Since our launch, CulturaGo has welcomed enthusiastic learners from around the world, each taking on unique challenges as they embark on journeys to Japan, Korea, Spain, and the UK. A big thank you to each of you for taking part and providing us with invaluable feedback and reviews.
“色々ありがとうございました！This course was a real lifesaver for my first time in Japan. It is so different from my home country in ways I wouldn't even know how to put into words, but somehow you all articulated it perfectly! I was especially thankful to those of you who shared your own experiences with being a minority in Japan - as a biracial black and white woman with a great interest in LGBTQ issues, I was so nervous about standing out in a county that is, for the most part, racially and culturally homogenous. However, hearing from others who had done it before was really encouraging, and I can't articulate how special it was that this course didn't overlook those identities (it even included passages on being vegetarian/vegan, something else that I found really helpful!). Even beyond this, some of the course creators personally reached out to my sister and I and offered wonderful advice and assistance - it never felt like we were alone in going through this process. I am so grateful to each and every one of you who made this course a reality, so thank you!"
“Not only did this course make me more prepared to enter Japan, but it also put me at ease by knowing that unexpected social norms and customs would be one less thing to worry about when getting settled in. The mix of informative written passages, videos from other travelers and natives, and links to specific resources provided a wealth of information that made me feel ready to tackle all of the new experiences that come with being abroad. I can't imagine a more comprehensive yet concise summary of all that there is to know before entering a foreign country, and I am extremely thankful to have had this primer!”
Holly, George Mason University student in Japan.
“Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to take this course! I especially appreciate the team reaching out via email to see if I wanted to talk with anyone one-on-one about living in Korea. I think CulturaGo does a great job making researching/learning about other countries easy, enjoyable, and engaging. Being able to break it up into sections really helps someone like me feel motivated to learn about Korea in bits and pieces. I hope you will be able to continue to expand the country options in the future! I would definitely use this course again for wherever my next destination may be.”
Marlaina, Grand Valley State University student in South Korea.
“Thank you guys for your efforts in this course, these courses are an awesome way for people to open their awareness of other cultures and broaden their capabilities of relating and understanding people from different parts of the world. I believe that this in turn makes the world a more unified place in the long run. I really enjoyed taking this course.”
Despina, UFL Warrington student in the UK.
“I loved the course. It is informative and succinct. I really loved the videos. Hearing about other people's experiences is eye opening and makes sure I don't go through this process with rose colored glasses.”
Lilac, Premier TEFL teacher in South Korea.
"I really enjoyed it, it gave a lot of good insight into what to expect when coming to Spain and traveling around the country, especially with language and culture. Thank you for putting this course together, it was very helpful in giving me context and what to be prepared for before coming to Spain and starting my study abroad experience.”
Eliana, George Mason University student in Spain.
“I thought this course was very beneficial especially for someone who knows nothing or only a little bit about Korea. It was very informational, easy to navigate, and engaging. Even though I already knew a lot about Korean culture from previous research and experience, it was nice to brush up on things and I even learned some new things. I really enjoyed the course overall.”
Morgan, Grand Valley State University student in South Korea.
"Thank you for the course! I think the course was useful, but it was important for me to remember that an entire country's thoughts or feelings could not be summed up with a culture course.”
Hannah, George Mason University student in Spain.
“Thank you for an enriching and engaging experience! I learned a lot and felt more prepared to take on an unknown adventure this summer. The real life perspectives introduced different views and the guide was helpful and relatable.”
Charlotte, UFL Warrington student in the UK.
"Thank you for creating this course, a lot of the information that I read and watched within the course have proved to be useful. I have seen some of these examples during my own Erasmus experience and having done the course, some of these examples now seem familiar to me.”
Ryan, De Montfort University student in Spain.
"Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this course. Thank you for aiding in my preparation for my trip. This was very helpful, and you all did an amazing job!”
Stevencia, UFL Warrington student in South Korea
"Over the course of my years learning Castellano, I would say that there are things that I already knew, some iconic landmarks such as museums and about the food. But this course was super in depth and really insightful into the Spanish culture! The videos were super awesome! They provided a great break from reading and hearing about other people's first hand experience and what they would do next time was very interesting. It makes me feel more better prepared about what to expect when I do go to Spain”
Caitlin, Auckland University student in Spain
“As to the CulturaGo course, it was very helpful in beginning to understand the cultural differences and challenges that may be faced here in Korea, as well as the opportunities to learn new customs.”
Ursula, Travelbud teacher in South Korea
“The CulturaGo team made a fantastic course in understanding South Korean Culture and its norms as well as providing me with the correct information to make my experience run smoothly. Furthermore, making my experience meaningful as I now knew the best way to go about my experience abroad. Super engaging, interesting and simply amazing, keep doing what you are doing!!!👍🏼😁.”
Xavier, former intern from AIP in South Korea
Learner Feedback to our Partners
“I would tell the Global Education Office department at George Mason that they should not stop recommending this course to students who are planning to study abroad in Japan or in any of the other countries that CulturaGo has courses for! I think that it's really important that people come into a new country with a cultural awareness of that nation, not only for themselves and their own enrichment, but also for the people of the country that they are entering. Specifically as an institution of higher learning, it is important to realize that when studying abroad, more learning can happen outside of the classroom than in it. I really value the investment that George Mason put into this course, and I would say a big thank you for that!”
Holly, George Mason University student in Japan
“My colleague at the Padnos International Center at Grand Valley State University invited me to participate in this course. Going forward, I hope we can offer these modules as a part of our pre-departure orientation. Even though only three countries are offered so far, I found the information provided to be very useful and helped me understand many of the cultural differences I experienced but did not know of. Moreover, this course has been very beneficial for someone like me who is not too familiar with Korean culture in general. I now have a good grasp on how to act, what to do to make friends, as well as how to optimize my time in the country.”
Marlaina, Grand Valley State University student in South Korea
“Thank you for providing us with the course! I enjoyed taking it and even watched a lot of the videos while packing. I would recommend the experience to my peers who participate in the same experience in the future.”
Charlotte, UFL Warrington student in the UK
“Thank you so much for your willingness to provide us access to this course! It really helped to give me an insight into my study abroad location and I hope others who choose to go on this program have access to it as well, so they can get the same help as I did to be better prepare for what they are about to face."
Eliana, George Mason University student in Spain
“Thank you for putting so much time and effort to ensure we have the most positive experience in our internship abroad this summer.”
Cecilia, UFL Warrington student in South Korea
“Thank you for providing free access to this wonderful content. During times when cultural exchange has been limited, my curiosity about other cultures has definitely increased. This course was wonderful in offering a balanced view of the country's culture.”
Yonghui, Auckland University student in Spain
“I am thankful that my University was able to point me in the direction to take this course as it was something that I didn’t know I needed and didn’t know existed but it was exactly what I was looking for.”
Despina, UFL Warrington student in the UK
“Thank you for directing me to the course, I found it to be very useful and I'm sure other students will."