Goodbye South Korea

Throughout my time in Korea, my outlook on my future has changed. Before I left, I thought that this trip would merely let me see something new and try different things. However, I’ve discovered that this was just a taste of a future I want to have. I want to go out into the world…

Last day in Korea

Today was our last day in Korea. There wasn’t any company visits or anything specific we had to do so the entire group had a beach day at Haeundae. It was somber because we all knew that the next morning we would be traveling to Incheon Airport in Seoul to take off. In the morning,…

A few hours in America

There’s only one day left in South Korea. It has been an interesting two weeks here; but I’ll go over all of that in another post. We still had two visits planned today. The first was at the US Consolate in Busan. This place was odd. When I heard we were going to a consolate,…

Only 3 days left in South Korea

Today was just company visits throughout Busan. The first was Trainor which is a company that does educational seminars for electric safety. We met with a manager of the company, Henrik Eklund. His company originates in Norway, but they now hold an office in Korea because of their proven high quality education as well as…

Last city in South Korea

Another day, another city. This morning, we went to Hyundai Motor company in Ulsan after packing our bags to travel to Busan immediately after the visit ended. At Hyundai, we watched their promotional video and then visited Factory 3 out of their 7 factories. Their facilities stretched over 5 million square meters and can finish…

Only day in Ulsan

Today was the only day we have in Ulsan. We woke up early to travel from Gyeongju to Ulsan which is a mainly industrial city. Hyundai Heavy Industries is especially prevalent. From what we saw, everything in the city can be traced back to Hyundai. For the first company, we met with the president of…

Gyeongju, Korea’s historic city

We traveled all over Gyeongju today, touring all of its most historic sites. First, we went to the royal tombs including Cheonmacheong which stands for flying horse tomb. This tomb contained an unknown royal man where archaeologists found thousands of artifacts including a large gold crown as well as a painting of a flying horse….

First day in Gyeongju

Today we traveled from Seoul to Gyeongju, the old capitol of the Silla Kingdom. The trip took 6 hours and in that time we stopped at several rest stops. These rest stops are nothing like the ones in America with fast food everywhere in a very busy area. In Korea, they have large complexes filled…

Exploring the Border between the Koreas

Today the Korea group went to the DMZ or demilitarized zone. The DMZ is probably one of the most interesting places I’ve ever been. There’s a tension in the air and a general caution about everything. However, the South Korea side is bustling with tourists. It’s an odd juxtaposition. The first place we went was…

Day 4: Naver and Street Food!

There was only one company visit today to Naver. This company is basically the Google of South Korea. Its site is used by 90% of the population as a search engine as well as a one stop shop for most of their internet needs such as social media, video, and shopping. Naver also invests heavily…

Full day of visits in Seoul

This day was entirely comprised of visits throughout Seoul. We met at 7:20 am to drive to Samsung Biologics. When I first heard we were visiting them, I was surprised that Samsung reached into the bio-pharmaceutical industry. However, after more research I found how far Samsung reaches into every field of industry including housing, refrigerators,…

한양 to 홍대: Another day in Seoul

Today was another full day in Seoul. We started out early in the morning on a trip to 한양 or Hanyang University. Hanyang is one of the best universities in the world with a ranking of 151st on the QS World University list as well as being the first engineering university in Korea. The university…

First day in Seoul

This entire day was full of cultural trips and exploring Seoul for the first time. This city is truly beautiful and different from anything I’ve never seen. The first stop today was to the royal palace or Gyeongbokgung Palace. This palace housed the kings of Korea and their entourages. Some interesting points about the palace…

Flying halfway across the world

The flights started on May 4th and only ended on May 5th. The Korean Plus3 group met in the Towers lobby at 4 am to catch our bus to the airport to be early for our 7 am flight. Because of the early wake up there was no real reason to go to sleep so…

안녕하세요 to South Korea

Hello, my name is Kayla Santos. I’m a freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I will be majoring in computer engineering with a possible minor in computer science. I’m from Northern Virginia or “outside D.C.” and I’ve lived there my entire life. My community in Virginia was fairly diverse…

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…