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Hyojin Lee: The International Student Exchange Experience

University of Guam

Hyojin Lee

Agriculture Economics Major, Chonbuk National University
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The University of Guam is host to many international students every year. These students hail from partner univerisities in Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan and Russia to name a few. Recently four students attended the UOG English Language Institute as part of an exchange program with Chonbuk National University in Korea. One of the students, Hyojin Lee, a sophomore agriculture economics major shares about her experience living in Guam for three months and attending UOG.


I came to Guam as part of the English Language Institute. I studied with many international friends. While at ELI, I emphasized improving my listening skills and writing skills. I especially feel like my English conversation ability has improved and I have better pronunciation than before. Through the ELI classes, I have overcome my fear of English.

I'm also really thankful for Carlos [Taitano, Associate Director of Professional & Internation Programs which runs ELI]. He has been very kind and helped us feel welcome and at home. 

Why did you choose Guam?

I chose Guam because it is very close to Korea. In addition, I like how Guam and Korea’s time difference is only one hour. So, I don’t need to worry about jet lag. Furthermore, the locals of Guam have very good English pronunciation. When locals from Guam speak English, they speak more slowly than Americans, so it helps when I am learning the language. Since this is my first time studying abroad, I think Guam is the right choice for me.

Were you able to meet and make friends?

While studying in Guam, I've met very friendly UOG students from the International Friendship Club (IFC). Also, I have met a lot of new people at the dormitory from Chuuk, Saipan and China. My Chuukese friends Kim and Ray offered their traditional clothes as gifts. The dorm residence assistants, Stephanie, Angelica and Matt always help us. They are all very friendly, and it helps me practice my English when I talk with them.

Would you like to visit Guam again?

I really love Guam. As of now I am an exchange student. So, I have to concentrating on my studies. Besides, I am only 20 years old, I can’t rent a car, I usually stay at the dorm. If I come back to Guam, I plan to rent a car and go around the island. Also, I‘d like to meet Guam friends again. If by chance, I get married and have children, I’d love to live on Guam and raise my children here. Guam is a very safe place with lots of kind people.

What were some of your memorable moments?

I am a member of IFC I volunteered for the “light the ways for individual with disabilities” sunset 5K run. I cheered for the runners. After I saw them, I was inspired by their efforts. I felt that I could do anything. Because regardless of their disabilities, they still ran the race. In addition, I worked at the Integrated Marketing office as an intern of Jonas. He really helped me. I had a very memorable time at the University of Guam and I am very thankful.




About the UOG Professional and International Programs  

The University of Guam Professional and International Programs (PIP) office engages with universities and schools across Asia and welcomes more than 4,000 students per year to campus. 

PIP offers short term English Adventure Programs as well as longer English programs through the English Language Institute which runs three 14-week terms per year.

PIP has agreements and relationships with the following universities:
  • Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Chonbuk National University, South Korea
  • Dongyang University, South Korea
  • Gifu City Women’s College, Japan
  • Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea
  • Jeju National University, South Korea
  • Kansai Gaidai University, Japan
  • Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, SAR China
  • Pusan National University, South Korea
  • Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan
PIP works with other universities to develop mutually beneficial partnerships based on two-way language and culture short term programs, summer programs, exchange, and enrolling in the English Language Institute.


Hyojin and UOG

Hyojin at the main entrance of the University of Guam.


hyojin and carlos

Carlos Taitano (left) and Hyojin Lee (right) at an ELI social activity in Inarajan.


Hyojin Chuukese Dress

From left to right: Raisa Chiwi a UOG student living in the residence halls, Hyojin and other Chonbuk National University students wearing traditional Chuukese dresses.


Hyojin IFC

The International Friendship Club student organization at UOG helps international students feel welcome.


Hyojin and IFC's Cris

Hyojin was able to sightsee with members of the International Friendship Club.