I guess I should be active in my own thread right? :)
Youngil, I find your experience fascinating. There's not many of non-Koreans who lived in Korea before their 18th birthday, so it's great to connect with you and read your experiences.
Sogang University Korean program is really good, it seems. Lot's of speaking practice at the higher levels. I am using these books at the moment with my husband.
I attended SNU evening class for one term (level 3), and found that there was little chance to talk freely (with teacher error-correcting) so I do not reccommend going there.
If you do get the chance to attend Sogang, let me know if the speaking exercises are well used, with free-speech in addition to restricted practice.
We can get free speech practice with Korean friends and family, but teacher's are more likely to correct you and provide a clearer explanation ;)
Thanks for the recommendation / confirmation that I've made the right choice, Louise ^.^
I'll be starting in their regular morning program in June ...I applied (& was accpted) several weeks ago (I thoroughly checked out every other Univerisity credit program in Seoul before making my choice -I'm a tough student to teach ^.~ ).
Will let you know how it goes!
I studied at both Yonsei and EWHA language schools.
While Yonsei is very good for Kyopos, it fails someone who has no previous experience learning either Korean or Chinese or Japanese. At Yonsei you advance with a "1 grammar pattern per day" speed. So, in the end you can correct your Korean friends when they misuse grammar, but you don't speak yrself. Also, the language used there is not something you use in the streets of Seoul (like, a lecture on going to Immigration Office. For heavens sake, if I go there, I either grab my Korean friend or use English to make sure I deliver my message. And since I go there once a year, by the time I reach that office, all the relevant words I've learned at Yonsei are long time gone from memory)....
As for EWHA, it's emphasis is conversational Korean, which I found to be great. Books are fun (though if you are a guy, sorry, you will still have to act out a situation of buying a dress for yrself - it's a WOMANS university school!!!), teachers were also ok. I've heard Sogang has a similar style to EWHA
이대 is based upon (uses) the 서강 program ^.^ (or that's what several others have explained to me)
...when I visited 이대, I didn't get the same "this is where I fit" feeling as I did at 서강 ...not sure why, but have learned to not "disobey" my internal "compass" ^.~ ...perhaps partially because I learn so much more effectively in a more male-dominated environment (am more masculine-engergied than most men in many respects ^.~).
I'm guessing that both programs are likely exactly the same ...and thanks for the insight ^.^
Update (assuming it's an okay thing to do):
It's good to know there is a professional in Korea such as yourself, that has Masters related to Urban Affairs like me!