Location
  • South Korea
    • Seoul
Term
Academic Year, Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Anthropology Design East Asian Studies Education Food Science and Nutrition History Liberal Arts Mathematics Philosophy Religious Studies
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
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Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
Bachelors
Housing
Apartment Dormitory
Language
English
Apr 08, 2024
Feb 15, 2024
47 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Come study abroad at Yonsei University with USAC in South Korea! Program options include summer, semester, and academic year terms, all in one of the most 'wired' cities in the world: Seoul. Explore the 'Land of the Morning Calm,' which received its title due to the mild coastal and mountainous climate.

Yonsei University is among the top 200 universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education. Students can take a large variety of courses, including Korean language classes at any level as well as Korean and East Asian Studies.

For more information, take a look at the USAC Website.

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Diversity & Inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Support

There are LGBTQIA+ friends, colleagues, and allies throughout the world. However, cultural understanding of gender identity and sexuality does vary from country to country. USAC has compiled a lot of resources to help you through that learning process.

Accessibility Support

USAC is dedicated to working closely with students with disabilities to ensure the best study abroad experience possible. You may request reasonable accommodations after your initial application is complete. We routinely receive requests for scheduling, material, and environmental accommodations for the classroom setting, which may include assistive technology, scribes and readers, printed material, and interpretation.

Impact

Sustainability

Environmentally-conscious students choose USAC because many of our programs are held in some of the most sustainable countries in the world. There are options to take coursework in sustainability and the environment, as well as field trips and studies where students can leave a lasting impact on their host country.

Program Highlights

  • Explore historic and modern Korea, known as the Land of the Morning Calm because of its mild coastal and mountainous climate
  • Learn calligraphy, danso (bamboo flute), Korean cuisine, and more from eminent local and foreign professors
  • Enjoy bike or ferry rides along the Han River, entertainment and shopping, and visits to local temples through the center of bustling Seoul
  • Choose from a diverse range of courses at Yonsei or the other University location, Kookmin, all while living in in one of the most “wired” cities in the world
  • Study in Yonsei for a January, Summer, Semester, or Yearlong session.

Scholarships

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USAC Scholarships and Financial Aid

USAC awards over $2 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses.

Value
$500 - $5,000

Program Reviews

4.76 Rating
based on 17 reviews
  • 5 rating 82.35%
  • 4 rating 11.76%
  • 3 rating 5.88%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 3.85
  • Support 3.8
  • Fun 4.65
  • Housing 4.05
  • Safety 4.85
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Elizabeth
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying Abroad in Seoul, South Korea

During fall 2023 to currently spring 2024, I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea. It was one of the best decisions I ever made in terms of self-growth. Coming from a small town with little cultural diversity, Seoul helped me to broaden my perspective and teach me more about being independent. I learned to navigate cost differences, transportation, cultural and linguistical differences, as well as tackling challenging coursework at Yonsei University. Learning the language and meeting new people led me to take more opportunities to expand on my hobbies and interests. I joined multiple clubs at Yonsei and took group trips to places like Ansan Mountain and Namsan Tower in Seoul and other cities such as Daegu and Jeonju. Before coming to Korea, I was intimidated by being a student living alone in a foreign country, however, my university and program helped me to adjust and feel welcome. From my experience, not only did my language acquisition improve as well as my communication and social skills, but I also learned more about being open-minded and compassionate to everyone I meet. I am very grateful to have had a year in. South Korea to fully immerse myself in the culture and environment and I plan to use these skills as I further my education back in the United States.

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment was traveling to Ulsan with my best friend and I got to experience more of the traditional villages on Korea! There is so much history in Korea outside Seoul. Anytime I was able to visit somewhere outside of the main city, I had so much fun trying new things.
Pros
  • Meeting many people through your program
  • Having support to set up ARC and other needs for foreigners staying long-term
  • Having regular checkups and communication with representatives to feel more safe and welcomje
Cons
  • If you are there for a year, your spring semester starts very late, making spring semester go until the end of June
  • Not many reviews and resources comparing different universities in Korea
2 people found this review helpful.
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Ariel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Greatest Study Abroad Experience

This was my first time traveling internationally. I've always wanted to study abroad in Korea and go to a Korean school to challenge myself in their studious ways. I took a Korean Language Beginner's course which was challenging at first, but now that I see Korean words I catch myself being able to read it which is very exciting for me. I think one thing I found challenging was mainly housing. Where I lived during my study abroad for Winterim they had construction going on which limited spots for students and many had to rent out airbnb's. I think that if they were to provide enough housing it would make my experience even better, but overall I had the best time in Korea. Right under my dorm has a 24/7 convenient store which was really beneficial to me because they had laundry detergent, toiletries, and many foods/snacks to choose from! Yonsei is also near surrounding cities that are very popular such as Hongdae and Myeongdong which made it easy to get to and have fun!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Raw Marinated Crab! My first bite was really fishy, however it was really good as I got used to it! and the flavor was soy garlic which has a sweetness to it! Definitely worth a try!
Pros
  • T-money cards available in every convenient store and you can fill it up in subway stations that are located everywhere underground
  • School Meals were very good and had big portions to it for less that $5
  • I met many international students that I was able to bond with!
Cons
  • Housing - construction going on, limited rooms
10 people found this review helpful.
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Johana
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

LIFE CHANGING!

