Finally got reply from the university in Busan, Korea. Only 10 students from UNISA will be going along with other students from few more universities in Australia, US, Ireland, Malta, Spain, and Norway. I’m the only Malaysian from UNISA and I think I’m the only postgrad that will be going, the rest are undergrads because I was told that it’s actually meant for the undergrads but if my program director allows me to go, I can go.
However, there’s one problem, I have to fork out another AUD1000 just for the flight ticket because the money they provide for the flight ticket is not enough to cover. Even add on with the travel grant given also not enough to cover. The university in Korea is going to pay USD1500/person for return economy flight ticket and my uni is going to give us travel grant of AUD600/person. Means, there’s no extra money at all for me to spend.
Initially thought that the travel grant would be great for shopping add on with my own AUD600 *LOL* but that’s not the case. I checked the flight ticket and found out the cheapest also need AUD2130 -.-” Peak season that’s why. Thank goodness food and accommodation are provided. Still… Forking out AUD1000 from my own pocket is really a lot even though I managed to save this amount from my 3 months plus of working but that’s only flight ticket. OUCH! I still need more not only for shopping but also entertainment and travel to other places nearby such as Japan, Hong Kong, and also the other parts of Korea.
On the other hand, I will be extending my stay here, I will continue to do my master degree. So I’m not going home so soon which can be a good and bad thing. Good, I can stay longer now and get a master degree; bad, more money needed. Seriously have to work more hour or find another job.