Looking Back at it All: Plus 3 Korea

After returning from Plus 3 and finally recovering from being jet lag and an unexpectedly sickness, I can finally fully reflect on the Plus 3 Korea study abroad experience. Reflecting back on the Plus 3 program, I can truly say that I have never encounter such a holistically  intriguing location like South Korea. All of…

Bye Korea! From Busan to Memphis

Traveling back to Memphis was one of the most challenging traveling experience I had ever experience. And the fact that we were leaving Korea made the whole experience more somber. Don’t get me wrong: I missed my family immensely. The last time I was in Memphis was over winter break. However, I knew that I…

Beach Day!!

FRIDAY MAY 17TH AHHH! It’s the final full day in Busan and in Korea☹. It has been an amazing trip so far and I am deeply saddened to leave this uniquely beautiful place. From all the foods that I tried to the friends I have made (both through the students at Pitt and the students…

Visiting the Consulate and Pusan!

THURSDAY MAY 16TH Waking up this morning was a bit bittersweet because it was our last official day of the program. We were set to The US Consulate in Busan and see our last university visit, Pusan National university. A packed day to say the least. One of the first things I realized at the…

The Foreigners Behind Big Korean Industries

This morning we headed out to a company in Busan called Trainor. This company is actually not a Korean company but a Norwegian company that had expanded their company and now have a Korean location. This company specializes in the teaching other professionals to maintain various certifications. The company teaches via classrooms, online videos, and…

First Day in a Beach City

TUESDAY MAY 14TH This morning we drove from Ulsan to Hyundai Motor Company, which is on the way to our final city destination: Busan. I was extremely excited about this visit as I am a mechanical engineer, and I have always been curious to if I should pursue a career in the automobile industry since…

I Ship This.

MONDAY MAY 13TH Today was another day packed with travel, companies, and a new destination: Ulsan. Professor Yun compared Ulsan to the Cleveland or Detroit of Korea. Although I had never been to both cities, I knew exactly what he meant when he said it. Ulsan is a very industry driven city. It’s not necessarily…

Exploring the History of Gyeongju

The full day was dedicated to the historical sites in Gyeongju. Gyeongju is the capitol location for the Silla dynasty so with our tours we learned about the history of the region and in Korea in general. We went to a variety of places such as an ancient tomb, an observatory, the location was the…

Traveling and Amusement Parks

On Saturday, we left Seoul. I definitely felt the hurry hurry culture in Seoul because of all the things you could do there. And I also felt like I wasn’t able to experience everything that I wanted to explore, but I am excited to see what we will do in Gyeongju. It was a 6-hour…

Getting our Way Back to the Hotel?

FRIDAY MAY 10TH Today was full of surprises and knowledge about the history behind the Korean war and where and South Korea stand today. We went to the Korean Demilitarized Zone and visited the Han River. I didn’t really have any expectations on what the DMZ looked like, but it definitely wasn’t what I observed….

The Korean Google?

THURSDAY MAY 9TH My favorite company visit so far was Naver – the place we went to today. Naver is like Google but is in fact specifically catered to the Korean community. They have websites and apps that deal with Korean to English translation, a celebrity driven video service, and a search engine that can…

Companies in Seoul

WEDNESDAY MAY 8TH Companies was the center of focus today. We toured Samsung Biologics, Seoul City Hall, and the Seoul Global Startup Center. One thing I felt that connects these very different companies is their emphasis on embitterment, innovation, and self-improvement. Starting off with Samsung Biologics, we were given a better idea of what biologics…

From Universities to Karaoke!

TUESDAY MAY 7TH Today was the day of learning. We initiated the day with a visit to Hangyang University, South Korea’s first engineering college and the 3rd best university in the country. I was particularly interested at this university for the implementation of engineering, STEM, advancement, and technology into the university. Once thing that I…

There’s Seoul Much to See

MONDAY MAY 6TH This morning, we started to go onto a tour around Seoul and explore some of the areas around our hotel. We started our tour at 10 am where we went to the Royal Palace, Gyeongbokgung, to watch the guards perform at the first gate. It was quite interesting. Some aspects of the…

The First Hours in Korea

Once we landed, I immediately saw the culture differences in Korea and the efficiency of the country as the customs process was the fastest process I had ever encountered in my life. After we finished getting our bags, we were finally introduced to the program counsels and tour guides from Asia Institute, YJ, and Rob….

From Hey to 안녕하세요: The Flight to Seoul

Today definitely tested my abilities to stay awake and tested my overall traveling responsibility while traveling to a whole different world that’s across the globe. My journey truly started at 2:30 am. Although I was undeniably tired from Friday night, I woke up eager and excited to go back to the Pittsburgh airport. Because I…

Korea in the Eyes of a Memphian

Hello! My name is Halima Morafa and I am a freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering, majoring in mechanical engineering. This summer I will be partaking in the Plus 3 Korea study abroad program. I am from Memphis, TN and was raised in a very culture cultivated environment. My parents are Nigerian and British…

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…