Yonsei University

Seoul, South Korea

As the oldest private university in Korea, Yonsei University has a proud history and reputation as a leading institution of higher education and research in Asia. First established in 1885 by Christian missionaries, Yonsei’s mission is to educate leaders who will contribute to humanity in the spirit of truth and freedom. Yonsei has 18 graduate schools, 22 colleges and 3,500 renowned faculty members who are conducting cutting-edge research across all academic disciplines.

**Spaces in the Yonsei University exchange are limited. Be sure to have an alternative program in mind.

Program Overview

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Academic Program

Exchange participants are required to take a full-time course load (at least 12 Temple credits) while abroad and will earn transfer credit.

Language of Instruction

English and Korean

Best for

Business, liberal arts, STEM

Learn more about the academic program, course approvals and transfer credit process.

    Location & Facilities


    Yonsei University lies on a 245-acre campus in Sinchon in western Seoul.  Ensconced in a spacious, picturesque and natural setting located minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of Seoul's metropolitan area, Yonsei is located in a student-orientated area of the city with Ewha Women's, Sogang, Hongik, and Kyunggi Universities located nearby.


    • Classrooms equipped with smart technology
    • Computer labs and campus Wi-Fi
    • Olympic gymnasium and sports facilities
    • Library
    • Museum
    • Subway Station
    • Administrative offices

    View the Yonsei University Campus Map.

    Program Dates
    • Fall Semester: early September through mid-December
    • Spring Semester: early March through mid-June
    • Academic Year: early September through mid-June

    View the program guidebook.

    Program participants are required to be present for the entire length of the program, from the official arrival date through the program end date.


    Students may choose to live in university-arranged housing or find independent housing.

    Students who choose to live on campus can stay in SK Global House or I House.

    SK Global House
    Exchange students are assigned to single or double rooms depending on their selection in the application. Rooms at the SK Global House include the following:

    • Bed with bedding
    • Closet, desk, desk lamp, chair, bookcase, window shade, small refrigerator (single rooms only)
    • Internet access (ethernet)
    • Bathrooms in each room
    • Air conditioner, Korean style floor heating

    Additional facilities in the SK Global House include a study room, lounge, laundry room, music room, multipurpose room, and a common kitchen in the basement.

    International House
    This housing option is open to female students only. Exchange students are assigned to double rooms. Rooms at the International House include the following:

    • Bed with bedding
    • Closet, desk, desk lamp, chair, bookcase, window shade, small refrigerator
    • Internet access (ethernet)
    • Shared bathrooms on each floor
    • Air conditioner, Korean style floor heating

    Additional facilities in the International House include a study room, lounge, laundry room, seminar room, and kitchenette on each floor.

    Prices for On-Campus Housing

    Room TypePer Semester
    SK Global House, Single Room$2,229
    SK Global House, Double Room$1,506
    Int'l House, Double Room$1,228

    Independent Housing

    Yonsei does not assist students with finding independent housing. View information about independent housing on Yonsei's website.

    Faculty & On-site Support

    As an Exchange Program participant, you will have access to the support provided by your host institution.


    Program Costs

    Temple Tuition and Standard University Fees

    Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple. Visit Temple’s Bursar for per-credit tuition rates. All students pay University Services Fee.

    More details

    For complete details about billable costs and estimate for non-billable expenses, such as airfare, meals, and personal expenses, view the program cost sheet.

    View Program Cost, Scholarships and Financial Aid.

    Health & Safety

    Your health and safety abroad are our highest priority. View our Health & Safety page, and stay tuned for more details about health and safety on this program.


    For more information, contact Education Abroad: 215-204-0720; study.abroad@temple.edu

    Eligibility Requirements

    Temple programs are open to qualified students matriculated at any U.S. or Canadian college or university.

    You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements.

    Are enrolled fulltime and will have completed 2 semesters before studying abroad
    • You are enrolled as a full-time matriculated student at the time of application as well as during the semester prior to studying abroad.
    • You will have completed at least two (2) semesters of college-level study by the program start.
    Are in good academic standing and meet minimum GPA requirement for the program

    You meet minimum cumulative GPA requirement, on a 4.0 scale from all colleges/universities attended. The requirement varies by program:

    • Temple Semester Programs: 2.75 (Internships: 3.0)
    • Temple Summer Programs: 2.5
    • Exchange Programs: 2.75
    • External Programs: 2.5

    You remain in good academic standing from the time of application until the start of your term abroad; students on academic warning are not eligible to participate.

    Have a valid passport

    You will need a passport, valid well beyond the length of your program, by the application deadline.

    View deadlines and validity requirements for your host country.


    Are in good disciplinary standing

    You are in good disciplinary standing at the time of application and remain so through the start of your term abroad. Students who have been found responsible for a code of conduct violation and will not be in good disciplinary standing (including disciplinary probation) may submit a petition for review.

    Meet the minimum age requirement

    You are at least 18 years old at the time of application.

    For Yonsei, the following additional considerations apply.

    Non-U.S. citizens: you are welcome to study abroad if you meet the eligibility requirements; however, you are not permitted to study abroad on an exchange program in your home country. Please speak to Education Abroad if you have questions about your eligibility.

    Application Requirements

    The standard application requirements pertain to all students applying to Temple programs.

      Additional Requirements for Yonsei

      • All students applying for an exchange program are required to meet with a program manager before submitting their application. 
      • If taking courses in the language of the host country:
        • Foreign language evaluation, completed by a faculty member in the appropriate language department. You can send the evaluation form electronically to your evaluator from the online application or download a paper form from your application that you can submit directly to Education Abroad.

      Admissions Timeline

      • Admissions is not rolling.
      • Temple nominates students for Exchange Programs after the deadline for the specific term.
      • Once you submit your application, you should expect a decision by the decision deadline, about one month after the program application deadline has passed.

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