Yonsei University

Republic of South Korea

Language of instruction


Yonsei is regarded as South Korea’s top private university. Since its founding in 1885, the University has been synonymous with international education in Asia. Today, over 20 per cent of Yonsei’s students are international students.

The Sinchon area around the Yonsei campus is home to one of the most vibrant and exciting college districts in Seoul. Sinchon has a unique culture of its own and attracts youth from around the city and around the country.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester / 1st Semester March–June
Semester 2 Fall Semester / 2nd Semester August–December

Yonsei University is only available for a single semester exchange.

View the Yonsei academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Yonsei has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • B Arts
    Semester 2, 2018
    It’s ok to be afraid of new experiences that may be intimidating- use that fear and learn from them.
  • B Arts
    Semester 2, 2018
    Going on exchange to Yonsei University was truly the most life changing experience I've had so far. I have such a deep love for Seoul and I can't wait to go back!
  • B Business Management/Arts
    Semester 2, 2018

Full-time study load

15 credits per semester (courses usually worth 3 credits each) at Yonsei University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

For students enrolling in a 6-credit Korean Language regular program (KLI1001 - KLI1006): Only 12 credits per semester

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at Yonsei.

KLAT level 4 or Korean language assessment report is required to undertake courses taught in Korean.

Find courses

Search the Yonsei course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Please read instructions before searching courses.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Biological sciences
Communication, digital media and PR
Mathematics and statistics
Political science
International business

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


The 2 international student dormitories (Gukje Haksa) at Yonsei house students from all over the world in a multicultural atmosphere. In addition to these on-campus options, students can choose to find private accommodation off-campus. Yonsei's Office of International Affairs provides students with information on both on- and off-campus housing options. 

Cost of living

Guides are available to help you understand the cost of living while studying at Yonsei and prepare a budget for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students may be able to receive scholarship funding through the Korean government. Study in Korea has information on eligibility and application processes.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Students at Yonsei must have a valid health insurance plan. If one is already in place your home institution, this will be sufficient, however, proof (an official letter) must be provided.

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Yonsei provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Korean Embassy for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.