Seoul, South Korea
Program Site: Yonsei University is located at the north end of the Sinchon area of Seoul.
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA and one year of college completed at the time of application. Students must also have completed a minimum of two semesters of college-level Korean or the equivalent.
Description: Seoul is a cosmopolitan city that offers a wealth of museums, monuments, temples, and cultural centers that pay homage to Korea's past. It is also a modern city with lots to offer visiting students looking to explore and enjoy nightlife. The Sinchon neighborhood is home to 4 universities and is a very busy area of the city with several department stores, cinemas and shopping areas that cater to a mainly young crowd.
Yonsei University, ranked among Korea's top universities, is the oldest university in the country, with an enrollment of 30,000 students, over 5,000 of whom are international students. Study abroad students take courses in Korean Language and Area Studies through the Underwood International College and the Korean Language Institute.
Academics: Students take an intensive 6-unit Korean language course appropriate to their level. Advanced students may take an additional 3-unit elective course in Korean language. Area studies courses, taught in English by Yonsei professors, are available in six general areas: Comparative Literature and Culture, Economics, International Studies, Political Science and International Relations, Life Science and Biotechnology, and Korean Studies.
Students take 3 or 4 area studies courses, as well as the required language intensive.
This program is designed for students who wish to improve their Korean and learn more about Korea. It is not appropriate for students who completed high school in Korea.
Course load and Credit: Students may earn up to 18 units per semester. Students take 4 to 5 courses per semester. A Korean language course is required.
Activities and Other Program Features: Students are encouraged to get involved in campus activities such as cheering the Yonsei sports teams, playing pick-up basketball or volleyball, martial arts clubs, political groups, language exchange, and much more. Students also have the opportunity to have a short stay with a host family.
Accommodations: Students usually live in the international student dormitory on campus. Meals are not provided.
Dates: Fall, Spring, or Year. Fall semesters runs from late August to mid-December. Spring semester runs from mid-February to late June. Year program runs from late August to late June.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Cost Updated: 5/28/15
Text Updated: 7/11/12
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.