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 / 1st Semester March–June
Semester 2 Fall Semester / 2nd Semester August–December

View the Yonsei academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

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

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

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Full-time study load

15 credits per semester at Yonsei University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Korean Language: For students who take a Korean language course, 12 credits per semester at Yonsei University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

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

Language
Students wishing to take courses taught in Korean will require a KLAT (Korean Language Ability Test) level 4 or a Korean language assessment report.

Study Options
Not applicable to this university. You can choose courses from any of the faculties at Yonsei which are open to exchange students, however, there are numerous course restrictions outlined below. You must indicate whether you intend to study a Korean Language course as this determines your full-time study load. 

Semester Restrictions
Yonsei University is only available for a single semester exchange.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.

Find courses

Search the Yonsei course catalogue.

Please read the 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. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Biotechnology
Business administration
Chemical engineering
Civil and structural engineering
Economics
Electrical engineering
English
English literature
Korean
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Political science
Software engineering
Postgraduate
Biotechnology
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Electrical engineering
English literature
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Physics
Social work
Software engineering

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 a Semester-based Exchange 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)