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Korea: Foreign Graduates of Korean Universities:

I am interested in talking to expats in Korea who have graduated from Korean universities, especially those who have gone through programs primarily using English and whose Korean is not too great. I am currently in a Master's Degree program at the Seoul National University Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS.) I entered the program primarily because my Korean husband encouraged me to, saying it would help me find work outside of teaching English in Korea. However, I am not sure how true that is. I am particularly dubious because most of the jobs posted on the school web site require proficiency in Korean. My Korean is okay for conversation, but not for professional purposes. When I took the TOPIK six months ago, I was not even able to achieve a level 3, although I think maybe I could now. I wonder whether concentrating on my Korean might not be a better use of my time, and basically I am unsure of whether the program will pay off. Are there any expats out there who have gone through a program like this in Korea (or at least gotten a non-science degree in a mostly-English program?) Were you able to find work after the program, and if so, what kind? What advice do you have for making the most of the program career-wise? I don't have much in the way of skills, other than English (native) and Chinese (advanced; I have worked in a Chinese company before where everything was done in Chinese.)

Global Expat Forum: Possibilities for American expat women who want to go home to give birth?:

Hi Everyone, I am an American living in South Korea with my Korean husband. We are thinking about possibly starting a family in 2-3 years, though certainly not immediately. For a few different reasons, I would really prefer not to give birth in Korea. However, I am not finding much information on what it takes financially and logistically to go back to the U.S. to give birth. Has any American here gone home to have a baby? Did you find some way to arrange health insurance to cover the end of your pregnancy and delivery? Or did you pay for it out of pocket? I feel like I can't be the only person who has wanted to do this, but I'm finding very little specific information.

Korea: Possibilities for American expat women who want to go home to give birth?:

Hi Everyone, I'm an American living in South Korea and married to a Korean man. We are not planning to start a family immediately, but are thinking about it in the next 2-4 years. However, the more I look into it, the more I realize I would much rather give birth in the United States than in Korea. I am wondering whether that can somehow be arranged without spending tens of thousands of dollars. Are there any other Americans living abroad out there who have gone home to give birth? Were you able to arrange some kind of health insurance that covered your delivery? How did you go about doing that? I feel like there must be other people who have done this, but Googling is not turning up anything.


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