• South Korea
    • Seoul
Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Accounting Asian Studies Economics Engineering Health Sciences History International Business International Relations Marketing Music Sports Science +1

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! Our high-quality programs include tuition, housing, on-site airport pick-up, field trips and cultural activities, 24/7 on-site professional staff, and automatic iNext insurance. There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive, and scholarships opportunities are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
Jul 14, 2022
Dec 03, 2022
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About Program

The capital and largest city in South Korea, Seoul is a vibrant cultural center filled with museums, religious monuments, parks, markets, festivals, sports teams, and tourist attractions, including the Gyeongbok and Changdeok palaces.

Get to know the city, language, culture, and customs with the help of "Seoul Mate" students trained by CIEE to help with orientation, organize social events, host workshops, and more.

Courses are available in English and Korean.

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Program Highlights

  • CIEE Seoul is located on the campus of Yonsei University, less than 20 minutes from downtown Seoul.
  • Connect with local Korean students through our Seoul Mates program.eo
  • Discover the meaning of lions in Buddhism at Hwaomsa Temple, exploring tea fields at Mt. Chirisan, watching the drama of mask-dance unfold at Hahoe Village in Andong.
  • Take advantage of our Cultural Reimbursement program, designed to support you while you see movies, traditional performances, and visit museums and heritage sites.
  • Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer.

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CIEE Seoul Summer Program

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CIEE Seoul Semester Program

CIEE’s semester program is designed for students to learn at a top-ranked Korean university and experience everyday life in Seoul – a World Design Capital and the center of popular culture featuring the fastest internet in the world.



CIEE Scholarships and Grants

CIEE’s need-based grants offer support to students who face financial barriers to studying abroad. CIEE awards need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection. The Gilman Go Global Grant offers students $750-$2,000 toward airfare, plus $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $1,000 toward summer program costs.

$500 - $2,500

Program Reviews

4.97 Rating
based on 29 reviews
  • 5 rating 96.55%
  • 4 rating 3.45%
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  • Academics 4.15
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.65
  • Safety 5
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CIEE Seoul- My Time Abroad

South Korea, mainly Seoul, is a great place to live as a student or study abroad if you want something different from a lot of non-major cities in the U.S. It’s vibrant, entertaining, has a lot to do and experience, and a good mix of modern and traditional. It’s a very safe place to live and study abroad. There’s a good amount of different ethnic foods like Vietnamese, Italian, French, Indian, Mexican, and more. You can never go wrong with KBBQ though! (unless you can’t eat meat..) Overall, highly recommend!

  • Safety (no guns, trains have doors unlike US etc.)
  • Close vicinity to a lot of activities and foods
  • Something for everyone to do
  • Can be a bit hard if you do not know the language (But, decently foreigner friendly-a lot can communicate in basic Eng back)
  • Quicker paced if you are not used to city or prone to adapt as quickly
  • Get used to the flavors of Korean food (kimchi, spice, sweetened foods)
2 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE Study Abroad Review

My experience was unique because I was able to go to someplace that is not really known as a tourist country. But it was so much fun because there were so many things that I could do and I would definitely go again! I was able to meet many great friends and most of my encounters with people outside of the school scene were really nice. There was only one bad experience that I had but other than that it was great to have friends to connect with that were from all over the United States. I would recommend this experience to others because it helped me become more independent and helped me realize that I can put my mind to things and accomplish them if only I put my mind to it.

  • Many things to do
  • Great food
  • Can walk and dont need buses to do many of the activities.
  • Language barrier
  • The school was not very inclusive towards study abroad students
  • Not much of a college life for study abroad students accept for the party scene
6 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE was very helpful before leaving for travels abroad. They supported me in preparing documents and gave me good travel advice. The orientation helped me understand Korean culture and society better. I really enjoyed the many different excursions because we did activities I may not have done otherwise and I got to meet new people. I felt very safe and comfortable with CIEE's support. Their COVID support was also very much appreciated. The staff was very welcoming and kind and went above and beyond to ensure an amazing experience.

