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Computer Science student, Daragh Brown, talks about his experience in South Korea

Posted: 28 January, 2019

Daragh Browne, a Computer Science student based in TU Dublin - City Campus, recently participated in a Korean Exchange programme which allowed him to spend a semester at Kyungpook National University in Daegu. Here, he takes us through the highlights of his trip.

Thinking of studying Computer Science in TU Dublin - City Campus, and want to find out more about the study abroad options? Read about Daragh's experience in South Korea.

1. What attracted you to the KEDDIT*/Korean study abroad program?

I saw this as a once in a lifetime opportunity that I could not pass up on, and I knew it would be a chance to make a lot of international friends and expand my network. I wanted to see how my course subjects would be taught in a different college and a different part of the world. I was attracted to Korea in particular as it is so culturally different from Ireland.

2. What was the best thing about the Korean study abroad program?

I got to meet so many international students and make new friends. Living on campus gave me the full campus life experience, which I loved! Daegu was a great springboard allowing me to be able to travel to other places - I travelled all around Korea and also visited Japan.

3. What was it like living in Daegu and Korea? 

There was definitely a culture shock - especially if you haven't been to Asia before (which I hadn't!). The best way to tackle this is to try everything and make friends with Koreans. The cost of living is similar to Ireland if not a bit cheaper, and the food is generally okay.

4. How has the Korean study abroad program experience changed you? 

I think I have become a more independent person from this experience. I got to develop my interpersonal skills as I was constantly meeting new people. I have also developed my computer science skills further.

The KEDDIT/Korea Exchange programme is an Erasmus+ funded programme open to Computer Science (Infrastructure), Computer Science, and Computer Science (International) year three students in their second Semester.

For further information on how to apply for our KEDDIT Exchange programme, please contact the School of Computer Science Erasmus+ coordinator: William O’Mahony (william.omahony@dit.ie)

*Korean and European Double Degree in Information Technology