Thank You, South Korea!

The two weeks I spent in South Korea were some of the busiest, most overwhelming and exciting weeks of my life. In addition to touring companies in a wide range of areas, I learned a lot about South Korean history and culture and how these directly impact the workplace environment. I gained a greater understanding…

The 40-Hour Journey

Today was a whirlwind, frantic, exhausting end to our trip. It began with a relatively smooth (although long) bus ride from Busan to Seoul. As we drove, I found myself wishing we had spent more time in the countryside – the view of the mountains outside the window was gorgeous. Plus, how often will I…

Our Final Day in Haeundae

The company, cultural, and college visits are all over, and today was our last full day in South Korea. I started off the day at the hotel breakfast buffet, where I finally have gotten in the habit of remembering my meal coupon. Then, everyone split up into smaller groups and we took a taxi to…

Polyglots, Bubble Tea and a Massive 3-D Printer

I don’t know if my sister reads my blogs (if she does, hi Sarah!), but as soon as I get home, I’m going to tell her to become a diplomat. Honestly, after our visit this morning, becoming a diplomat might be my second career choice if engineering doesn’t work out. Today we visited the US…

Bali Bali … to the mall

We kicked off the day with a visit to Trainor Korea, a business that certifies other companies in electrical safety. Trainor was originally founded in Norway before expanding to other locations such as Korea, and our Swedish presenter spent some time discussing his (and the company’s) experiences working in a foreign country. He explained that…

MechE, yes; live octopus, maybe

Today made me really happy that I am a mechanical engineering student. Our visit to Hyundai Motor Company was fascinating – I never really pictured myself working in the car industry, but seeing the inside of the manufacturing plant and hearing about the various sustainable models Hyundai produces is making me reconsider. Walking into the…

The Hyundai Spirit

Our time in Gyeongju has come to an end, and today we packed up and headed to Ulsan, which Dr. Yun dubbed (for better or for worse) “the Cleveland of South Korea”. I haven’t been to Cleveland, but I noticed that Ulsan is definitely not as lively as Seoul or as historically beautiful as Gyeongju….

Falling for Gyeongju

Gyeongju is a very historical place, and so today we visited sites that were part of the ancient Silla empire. We began the day with Daereungwon Tomb Complex, which was very different from my visits to graveyards back home. In Silla times, prominent people were buried under gigantic mounds of stone and clay – from…

The New “Happiest Place on Earth”

Our first week in South Korea has flown by, and today we packed up and took the long bus ride to Gyeongju. After so many packed, busy days, it was nice to have a few hours to relax as we drove through the Korean countryside. I know from my experiences in Italy that rest stops…

An Unlikely Art Museum

Today we visited what is considered the most dangerous border in the world. Established in 1953, the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) marks the border between North and South Korea – constructed after a war that never officially ended. Our visit was split into multiple stops, the first one being Dorasan Station. This train station is probably…

NAVER: Work or Home?

I found the NAVER visit the most interesting one so far, both because of the company’s products and due to the company culture. NAVER is a technology company similar to Google and YouTube, providing an internet search engine, a language translation app, a video streaming service, and more. The company is also developing a range…

Seoul Sustainable

In the US, people associate Samsung with phones and televisions, confined to the electronic sphere. However, in Korea, Samsung is a vast company with products much broader than electronics – such as Samsung Bio Logistics, the first of today’s three company visits. Samsung Bio Logistics focuses on the development of biological drugs, a field that…

Adventures from Hanyang to Hondae

Our day started with a trip to Hanyang University on their Seoul campus. I was really interested in how college on the other side of the world would compare to Pitt! Walking up a huge hill to the conference room, I felt like I was back in Pittsburgh, hiking up cardiac hill on the way…

Perfect Harmony

Today was our first full day in Korea, and it was packed! We started off by visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, which was the royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. After watching the changing of the guard, we headed inside the gates to see the throne as well as the rest of the buildings. It was amazing…

Sleepless in Seoul

I am the worst at sleeping on planes, cars or any mode of transportation, so I wasn’t very optimistic about the 14-hour plane ride from Dallas to Seoul. Despite only getting a few hours of sleep, touching down in South Korea made it all worth it. After a relatively short time in customs, we collected…

Off to South Korea

Hi everyone! My name is Emma. I’m from Media, Pennsylvania, a town outside of Philadelphia, and I’m a Mechanical Engineering student at Pitt. Outside of class, I’m involved with SWE (the Society of Women Engineers), CHAARG (a workout club) and FORGE, a club that discusses worldwide current events concerning refugees. I also love going to…

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…