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Karrina Pancoast

Program: Psychology

Home Country: USA


How did you first hear about the UAC?

Originally I was attending a different university, we had a culture night that I volunteered for and I helped make an entire dorm floor into South Korea. I learned about the history, the culture, the food, a lot of things about Korea. I watched documentaries and learned a lot about Korea and kind of fell in love with it. So I started studying Korean and trying to pass the TOPIK exam, but I started to wonder if there were any universities in Korea that use mostly English, and came across the UAC and applied, and here I am.


What made you choose to attend the UAC over other schools?

I have more of an interest in the clinical and neurological side of psychology, which is a really hard program to find. In general, most psychology bachelor’s degrees are focused on counseling and social psychology. So when I was looking at the different psychology programs between UAC and another university. As I was looking and comparing the two, I thought that the UAC’s program fit more with what I wanted to do, so I chose the UAC.


What would you say are some of the highlights of student life?

In Seoul, things are open much later. I recently moved here from Tulsa and there, things close at 9 or 10pm. Even pizza places will close at 11 or midnight. But here if I’m hungry at 3am I can order chicken or jjajangmyeon or all these different options. In Songdo things do close at 10 at the most part but there are still some things open you can go to. In the US if you want to go out at night it’s a bar or a club. But here there are a lot of options for anybody who’s a night owl and not just people who like the party scene.


What would you say to a prospective international student who’s thinking about coming to the UAC?

I think it’s a really great experience if they’re wanting to come and learn. If they have the opportunity, I recommend interacting with as many different cultures on campus as you can. Not just Korean students but students from Malaysia and the Philippines and all over. And go be a part of the events off campus, do some exploring, because there are a lot of events where the school takes us for instance to Arirang TV, the park, etc. All of those are a good chance to learn about Korean culture and interact with the other cultures on campus as well, while continuing your studies.


Last Updated: 9/24/20