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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

Korean language classes are offered at six levels from beginning to advanced and concentrate on developing Korean language comprehension, vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar skills. A language placement exam is held on the first day of the program.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take two or three courses for a total of 9-13.5 quarter/6-9 semester UC units. Courses are 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units.
  • If you participate in an internship (research or corporate) for 3 quarter/2 semester UC units, you must enroll in two additional courses for a total of 12 quarter/8 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 will enroll in courses from the six-week program only. Enrollment in the four-week courses is not allowed.
  • If you take three courses, one course may be taken for pass/no pass credit. If you take two courses, both courses must be taken for a letter grade. Internship courses are graded pass/no pass only and do not count towards the pass/no pass limit.
  • 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 will pre-register for courses about two months before departure and finalize your registration after arrival.

Catalogs and resources

  • Yonsei International Summer School: Go here to find detailed program, course, and internship information.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses students have taken on this program. This is not a current representation of course offerings on this program. Reference the above links to review recent course offerings. 
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

Yonsei University is the oldest private university and one of the most internationalized in South 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.