Shannen Phillips

Shannen Phillips

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, Korean Language Study Abroad


Hello! My name is Shannen Jamie Phillips. I am from Christchurch, New Zealand but moved to Auckland in 2015. I’m 34 years old, married and have a 5 year old son. I’m currently studying a BA at the University of Auckland majoring in Korean and TESOL.

I applied for the PMSA Korean Language Programme as I feel it is what I need to take my Korean language skills to the next level. While on the programme I am also looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of Korean culture and history, making new friendships and networks, and learning different values to add to my life, and those in my communities.

My connection with Korea began in 2011 through being involved in the creative arts industry and outreach opportunities. Since then, my relationship with Korea has evolved and resulted in a desire to be a part of building further connections between Aotearoa and Korea. I know this opportunity will come with challenges, high moments, low moments and everything in between and I couldn’t be more excited for the journey and growth that will occur over the coming months.

  • Finding Beauty and Balance in Korean Culture and Study

    As a 34-year-old mature student, I came to Korea with a mix of excitement and nervousness. I was eager to experience something new and challenge myself, but I was also unsure of what to expect from the culture and the academic environment. However, my time here has exceeded all my expectations and has been a…Continue Reading Finding Beauty and Balance in Korean Culture and Study

  • Winter in Korea

    If you are reading this and you are from New Zealand – you do not know the meaning of cold until you have experienced a Korean winter. Monday just been, Korea was the 2nd coldest country on the globe that day. It’s not the type of cold you can brave and have the “she’ll be…Continue Reading Winter in Korea

  • I Am Here

    It is 11 pm, and I am sitting in a cafe in my neighbourhood in Seoul, writing this blog. Yes, you read that right – cafes here are open till 11 pm (some 24 hours). This is one of many moments I have had to pinch myself to ensure I am not dreaming. I am…Continue Reading I Am Here