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Program Highlights for Seoul, Korea

  • Choose to study at Yonsei University, one of the Top 150 World Universities as ranked by Times Higher Education and enjoy its beautiful and tranquil campus located in the heart of the city
  • Or study at Kookmin University, the oldest national private university in Korea, located in North Seoul near beautiful Bukhansan National Park
  • 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
  • Choose from a diverse range of courses at Yonsei or Kookmin while living in in one of the most “wired” cities in the world
  • Enjoy bike or ferry rides along the Han River, entertainment and shopping, and visits to local temples through the center of bustling Seoul

Why Study In Seoul?

The Seoul program offers courses that introduce you to the business, politics, economics, philosophy, religion, and language of Korea, one of the most rapidly developing nations in East Asia. Seoul is a city of opposites bustling with palaces, city gates, and temples next to government offices, embassies, theatres, shopping, and more. Seoul is also home to many IT corporations and is emerging as one of the most “wired” cities in the world, allowing you to experience the opportunities offered by the communications revolution.

Stay for one semester or a full year at either Yonsei University or Kookmin University and take coursework in English from a wide range of discliplines, as well as Korean language. However, the academic courses are only part of the intended value of a semester abroad. Participation in formal and informal activities, such as field trips to local historical sites, forms an integral part of the program on both campuses.

Both Yonsei University and Kookmin University offer a summer program. The six-week summer Seoul program at Yonsei University offers courses taught in English in diverse disciplines. Special non-credit activities are open to summer session students, such as Taekwondo, Samulnori, Hip Hop Dance, Korean Cooking, Hanji Art, and more. We highly encourage you to enroll in one of these courses to enhance your cultural experience. The three-week summer Seoul program at Kookmin University allows you the opportunity to dive right into the language and culture of Korea. The program is set up so students can spend equal amounts of time learning the Korean language and engaging in the culture by participating in activities such as Calligraphy, Korean Cooking, K-Pop Dance, Taekwondo, a Traditional Percussion Quartet, and more.

Yonsei University also offers two January sessions for students who are looking to earn credit in a variety of disciplines, including psychology, management, Korean language, and more. Taekwondo is available as an extracurricular activity and the university arranges field trips for a small fee.

Quick Details

2022-23 App. Cycle

Kookmin University

  • Summer: Open
    • Deadline Extended: June 1
  • Fall/Yearlong: Open
    • Deadline: May 15
  • Spring: Open
    • Deadline: Nov 15

Yonsei University

  • January Session I: Open
    • Deadline: Oct 15
  • January Session I&II: Open
    • Deadline: Oct 15
  • Spring: Open
    • Deadline: Oct 1

2023-24 App. Cycle

Summer and Semester Programs:
Opening 9/1


Kookmin University

Minimum GPA: 2.5 (all terms)

Semester programs only:

Minimum class standing: Sophomore

Open to degree-seeking students attending a 4-year institution at the time of application

Yonsei University

Minimum GPA: 2.5 (all terms)

Semester programs only:

Applicants must be degree-seeking at a 4-year institution and have sophomore standing at time of application. In addition to above, transfer students must have one semester completed at their current institution.

Program Type



Overseas credit

Program Capacity

Kookmin: 40 students

Yonsei: 80 students


English | Korean

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