Study Abroad

CIEE Yonsei University

  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link and this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • CIEE requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any CIEE program. 

Yonsei University has a large, quiet, well-wooded campus in the center of a city of 12 million, only 20 minutes from the centers of government, business, and culture. 25% of the South Korean population and 40% of South Korean college students live in Seoul. South Korea has maintained its own identity despite its unenviable position at the crossroads of major Asian conflicts. Culture, art, and history exist in abundance.


Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Korean language course. The 6-credit intensive course fulfills Haverford’s language requirement.

Vaccinations: All students are required to show evidence that they do not have TB. If the student received the vaccination as a child, this should be indicated on the physician’s report. If not, it should show the results of a TB skin test. Otherwise, the student will be required to have a chest x-ray at a clinic in Seoul.

Direct Enrollment

Yonsei University is the most prestigious private institution of higher education in Korea with 18 graduate schools, 21 colleges, and a student population of more than 30,000, including more than 14,000 students from 25 countries. The large, beautiful campus offers superior athletic facilities, including a fitness center, pool, gym, and basketball and tennis courts.

CIEE Seoul is conveniently located on the Sinchon campus of Yonsei University, 20 minutes from downtown Seoul.

Academic Credit

Students must take 15-16 semester credit hours each semester. The Korean language course is 6 credit hours; all other courses are 3 credit hours each. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


The program curriculum focuses on Korean and East Asian Studies. Qualified students can choose to take courses in Korean at the university. The library has a collection of roughly one million books. Students have access to the campus’s numerous computer labs. Strict penalties for drug possession and use! CIEE recruits and trains students from universities across greater Seoul metropolitan area to assist CIEE participants with language study as well as help them adjust to their new environment and expand their understanding of Korean culture. In addition to organizing various social events for the CIEE participants, these student assistants, known as Seoul Mates, help with CIEE orientation, field trips and other cultural activities. Through ongoing interactions with these local students, on both a one-on-one and group basis, the CIEE participants are able to meet local Korean students and learn firsthand about student life in Seoul.

Course Highlights

Architecture, Art History, Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Biology, Biology Technology, Business, Ceramic Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chinese, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Communications, Computer Science, Computer Science Engineering, East Asian Studies, Economics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineering, History, Industrial Engineering, International Relations, Korean Language, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Religion, and Science and Engineering, Sociology, Social Work, Urban Planning and Engineering

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


Includes course registration and language placement exam.

Number of Students

About 30,000 of whom 19,000 are undergraduates.

Housing/Meal Plans

Campus Dorm – SK Global House is connected to New Millennium Hall – where many classes are held – and the Korean Language Institute. With separate floors for men and women, rooms house two students and have private baths. Each floor has a lounge, a seminar room, and study room. The dorm also has a computer room, a sound-proof music practice room, a fitness center, a large shared kitchen, and coin-operated laundry facilities. A convenience store, food court, and other services are on the premises. Internet access provided. Meals are not included  and are students’ responsibility. Students can eat at the dorm food court, campus cafeterias, and restaurants, and snack bars, and restaurants throughout Seoul. Students can also use the dorm kitchen to prepare meals.

Homestays – Living with a Korean family is by far the best avenue for language and cultural immersion. Families live within a 40- to 80-minute commute of Yonsei University. Students have their own rooms and share bathroom, kitchen, and laundry facilities. Students are responsible for telephone fees; internet access provided. Families provide breakfast and dinner daily.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


Freeman-Asia Scholarship
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

Gain Travel Grant – The CIEE Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grant helps cover airfare to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate financial need. Pell-eligible students are guaranteed a GAIN Grant if they submit their CIEE scholarships application by October 15 for spring programs, or by April 1 for fall programs. GAIN Grants are available on a first-come first-served basis to students with a wider range of need. Students can be awarded $750-$2,000 toward airfare. The award amount depends on CIEE program location.

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  • Semester
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Direct Enrollment


  • Semester I: Late August to late December
  • Semester II: Late February to late June

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: September 21

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