I went to the Consulate today to apply for my student visa. On the website there was no information as to what I needed to bring, so I was actually missing a bank statement. In addition to that, you need your passport (which they have retained for now until I go back to get my visa), and letter & certificate of admission.
I applied for a D-2 student visa and that cost $132 which had to be paid in cash. Will need to make another trip to the Consulate next Tuesday to pick up my visa and hopefully all my original documents which they took.
I then went to Kinokuniya to kill time before meeting up with the other two girls who are also going to Korea next semester! Found some travel guides but thought it wise to check prices from other bookstores first. Ended up buying lonely planet’s Korean phrasebook at Dymocks (even though the price was the exact same $14.99).
I don’t actually need a phrasebook because I flipped through it and I pretty much know most of the vocab, but I thought by having it with me, I’d feel a lot more confident in getting around by myself! And the book is small and light, so why not?