Exchange student of EU ICI – ECP Program
at Università Ca' Foscari Venice, Italy
European Union Studies
Jung Eun Kim
I stayed in Venice for a semester as an exchange student at Università Ca' Foscari, Italy.
First of all, I would like to thank to Professor Daewon Ohn and Professor Mason Richey of European Union Studies who are working on EU ICI-ECP Programme.
Specially, thanks to the advices and suggestions of Professor Daewon Ohn, I could complete the program without a problem.
Economy itself is difficult subject for me.
Taking economy classes in Venice was not that easy to follow.
The progress of the classes is very fast.
Therefore, understanding economy classes in Italian or in English was challenging for me but I could learn new things.
That was very valuable experience for my entire life.
Before going to Italy, I had visa issue.
I checked necessary documents in the website of Italian embassy to Korea and made a list to prepare.
Then I called and sent the mail to the Embassy for being sure of all documents.
To apply visa, it was necessary to go to the embassy with documents.
There were many people, waiting in a very long line even before 9 a.m.
My suggestion is that going to the Italian embassy to Korea as early as possible when you go there for visa application.
One more thing, I would suggest preparing all documents for visa before 1 month from departure date.
After I arrived in Italy, I started the courses.
Everything was new to me.
I got all information that I need at the university’s office and also from friends because I had to understand different university system. Actually, I have been in Italy before. Due to the former experience in Italy as language course student, I could adapt me in new environment more easily this time and it helped me to see, hear, feel and think much more things about Italy in many different ways. The former experience staying in Italy made me focus on the study easier than before. During the program, I could realize that all experiences worth attempting in a long term perspective.
In my case, staying in dormitory for six month was also useful way to adapt into the new environments.
There were many friends who helped me, gave me suggestions about studies and courses and newly updated information about university.
I would say that the best thing of staying in the dormitory was the chance, meeting different Italian friends.
By talking to them, I could find out that the K-pop became more popular and powerful in these days.
Accordingly, Italians slowly became curious about the Korea and they wanted to learn Korean and Korean culture as well.
Their passion for K-pop was sometimes very impressive.
Generally, classes in Italy were more mutual than in Korea.
Participation of the student and discussions are very importantly considered.
Professors and students were liberally discussed.
The way of discussion and teaching method were interesting for me.
Even though some of students and professor had different opinions, professors accepted the different idea or opinion.
I think that Italian professors rarely say to the students that “you’re wrong or it’s not the answer that I want."
Before professors say it, they do many questions to lead the students to change the way of thinking in order to get a right answer.
The other different thing is that exams were either written or oral.
You’ll find all information about the course including exams can be found at the web site of university Ca' Foscari.
Visiting new places gave me widen insights and different perspective.
It gave me more understanding Italian culture and history etc,.
Venice is a famous city in the world. While you will be there, you can enjoy this city as well on weekends.
Venice has a lot of museums and churches to visit.
If you buy the museum pass and church pass, you will take advantage of discounted price.
If you are under 26 year old student, it can be possible to have a student discount, too.
If you are interested in this program, I strongly recommend you trying to do it.
When you have opportunity to have new experience, you would better seize it.
The results will worth it.
You will learn and discover new things that you have never been expected.