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[Student Interview] Le Thi Dieu Linh from Vietnam

울산대학교 2021-03-31 조회수 : 447

1. Self-Introduction
Name: Le Thi Dieu Linh
Major: International Relations (Bachelor Program)


2. Can you tell us what your goal was when you decided to study abroad at the University of Ulsan?
Coming to Korea to study was my destiny. It was in 2015 when I fortunately had a chance to visit Korea for the first time through a student exchange program. This program, which was organized by my high school and Kanghwa high school in Incheon, gave me the opportunity to come to Korea, spend time with native people and experience life in this country. During this time, I was completely amazed by such a vibrant society and wonderful culture of Korea. After that, I planned to come back and study overseas, but later gave it up due to my family’s financial difficulties.
One day, on one of the Facebook pages I subscribed to get information about overseas studies, I came across a scholarship from UOU and I seized the opportunity to apply for it. My goals after coming to Korea were to have a good proficiency in Korean, to gain thorough understanding of the people and culture of this country, and finally to prepare myself for a successful future.


3. What was it like to study at the University of Ulsan?
My experience at UOU has been really wonderful. I learned Korean at UOU Language Program for 1 year and achieved TOPIK 5 after 9 months of studying Korean. In my department, I got to know many amazing friends who answered all my questions about campus life and helped me catch up with lectures. I feel lucky that my friends and professors in my department encouraged me to study hard, and thanks to them, I was able to receive a university scholarship for 3 semesters in a row. That also became my motivation to keep up with the good work.

4. What is the hardest thing in your life at UOU?
One of the major difficulties I encountered was the language barrier. It is never easy to live in a foreign country when you are not able to communicate properly. For example, if you want to do a part-time job in Korea, any place will ask you to speak Korean. It is understandable because you need that to communicate with your boss and work according to what he/she requires. However, through the language programs and the assistance of local friends, I was able to grasp Korean very fast.
Another difficulty was to catch up with my classes. While being an active member of UOU student society, I had to study hard for course projects. This helped me to be a proficient multi-tasker and deal with multiple challenges.
Also, I came to Ulsan right after I graduated from high school, so my knowledge about campus life was basically zero. Therefore, I had to ask people who might know and spend a lot of time studying things such as how to sign up for lectures, how to check my exam location or how to use the school library. In saying this, I feel that University of Ulsan helped me develop my inner strength and ability to overcome difficulties in culture, languages and coursework.


5. What are the most attractive features of the University of Ulsan?
Until now I have never once regretted my decision to study at UOU. This university may not be located in the capital city but it offers comparable services to many of the top tier universities in Seoul. Moreover, it offers a better study and relaxation environment with both large study spaces and a truly beautiful campus. The city is a dynamic industrial city with beautiful natural spots such as beaches and bamboo forests. In addition to that, UOU’s scholarship program so far has lifted a lot of the financial burden off my shoulders. Thanks to it, I have more time to focus on developing myself intellectually and socially.


6. What are your goals after your graduation?
I am still in my 2nd year, so I have not officially decided any plans yet, but my expectation is to work in Korea after graduating. I have a deep interest in learning languages and consider myself very talented in learning languages. Nowadays, I continue to improve my Korean and English, and try to learn another language, Chinese, as knowing this language is vital and complimentary to my major ? International Studies. I hope that I can work in places where I can utilize my language abilities and what I've learned in my major. Currently, I am actually working part-time as a Vietnamese advisor at UOU’s International Office, and the job has provided highly transferable skills for what I expect to do in the future. One thing for sure, there are many more things I need to learn to improve myself to realize this goal.


7. Is there anything you would like to say to prospective Vietnamese students who are interested in the University of Ulsan?
Achievement comes with hard work. You cannot expect to accomplish anything without putting effort into it. If you love Korea, have a great ambition and be confident in your ability, UOU is the right place for you.
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