CIEE Yonsei University

  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


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.

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Students are required to take East Asian Studies 201: Introduction to Korea. Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Korean language 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.

    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, 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.

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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Includes course registration and Language Placement Exam.

    Number of Students: Approximately 35,000 of whom 4,600 are undergraduates.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Students typically live with other international or CIEE students in the SK Global House dormitory located on campus near the CIEE Study Center. Details about the facility are provided to students in their pre-departure materials. Students may live with their relatives in a homestay environment if available. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be eaten at a food court attached to the dormitory, other on-campus cafeterias, restaurants, and snack bars, and restaurants throughout Seoul. The dorm also has kitchens that students can use.

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

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  • Semester/Year
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Semester I: Mid-August to late December
  • Semester II: Mid-February to mid-June
  • Year: Mid-August to mid-June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: September 15
  • Year: March 1
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