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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Dormitory Language Pre-requisite: none
Language of Instruction: English, Korean Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No Internship: No
Advisor: Ethan Merritt Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Advising Required: Yes
Program Description:

Is this Program Right for You?

Yonsei campusExperience one of the most exciting cities in East Asia-Seoul, the capital of South Korea! Korea is a place of dynamic contrasts, of rapid industrialization and technological development alongside a beautiful and rich traditional culture. AU students can experience this extraordinary country firsthand through study abroad at Yonsei University.  As the oldest university in Korea, Yonsei University was first established in 1885. Yonsei University is considered the leading institution of higher education in Korea, as well as the most international university in the country. Yonsei's Office of International Affairs was established to provide study opportunities for overseas university students. On the undergraduate level, the division offers a study abroad program taught in English designed to give a broad introduction to Korea in its Asian and world setting.

Academic Information

Yonsei campus lifeAU students directly enroll in Yonsei University for either a semester or a full year and earn full AU credit. Yonsei University primarily offers courses in the areas of International Relations, International Business, East Asian Studies and Korean Studies, although other subjects are available.

Course Equivalency

View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.

Visit the Yonsei University website for a list of the undergraduate courses offered regularly each year. Students should primarily review courses available at the Underwood International College where the program is based. In any given semester, some courses may not be offered and an alternative course may be offered which may not have been listed. Students who are proficient enough in the Korean language may, with permission, select any course among the more than one thousand regular courses offered at Yonsei. There will be a Placement Test for the Korean Language course on the first day of class.


Student Life

Life in Seoul

Yonsei is fortunate to have a spacious, quiet, and well-wooded campus located just 20 minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of the Seoul's metropolitan area. Seoul is the center of politics, culture, and economy in Korea. Ministries, government offices, embassies, theaters, department stores, as well as other high office buildings are all a short trip from Yonsei University. Although Korea has experienced a lot of Western influence in modern history, there are old norms and traditional culture that still persist despite the recent changes. In this sense, Korea provides a particularly advantageous position from which to study the changing culture, economics, and politics of all the nations of the East Asian region.

Housing and Meals

Yonsei night viewYonsei University's international student housing offers excellent equipment and facilities. Housing consists of double rooms. Every room is equipped with LAN connections for Internet use. The house has shared refrigerators for student use, lounge areas, study areas, a recreation area, a lecture room, a computer room, and laundry facilities (washing machines and dryers). Dorm rooms are western-style, with twin beds. In addition to a bed, each person is provided a wardrobe closet, a desk, and a small bookcase.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own meals. There is no meal plan, but there are many alternatives such as the college cafeterias, or in the university area's many restaurants. See the Yonsei website for more details.


The Yonsei University program is available for Fall semester, Spring semester and Full Year. Please see the Yonsei website for specific program dates.

    * Yonsei Fall Semester: August - December
    * Yonsei Spring Semester: March - June
    * Yonsei Academic Year: August - June
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/10/2017
Varies by program 08/24/2017 06/21/2018
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Additionally, the admissions review for this program is longer than most programs. Students should not expect to hear back about their admissions for fall status until mid-May.
Fall 2017 02/10/2017
Varies by program 08/24/2017 12/21/2017
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Additionally, the admissions review for this program is longer than most programs. Students should not expect to hear back about their admissions for fall status until mid-May.
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Varies by program 02/23/2018 06/21/2018
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program. Students should not expect to hear back about their admissions status for spring until late November/early December.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.