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Program Description:
Yonsei University

Located in Seoul, South Korea, Yonsei University is the most internationalized and liberal institute of higher learning in South Korea. As the oldest university in Korea, Yonsei was established in 1885 and is considered one of the leading institutions of higher education in the country. Yonsei partners with over 600 institutions worldwide to educate large numbers of international students, hosting roughly 1,300 students from around the globe every year. Despite the fact that Yonsei is located in Seoul, a metropolis of over 10 million people, the university resides on a spacious, quiet, wooded campus just 20 minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of the city. Seoul is a city with over 2,000 years of history, and has much to offer in terms of natural sights, museums, temples, palaces, art, and infrastructure. It is a unique mix of tradition and modernity, and acts as an advantageous position from which to study the changing culture, economics, and politics of all the nations in the East Asia region.

Number of accepted students may be limited per semester: please email SU Abroad for more information.  Apply early!

Program Details

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No previous Korean language coursework and/or skills are necessary
  • Student must have completed at least 2 semesters at SU before applying
  • Applications that are completed and meet our requirements are accepted on a first come first serve basis and also admitted based on the exchange numbers for each semester. 
Program Calendar
Fall Semester: mid-August to late December
Spring Semester: mid-February to mid-June

As an exchange student in YU's Underwood International College (UIC) you will choose from a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses offered in English. Undergraduates can choose from courses in Korean studies, international relations, East Asian studies, politics, law and culture, business, economics, and science and engineering. Graduate students would take courses through the Graduate School of International Studies. Graduate options are for international relations majors and are only offered for the fall semester.

Students take a full semester of courses alongside other international and Korean students. A typical course load is four courses although it is possible to take five courses.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, SU Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

Students apply to live on-campus at the International House dormitory. Accommodations consist of Western-style double rooms which are equipped with LAN connections for internet use. Students are given a double bed, a wardrobe closet, a desk, and a small bookcase. International House has shared refridgerators for student use, study rooms, lounges, lecture rooms, a recreation room, a computer room, and free laundry facilities. Students are responsible for their own meals. There is no meal plan, but students are welcome to cook for themselves, and to stop at the college cafeteria or at the area's many restaurants.

All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in South Korea. YU will provide assistance with the visa application process.

Program Cost
You will pay Syracuse University tuition and can apply all Syracuse University financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.
For further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here:
Yonsei U Budget 2018-2019.pdf

Deb Goddard, Counselor,
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Applying to this program requires completion of both the SU Abroad and YU application.

Syracuse University
  • Complete the SU Abroad application.
  • All application material must be submitted by the SU Abroad application deadline.
Yonsei University - All students selected by Syracuse Abroad to participate in Yonsei’s exchange student program must first be nominated by a Syracuse Abroad advisor. Nominations will be sent to Yonsei. Once nominated, your account will be created automatically and you will receive an auto-email to start your application. 
  • Complete YU's application (note: you are considered an exchange student). Yonsei's application will be completed on line and the supplemental documents can be uploaded on line.
  • Follow instructions from YU for supplemental documents.
Please consult this guide from Yonsei for assistance. The guide will be updated as needed.  Yonsei_Student guide_Fall 2017.pdf

Yonsei University - Office of International Affairs

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/01/2019 05/01/2019
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change. Program dates not available for term.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.