6 people found this review helpful.
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Studying during COVID in Seoul with CIEE

Studying abroad in South Korea was a dream of mine ever since I started high school. Little did I know that I would have to face the challenges of a worldwide pandemic during my time abroad. After standing in airport lines for hours and bearing the pain of multiple violating COVID tests, I wasn't sure if this experience was worth it anymore. I wondered how drastically my time in Korea would be affected by the government-enforced COVID-19 policies: Would I make any friends? Would I get to experience Korean food, culture, and travel? Although I was feeling incredibly pessimistic during my entire 10-day quarantine, the reality was that I had nothing to worry about! Directly after getting off quarantine, I had CIEE activities and orientation waiting for me. I met my first couple of friends in the program, and my circle grew larger and larger as the semester went by! CIEE held multiple activities each month that I could participate in. Although it seemed competitive to get a spot during the sign-ups, the program gave students multiple opportunities to engage in the excursions they offered. I had really wanted to take a cooking class in South Korea, but the ones I found online were incredibly expensive. CIEE offered two cooking classes, both of which I was unable to attend due to classes and competitive sign-up. I was incredibly disappointed, only to find out that I was given another opportunity to go a month later! This ended up being one of my favorite experiences while studying abroad. CIEE also provided me with volunteer opportunities as well as a course on Intercultural Communication and Leadership. Both greatly helped me understand the differences in my culture as a Korean-American and the native South Korean culture and cultivate myself as a student leader. Studying abroad with CIEE was a reflective experience that helped me have fun and also grow personally and academically. I can confidently say that my experience was positively impacted by the program, and if I were to study abroad again in a different country, I would go out of my way to study with CIEE again.

  • Easily making friends
  • Access to excursions
  • Many resources to feel safe
  • Living in the international dormitories
  • COVID-19 restrictions
6 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE Seoul

During a worldwide pandemic, I had one of the most interconnected experiences. A situation that made it seem like socializing with people would be most impossible I was able to do it in a safe environment. I was able to challenge myself academically. Enrolling in a top university in Seoul was amazing. I was able to advance my Korean language skills by being put in real-life situations. CIEE was still able to provide great ways to connect with Yonsei's student body as well as provide us with cultural excurcisions. I can not recommend this program enough.

  • Academically challenging
  • Cultural exchange
  • Great resume builder
5 people found this review helpful.
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A Great Summer Experience

Studying abroad at Yonsei University with CIEE was an excellent academic and social experience. You will have the opportunity to take challenging classes at one of the best colleges in Korea while also being able to enjoy the beautiful campus and wonderful city of Seoul. It was almost difficult to choose what to do in such a short time frame as you can explore the more modern sides of Seoul with its various shopping districts or the more cultural and traditional sites scattered throughout the city.

  • Picturesque Scenary
  • Convenient Public Transportation
  • Variety of Food
  • Intense Weather Conditions
  • Mild Language Barrier
7 people found this review helpful.
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I had a great time abroad at Yonsei Univeristy, Seoul South Korea with CIEE! It was really nice having the support from CIEE staff but also being able to independently explore and make my experience the way I wanted to. I liked meeting people from all over the world on this program. The only thing is that study abroad programs like this can create a bubble where it is harder to interact with local Koreans. Therefore, really push yourself to make those connections and talk in the local language! Since Korea has great technological advances, it is really convenient and easy to get around Seoul and neighboring districts. I definitely appreciated the efficient public transportation and customer-friendly GPS maps and used them to my advantage!

  • Great support coming in especially with COVID and visa issues
  • Good program structure once in country with Seoul Mates and YECCO
  • Housing support was also very good!
  • Not as much support when leaving the country (COVID tests for re-entry, getting to the aiport etc.)
  • Some people really bonded with their tour Seoul Mates but then got assigned to other random Seoul Mates
7 people found this review helpful.
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Amazing semester in Seoul with CIEE

I did my study abroad program at Yonsei University in Seoul through CIEE in the Fall of 2021. Because COVID was still very prevalent, classes were remote. However, that did not make my experience any less memorable! CIEE had lots of programming, both on the weekend and weekdays, to ensure we were getting familiar with the city and other students. While there was no meal plan, meals at nearby restaurants or at campus cafeteria was both affordable and delicious! Finally, CIEE was supportive with academics even before the semester began by walking us through the class registration process. Later in the semester, there was a one-on-one check-in to ensure we were adjusting well academically and socially. It was really nice having that kind of institutional support when exploring and living in a city as exciting as Seoul.

  • Good location
  • Lots of programming
  • Pre-departure help
  • Excursions filled up fast
  • No meal plan
7 people found this review helpful.

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