Study Abroad in Seoul

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Explore Seoul, South Korea

As the capital and largest city in South Korea, Seoul is a vibrant cultural center filled with museums, religious monuments, parks, markets, festivals, sports teams, and tourist attractions, including the Gyeongbok and Changdeok palaces. 

When you study abroad in Seoul, South Korea, you can expect to live in a fast-paced, vibrant city built on thousands of years of history. Perhaps you’d like to experience everyday life in Seoul or maybe you’re interested in the exuberant culture of South Korea.

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Study abroad students sightseeing Seoul

Every CIEE study abroad program has frequent cultural excursions and a study tours uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Seoul, past study tours and excursions have included:

  • Discovering the meaning of lions in Buddhism at Hwaeomsa Temple
  • Exploring tea fields at Jirisan Mountain
  • Watching the drama of mask-dance unfold at Hahoe Village in Andong
  • Visits to the notorious Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
  • Lessons to learn taekwondo or K-Pop dance or a Korean cooking class and street food tour

If you’re a student looking for an exciting study abroad experience in Seoul, our cultural excursions allow you to do just that! Whether you want to put your Korean language skills to the test, immerse yourself in Korean culture, or explore historic sites across the country, studying abroad in Seoul offers something for everyone.

Study abroad at Yonsei University

Where Students Study

CIEE Seoul
CIEE Seoul is located on the campus of Yonsei University, less than 20 minutes from downtown Seoul. In the Seodaemun-gu District of Seoul, CIEE Seoul sits northwest of Seoul city center neighboring Bukhansan National Park. 

Yonsei University
Yonsei University is the most prestigious private institution of higher education in Korea with 18 graduate schools, 21 colleges, and a student population of more than 30,000, including more than 14,000 students from 35 countries. With Yonsei University summer programs, Korean language programs, and more, Yonsei University provides students with opportunities to expand their knowledge and language skills.

See for yourself, check out a Yonsei University Campus Tour!

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CIEE Seoul Mates

Connect with local Korean students through our Seoul Mates program. Get to know the city, language, culture, and customs with the help of students trained by CIEE. CIEE Seoul Mates help study abroad students in Seoul with orientation, organize social events, host workshops, and more.

Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship in Seoul or volunteer. In Seoul, students can connect with members of local communities by teaching English to refugees or seniors, helping at schools for students with disabilities, or caring for orphaned infants.

Study Abroad Programs in Seoul

Pocket Guide to Seoul

  • Currency

    Spoken Languages IN Seoul

    Available Transportation
    Subway, taxi, bus

    Famous Local
    Jung HoYeon, famous fashion model and actress from Netflix's "Squid Game"

  • Climate
    Cold, relatively dry winters and hot, humid summers with an average temperature of 55°F

    Places to Explore
    N Seoul Tower – a 500 meter high communications and observation tower perched on the side of Mount Namsan.

  • Airport
    Incheon International Airport (ICN)

    Social Norms
    Support your right forearm with your left hand to show respect when shaking hands

    What to Pack
    Portable charger, Korean dictionary, stylish clothes, a small day bag

Frequently Asked Questions


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If you’re looking to study in Seoul, CIEE offers two programs: Arts + Sciences and Summer Korean Studies. Both programs allow students to choose from a variety of courses, learn Korean, and connect with local Korean students through our Seoul Mates program.


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While a student’s packing list for Seoul is heavily influenced by the season and weather they will experience, we generally recommend that students on spring and summer programs pack light weight clothing like shorts, t-shirts, and dresses. For fall and winter programs, students will experience cooler weather, so we recommend that students pack heavier clothes, including winter jackets, sweaters, scarves, and gloves.


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Through CIEE’s program offerings, students can select courses taught in English or Korean at our partner school, Yonsei University, as well as CIEE Seoul. Whether it’s a Yonsei University summer or semester program, students are able to complete their studies at a top-ranked Korean university.


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In order to ensure our students feel welcomed, supported, and empowered while studying abroad, CIEE staff completes comprehensive diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) training. Staff provide students with advice, resources, and ongoing support both before and during their study abroad program in Seoul.

For more detailed information on diversity in Seoul, visit our Diversity in Seoul page.

Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

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You may be wondering if there are any scholarships to study in Seoul. CIEE offers scholarships and grants for study abroad programs in Seoul to students with demonstrated financial need, proven academic merit, and for specific CIEE programs. Students can apply for scholarships through 3 simple steps:

  1. Search for and apply to your dream program
  2. Review all available funding opportunities
  3. Complete the Scholarship & Grants portion of your application

Study abroad scholarships fall under 3 categories: Need-Based Scholarships, Merit Scholarships, and Other Scholarships.

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Based on students' Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled institution. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible. 


Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible. 


Other scholarship awards are based on program or alumni status. 



Ask an Ambassador

Reach out to one of our Student Ambassadors to learn what CIEE Study Abroad is really like from alums who've lived it! Address any questions you may have about Seoul, from your academic interests and travel planning to housing and cultural differences. 


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Seoul Study Abroad Experiences

  • "I had a fantastic time and the CIEE Seoul in staff were so attentive and helpful at all times. They were like my family here while on study abroad. I absolutely love this program and I think it's worth every cent."

    Aaliyah A., Howard University
  • "The experience has been life-changing especially with the help of CIEE in making this so much smoother!"

    Danielle H., Howard University
  • "CIEE Study Abroad made the process easy to handle when studying abroad or planning to study abroad. All members of CIEE have been welcoming, friendly, helpful, and take care of their participants."

    Marciela S., Washington State University
  • "I'd recommend CIEE because of the structure it provides students when studying abroad, especially knowing you have a staff advocating for you in the host country. I'd also recommend CIEE for the program and itinerary it includes when studying abroad. The experiences and activities are very educational and fun."

    Elizabeth M., New College of Florida