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Seongsu Bridge and Seoul city view at Han river park in Kore

Program at a Glance

Yonsei University

Country or area Korea, South
City Seoul
Class Level So, Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type International
Minimum GPA 2.0
Term Summer
Taught In English, Korean
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

Your summer in South Korea starts in the capital Seoul, a city filled with contrasts. With one foot in the future, Seoul is high energy tech, fashion, and K-pop, while the other foot is in the past with millennia-old shrines, temples, palaces, and hanok villages. Join students from around the world attending lectures, taking in the cultural activities, and traveling on a multi-day field trip. Learn from Korean and international visiting professors in a wide range of courses taught in English. Seoul is a friendly city for visiting students and easy to explore on foot.

Where you'll study

Yonsei University is a private research university set on the former site of a royal palace. Referred to as one the “SKY” universities, Yonsei University is among the three most prestigious schools in South Korea. Yonsei University also has one of the most beautiful campuses. Recently renovated, the modern and historical buildings are surrounded by various gardens, fountains, and monuments. The main quad area resembles an Ivy League university with gothic stone buildings. Apart from the campus, Yonsei university is located right in front of Sinchon, a lively college neighborhood full of restaurants and exciting nightlife. The Sinchon area is especially popular amongst students from nearby universities.


The study center arranges field trips and activities to introduce the local culture and special features of your host country. There may be other optional excursions, which you can explore after arrival.

Whitewater rafting and forest hike to the cliff in Yeongwol

Attend a Korean NANTA dance and comedy show

A guided tour in Jinkwansa

Lotus lantern workshop

Farewell banquet event including talent show, games, and dinner

The biggest lesson I learned was to always remember why we do what we do. I learned that we do not send a hundred emails or struggle with contracts simply because it's work. We have a responsibility and the work we do actually affects peoples' lives. I came to realize this as everyone in the office was incredibly professional yet also encouraging and intentional with each other. Ultimately, working for Hyundai Corporation was a precious opportunity to speak Korean and understand a different approach to academics, career, and life.

Young Park UC Berkeley Environmental Science Korea, South

I found the Korean workplace intensive and yet very reliant on colleague relations. Being the only culturally American team member during work was one thing, and switching identities from professional and respectful in the office to relaxed and conversational over a Korean barbecue lunch taught me valuable interpersonal skills. After a week or two, I came out of my shell and felt more natural at team lunches while maintaining professionalism during work hours.

Sarah Chun UC Santa Barbara Economics Korea, South