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Yonsei University

Program Location Seoul, South Korea
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20266
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2022 02/15/22 to 06/17/22
Past Dates
Fall 2021 08/23/21 to 12/17/21

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Financial Aid Deadline
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Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Yonsei University
Flag of the Republic of Korea

NOTE:  This program is open to all students whose nationality is not Korean.  Korean-American students should make an appointment with an advisor in the study abroad office to discuss eligibilty for this program.

University: Purdue students will enroll as visiting students in the Underwood International College, where all courses are taught in English.  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. 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. 

Location: 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.

Culture: 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. The country is swathed in green, and the Koreans are obsessed with nature, and with mountains in particular. Wherever you travel, you'll see them out in the open air, clad in the latest adventure fashions, pushing ever onward and upward.

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.


Yonsei University
Seoul skyline

Any Purdue student is eligible if s/he is of a nationality other than Korean, has attained a minimum GPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 and has reached at least sophomore standing by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

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

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 Division of International Education at Yonsei University was established to provide study opportunities for non-Korean students of Asian Studies. The division offers a one-year "junior year abroad" program taught in English and designed to give a broad introduction to Korea in its Asian and world setting. Students who are proficient enough in the Korean language may, with permission, select any course among the more than one thousand regular courses offered at Yonsei.

Students may participate in this program during the fall semester (July to December), spring semester (January to June), or full year (July to June).


Yonsei University's international student house, the International House (Gukje Haksa) has all the equipment and facilities required in this day of information, technology and globalization. It can accommodate up to 240 students in double rooms. A mix of Korean and non-Korean students live in the house to provide an international atmosphere usually during the Spring Semester, though the primary language in the house is English. Every room is, also, equipped with LAN connections for Internet use.

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

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: Spring 2022

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Local Transportation$200.00
Books and Supplies$300.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$3,000.00
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 online 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 Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
Yonsei University
Seoul Kyungbok Palace

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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