Since its founding in 1885, Yonsei University has been synonymous with international education and exchange in Asia. As the most internationalized and open institution of higher learning in Korea, Yonsei by far enjoys the longest history of international education in Korea with the most extensive network of exchange partners world-wide.
Yonsei University also offers the most comprehensive and modernized international non-degree programs for ambitious international students, which include the Exchange Program, Study Abroad Program, Tailor-Made Programs, International Summer School, and the various Korean language programs of the Korean Language Institute. There are summer, semester, and academic year programs available at Yonsei, and many courses are taught in English. The international summer school offers an intensive Korean language and culture program.
Launched in the year 2000, the University College (hereafter UC) is the culmination of Yonsei University's persistent effort to leap forward with its new educational creed. In 1996, Yonsei moved away from placing students directly into individual departments, placing them instead into General Areas (hereafter GA). Yonsei has since undergone some minor revisions. The GAs are now under the jurisdiction of UC. Applicable to University freshmen for the year 2001, UC is moving away from the more inclusive 6-GA system (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine/Dentistry and Music/Physical Education) to a more concentrated 8-GA system(Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Theology, Human Ecology, Medicine/Dentistry/Nursing and Music/Physical Education). The Social Sciences area has undergone another division into 5 GA areas; the Social Sciences area (for entrants in the year 2006 only), College of Business and Economics, School of Business, College of Social Science and College of Law. Because of the special nature of their fields of inquiry, 2 GAs (Medicine/Dentistry and Music/Physical Education) will be receiving entrants directly for immediate training in their respective fields. Entrants to the other ten GAs(including Nursing) will become part of UC upon matriculation and will be asked to fulfill the basic requirements set forth by UC (for details of UC requirements, see Tables 2 and Table 3 below). In the Medicine/Dentistry/Nursing GA, only those applying to Medicine and Dentistry will receive entrants directly into their fields. Those who wish to major in Nursing will initially be a part of UC.
University College is working to fulfill the following goals:
1) to provide opportunities for acquisition of knowledge and training in a variety of fields;
2) to broaden the scope of selection from which to choose a major;
3) to encourage creativity and the development of ethical standards in students;
4) to provide better academic counseling services.
Toward achieving these goals, University College has established the following guidelines:
1) diversify and increase the number of courses offered by UC to provide for a truly "liberal" education [the courses fall into the following five categories: UC Basic, UC Requisite, GA Basic, UC Elective and Exploratory Major (hereafter EM)];
2) encourage the declaration of multiple majors, which may span across different GAs (for this purpose the minimum grade point requirement for declaring a major has been lowered to 36-54 grade points);
3) strengthen academic counseling services by implementing the Academic Advisor system (Yonsei is first to implement such a system in Korea).
What to Bring
Korea is a well-developed country in terms of the availability of consumer goods. Certain items, such as clothing, are inexpensive. Most other items, from food to electronics, are also available with prices comparable to those of the USA. Korea uses 60 cycle currents and while some places have only 220 volt currents, the International House dormitory has both 110 volt and 220 volt currents available in each room.
Yonsei University will grant a scholarship to the non-exchange students whose parent is a full status Yonsei alumnus/alumna. The scholarship is 20% of the tuition fee for the Summer Session and 10% of the tuition fee for the Spring/Fall semester.
This scholarship is not applicable to exchange students.
The required documents in applying for the scholarship are listed below.
The documents are to be submitted to the Graduate School of International Studies if you are International Summer School Participant, while International Fall/Spring Semester participant's application is received by the Study Abroad Center under the Office of International Studies.
Alumni Scholarship Application
A photocopy of Parent(s) Graduation Certificate (or Degree Conferment Certificate)
A photocopy of an official document(s) showing your relationship with your parent, such as a family register or a certificate of birth, etc.
Generally it is very difficult to cash personal checks in Korea, as it can take up to two months for such a check to clear. While credit cards are accepted by many restaurants and stores, they cannot be used to pay school tuition and the fees for the field trips arranged by the school. It is recommended that students bring either traveler's checks or a lump-sum amount in a secure instrument such as a cashier's check / bank check, or international money order. Traveler's checks can be exchanged to Korean currency quickly and easily at any bank, and at a more favorable rate than cash. A bank account in Korean currency can be quite easily opened at the campus branch of Woori Bank, located in the Student Center (See campus map #51). Telegraphic transfers can be made to such an account. Some ATMs in the downtown areas are linked to worldwide cash networks such as Plus and Cirrus, but there is none on campus.
Health Insurance, Yonsei Severance Hospital & Student Medical Assessment Form
Yonsei University does not offer any student health coverage plan.
Thus, students are required to submit the proof of medical insurance for their study abroad with the Student Medical Assessment Form (SMAF is posted in the Bulletin Board on the first page of http://oia.yonsei.ac.kr). The Study Abroad Center will receive the SMAF by the orientation. All study abroad students should have their medical insurance to take part in the international programs. So, providing their SMAF by the program orientation is must.
