Tuition and Ancillary Agreement
Pay your normal Trent tuition and ancillary fees and the tuition fees are waived at the host university.
Yonsei University is located in the western Seoul, South Korea. The Seoul National Capital Area is the 2nd most populated metropolitan area in the world, with 24.5 million people as of 2007. Seoul is the centre of political activity in South Korea and is an industrial centre, housing the headquarters of major corporations such as Hyundai, Samsung and Goldstar. South Koreans have preserved the rich heritage of 5,000 years of civilization. Expressions of culture, art, history and archaeology are in abundance. In Seoul, the resources for the study of South Korean culture and history are tremendous. The Yi Dynasty comes alive in the various palaces, museums and Buddhist temple complexes. Modern South Korean culture is expressed through the variety of art galleries, music and drama festivals.
South Korea has four distinct seasons with cool, dry winters and hot, humid summers.
Yonsei University is the oldest university in South Korea, dating back to 1885. It is one of the top two universities in South Korea and the only University with both graduate and undergraduate programs taught in English. There are over 30,000 students, 800 faculty members and 68 undergraduate departments. Yonsei University is composed of several modern buildings, set on 250 acres of wooded hills. The campus is only 20 minutes from the city centre.
Yonsei’s International Student Dormitory and International House provides accommodation for 240 students from South Korea and abroad. Most rooms are double occupancy with men and women residing in different wings. Students are provided with a set of linens and are responsible for laundry. The dormitory has lounges and study areas, a recreation area, and laundry facilities. Rooms in the dormitory cater to both European and American voltage. The cafeteria provides two meals a day from Monday through Saturday.
Alternatively, students can also stay in boarding houses and students are responsible for the set-up of such arrangements.
The academic year for undergraduate students runs from late-August until the following June. The academic year is divided into two semesters with the first running from August until December and the second semester running from February until June. There is a long break between semesters at Christmas and a shorter break in the second semester.
Students can choose from a wide variety of courses but are required to take East Asian Studies 201, which provides a multidisciplinary introduction to Korea. Students can choose from courses including: Anthropology, Art History, Business, Economics, History, Literature, Languages, Philosophy, Politics and Sociology.
Courses are normally taught using lectures although students may also attend seminars, practicals and small-group tutorials. Because many courses are taught in English, Korean language proficiency is not required.
Students are assessed through completion of mid-term tests, final examinations and occasionally, in-class coursework. Students are assigned a grade based on the 100-point scale and this is then transcribed into a letter grade of A-F.
Orientation and Support Services
The International Division hosts a variety of tours, trips and holiday gatherings throughout the academic year. There is an Orientation Program held a few days before classes start to allow students to get acquainted with the University and also register for courses.
The Yonsei Library has more than 600,000 resources ranging from books to journals. A chapel catering to many denominations is provided on-campus. The Computer Centre has several branches throughout the campus including one exclusively for students studying International Studies. A branch of the Hamil Bank is located on-campus, located in the Student Centre.
The Yonsei Health Association provides basic medical care to all students. Severance Hospital, part of the Medical College of Yonsei, operates an International Clinic for foreign students to be treated by Western doctors.
The five-storey Student Centre provides numerous facilities to the students, including: large dining halls, a barbershop, a bank, a post office, a coffee house, a bookstore, music centre and counselling centre.
There are a wide variety of activities for students to participate in both on-campus and in the surrounding community. Students can learn traditional Korean Court Dancing, Taekwondo or ceramics based upon the traditional Punchong Pottery. Students can also learn how to play the Danso, a traditional wind instrument.
Seoul is situated close to the mountains of the Sorak National Park allowing ample opportunity to explore and hike. There is a Folk Village located in Suwon to allow visitors to gain insight into the traditional Korean culture. The beaches of Kangnung are beautiful and one can participate in a wide variety of marine sports and activities. Other cultural sites that are waiting to be explored include traditional temples, ancient tombs and museums, and historic capitals such as Kyongiu of the old Shilla Dynasty.
Students can take direct flights to Seoul’s International Airport from any major city in the world. From the airport, students can travel to Yonsei University by car, taxi, or bus and the airport.
In comparison to many countries, taxis in South Korea are very inexpensive and are a very convenient and affordable means of transportation around Seoul and other cities. The Seoul subway system is also inexpensive and very convenient. When travelling by taxi, it is a good idea to write down your destination on paper in the native hangul alphabet for your driver.
Yonsei University's Website
South Korea Wikitravel guide
Seoul, South Korea - Google maps