Yonsei University Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: See Additional Requirements
Location: Asia, South Korea
GPA: 3.0
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.

Click here to apply to the Yonsei International Summer School program.

** GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

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.

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.

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.

Additional requirements

Semester and Yearlong Exchange program:

  • 3.0 GPA requirement
  • 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.
  • 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.

Summer program:

  • 2.75 GPA requirement
  • Sophomore standing or above (by the time you start the program)
  • No language requirement
Application process

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, GEO will review your application and select successful candidates for nomination to Yonsei. Nominations are made in April for the fall semester and in October for the spring semester of the following year. Students will then need to complete a secondary application for Yonsei, which typically consists of an additional online application and an official UO transcript. The final decision regarding acceptance is made by Yonsei. Notification about final acceptance will happen in mid-June for fall students, and in mid-December for spring students. The acceptance letter will also include information about registering for classes. 

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date  
Summer (4 week program) 2022 03/15/2022 Late June Late July  
Summer (6 week program) 2022 03/15/2022 Late June Early August  
Fall Semester 2022 02/01/2022 Late August Late December  
Academic Year 2022-23 02/01/2022 Late August Late June  
Spring Semester 2023 02/01/2022 Late February Late June  

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