Homecoming

Travelling back to the US was a marathon. It started with the fact that we couldn’t fly home from Busan, we needed to leave out of the airport in Seoul. So we woke up at 6 AM and started with a 5 hour drive to Seoul. That being said, the drive was nice, mostly because…

The Best Beach Day

Our last full day in Korea was a beach day! After sleeping in for the first time in about two weeks, a group of us took a cab down to Haeunde Beach. We were dropped off on a stretch of beach walked past an extremely impressive lineup of sandcastles (although it was more like sand…

Trainor and Container

On Wednesday we went to Trainor, a Norwegian company that specializes in electrical safety training. The head of the Korean branch of operations was a man from Sweden who had been living in Korea for multiple years. He had some interesting perspectives on what it’s like to be a foreign boss managing Korean employees. He…

Thoughts On Octopus

On Tuesday we went to Hyundai Motor Company. Of all our tours, our tour of Hyundai’s factory was perhaps the most interesting and in depth tour of the actual operations.  Manufacturing of the cars is split into four parts: stamping, welding, assembling, and painting. When we got into the factory, we travelled above the factory…

Automobiles and Octopi

On Tuesday we went to Hyundai Motor Company. Of all our tours, our tour of Hyundai’s factory was perhaps the most interesting and in depth tour of the actual operations.  Manufacturing of the cars is split into four parts: stamping, welding, assembling, and painting. When we got into the factory, we travelled above the factory…

Updates on Ulsan

On Monday we travelled to Ulsan, which is kinda like the Cleveland of Korea. There’s not that much in Ulsan except industry, and our primary purpose in visiting was seeing the two companies we visited in the morning. The first company was Jinsan Marine Management, which is a shipping company delivering spare boat parts around…

Touring a Tomb

Being in Gyeongju was an interesting transition from being in Seoul. While Seoul is the heart of modern Korea, a symbol of technology and innovation, Gyeongju was the heart of ancient Korea, and the site of many important historic landmarks. Having seen both, I feel like I have a deeper understanding of Korea, both what…

The World to Gyeongju and Gyeongju to the World

While Seoul is by far the largest city in Korea, it’s not the only thing to see, and eventually we did have to leave. On Saturday, we left Seoul for Gyeongju, a historical city South of Seoul. The bus ride took about 4 hours (with stops for snacks). It was really nice to drive through…

Driving Through the DMZ

The visit to the DMZ was a major reason that I chose the trip to Korea. For me, the North Korean-South Korean conflict is one of the most interesting in the world, and what I learned when I went to the DMZ was just how much I didn’t know. On the way, our tour guide…

Navigating Naver

Our second company visit was to Naver, the Google of Korea. Essentially what Naver has created is a search engine platform specifically tailored to the needs of Koreans. While companies like Google maybe bias towards an American audience, Naver’s success comes from the fact that it specifically caters to Koreans: it’s a better tool for…

Engineering Abroad

For our first professional visit, we toured Hangyang Univeristy, one of the top 3 universities in Korea. The context for it’s founding is actually quite interesting: it was founded by a musician after the Korean War as an engineering school. While the founder wasn’t an engineer himself, he believed that science and engineering would be…

Hanging Out in City Hall

On Wednesday we traveled to Samsung BioLogics, which is a branch of the larger Samsung company. In Korea Samsung is much wider reaching that it in the US. While Samsung conjures pictures of phones and flat screen TVs for us, in Korea they’re a huge conglomerate that has their hands in almost everything. You can…

The First Full Day

Today was the first real day in Seoul, and it was packed with cultural visits.                First, we went to Gyeongbokgung palace, the palace of the king of Korea. While Korea is now a democracy, the old palace still stands (and only blocks from the Blue House, where the president lives). We started off by…

From Flight to Festival

I’ve never flown so much in my life. The flight from Pittsburgh to Dallas took a neat 3 hours (a very manageable chunk of time, no sweat). The flight from Dallas to Seoul, on the other hand, was a grueling 14 hours. I entered the Pittsburgh airport at 5 AM Saturday morning and didn’t step…

Preparing for Korea

Hi! I’m Grace O’Malley, a first-year Computer Engineer at Pitt. I’m also pursuing minors in Poetry and Physics. I was born in San Francisco, California, but I moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania about 5 years ago (so, like everyone else, I’m from “outside Philly”). I’m the oldest of 4, plus one cat, and I’m really…

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…