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Yonsei University in Korea

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Yonsei University

Yonsei University

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.

Note: Spaces in the Yonsei University exchange are limited. Students interested in Yonsei are strongly encouraged to have an alternate program in mind in the event that they are not selected for the Yonsei exchange.

Program dates

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


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

Course Offerings

A number of courses taught in English are available in the following disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Asian Studies
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Korean Studies
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Science (biology, chemistry, physics electives)
  • Sociology

Students proficient in Korean may have additional course options. To access the course listing, click the link above. When you arrive at the landing page, click the box on the left side of the page that says Course Catalogue and Syllabus: Undergraduate and Graduate. You may select any college in the dropdown menus; be sure you are looking at undergraduate programs. To see a list of courses popular with study abroad students, you can select Study Abroad Course in the second dropdown menu on the first row. Choose the appropriate year and semester, understanding that 1st Semester refers to Spring and 2nd Semester refers to Fall. To look for classes available in English only, check the box for English Course Only. To view syllabi, click the purple arrow button in the fourth column from the left. 

Course Approvals

Prior to departure, students must complete the Course Approval process. Part of this process will require students to speak with the appropriate faculty members to evaluate courses and assign a corresponding Temple requirement. Courses that are taken abroad may have a direct Temple course equivalent, may fulfill an upper level elective or a lower level elective, general education requirement etc. Faculty will approve and assign corresponding Temple courses or requirement, but do not indicate the number of Temple credits that will be received for each course taken abroad. Students are advised to seek pre-approval for about twice as many courses as they can take, in the event that they need to change their schedules upon arrival. 

Upon arrival, if students find that they must make a last-minute course change and enroll in a course that has not been pre-approved, students should e-mail the details of any new courses to the appropriate departments for evaluation. However, due to the time it takes to have a course approved from overseas, in some cases final determination on course approval may not be made until students return. It is therefore always advised to include any and all courses that a student might take abroad on their External Program approval form.

Transfer of Credits

After Temple receives an official transcript from Yonsei, approved courses that have been passed with a grade equivalent to a C or better will be accepted by Temple and appear on students' transcripts as transfer credit. The number of credits received for each course will be evaluated at this time. Yonsei University classes typically transfer on a 1:1 ratio with Temple (e.g. 3 Yonsei credits equals 3 Temple credits). Temple GPAs will not be affected by grades earned on an exchange.

Grading Scale

Yonsei Grade  Temple Equivalent
A+ A
A- A-
B+ B+
B- B-
C+ C+
C- C-

Language of instruction

  • English
  • Korean

School location

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

Yonsei University Campus Map


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, book case, window shade, small refrigerator (double 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
Exchange students are assigned to double rooms. Rooms at the International House include the following:

  • Bed with bedding
  • Closet, desk, desk lamp, chair, book case, 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.

Independent Housing
Yonsei does not assist students with finding independent housing. Information about independent housing options can be found on their website.

Program costs

Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple. 


Open to qualified students matriculated at Temple University. 

Applying to the program

Application Deadline: March 1 for the fall semester/academic year and spring priority; September 1 for the spring semester

Students applying for a Korean exchange should apply only to their first choice university. In the event that you are not selected for your first choice, you will be contacted about deferring to your second choice university. You do not need to complete two applications.