Whether you’re interested in studying business, language or culture, there’s something for you in Korea – a land of contrasts and harmony.
The capital city of Seoul is South Korea’s cultural and educational heart, as well as its political and economic epicenter. And with an international buddy program , university clubs, plus day-long and extended cultural excursions CIEE study abroad in South Korea gives you access to this wonderful culture and ensures an immersive international experience like none other.
Study abroad in Seoul and you will:
Take courses taught in English or Korean in international business, humanities, social sciences, and the arts; intensive Korean language courses for all levels.
Receive ongoing support, guidance, and care provided by a long-time American resident in Korea and a local university graduate
Go on an international excursion to Japan for insight into the Korean Diaspora and Korea’s influence on Japanese art and architecture
Have access to the Yonsei School of Business (YSB) is AACSB accredited and frequently holds discussions with business leaders in specific fields such as investment banking, management consulting, media and entrepreneurship as part of YSB’s Creative Leadership forum.
The CIEE Difference
In addition to an intensive Korean language class, you’ll have access to a host of elective courses through direct enrollment at Yonsei University. From East Asian Studies and Business Administration, to Communications, Science and Engineering CIEE in South Korea has the classes you need to indulge an interest or satisfy major or minor credit.
Complementing the classroom work are special lectures, excursions, and cultural activities, such as visits to Korean organizations, museums, temples, and historic sites; a trip to the DMZ; and a trip to a national park or some other location of great natural and cultural significance. CIEE also arranges 1- or 2-night homestays with Korean families, enabling you to experience life in a Korean home.
Give back to your host community. Through The Back Project, a CIEE community service program, you can work with North Korean refugee students from two schools in Seoul helping them learn English and more about world culture. It involves some tutoring as well as activities such as bicycling, kayaking on the Han River, exploring the city, cooking and sharing different cuisines.
CIEE also has an ongoing program with a nearby orphanage whereby study abroad students can volunteer to work with infants and unwed mothers. Other volunteer activities can be arranged by the CIEE Staff.
Total recommended credit for a semester is 15–17 semester/22.5–24 quarter hours and total recommended credit for the academic year is 30 semester/45 quarter hours.
For content courses, there are 45 contact hours are and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course. Korean language courses have 90 contact hours and recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.
All study abroad students take three elective courses for a total of nine credits and one intensive Korean language course at their level for six credits. At least one of the elective courses must be directly related to Korea. Students that exhibit fluency in Korean, orally, aurally, reading and writing, may be able to take certain elective courses in Korean alongside local Korean students. Students may also take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning as an additional elective.
South Korea, one of the “economic dragons” in Asia, is a country that embraces both a modern and traditional way of life. Seoul, the capital, has many museums, galleries, and theaters, as well as historic monuments and sites, giving students a historical perspective into Korea’s dynastic periods, which established the intellectual and cultural foundation for modern Korean society. Seoul also offers many stores filled with the latest in mobile technologies, fashion, and “K-pop” music, providing a great backdrop to learn about modern youth culture in Asia.
Where You’ll Study
The CIEE Study Center is based at Yonsei University, the most prestigious private institution of higher education in Korea. Founded in 1885, the school has 18 graduate schools, 21 colleges, and a student population of over 30,000, which includes more than 1,000 students from 20 countries. The University is located less than 20 minutes from downtown Seoul on a large sprawling campus that is hilly and forested. A full range of sporting facilities, including a fitness center, swimming pool, gymnasium, and basketball and tennis courts are available.
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. CIEE students are housed on campus in a dormitory located near the CIEE Study Center. Students typically live with other international or CIEE students in the SK Global House dormitory. Details about the facility are provided to students in their pre-departure materials. Students may live with their relatives in a homestay environment if available.
Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be taken at a food court attached to the dormitory as well as at other on-campus cafeterias, restaurants, and snack bars, and at restaurants throughout Seoul. The dorm also has kitchens that students can use.
Established in 2006, the CIEE Study Center in Seoul provides study abroad students a supportive environment in which to study at a top-ranked Korean university and experience life in Seoul. While participants enroll in Yonsei University courses, CIEE resident staff organize a special orientation and co-curricular program designed to provide a deeper understanding of Korea. Program participants take courses in English and Korean through the Underwood International College (UIC), a division of Yonsei University.
At Yonsei, large classes tend to follow a lecture format, whereas smaller classes tend to be seminar-oriented. Some classes include excursions to related sites (for example, a Mass Media class may include an excursion to a broadcast center). All courses are taught by Yonsei University faculty.
The academic calendar runs from mid-August through late June and is divided into two semesters. The spring semester (February–June) is the first semester of the academic year and the fall semester (August–December) is the second semester. The program at Yonsei is offered both semesters and consists of a 10-day CIEE orientation and 15 weeks of classes. The academic year program consists of two consecutive semesters. Housing between semesters is included in the academic year fee.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with CIEE and other international students. Study abroad students may enroll in many, but not all, of the classes offered by the UIC due to the enrollment caps for full-degree students. Participants may enroll directly in Yonsei University English-language courses and take classes with Korean students in departments including engineering, science, and business administration. Courses in business and economics are restricted to business and economics majors. Students with near-native Korean language skills also have many other options available to them should they be able to take content courses in Korean. Taking courses in Korean requires more than oral and aural proficiency in the language; one must be reading and writing literate in the language as well; and depending on the course, have some knowledge of Chinese characters. To succeed in regular Yonsei courses one must have a comprehension of university-level Korean.
Assessment is based on attendance, exams, quizzes, presentations, and papers. Letter grades of A-F are given with pluses and minuses. Yonsei University has a strict attendance policy: a student who is absent from a course for more than one-third of the semester is issued a “F” regardless of their achievement in the course; however, some professors may have even stricter rules. The Korean Language Institute, through which Korean language courses are taught, has an even stricter attendance rule: a student cannot be absent for more than 20% of the course or they will not receive a passing grade.
Language of Instruction
All courses are taught by Yonsei University faculty.