Seoul: Yonsei University Exchange Program

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Final App Deadline: 
Friday, February 10, 2017
Language Requirement: 
None
Coordinator: 
Elana Kranz
Quarter(s): 
Autumn, Academic Year

Funded opportunity to study at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

The College’s program at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, affords qualified Chicago students an opportunity to study at one of the oldest and most prestigious comprehensive universities in South Korea. This is an intense academic immersion program in which students take regular coursework in their program of study, in Korean or English, alongside degree-seeking students at the university. Yonsei University, founded in 1885 as the first modern institution of higher learning in Korea, is a highly regarded comprehensive research-intensive university. It has 114 academic programs in 23 colleges, offering instruction in most of the normal “arts and sciences” subjects. Yonsei operates exchanges with a significant number of international universities (including Chicago) and hosts roughly 1,300 exchange students from around the world every year. Yonsei, located in central Seoul, was named one of the most beautiful campuses in the world by CNN. 

Yonsei operates on a two-semester calendar with the autumn semester running from late August to the end of December, and the spring semester running from mid-February to the end of June. Students have the option to study at Yonsei for either the autumn semester or the entire academic year. Students will normally be enrolled in the standard course load at Yonsei. Students with limited knowledge of Korean will choose from a subset of courses offered in English each semester.  

Housing

As part of the Yonsei University Exchange Scholarship, you will be housed in Yonsei’s International House. The International House features modern equipment and facilities such as a communal kitchen, music room, fitness center, coin-operated laundry, computer room, lounge areas, study rooms, food court, etc.  

NB: Although housing will be provided, it is your responsibility to complete the online application for housing. Chicago does not act as a billing agent, go-between, or guarantor in these transactions.

Credits and Registration

As a participant in the Seoul Exchange Program, you remain registered as a full-time student in the College. You will receive full credit for your work at Yonsei. Normally, students who participate for the full academic year receive ten to twelve (maximum) credits. Students studying for a semester receive four (maximum) credits. Course titles, units of credit, and grades are placed on your Chicago transcript. Since the use of these credits in a specific degree program is variable, you should consult with your academic adviser and program chair to determine the exact distribution of credits.

Yonsei offers courses in the following Faculties:

  • Korean Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Social Science (International Relations)
  • Business & Economics
  • National Science & Engineering
  • Korean Language (KLI)

Note that courses in the following departments are restricted:

  • Medicine/Dentistry/Nursing
  • Music
  • MBA

Finances

Seoul Exchange Program participants pay regular College tuition and a non-refundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition is paid in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the non-refundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in a program.

Yonsei University Exchange Scholarship

For all students accepted for exchange, the Yonsei University Exchange Scholarship will provide round-trip airfare reimbursement (maximum $1,900) and on-campus housing for up to two semesters. In addition, a stipend will be provided in the amount of $2,350 USD per semester once on site to cover additional living expenses. Students pay miscellaneous living expenses, including food, books, travel and incidentals while in Seoul. Precise figures for the Seoul Exchange Program for the 2017-18 year are listed below:

Academic year tuition: as set by the Bursar’s Office

Study abroad administrative fee: $650

 

Expenses included in scholarship: Out-of-pocket expenses include:
round-trip airfare to and from program site transportation on site
accommodation meals
stipend course materials
  personal entertainment and travel
  communications (most students bring or buy a cell phone)
  health insurance and upfront payments for care
  other miscellaneous expenses

Study abroad students retain their financial aid eligibility. For more information about financial aid resources, please see our Tuition, Fees, and Funding section. 

Eligibility and Application

The Seoul Exchange Program is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students only. Applications from outside the University are not accepted.

For most students the third or fourth year is the most appropriate time to participate in this program. It is open to all majors. Students who would like to attend classes in Korean must provide proof of Korean language proficiency (KLPT level 4 or above or assessment by a Korean instructor). The admissions process is competitive, and you will be expected to present a transcript showing solid and sustained work in your major courses. In general this is a challenging program, which assumes a high level of independence and resourcefulness.

In order to apply to this program you must first complete Chicago’s study abroad profile via the online application. Once you have completed this profile you will then select “Seoul Exchange Program” under the program list for program applications and click apply.Here you will be able to submit your intent to apply and will be given explicit instructions for completing the Yonsei Exchange Application.

Further Information

To discuss the Seoul: Yonsei University Exchange Program program and the possibility of participating in it, please contact Elana Kranz.

What you’ll see: 

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