My Erasmus exchange experience: Ija Palapa

BA student in Mathematics in the School of Digital Technologies Ija Palapa shares his experience of studying abroad in Kyungpook National University, South Korea in the frames of the Erasmus+ programme.


During my exchange studies in South Korea, I spent most of my time on campus, attending classes and studying. The primary

Ija Palapa

BA student in Mathematics in the School of Digital Technologies

Studies abroad: Kyungpook National University, South Korea, autumn semester 2022/2023

reason for this were the regulations of Kyungpook National University, which required students to attend classes regularly. As a result, I decided to take both bachelor's and master's level courses. I found that I was more interested in master's level courses, particularly in Scientific Computation and Numerical Analysis, which became my favorite class. Professor Hayoung Choi taught this class, and he made the subject matter accessible and interesting by explaining it through mathematics. This course helped me understand data science better and gave me the push I needed to pursue it as a career.

I also took other bachelor's level courses, including Principles of Economics 2, EU Culture and Economic Integration, Academic Writing and Study Skills, and Introduction to Information Theory. These courses helped me realize that I was more passionate about data science and data analysis than economics.

In addition to my academic pursuits, I had the opportunity to travel around South Korea, visiting places like Busan and Jeju Island. Each trip allowed me to experience a new side of the country and appreciate its unique culture.

Looking back on my time in South Korea, I am grateful for the opportunity to have studied there. I believe that the experience helped me grow both personally and academically, and I would definitely recommend it to others.