Yonsei University

Seoul
Republic of South Korea

Language of instruction

Korean
English

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 March–June
Semester 2 Fall 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

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.

Find 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. 

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

Please read instructions before searching courses.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Architecture
Economics
Chemical engineering
Civil and structural engineering
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Information technology
Materials engineering
Mechanical engineering
Communication, digital media and PR
English
Political science
Korean
Biological sciences
Biotechnology
Computer science
Mathematics and statistics
Postgraduate
International business

Course restrictions

Courses in the following programs are not available to exchange students:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Music
  • Law
  • MBA

Yonsei has numerous course restrictions applicable to exchange students in various programs.

Business / Economics courses are restricted to business / economics majors, and exchange students can take a maximum of three courses under the School of Business and College of Business & Economics.

Student should avoid taking entire exchange courses from Yonsei - Underwood International College (UIC), as enrolment priority is given to student who is coming through UIC specific exchange agreement.

Additional academic information

Yonsei Korean language courses:

  • Intensive Korean Language courses (KLI1001 - KLI1006) offered by Korean Language Institute (KLI) avialable at 6 levels and normally held in the afternoon from 4 pm to 6 pm every weekday.
  • Search course profiles by clicking on Yonsei Course Calalogue and Syllabus -> Undergraduate Programs -> Study Abroad Course -> Korean Language.
  • Students are allowed to enrol in ONE 6-credit KLI course each semester. 
  • Level description

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

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.

Insurance

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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 UQ Abroad 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.