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Yonsei University, South Korea (Exchange)

The Program

Yonsei is the oldest university in Korea, established in 1885. Its educational mission is based on the Christian principles of truth and freedom.  Yonsei 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 18 graduate schools, 19 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.

Korea provides a particularly advantageous position from which to study the changing culture, economics, and politics of all the nations of the East Asian region. As one of the most rapidly developing countries in the world, Korea has become a model for educational expansion, rapid Christianization, agricultural reform, family planning, industrial development, and a host of other issues facing the nations of Asia and the world. Korea has been the focal point of major power clashes for several hundred years, but despite numerous invasions, Korea has retained its own identity and maintained its own heritage and culture. Culture, art, and history exist in abundance. Koreans have been strongly influenced by Chinese culture, but have retained a unique Korean aesthetic interpretation of life. The traditional Korean style paintings use Chinese techniques, for instance, but choose ordinary Korean life as their subject matter. Visit the Yonsei University exchange student website for many more details about this program. View photos of campus here.

The Academics

You will receive 12-18 UConn, graded credits on this program, provided you get departmental approval here at UConn. Yonsei’s Division of International Education and Exchange offers a large menu of courses in English in such fields as Korean and East Asian Studies; Politics, Law and Culture; Business and Economics; Sociology and Mass Communication and Korean language. While the actual list of courses is not finalized until orientation week, Yonsei does offer a list of courses taught in the past, and they do not change much. Yonsei caters to all levels of Korean speakers, from those who do not speak any Korean to those who are fluent.

Click here to see the course catalogue and find syllabi. Make sure to check the search box for ‘courses in English’ and note that a 2 in the reference column means the course is offered in English. You must have completed a full year of college coursework at the time of application. For additional information about courses available at Yonsei for exchange students, click here.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 1000 Other People’s Worlds N/A Introduction to Anthropology 3 6/30/2021
ANTH 3093 Korean Language and Culture IEE3220 Topics on Korean Language and Culture 3 6/30/2021
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study IEE2031 Korea Through Ethnography 3 12/31/2017
BADM 2893 Foreign Study BIZ2119 Financial Management 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
CHEG 2111 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1 DAA3250-02 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I 3 6/30/2018
CRLP 1193 Foreign Study KLI1002-01-00 Intensive Korean Language (Level 2) 3 12/31/2020
CRLP 1193 Foreign Studies KLI 1001 Intensive Korean Language (Level 1) 6 12/31/2020
ECE 3101 Signals and Systems EEE2060 Signals and Systems 3 6/30/2020
ECON 1202 Principles of Macroeconomics ECO1104 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 6/30/2021
ECON 2201 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory ECO2102 Microeconomics 3 6/30/2022
ECON 2202 Intermediate Macroeconomics ECO2101 (Intermediate) Macroeconomics 3 6/30/2021
ECON 2411 Money and Banking ECO3134-01-00 Money and Banking 3 6/30/2022
ECON 2440 Economics of the Global Economy ISM 2105-10 International Economics 3 12/31/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
ECON 2493 Foreign Study IEE2037 Free Trade Agreements 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
ECON 2493 Foreign Study ECO3112 Korean Economy 3 6/30/2022
ECON 3422 International Finance ECO3130-02-00 INTERNATIONAL MONEY AND FINANCE 3 6/30/2022
ECON 3468 Economics of the Law ECO3127 Law and Economics 3 6/30/2022
ENGL 3621 or HIST 3993 Literature & Other Disciplines CLC 3501 Literature and the Law 3 12/31/2018
ENGL 3693 or HIST 3993 Foreign Study ELL 3306 British Intellectual History 3 12/31/2018
HIST 1998 Varieties of History HIS2703-01 History of England 3 6/30/2019
HIST 2993 Foreign Study IEE3103 Introduction to Korean Studies 3 6/30/2021
HIST 3202 International Human Rights IAW3139 International Human Rights 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
HIST 3993 or ENGL 3693 Foreign Study ELL 3306 British Intellectual History 3 12/31/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study ISM 3516-01 History of American Development in Asia 3 12/31/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study IEE3107 Pre-Modern Korean History 3 6/30/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study IEE3108 Modern Korean History 3 6/30/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study IEE 3107 Premodern Korean History 3 6/30/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study IEE3186 The Korean War 3 6/30/2018
KORE 1193 Foreign Study IEE1006 Beginning Korean Language Ⅰ 3 6/30/2021
KORE 3293 or LING 3293 Foreign Study IEE3220 Topics on Korean Language and Culture 3 6/30/2021
LING 2973 or KORE 3293 Foreign Study IEE3220 Topics on Korean Language and Culture 3 6/30/2021
NO CREDIT Principles of Accounting
PHIL 1106 Non-western and Comparative Philosophy Introduction to Philosophy 3 6/30/2018
POLS  3993 Foreign Study POL4110-01 North Korean Politics & Foreign Policy 3 6/30/2022
POLS 3245 Chinese Government and Politics IEE3263 Chinese Foreign Policy 3 6/30/2018
POLS 3410 or ECON 3493 International Political Economy ISM2101 International Political Economy 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study ISM4505-01 North Korean Politics And Propaganda 3 12/31/2021
POLS 3993 Foreign Study ISM4506-01 Modern Korea-Japan Relations 3 12/31/2021
POLS 3993 Foreign Study POL3858-01 The Two Koreas 3 12/31/2021
PSYC 2700 Social Psychology PSY3111 Social Psychology 3 6/30/2021
PSYC 3883 Foreign Study PSY4142 Introduction to Community Psychology 3 12/31/2020
SOCI 3651 Sociology of the Family SOC3603 Sociology of the Family 3 6/30/2022
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study SOC3706 Economic Sociology 3 6/30/2022
STATS 1000Q Introduction to Statistics IEE1117 Introduction to Statistics 4 6/30/2018

The Experience

Yonsei University’s International House has a limited number of dormitory rooms available on a first come, first served basis. While the university mixes Korean and non-Korean students, the primary language is English. International House rooms are fully furnished, including a wardrobe, desk, and small bookcase. Sheets, pillows, and blankets are provided. The rooms are also centrally heated and air-conditioned. The International House also has laundry facilities, small refrigerators in each room, and Internet connections in each room, as well as shared lounges, computer room, and recreational facilities. Rooms in the International House are around $1550/semester (this does not include any food – there are no meal plans). Since housing is limited, look into the housing application process right away. The housing application itself can be found here.


Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Business, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: Korean Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3