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Yonsei University- International Summer School (YISS)

Program Location Seoul, South Korea
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Direct Enroll
Course # SA 20266
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 06/28/19 to 07/25/19
Summer 2019 06/28/19 to 08/08/19

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Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources


IMPORTANT: Complete your Purdue Study Abroad application ASAP so you can begin working on your formal application to Yonsei.  This summer program can have over 1000 participants but only 500 spaces for housing!  You cannot apply for housing until after you have been accepted by Yonsei.  

As the oldest university in Korea, Yonsei University was first established in 1885. The university is particularly fortunate to have a spacious, quiet, and well-wooded campus located just 20 minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of the Seoul metropolitan area. It has 16 graduate schools, 18 colleges, and 111 subsidiary institutions. With its student body comprised of the top 1 percent of high school graduates in Korea, Yonsei University is proud of its long history as the leading institution of higher education in Korea, as well as of its reputation as the most international university in Korea. 

Seoul is mega-modern and appealingly ancient. Partially destroyed by Japanese and Manchu invasions in the 16th and 17th centuries, and almost totally flattened in the Korean War, most of the city has been rebuilt since the 1950s. Peeking out from among the 12-lane freeways, overshadowed by high-rises, Seoul still retains a hidden history of centuries-old temples, palaces, pagodas and pleasure gardens. It also has luxury accommodation, excellent public transport and cultural experiences aplenty, and that's why most visitors to South Korea never get past its city limits. The Han River bisects the city, with Jung-gu the central district, Jongno-gu (with many hotels and sights) to the north, and Itaewon (packed full of shopping, bars and nightlife) just south of the city centre.

Seoul is in the northwest corner of South Korea. The border with North Korea is only about 40km (25mi) from the city centre. The central area is the most important for both sightseeing and accommodation, with Mt Namsan forming the southern perimeter. Tourists and shoppers are well at home in Itaewon, south of Mt Namsan. The Han River winds through the city, splitting it in two. The Gangnam-gu area on the south bank is Seoul's most exclusive neighbourhood, but on the whole, the southern areas have less interest to the traveller than the historic northern neighbourhoods. The World Cup stadium is to the west of the city, in Mapo-gu.

South Koreans attribute their indigestible culture to the binding agents of Confucianism, language and pride. The stunning landscape has also played a big part in creating a cohesive Korean identity. For Korean culture, art, and history, the city of Seoul offers museums, palaces, walls, gates, libraries, and living memories. It is a fascinating city of traditional and modern contrasts. The Yi Dynasty capital is alive in the Kyongbok, Toksu, and Chaggyong Palaces. The National, Folklore, and university museums and the Buddhist temples are just outside the old city walls. For modern Korean culture, Seoul teems with art galleries, music and drama festivals. There are also centers like the Sejong Cultural Center, and thousands of Christian churches, including the largest church in the world.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management][College of Health and Human Sciences][College of Science]
Specifically from: PSY (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The Yonsei International Summer School(YISS) opened its doors in 1985 and since then, YISS has become an integral park of campus life based on a unique blend of Korean and global cultures. YISS continues to grow and evolve, accommodating the needs of a rapidly changing student body and meeting the challenges of a fast-paced global society. The program has been revamped in order to highlight growing interest in the arts, culture, and humanities while also offering cutting-edge classes in management and economics, global issues, history and social sciences, and science and technology for its over 1,400 students.

Students can participate in either the 4-week or the 6-week program.  While Yonsei offers over 120 courses in the summer, only 16 of these courses are 4-week courses.  Students on the 6-week program can take up to 9 credits.

The summer courses at Yonsei are highly intensive and fast paced.  Approximately 50% of the lecturers are international faculty, some visiting and some permanent. 

For a list of Summer 2018 courses, click HERE.

Students enrolled in the summer program in Seoul are eligible to participate in Yonsei University's Korea Summer Internship Program (approximately 20 hours per week; 3-credit course). The Korea Summer Internship Program offers you direct exposure to global corporate settings in the heart of Seoul, taking advantage of Yonsei University's vast alumni networks, and strong ties with business and educational partners.


The YISS Field Trip is designed to give students an introduction to Korean history, culture, and its scenic landscape. During this three-day field trip students receive an invaluable opportunity to meet with other students before YISS classes begin. The opportunity is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.


Students live on-campus at the International House I(International House) and II (SK Global House). Both are located very close to the New Millennium Hall, where most classes are held and the YISS main office is located. Therefore, students enjoy their living experience within convenient and comfortable environment and global community network.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and the Host University
Program Fee$3,285.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.40
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Books and Supplies$100.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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