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  • Locations: Seoul, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Exchange applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About Yonsei University
  • Founded in 1885, Yonsei is one of the oldest private universities in Korea
  • Considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the world
  • Many courses in English offered in subjects such as art history, Asian studies, business, communication, computer science, economics, history, international studies, law, mathematics, political science, philosophy, religion, sciences, sociology
  • Well known and respected international program with hundreds of U.S. and other international students.
  • Buddy Program offered for new students
  • Richmond students will take beginning Korean language course at Yonsei. Students who speak Korean can take intermediate and advanced Korean language courses as well as courses with Yonsei local students.
  • Richmond students can study at Yonsei for the fall, spring or year
  • Over 34,000 undergraduate students study at Yonsei, which is conveniently located about 20 minutes from downtown Seoul.
  • Seoul is the heart of Korea, an important strategic country for the United States and countries around the world.
  • As the capital of Korea, Seoul offers many attractions. In addition to the economic and political importance of this city, Seoul offers abundant cultural sights and events such as palaces, temples, parks, museums, shopping districts and traditional arts events.
  • For more information about Korea and Seoul, please follow these links


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  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad.  Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 is preferred.
  • Robins School of Business students must attend an information session before choosing a program and submitting an application.
  • Applicants are encouraged to have taken at least one course in Asian studies prior to departure.
  • If you are of Korean heritage, Note for Korean Heritage Students.pdf to read some important information about South Korean immigration laws.
  • Yonsei does not allow 4th year undergraduates in their final semester to study at Yonsei.
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Students with Korean language ability can choose from over 1,000 courses offered in Korean each semester at Yonsei.  Only business majors may take courses in the School of Business and College of Business & Economics and they are restricted to a maximum of three business or economics courses per semester.

Syllabi can be located by clicking “Course Catalogue & Syllabus: Undergraduate & Graduate” menu on the left of the following web page  If the courses have a ? next to them, it means the courses are taught in English. Also, please click the arrow icon in purple to see the syllabus.

Most classes are three semester credits each. Click here for more information on grading at Yonsei.

Semester hours from Yonsei will be converted using the formula: Semester hours/3.5, round up to nearest tenth of a unit. A 3-semester credit course from Yonsei will be transferred back to Richmond as .9 units. A 4-semester course will be transferred back as 1.2 units. For more information on conversion to units, see the UR Registrar's web page.
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Most students have lived on campus in the SK Global and I-House dorms.  Mostly double rooms are available, but some single rooms also.  Please note that Yonsei housing is limited and not guaranteed.  Click here for more details.

Dates and Costs

Click Yonsei 18-19 to see dates and cost information.

Visa Information

Students are required to apply for a D-2 student visa prior to departure. Do this early! For more information, please visit the Korean government website. Additional information about visas and be found on the Yonsei web site.   Students who were born in Korea or whose parent(s) were born in Korean must read this document carefully.

For more information

Contact Michele Cox in the Office of International Education (

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March 2018

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.


South Korea is such an interesting place when it comes to their education and how students interact with each other. Because Yonsei still mostly abides by relative grading, there's a fierce competition to come first in class and in my experience this causes Korean students to stick with their friends or be really shy. So if you're going to Yonsei and hoping to make awesome Korean friends, YOU will have to make the first introduction and be bold! You have to remember that South Korea is still a very much homogeneous society so if you look different, they may not know how to approach you even if they want to make friends with you. I made a few great friendships in my classes or on campus by just asking people to hang out and making the first move. So it's doable, but needs a lot of courage! As for exploring my host country, I spent all my time Seoul and not once did I ever feel like I was bored because Seoul is so vibrant and there's always something new to do. Their public transportation system will make your jaws drop, it's so efficient! The subway and most buses also speak in English, so no worries about when to get off! Traveling to other parts are also very doable at affordable prices with the KTX and regional buses, you'll just have to plan your time there very well!
     — Spring, 2016 Participant
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