Korea: Kate Kim
Kate Kim

Korea: Kate Kim

Kate Kim is 23 and from South Korea. She has taken a break from her university degree to study English on a ten-month course at English UK member Language Teaching Centres Eastbourne (LTC Eastbourne) in preparation for the FCE exam.

Are you studying English so you can apply for jobs?

I am still at university and have one semester left. I am studying for a Mass Communication degree at Kyungpook National University. Then I want to work for a publishing company in marketing. It's my subject and related to advertising. English will help. In Korea English is very important to get a job.

Why did you want to come to the UK to study?

I have wanted to come to England since I was very young, and I have been wanting to live in other countries. I thought I would have less of a chance to live in another country when I have to get a job and I have to get married.

I had considered Canada, America and Britain and I thought a lot. The UK has the best opportunity to travel to Europe. England has a more longer history and more historical sites than other countries.

Is the UK like you thought it would be?

I thought English people would be a little bit conservative but everyone has been really good to me.

Has anything surprised you?

In my opinion British people think family is very important. They spend a lot of time with their family. In Korea there are lots of shops and stores open at night and in Britain nothing is. Father, mother and children are all at home together, and at Christmas too. Work is 9-5 and everybody is released and driving home.

Do you like it here?

I have enjoyed myself. The teachers are very friendly and the students are from different countries so we have lots of opportunities to talk. The weather is not too bad.

Would you recommend studying here to your friends?

I would tell friends to come to England because there are lots of opportunities to travel, you speak original English not American English and people are kind. I'd strongly recommend coming to the UK.

Is there any advice you'd give to other students coming to the UK?

Meet as many people as possible!

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