IES Abroad is partnering with Yonsei University, a prestigious private research university in Seoul, and trusted partner of IES Abroad’s Study Abroad Foundation (SAF), to offer the Seoul Direct Enrollment -Yonsei University Program for Fall, Spring, and Academic Year terms.
Seoul is a dynamic metropolis where ancient history and modern life converge. And you might have heard that Seoul was ranked third “best student city” according to the QS World University Rankings® 2022!
Winning factors include a “24/7” culture thanks to night markets, late-night tea houses, and 115 museums; nine major subway (plus bus) lines so everything feels convenient; and a population of nearly 10 million people to enjoy all that it has to offer.
Seoul will be your classroom. You'll find opportunities to apply what you learn while you explore popular local sites, such as N Seoul Tower and the Bukchon Hanok Traditional Village. Visit some of the city's many museums, like the National Museum of Korea and the Seoul Museum of Art. Everything you do will be part of your learning experience. We want you to feel at home in South Korea, aso we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Seoul. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.
Yonsei University, established in 1915 has earned recognition as one of the leading universities in Korea. Korean people often express that Yonsei belongs to the "SKY" universities, along with Seoul National University and Korea University in South Korea. In celebrating 150 years of its foundation, Yonsei University has announced its New Yonsei vision oriented towards the values of “Excellence, Innovation, and Engagement” by fostering in-depth academic research, inspirational education, and the spirit of community service.
What You'll Study
More than 500 courses in a wide variety of disciplines are offered in English at Yonsei University. Additionally, you will have access to Korean language instructions through intensive courses if you meet certain requirements, and non-intensive courses offered through the University's Office of International Affairs.
You will enroll in 5-6 courses at Yonsei University for a total of 15-18 credits. Yonsei courses are typically worth 3 IES Abroad credits each. Yonsei University has hundreds of course offerings in English. The course disciplines listed are available to IES Abroad students. Further information about course content and availability is provided through Yonsei Portal Service by clicking on “Course Catalogue and Syllabus”
Economics & Commerce
Korean Language (KLI)
Life Systems (Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology)
Science (Math, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Pre-Med, Pre-Dentistry)
*Course registration may be limited or restricted based on your major.
Additionally, IES Abroad students may enroll in IEE courses at Yonsei offered exclusively to exchange and visiting students.
Some popular IEE courses are:
Korean Popular Culture & Korean Wave
Contemporary Korean Cinema & Society
Media Communication in Korea
Korean Tradition Music & Culture
Modern Korean History
Korean Food & Culture
Korean Art History
Korean Government & Public Policy
We strive to make sure you feel safe, cared for, and at home while you’re away from home. Whether it’s the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, the cultural events that make it easy and fun to meet other international and local students, or the field trips and walking tours that take you to places tourists don’t usually see—we’re all about our student service. Learn more about the day-to-day studying abroad on this program. From field trips to housing, it’s all on IES Abroad’s website
So picture it: you're walking to class listening to your favorite K-Pop songs with a hoppang (steamed bun) from a pojangmacha (street cart) in hand. Perhaps you'll have a study session at a nearby café later in the afternoon. Then take a short trip to Hongdae's shopping street for a new outfit, ready for the next day in bustling Seoul.
Scholarships & Aid
IES Abroad firmly believes that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program. That's why we commit $5 million in study abroad scholarships and aid, all offered through one quick and easy application. Check out all of our scholarship options at www.IESabroad.org/aid
Aid Application Deadlines
Summer – April 1
Fall/Academic Year – May 1
Spring/Calendar Year – November 1
The IES Abroad Difference
We can say that our academic standards are completely unmatched, our partnerships with more than 500 global universities and colleges speak to the quality of our programs, and our health and safety practices have set the standards for the entire field of study abroad. And all of that would be true…. But what really sets us apart is our commitment to you. As a not-for-profit study abroad and internship provider, you are our bottom line. Your success is our success. And in today’s world, that’s a pretty extraordinary thing.
- 135+ Award-Winning Study Abroad and Internship Programs
- 33 Global Locations
- Advising & Student Support from predeparture to after you return home
- Strong Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
- $6+ Million in Aid and Scholarships
- Passionate, Mission-Focused Staff and Faculty from our headquarters in Chicago to our Centers around the world
- 70+ Years of Experience
About IES Abroad
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 260 top-tier American colleges and universities, with more than 240 additional partner universities worldwide. IES Abroad provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world through IES Abroad, IES Internships, IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 locations worldwide, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for thousands of students annually. IES Abroad has nearly 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studying in IES Abroad programs since its inception. Discover more about what we offer with all of our programs.
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