Go abroad gives student the time of their life in South Korea

MSc Cyber Security student Miles Jackson-Lea tells us about the experience of a lifetime travelling to South Korea as part of a Go Abroad programme.

When I had the chance to visit South Korea, it was something I knew I couldn't pass up. The School of Computing and Digital Technology was incredibly detailed with the application process and held multiple online and in-person meetings to make sure we were all comfortable with what we needed to do in regard to visiting the country. 

After watching videos about South Korea and planning what I was going to do over there, the day of the flight finally came. It took almost 24 hours from leaving my house to arriving at my apartment in Myeong-dong, Seoul, however it was beautiful. 

The following morning, we all met in the car park at Sungkyunkwan University and travelled to Gyeongbok Palace. What an incredible event. I then had the weekend to recover from jet lag and get ready for the semester. 

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The next few weeks were a mixture of studying and going out for meals. I studied Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AI for social innovation. I learned so much during that month and made many friends, who I will keep in contact with as best as I can. The University took us to Everland, musicals and many other incredible places too, and I was sad that it had to come to an end. I also received free tickets to meet and watch Tottenham Hotspur in its pre-season tour of Korea while I was over there. I was lucky as I got to meet England captain Harry Kane and Korea superstar Heung Min Son! 

The cities I visited were incredible, and brighter and more vibrant than at home.

If I could do it all over again, I would love to. It was the best month of my life, and it has helped me focus on what I want to do as a career as well as providing reassurance that I am on the right path. 

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