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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Korean Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No previous study
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Credit Available For: College
Other Eligibility Requirements: 1 Area Studies Course in Language or Culture Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment/Off-Campus, University Residence Hall/Apartment Click here for a definition of this term Application Deadline: Fall/Year: March 1, Spring: October 1
Program Description:

BYO LogoYonsei University

Yonsei University was formally established in January 1957 through the union of Yonhi College and Severance Union Medical College. The University’s 3,500 eminent faculty members conduct cutting-edge research across all academic disciplines and its 16 graduate schools, 17 colleges and 131 subsidiary institutions play host to a student body that consists of the most selective pool of high school and university graduates from around the world. With an undergraduate student body of almost 20,000 students, of which 1,300 are international, Yonsei University is proud of its long history as a leading institution of higher education, as well as of its reputation as the most international university in Korea.

For additional information, visit the Yonsei University website.
The City of Seoul

Located in the northwestern corner of the country, Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a city where Korea’s traditional and modern cultures coexist. As a major financial and cultural center, Seoul is considered a global city. With a population of approximately 10 million, Seoul is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, and contains approximately twenty percent of the entire population of South Korea.

Did you know…?

A key part of any Korean meal is the kimchi – of which there are over 250 different types. While different regions are famous for different types of kimchi (everything from cabbage kimchi to cucumber kimchi), a meal in Korea would not be complete without a side of kimchi.


The program at Yonsei University is for Huntsman and College students.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: No previous study
Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of 1 Area Studies Course in language or culture by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure is required.

Language of Instruction

English and Korean


A normal course load for an undergraduate student at Yonsei University consists of a maximum of 19 credit hours per semester. All courses are 3 credits, with the exception of the 6 credit Korean language courses. Penn students normally take five undergraduate courses offered by the International Division. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

Yonsei University Academic Calendar
Yonsei University Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. Be sure to review Penn Abroad’s academic policies.

BYO Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Yonsei University prior to the start of each semester. 

Language Courses

Yonsei University offers a 6 credit Korean Language Course for all incoming exchange students. The Korean language program at Yonsei University is rigorous; therefore students should expect significant work in their language studies.  For more information on Yonsei’s Korean Language Institute, click here.

BYO CampusParticipants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

Students can live in a student residence with a mixture of Korean & non-Korean students. International House (Gukje Haksa) accommodates up to 600 students in double rooms (separate wings for men and women). A mixture of Korean and non-Korean students live in the International House, and the primary language in the house is English. Housing is not guaranteed at Yonsei, so you are encouraged to apply early if you are interested in living in on campus accommodations.

Students can also elect to live with relatives in Seoul or in the boarding houses catering to Yonsei students if they wish; however, they are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements.

More information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs. Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare. Please see the program budget sheets below for more information. Be sure to review Penn Abroad’s financial policies.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved semester abroad programs. Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. Visit SFS's website for more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad.

Budget Sheets

Academic Year

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad: Supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Excludes study in US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.) These US government grants entail a service obligation.

Please review the Penn Abroad application process, policies, and procedures.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Korea, contact a Penn Abroad Past Participant.