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Bio Summary
Cohort Year: 
2017
Home Institution: 
University of Pittsburgh-Oakland
Heinz Programming Area: 
Education
Study Abroad Country: 
South Korea
International Experience

Courtney Yu spent six weeks in Seoul, South Korea. While there, she studied at one of Korea’s top three universities, Yonsei University.  She took a class that focused on East Asian Fiction, as well as an intensive Korean language course that met four days a week for three hours. During her free time, she continued to improve her language skills through various ways such as meeting native Korean speakers and ordering new dishes at restaurants.  She was also able to learn more about her family’s lineage by visiting her father’s and grandparents’ hometowns. While studying abroad, one of Courtney’s goals was to learn if people viewed Korean Americans differently than native Koreans.  Through conversations with the new friends she met, she was interested to learn that Korean citizens did not often think about the differences and similarities between the two groups. Rather, they had many misconceptions and believed in many stereotypes that described Americans as an overarching group, rather than Korean-Amerians specifically.  Courtney is extremely grateful to have had an opportunity to study abroad in South Korea.  Not only was she able to improve her language skills and learn more about the culture, she was also able to better understand the idea of being American and being Korean as well. 

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