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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

In this six-week summer session, explore topics with new perspective, conduct an internship, or study Korean social and cultural interests. You can choose courses in English in humanities, social sciences, management and economics, East Asian Studies and Korean Studies—all taught by international and local faculty. This culturally rich program incorporates a variety of educational trips, including trips to Busan and the DMZ, Korean cooking class, and KPOP and Nanta performances.

Unique study opportunities

  • Volunteer teaching English at a local children’s hospital.
  • Participate in a research or business internship for academic credit.
  • Network with international students from all over the world.


Language of Instruction: English, Korean

Korean Language Study: Optional

All instruction is in English, and prior Korean language study is not required. Many people in Seoul, especially those at Yonsei University, speak English. However, Korean language study is recommended.

If you’d like to take advantage of optional Korean language study, you can take a Korean language class. Language classes are offered at six levels from beginning to advanced and concentrate on developing Korean language comprehension, vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar skills.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two or three courses for a total of 9-13.5 quarter/6-9 semester UC units. Courses are worth 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units.
  • If you participate in an internship (research or corporate), you may only enroll in one additional course for a total of 9 quarter/6 semester UC units.
  • If you receive financial aid, you may be required to take 13.5 quarter/9 semester UC units as a requirement for UC summer funding; see your campus Financial Aid Office for details. ​
  • As a UCEAP student, you may enroll in courses from the six-week program only. Enrollment in the four-week courses is not allowed.
  • Attendance is mandatory; more than three absences will affect your grade.

Current Program Courses

Each summer Yonsei International Summer School offers about 100 courses taught in English on many subjects, including Asian and Korean history, cultural studies, literature, business, economics, society, global and international politics, Korean language, science and technology.

Courses are usually updated in January with information for the following summer. You can pre-register for courses about two months before departure and finalize your registration after arrival.

Catalogs and resources

Academic culture

Yonsei University is the oldest private university and one of the most internationalized in Korea. Classes are held Monday through Thursday with each class meeting for two hours per day. A number of YISS offerings are taught by visiting UC faculty who spend the summer in Seoul teaching their regular UC course. Many local faculty members are also Western educated and, while respecting traditional Korean customs, incorporate the exchange of ideas in the classroom. Some professors may be traditional in their classroom approach, so be sensitive to the style of each instructor.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for the summer term are typically available in mid-October.