Being in a completely different country with a language barrie can be nerve wracking and scary. But USAC did an amazing job with given information before my study abroad such as what to do in the country you are going, what is appropriate etc. South Korea was life changing and it wasn’t only my dream to be there but to study there especially at the #2 prestigious university in Korea, Yonsei. I was able to make so many friends from all across the world, learn about a new culture, learn a new language, be independent, being able to experience a new university setting and culture academically and make great me memories with great people. I will never forget my summer abroad in Seoul South Korea with USAC.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Loosing my wallet in the city! But Seoul police station did an amazing job at finding it in the next 24 hrs and everything was still there my cards, cash and ID.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Easy to navigate
Cons
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12 people found this review helpful.
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Jenna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer Ever

I wish I could go back and relive my summer in Seoul. It was honestly one of the best summers of my life. I enjoyed both of the courses I took and Yonsei's campus is beautiful. I had so much fun being able to explore Seoul, and one of my favorite parts of this program was that there were no classes on Friday, which gave us an extra to relax or go on adventures in the city. I made so many wonderful friends and created so many memories. The summer was over way to quickly, but I'm so glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone both to go on this program but also throughout it, as I know I grew a lot.

27 people found this review helpful.
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Jenna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer Ever

I wish I could go back and relive my summer in Seoul. It was honestly one of the best summers of my life. I enjoyed both of the courses I took and Yonsei's campus is beautiful. I had so much fun being able to explore Seoul, and one of my favorite parts of this program was that there were no classes on Friday, which gave us an extra to relax or go on adventures in the city. I made so many wonderful friends and created so many memories. The summer was over way to quickly, but I'm so glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone both to go on this program but also throughout it, as I know I grew a lot.

32 people found this review helpful.
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Jenna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer Ever

I wish I could go back and relive my summer in Seoul. It was honestly one of the best summers of my life. I enjoyed both of the courses I took and Yonsei's campus is beautiful. I had so much fun being able to explore Seoul, and one of my favorite parts of this program was that there were no classes on Friday, which gave us an extra to relax or go on adventures in the city. I made so many wonderful friends and created so many memories. The summer was over way to quickly, but I'm so glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone both to go on this program but also throughout it, as I know I grew a lot.

31 people found this review helpful.
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Mia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The most rewarding time of my life

My study abroad experience in Korea was absolutely incredible. It was nothing short of amazing and it makes me desperate to go back at the mere thought. There are so many things to do as a young student in the city of Seoul as it truly does cater to you. College districts are known for their cheap prices on food and clothes. Also, transportation makes it extremely convenient to go near and far with most buses arriving every 15 minutes! The nightlife is so much fun and while public transportation does stop temporarily at 12am, there are so many places open 24/7 for you to hang out. Whether you decide to take this opportunity alone or with friends, you won't regret a single moment!

Pros
  • Extremely safe
  • Easy/Quick Transportation
  • Always something to do
Cons
  • Dress shoes are a no-no (Lots of walking)
  • Constant temperature changes
35 people found this review helpful.
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Stella
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

So good I had to do it twice!

Studying at Yonsei was an amazing experience! Thanks to USAC, it was super easy to do so since they took care of the most difficult parts (guides for visas, insurance, etc)! And through the program, I was also able to connect with many other students before departure, which made making friends even easier! I had so much fun during my semester, I decided to extend my time to the full year! USAC made this process super easy and checked in frequently about visa changes and more. Yonsei is also an amazing school! The facilities are top notch, the location is fantastic, and the intensive korean program taught me so much! If you want to study in Seoul, USAC and Yonsei are 100% the way to go!

Pros
  • Learned a lot of Korean
  • Made a lot of new friends
  • Location of campus is very city-central
Cons
  • Short notice for pre-departure meetings
  • Some campus events aren’t open to exchange students
47 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

As long as you fit the eligibility requirements for your specific program, you are very likely to be accepted. You can reach out to studyabroad@usac.edu to discuss eligibility requirements and any application needs.