In case of a medical emergency, students may go to the Yonsei Severance Hospital for instant treatment. Severance Hospital maintains an International Health Care Center where foreign patients may be seen on an outpatient basis during normal working hours by a foreign doctor and, if needed, referred to the appropriate department of the hospital.
The student will have to pay the full fee up front, and then apply for some form of reimbursement from their home insurance company.
Direct Billing for Severance Hospital
Severance Hospital has established direct billing agreements with the following insurance companies:
American Foreign Service Protective Association (AFSPA)
HTH Worldwide (Select Aetna policies, i.e. Seoul Foreign School Employees)
Seven Corners (Includes Fulbright grantees)
Please present the original insurance card or necessary documents issued by your insurance company when visiting the International Health Care Center at Severance Hospital. Please note the agreement's validity is subject to change without prior notice. For more information on the International Clinic of Severance Hospital, please visit http://yuhs.iseverance.com/en/inter_healthcare_center/
Please keep in mind that due to the Medical Reform Law effective July 1, 2000, outpatients, with some exceptions, will not be able to purchase medication from the hospital pharmacy. Outpatient medications will need to be paid for and obtained at a pharmacy outside of the hospital. In the case of outpatient medication reimbursements, please work with your insurance company as you normally have in the past to obtain the necessary reimbursements.
Patients should be familiar with their insurance policies, and be aware that not all services offered at Severance Hospital may be covered by their insurance plan. It is the responsibility of the patients to pay the necessary deductibles, co-payments, and non-covered items to Severance Hospital.
No immunizations are required for travel to Korea from developed countries.
On the other hand, immunization against typhoid is strongly urged before coming to Korea. Your tetanus and polio immunizations should be up to date, of course. Some doctors also advise a hepatitis B vaccine. (If necessary, the series can be completed in Korea.)
Most prescription drugs are readily and inexpensively available in Korea. If you need an unusual medicine, write ahead to see if it is available here.
Excellent dental and orthodontic care is available in Seoul. Once again, the student is required to pay the full treatment fee, at the time of their treatment.
Meals & Its Budget
There is no meal plan included in the Dorm fee. So, students may buy their meals in one of the college cafeterias (in the Dorm or in the Student Union Building), or in the university area's various restaurants. Most meals at cafeterias on campus can be purchased with about USD 5, while outside restaurants are about USD 5 to USD 10. Coffee is about USD 5. Minimum Monthly Budget for meals would be USD 450.
You will have no problem for using internet, and there are PC rooms almost every corner of the country. On campus, the wireless network, NESPOT, is also available. Study Abroad Students can receive an account from the Global Lounge. Korea uses PC more than Mac., and MS Internet Explorer than Firefox. Each building has at least one computer for public use without additional user account.
Korean society and Korean law are very harsh on illegal drugs. Possession of marijuana can result in several years of imprisonment. Selling for profit is seven years to life. U.S. privacy rights against random search and self-incrimination do not apply. Conditions in Korean prisons are not pleasant. Illicit drug users are not welcomed in any of the programs at Yonsei or to the country.
Clothing and Climate
Korea is blessed with four distinct seasons, both beautiful and severe. Hot and humid weather generally lasts from early June to mid-September, and short sleeve cotton blends are suggested. Winter is always accompanied by a little snow in Seoul, but is generally dry, cold, and windy. Long underwear, sweaters, and at least one heavy coat are necessary, and can easily be purchased in Seoul. The mean temperature in winter is about 23 F (-5 C). Summer temperatures usually exceed 80 F (27 C). There are, however, many instances where the weather has deviated harshly from these means. Please be prepared accordingly.
Please remember that in coming to Korea, you are entering another culture, and need to abide by its standards. By your dress and public behavior, you can make a strong impression on Korean students and your stay here will be made much more comfortable by showing sensitivity to Korean customs. Learn more about Korea and Korean Customs at www.Korea.Net for your journey.
Yonsei University is a church-related university (Presbyterian, Methodist, and Anglican) and holds chapel services for regular Korean freshmen and sophomores. The Yonsei University Church meets in the beautiful Luce Chapel on campus. Seoul is a city with many churches, several of which are within walking distance of the campus. English-speaking congregations include the Interdenominational Seoul Union Church, the Seoul International Baptist Church, the International Lutheran Church, the Onnuri Church, and the Love Church among others.
Life in Seoul:
Downtown Seoul is the center of politics, culture, and the economy. Ministries, museums, palaces, theaters, and financial markets are all a short distance from Yonsei University.Seoul is also the home to industry giants such as SK, LG, Samsung, and Hyundai. As a leader of the IT Revolution, Seoul is one of the most wired cities in the world. Koreahosted the 1988 Olympic Games, the 1986, 2002 and 2012 Asian Games, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and will be hosting the 2012 World EXPO.