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About Penn Abroad
Yonsei University (BYO)
Seoul, South Korea (Exchange Program) (Fall Spring Academic Year Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English, Korean
Language Prerequisite:
No previous study
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Credit Available For:
College, Huntsman
Other Eligibility Requirements: 1 Area Studies Course in Language or Culture
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment, Exchange
Application Deadline:
Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: October 1
Program Description:
South Korea
Photo Credit: Yena Hong

Program Snapshot

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The Academic Program
  • Direct Enrollment through Yonsei University
  • Fall Semester: late-August—late-December
  • Spring Semester: late-February—late-June
  • Minimum 3.0 overall cumulative GPA
  • One area studies course in language or culture required
  • Student residence with a mixture of Korean & non-Korean students
The City of Seoul
  • Official language: Korean
  • Located in the northwestern corner of the country, Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a city where Korea's traditional and modern cultures coexist.
  • As a major financial and cultural center, Seoul is considered a global city.
  • Population: Approximately 10 million, one of the most densely populated cities in the world
The Application Process
Financial Matters
Penn Resources

This program requires an advising session with a Program Manager prior to opening an application. To view the schedule for upcoming group advising sessions, or to schedule an individual appointment, select the ‘Schedule an Advising Appointment’ button on the Penn Abroad homepage.  

The Academic Program

Yonsei University

Yonsei University is a highly selective and well-regarded major research university, located in Seoul. It was formally established in January, 1957 through the union of Yonhi College and Severance Union Medical College and as a tribute to these two institutions, the new university took the first syllable of each college to derive the name, 'Yon-sei.' The University's Medical College dates back to 1885, while the rest of the Yonsei traces its origins to Chosun Christian College, later renamed Yohni College, in 1915.

Yonsei's main campus is ensconced in a spacious, picturesque and natural setting that is located minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of Seoul's metropolitan downtown. The University's 3,500 eminent faculty members conduct cutting-edge research across all academic discipline and its 16 graduate schools, 17 colleges and 131 subsidiary institutions play host to a student body that consists of the most selective pool of high school and university graduates from around the world. With an undergraduate student body of almost 20,000 students, of which 1,300 are international, Yonsei University is proud of its long history as a leading institution of higher education, as well as of its reputation as the most international university in Korea. Yonsei University is also the home of the most reputable Korean language institute in the country.

Starting with the meld of Korean and Western elements in its foundation, Yonsei has been known as the outward-looking university of Korea. It maintains international ties and contacts, and values the number of the foreign-educated among its faculty. The university's central library houses a collection of roughly one million books. Yonsei University has several computer systems for campus use. The University Computer Center has branches throughout the campus and computers are available to international students for word processing and e-mail use.

Required Courses

Penn Abroad participants must maintain a full course load for their period of study abroad. The normal course load for undergraduate students at Yonsei University is a minimum of 9 credit hours and a maximum of 19 credit hours per semester. All courses are 3 credits, with the exception of the 6 credit Korean language courses. Penn students normally take five undergraduate courses offered by the International Division. In any given semester, depending on lack of student interest and teacher availability, some courses may not be offered and an alternative course may be offered which may not have been listed. For a course to be offered, the Division requires a minimum enrollment of five students. Students who are proficient enough in the Korean language may, with permission, select any course among the more than one thousand regular courses offered at Yonsei.

Korean Language Courses

Yonsei University offers a complementary 6 credit – given Korean Language Course for all incoming exchange (including non- exchange) students. The Korean language program at Yonsei University is rigorous; therefore international students should expect significant work in their language studies


As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in to the grade point average. Yonsei awards grades using a traditional A-F scale. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy.

Learn More About Yonsei University


International House (Gukje Haksa) has all the equipment and facilities required in this age of information, technology, and globalization. It can accommodate up to 600 students in double rooms. The International House is available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and KLI students with separate wings for men and women. A mixture of Korean and non-Korean students live in the International House providing an international atmosphere. The primary language in the house is English.

Every room is equipped with LAN connections for Internet use. It has shared refrigerators for student use, lounge areas, study areas, a recreation area, a computer room, and laundry facilities, which are free of charge. The International House has central heating and an air conditioner in each room.

Dorm rooms are western-style, with twin beds. Each person is also provided a closet, a desk, and a small bookcase. Each room has a window shade, an overhead light and an individual desk lamp. One set of sheets, one blanket, a pillow, and a pillowcase are provided, but students are responsible for washing their own sheets and pillowcase. Students should bring their own towels and slippers.

The house has central heating and an air conditioner in each room. Cooking is not permitted in the house rooms. Students are responsible for purchasing their own meals. Meals can be purchased in one of the college cafeterias or at one of the restaurants near the university. Nearby bakeries have coffee and rolls for breakfast, and both pizza and Chinese food can be delivered to the dorm.

No guests are allowed in the house without prior consent. There is no visitation allowed between the men's and women's wings. Students may live with relatives in Seoul or in the boarding houses catering to Yonsei students if they wish; however, they are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements.

Financial Matters

Students are charged Penn tuition and student fee (called study abroad fee the semester abroad) for all Penn programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, meals, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheet to determine other costs. 

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package.

Penn Resources

Students who study abroad are encouraged to take advantage of Penn's many resources for students, even if you haven't used them before going abroad.  There is an extensive list of resources on the Penn Abroad website that can help you to explore issues that might pertain to you and to help you prepare for a term abroad. 

In addition to these resources, we encourage you to reach out to a past program participant or ambassador to learn more about the program from a student perspective.
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