University of Oregon

Yonsei University Exchange

Program Overview

Note: The exchange program with Yonsei University is proposed to start in fall 2017. Selection of GEO student nominees is contingent upon final agreement of that exchange program. In the event that an exchange program with Yonsei is not finalized, GEO will work with nominees to find an alternative exchange program for them in Fall 2017.

In this exchange program, you will enroll directly in classes at Yonsei University, one of the top-ranked universities in South Korea.  You may take Korean language classes as well as courses taught in English on culture and society, economics, business, history, international relations, as well as other subjects. As an exchange student, you can also experience Korean culture by participating in various Yonsei clubs and activities for international students. Students proficient in Korean can also join regular Yonsei student clubs, which include everything from music clubs, magic club, swimming club, and clubs for LGBT students.
With more than 10 million residents, Seoul is the South Korean center of politics, culture, and the economy, where ministries, museums, palaces, theaters, and financial markets are located close together. Seoul is also the home to industry giants such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai. As a leader of the IT revolution, Seoul is one of the most wired cities in the world. Yonsei’s quiet wooded campus is centrally located in Seoul, allowing you to easily access all that the city has to offer.
IE3 Summer Program:
Summer students participate in the six-week Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) and earn 10-15 UO credits from a variety of disciplines including arts, culture, humanities, Korean studies, management, economics, social sciences, Korean language, physical sciences, and more. 

Academic Details

You will select from more than 900 classes taught in English in a variety of disciplines. Students usually take 3-6 content classes per semester for about 15-30 UO credits. You also have the choice to take Korean language class while at Yonsei, which is worth about 5-9 UO credits, depending on the class. Students with an advanced level in Korean may also be able to directly enroll in regular classes taught in Korean.

Housing Description

You will live in a residence hall on the Yonsei University Campus – either SK Global House or International House. These residence halls house students from all over the world in a multicultural atmosphere. The main language used in the residence halls is English and the duty managers and residential assistants are capable of assisting the residents in multiple languages. Both single and double rooms are available. Residence halls include amenities such as a lounge, computer lab, and laundry room. Students may also choose to live off-campus, but should be aware that this option may be more expensive and will require making more arrangements.

Application Process

Semesters/ Yearlong Exchange Program:

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, you will be required to complete the Yonsei exchange application in a timely manner. This application will be provided after the interview. Apply at the top right of this page. 


Begin your application here

Selection for the program is based on a review of the student's written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process.

IMPORTANT: Applications for IE3 programs involve two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the application deadline. Early application is advised. 

1. Completion of the GEO online application.

2. Completion of the IE3 online application, which includes the following:

  • Essays
  • Two Recommendations
  • Official Transcripts

Please note that students cannot begin the interview process until both applications are complete.


Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20172/15/2017Late JuneEarly August
Fall Semester 20172/1/2017Early SeptemberLate December
Academic Year2017-182/1/2017Early SeptemberEarly July
Spring Semester20182/1/2017Late FebruaryEarly July

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.