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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Dormitory Language Pre-requisite: none
Language of Instruction: English 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: Sophomore standing
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
Advising Required:
Program Description:

Is this Program Right for You?

Experience one of the most exciting cities in East Asia -- Seoul, the capital of South Korea! Yonsei-Bird's Eye ViewKorea is a place of dynamic contrasts, of rapid industrialization and technological development alongside a beautiful and rich traditional culture. AU students now 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 University offers an excellent 6-week summer program which gives AU students the opportunity to study abroad and take 2-3 courses. The Yonsei International Summer School (YISS) is an opportunity to experience and study Korean and East Asian culture in depth.

Academic Information

Yonsei-Global LoungeAU students directly enroll in Yonsei University for the International Summer Session and earn AU credit. In order to complete a full semester's work in only six weeks, ISS courses are highly intensive and fast-paced. Classes meet two class hours each day (three class hours for the Korean Language), four days a week (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri), for 6 weeks. Course requirements include a mid-term examination, a final examination, and often a term paper. ISS students may take six or nine credits, i.e. the minimum load is two courses and the maximum is three courses.

The Yonsei International Summer School offers courses primarily in the areas of International Relations, International Business, East Asian Studies and Korean Studies.  Visit the Yonsei University website for a list of courses offered during the Summer Session. Depending on student demand and teacher availability, some course availability may change. Students interested in taking Korean language courses will receive a Placement Test upon arrival.

Course Equivalency: Click here 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.

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.

Special student activities that are part of the Summer Session include classes in Taekwondo, Korean Ceramics, Poongmool (Folk Music), Calligraphy and Painting, Danso (Bamboo Flute), Traditional Dance, and more. In Seoul , students can visit museums, palaces, temples, and attend Korean traditional music and dance performances. Tour South Korea (the "Field Trip") offers students a way to explore the country, prior to the beginning of classes.

Housing and Meals

Yonsei University 's International Student House offers excellent equipment and facilities. Housing consists of double rooms.  Yonsei-International HouseEvery 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.


The Yonsei University Summer program is typically offered from June - August. See the Yonsei website for more specific schedule information.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/10/2017
Varies by program 06/27/2017 08/06/2017

** 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.