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Experience Korea, one of the Little Dragons of East Asia, with its dynamic culture and fast-growing economy!
Yonsei has always been the outward-looking university in Korea, valuing its international ties and foreign-educated faculty. The benefits of an international outlook in a Korean university come together in the Division of International Education, which is an international program that makes use of the achievements of the many Yonsei faculty who have studied abroad and returned to teach in Korea.
Yonsei University, located in the heart of Seoul, is the leading private university in Korea. Founded as a medical college in 1885, Yonsei has developed into a large university of 81 different departments with 35,000 students. Despite its location in Seoul, a city of 12 million people, the university has a large, quiet, wooded campus which is near the city centers of government, culture, and business.
The city of Seoul offers immense cultural resources, and with bus and subway systems it is easy for students to explore. Korean culture and history comes to life in the National Museum, the Folklore Museum, and the Buddhist temples. Outside of Seoul, students can gain an appreciation of modern history by visiting the Demilitarized Zone. The wonders of the past can be seen in the city of Kyongju, now an open-air museum with excavated tombs, the 1,300-year-old granite Buddha in Sokkuram, and the great Buddhist temple of Pulguksa, all from Korea's Golden Age.
Study abroad students will take classes in the Division of International Education, which was established to provide opportunities for international students in Asian Studies. The courses are taught in English, although students who are qualified in their knowledge of Korean may also take subject-area courses in Korean. A normal course load is between 12 and 18 credit hours per semester at Yonsei.
All students in the study abroad program are recommended to take the course, Introduction to Korean Studies, in their first semester of residence. This course introduces students to the history, culture, economics, politics, business, language, literature, and society of Korea, emphasizing how Korea is a part of the East Asian tradition.
Students may choose their other classes from a selection of electives in various areas such as business, communications, economics, history, literature, and political science. Students may also take Korean language classes, which start at the beginning level. These classes, which are both rigorous and difficult, are offered through the intensive Korean Language Institute.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Housing for study abroad students at Yonsei is generally in the International House or SK Global House, dormitories with a mix of Korean and foreign students. Detailed information is online
Other housing options include living in student boarding houses or possibly in a homestay, upon request. The university encourages students to live with a Korean family, but students are responsible for finding their own off-campus housing.
The International House has no meal plan, so students are free to explore the Korean culinary scene. There are several college cafeterias and many restaurants near the university which serve Korean food.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access