hyundai Motors. It was very similar to our Hyundai’s automobile tour. We first went inside to watch a short film about their company and then we were able to get inside some of their show cars. One of their cars is very interesting because it uses hydrogen fuel cells and oxygen…

The Site of a Heavy Industry

Today we packed up and headed for the city of Ulsan. Before we arrived at the hotel, we had two company visits. Our first visit was at Jinsan Marine Management Company. As we got off the bus, we were greeted by the president of the company and showed us up to a conference room. Inside…

Gyeongju World

Today was our first whole day in Gyeongju and boy did our group do a lot. We started out with a tour of cemetery, but it was very different than one in the US. It reminded me of a park because it consisted of very nice ponds, and the graves were huge mounds of soil,…

Gyeongju: The Anti-Seoul

Today we got breakfast, packed up, and said goodbye to Seoul. We had a 6-hour journey ahead of us to Gyeongju. We boarded the bus and in a very short amount of time I had fallen fast asleep. When I woke up, we were at our first stop and had been driving for 2 hours….

Next Stop, Pyongyang

Today we were able to sleep in and it was wonderful. I got the same breakfast as always and boarded the bus. We were all excited for the long-awaited DMZ. The drive wasn’t too bad, and the landscape was very pretty. As we got closer, we could see some fog forming along the river and…

A Glimpse Into The Korean “Google”

This morning was much different than any other. I woke up two hours early and actually had all the time in the world to get ready for the day. I had a very filling breakfast and grabbed some snacks from a local grocery store for the day. Our group then headed to a company called…

Samsung: More Than Just A Phone Producer

This morning was a brutal awaking to the alarm clock at 6am. I grabbed a quick breakfast because there was only a 20-minute window due to our long ride to Samsung Biologics. The ride there wasn’t too bad considering it was an hour and a half away. We passed a few satellite cities and it…

A Day of Exploration and Conquering

Today we woke and headed to breakfast. Sadly, they didn’t have dumplings, but everything was still very good. We then boarded the bus and headed to Hanyang University which is known for their engineering. They were actually the first engineering university in Korea and is one of the best. We first listened to one of…

Embracing The Culture

The hotel breakfast started the day off right. They served eggs, bacon, fruit, tater tots, dumplings, and sausage which really was an actual hot dog. They also had fresh orange juice and an espresso machine. After breakfast, we boarded the bus and headed to the Royal Palace. On the way, we got to pass the…

The Awaited Arival

As we walked out of the airport we were welcomed by our Asia Institute guides. They were super friendly and helped us exchange money. We all boarded this huge coach bus and headed for our hotel. The tour guides talked to us about the history of Korea and pointed out many things. One of the…

The Last Day In The US

I arrived at Pitt with so much excitement. I couldn’t wait to arrive in Seoul. I had my last American meal at Chik’n, which was amazing as always. Afterwards, I hung out with a few friends who were headed to other locations for Plus 3. We all talked about what we were looking forward to,…

A Journey Awaits In South Korea

Hello, I am Calvin Spiteri, a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. I am pursuing majors in Finance and Business Information Systems with a certificate in Data Analytics. During my first year, I have been an active student in and outside the classroom. Academically, I spend most of my time in Sennott Square or the…

Meet Plus3 Korea 2019!

Welcome to the Korea Plus3 Study Abroad Program! While exploring various cities within South Korea, students will be exposed to the innovative technology scene and develop an understanding of how that influences culture. Participants will experience two weeks filled with exploration and opportunities for growth. Students will spend time at various companies and develop an…