Students who were accepted to participate in study abroad programs canceled during the previous academic year will receive priority placement on 2021-2022 programs.
While we will make every effort to accommodate all students on their first choice, there may be limited space on some programs for first-time applicants.
Yonsei University was established in 1885, and it is the oldest university in South Korea. The university is located 20 minutes away from the cultural, economic, and political centers of downtown Seoul. Its student body is comprised of the top one percent of high school graduates in Korea. The university’s commitment to academic excellence and internationalization has attracted top-level international students to study at Yonsei. There are over 800 courses offered in English as regular courses taught in Korean. Korean language courses are offered at the Korean Language Institute.
Among the services and facilities for international students is the Global Lounge which is wireless and provides study and seminar space in a comfortable environment. It also has satellite broadcasting systems providing news from 15 countries and multimedia space for cultural and academic events. With over 3,000 international students studying abroad each year, Yonsei is the perfect university for students seeking to expand their Korean and international scope. University of Miami students wishing to participating on this University of Miami partner program must be at least a sophomore. Transfer students must complete at least one semester at UM.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
In order to participate on the Yonsei University UM Partner Program, UM students must be of a second semester Sophomore standing. Although course openings tend to be similar for each semester (spring to spring, fall to fall), the course schedule is published about 1~2 months before course registration, which occurs at the beginning of the semester abroad. To find Yonsei classes offered in previous semesters, students can search for course options through the Yonsei Portal Service, by clicking on "Course Catalogue & Syllabus" option. Business courses (course code BIZ) are only open to business majors and are limited to only four business courses at Yonsei University.
Following, is a list of courses taken by past University of Miami students at Yonsei University. This list does not guarantee that a particular course will be offered during a student's study abroad semester, rather it should be used as a reference guide. List of Classes Take by Past UM Students at Yonsei University.xlsx.
While it is not required for University of Miami students to register in a Korean language course, it is strongly encouraged. Special Korean language courses are offered for international exchange students at Yonsei University through the Korean Language Institute (KLI). The Intensive Korean Language course is offered Monday to Friday for 2 hours of class.
East Asian Studies
Specific program dates can be found on the Yonsei University Academic Calendar
page. Typically the Fall semester runs from late August to late December. The Spring semester runs from mid-February to mid-June. University of Miami students may complete a full academic year at Yonsei University.
|Yonsei University Grade
1 Yonsei University Credit = 1 UM credit
There are two university housing facilities. The International House
is Yonsei’s dormitory for
international students. There are double rooms with separate wings for male and female students. The SK Global House
which opened in March 2010 is state of the art housing for international students and visiting faculty. There are single and double rooms with private bathrooms and showers. All of the rooms in both facilities are western-style with heat and air-conditioning and internet access. There are no meal plans, but there is a shared kitchen with several refrigerators. Students can eat in the university cafeterias as well as in the numerous restaurants close to campus. More information is provided at the SK Global House Website
. On-campus housing payments are made directly to Yonsei University.
Life at Yonsei
- AKARAKA & Yon-Ko Festival
- Yonsei Global
- OIA affiliated organization, Yonsei Global, runs various programs for international students every semester.
- Mentors Club
- Each semester, Mentors Club offers programs in which international students are divided into groups with Yonsei students.
Korean Health Insurance
All international students must own health insurance that covers them during the period of stay in Korea. Since Yonsei University does not offer health insurance students
will need to research international health insurance options that are the best fit for their own health needs. Proof of health insurance must be submitted to Yonsei University before students are able to register for classes.
Serious applicants should plan to submit a complete, well-thought out, and comprehensive application. Students who submit a complete application will be granted an interview. Qualified candidates will be nominated to Yonsei Unviersity, who will ask that students complete a separate application. Yonsei University will make the final admission decision. Late applications will not be considered. Admitted students will receive an acceptance email and admission package which contain documents necessary for your visa application, including the Letter of Acceptance, the Certificate of Admission, and the Certificate of Business Registration.
Admitted students must apply for a D-2 student visa to study in Korea. The application documents vary from country to country, so please check with your nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate for further information. Students with Korean Heritage may have special requirements regarding visa issuance due to dual nationality issues, especially in terms of military service for male students. If you suspect that this might be your case, please ask for instructions from your local Korean Embassy well in advance of your trip to Korea.
Due to a strengthened immigration policy, Yonsei University are required to collect the Apostilled or Authenticated/Legalized transcript from students with nationality of a non-OECD country (OECD member countries). Students can visit this website to check whether or not they fall under the Apostille process.
- "The most desirable characteristics of this program is that you are studying at a great location. There are many subjects to choose from academic-wise and the housing is nice and clean. It is super easy and convenient to get around the city using public transportation, not to mention it's relatively inexpensive and clean."
- "Take a Korean language class while you're there, it really helps. Get involved, there are multiple clubs either academic or social that you can join to not only meet other international students, but local students as well."
- "Yonsei is an amazing institution with an amazing campus in an amazing city."
- "Be patient with yourself! Adjustment takes a different amount of time for everyone, so don't expect to adjust like everyone else seems to be adjusting. Chances are, everyone else is pretending like they have it all together just like you. Enjoy the experience of becoming a local in a new place, and get lost around Yonsei's campus and the surrounding area. It's safe, beautiful, and has lots of great food! It will feel nice to get out of the dorm life for a little while too."