Is this Program Right for You?
Experience 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.
AU 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.
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.
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 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