Program Overview

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. Yonsei University offers a variety of resources and services for students, including academic advising, a disabled student support center, a global lounge, a counseling center, health center, and modern campus facilities.
 
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.

Yonsei International Summer School:
Summer students participate in the six-week Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) and take 2 or 3 classes in English from a variety of disciplines including arts, culture, humanities, Korean studies, management, economics, social sciences, Korean language, East Asian Studies, science, technology, and environment. Students also have the option to participate in a 20 hour per week internship and take one class alongside their internship. Along with your classes, you will have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, such as K-pop dance, Taekwondo, visiting a folk village, and going on a tour of Seoul. The summer program is a good option for students who do not have prior experience in Asia or with Korean language. 

Additional requirements

 

  • Sophomore standing or above is required for the Summer program
  • Junior standing or above is required for the Fall and Academic Year programs
  • Sophomores may participate in Spring semester (winter and spring terms) of their sophomore year
  • Note: If some of your credits are transfer or high school credits, please check with your GEO advisor regarding whether you are eligible.
  • Students must return to UO to finish their degree after the exchange program (i.e., you should not finish your last semester at Yonsei)
  • There is no language requirement, but one year of Korean is recommended for the semester and yearlong program in order to facilitate daily life in Seoul
  • If you plan to take content classes taught in Korean, you will need to show proof of Korean language proficiency and also get approval from the course professor. Please contact your GEO advisor for more information.

What is an Exchange?

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. 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.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

Note: UO credits listed below are estimates and are subject to change. Please refer to the Yonsei links for the updated credit information on their classes. One credit at Yonsei is equal to 1.5 UO quarter credits.

Semester and Yearlong program:

You will select from classes taught in English from the following Schools: Liberal Arts, Commerce and Economics, Business, Science, Engineering, Life System, Theology, Social Science, Human Ecology, Sciences in Education, Underwood International College, and Korean Language (KLI).

Exchange students often take many of their classes in the Underwood International College alongside other international students and Korean students. This college offers a variety of classes on subjects such as Korean and Asian studies, economics and business, arts and culture, political science, history, sociology, and more. Students with an advanced level in Korean may also be able to directly enroll in regular classes taught in Korean. See below for additional requirements.

Yonsei University is AACSB accredited and has a strong business program, however, please note that business courses are restricted to business majors only, and students can take a maximum of four business classes per semester.

You have the choice to take Korean language class while at Yonsei. You can take a Korean language course in the Underwood International College, which is usually worth 3 semester credits (5 UO credits), or you can take a Korean language class in the Korean Language Institute, which is usually worth 6 semester credits (9 UO credits), or you can take one of each.

Students usually take 3-6 content classes per semester for around 15-30 UO credits.

In this program, you will earn around 15-30 UO credits per semester. Up to 14 of these credits can be Korean language credit.


Yonsei International Summer School:

You will take 2 or 3 classes, for around 10-15 UO credits total. You will have more than 100 classes in English to choose from in the following areas: arts, culture, humanities, Korean studies, management, economics, social sciences, Korean language, East Asian Studies, science, technology, and environment. Finalized classes and syllabi are usually posted several months before the start of the program, allowing you to work on the course equivalency process before going abroad. View the summer classes here.

Students who want to participate in the summer internship would receive around 3 semester credits (5 UO credits) from the internship and would take one additional class. Most internship placements require an advanced level in Korean, but there are a limited number of placements available for students with beginner or intermediate levels in Korean language. See more information about the internship option here.

In the summer program, you will earn around 10-15 UO credits.

Housing Description

Yonsei University has two on-campus residence halls – SK Global House and 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. Please note that on-campus housing is not guaranteed due to limited spaces. Rooms are assigned on a first-come first-served basis after the housing application becomes available. Please note that off-campus housing may be more expensive and will require making more arrangements. For additional information about housing, please visit this page.

For additional details about housing during the summer program, visit this page.

Application process

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. First, you will complete the GEO application process and interview. Selection for this program is based on a review of your online written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After your initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to Yonsei. Nominations are made in March for the fall semester and in September for the spring semester of the following year.


Next, you will need to complete a secondary application for the host university. After being nominated by GEO, students will receive instructions regarding the secondary exchange application for Yonsei. This typically includes an online application for Yonsei, and providing documents such as your transcript, copy of passport, study plan, etc.


Yonsei makes the final decision regarding acceptance into the program. The acceptance letter will also include information about registering for classes. 

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20181/1/2018Late JuneEarly Auguts
Fall Semester20182/1/2018Late AugustLate December
Academic Year2018-192/1/2018Late August Late June
Spring Semester20192/1/2018Late February Late June

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.