WWU Exchange in South Korea:
Located in the heart of Seoul, South Korea, Yonsei University allows for integration with local students within a wide range of classes taught in English. A limited number of courses taught in Korean are also available. Exchange students are assigned to local student tutors who help with cultural integration. The International Office at Yonsei usually offers some excursions to international exchange students. Students need a high level of personal maturity and independence.
Yonsei University is one of the oldest private university in Korea established in 1885 and it is one of of the top three comprehensive universiites in the country. The main campus is set in a spacious, picturesque and natural setting located minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of Seoul's metropolitan downtown. Yonsei University has a student enrollment of about 38,000. There are 18 graduate schools, 22 colleges and 133 subsidiary institutions hosting the most selective pool of students from around the world. Yonsei is known as being the most international university in Korea.
Seoul is the second largest metropolitan area in the world with nearly half of South Korea’s population living within its boundaries. Historical sites exist in harmony with modern cultural facilities in this immaculate Asian metropolis. For instance, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the beautiful and historic dwelling place of the Royal families of Korea, is a quiet, green respite located within minutes of the financial district. The heritage and tourism scene within Seoul is undeniable, with fortresses, temples, shrines, palaces and ceremonies all vying for your attention, along with modern skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, and multi-media and entertainment complexes, including the world-famous K-Pop scene, around the Itaewon, Jamsil and Namsan districts.
Academic Program and Courses
The academic year runs from August to June:
- Semester 1: August to December
- Semester 2: February to June
Yonsei University has developed a wide range of university courses taught in English. These courses which are at the upper division levels are primarily aimed for international exchnage students who do not have satisfactory Korean language skills. Exchange students can also take courses in Korean language and those with adequate Korean language skills can arrange to take regular courses taught in Korean. In cooperation with the Yonsei Korean Language Institute, Yonsei University offers a tailor-made Korean language course for Exchange students. The course is offered for 2 hours a day, five days a week, for 16 weeks. The English taught courses are handled by the Office of International Affairs. International students have access to computer facilities, a specialized library, and the new Global Lounge which enables international and Korean students to mingle freely throughout the academic year.
Most exchange students stay in the SK Global House or the International House (I-House), dormitories for international and Korean students alike. For information and prices, please click here
. Exchange students also have the option of finding their own accommodations in Seoul.
Exchange program participants will pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student. Check the budget sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.
There are two applications for exchange students to complete. The first application is the International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) application. After students are selected for nomination, they must follow the application procedure
General information for exchange students
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