Seoul, South Korea

Arts + Sciences

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 23 – Dec 22, 2018 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 22 – Dec 21, 2019 (17 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Feb 21 – Jun 22, 2019 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 23, 2018 – Jun 22, 2019 (43 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Recognized by UNESCO for outstanding design yet firmly rooted in ancient traditions, Seoul is full of intrigue and inspiration for students of arts and sciences. You’ll find it easy to make the most of the city’s live-wire environment, with access to Korean culture through the Seoul Mates program, university clubs, a variety of unforgettable excursions, and our dedicated team to guide you at every step. 

Unique Experiences

  • Select from 1000

    courses in English across many disciplines including STEM; opt to boost language skills and take Korean taught at all levels

  • Experience Korean life

    and spend a weekend with a local family or even the entire semester in a homestay

  • Make instant Korean friends

    with the CIEE Seoul Mates program

  • UNESCO World Heritage sites

    9
  • international residents

    3M
  • floors in Lotte World Tower, Seoul’s tallest building

    123

Location & Culture

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Packed with people, it’s no wonder Seoul is the capital and largest city in South Korea. A vibrant business and financial hub, Seoul also brims with culture, with more than 100 museums, numerous religious monuments, parks, markets, festivals, sports teams, and the Gyeongbok and Changdeok palaces. The mighty Han River runs through the city, and rugged mountains loom in the distance.    

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Discover the meaning of lions in Buddhism at Hwaomsa Temple, explore tea fields at Mt. Jirisan, watch a mask-dance drama unfold at Hahoe Village in Andong, harvest salt on a remote island, or see more of South Korea with similar excursions.
  • Visit ancient temples, museums, and historic sites.
  • See the notorious Korean Demilitarized Zone.
  • Relish the natural beauty of a national park.
  • Get a taste of family life with a short homestay of one or two nights.
  • Take advantage of our Cultural Reimbursement program, designed to support you while you see movies, traditional performances, and visit museums and heritage sites.

PROJECTS

  • Volunteer. Show appreciation while you connect with members of local communities. Teach English to refugees or seniors, help with activities for students with disabilities, care for orphaned infants, and more.
  • 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 to help with orientation, organize social events, host workshops, and more.  
  • University clubs. Join one of the many clubs and service groups open to international students. Options include music, dance, art, photography, martial arts, hiking, sports, service groups, and many more.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Campus Dorm: SK Global House is connected to New Millennium Hall – where many classes are held – and the Korean Language Institute. With separate floors for men and women, rooms house two students and have private baths. Each floor has a lounge, a seminar room, and study room. The dorm also has a computer room, a sound-proof music practice room, a fitness center, a large shared kitchen, and coin-operated laundry facilities. A convenience store, food court, and other services are on the premises. Internet access provided.

    Homestays: Living with a Korean family is by far the best avenue for language and cultural immersion. Families live within a 40- to 80-minute commute of Yonsei University. Students have their own rooms and share bathroom, kitchen, and laundry facilities. Students are responsible for telephone fees; internet access provided. Families provide breakfast and dinner daily.

    Stay with relatives: CIEE participants can talk to our Study Abroad Advisors about opting out of CIEE-provided housing to live with relatives who reside in Seoul.

    Housing is for academic year students. Housing between semesters must be arranged and paid for by students. CIEE resident staff can provide guidance.

  • MEALS

    Except for homestay students, meals are not included in the program fee, and are students’ responsibility. Students can eat at the dorm food court, campus cafeterias, and restaurants, and snack bars, and restaurants throughout Seoul. Students can also use the dorm kitchen to prepare meals.

Seoul, South Korea

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE SEOUL

    Based at Yonsei University, 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 20 35 countries. Less than 20 minutes from downtown Seoul on a large, attractive campus. Sports facilities including include a fitness center, pool, gym, and basketball and tennis courts.

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    YONSEI UNIVERSITY

    Seoul

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What you need to know

The program details

Established in 2006, this program is designed to support students while they learn at a top-ranked Korean university and experience everyday life in Seoul. A special in-depth orientation and extracurricular program helps students get to know the country, along with 16 weeks of courses in English and Korean administered by Yonsei University’s Office of International Affairs (OIA).

The academic calendar runs from mid-August through late June and is divided into two semesters. Unlike in the U.S., the spring semester (February-June) is the first semester of the academic year and fall (August-December) is the second.

All courses are taught by Yonsei University faculty except for Intercultural Communication and Leadership which is taught by CIEE staff.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Yonsei classes include both seminar and lecture formats. Some include excursions that relate to course subject matter. Students can take classes designed for only international students or they can take classes alongside local students by enrolling in classes in a variety of departments and colleges including engineering, science, and business administration, though some courses may have prerequisites and/or restrictions (e.g. business administration courses are restricted to business majors). Students with near-native Korean language skills have many more options, provided they have Korean university-level comprehension. Students wishing to study Korean language can choose to take an intensive 6-credit course or a less intensive 3-credit course.

  • GRADING

    Assessment using letter grades A-F is based on attendance, exams, quizzes, presentations, and papers. Attendance is critical and directly affects grades (see below).

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Yonsei University has a strict course attendance policy: students who are absent for more than one-third of the semester are issued an “F” regardless of achievement. Some professors may have even stricter rules. Policies are stricter at the Korean Language Institute, through which the 6-credit Korean language courses are taught: A student cannot be absent for more than 20 percent of the course or they will not receive a passing grade.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

     Applicants must be enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program and show two completed semesters on official transcripts at time of CIEE application deadline.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Total credit, academic year: 30-36 semester/45-54 quarter hours
  • Intensive Korean language course credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours – 90 contact hours
  • Other courses credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours – 48 contact hours

Students enroll in four to five elective courses for a total of 15-18 credits

  • 1 elective must have a Korea-related focus (ex: CIEE course - Intercultural Communication and Leadership, or Yonsei courses - Korean History, Korean Economics, Korean Cinema, Korean Language, etc…)

 

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Spring 2019 Courses

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CIEE ELECTIVE COURSE

  • COMM 3301 KSEO: Intercultural Communication and Leadership

YONSEI UNIVERSITY COURSES

Yonsei University courses are taught in English and available to international students. The following is a sample of their extensive course offering: 

Korean Language Institute Courses
Beginning Korean Language I, II, III
Intermediate Korean Language I, II, III
Advanced Korean Language I, II

Business and Economics Courses (Only for Business and Economics Majors)
Business Communication
Corporate Finance
Cost Accounting
Business and Society
Business and the Arts
Microeconomics
Theory of Economic Development

East Asian Studies
Philosophy of East Asian Literature
History of Korea-U.S. Relations

Intercultural Education
International Conflict and Cooperation
Current Issues in International Law
Cold War International History
International Political Economy

Korean Studies
Korean Traditional Music and Culture
Korean Film Studies
Korean Language and Society
Contemporary Korean Cinema and Society

Architecture/Engineering/Computer
Building Design with Computer
Computer Architecture
Ecological Engineering
Electric Power Engineering
Geospatial Information Engineering

Yonsei University updates semester course offerings about a month prior to the start of each semester. However, students can get an idea of the sorts of courses available by browsing prior terms using the following link to the Yonsei course catalog: https://portal.yonsei.ac.kr/main/indexe.jsp

Note: The Yonsei site is challenging to navigate without a guide. If you would like to browse with the help of a guide, please contact CIEE Customer Service to be connected with the CIEE Study Abroad Advisor for Korea Semester programs.

Fall 2018 Courses

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CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

YONSEI UNIVERSITY COURSES

Yonsei University updates semester course offerings about a month prior to the start of each semester. However, students can get an idea of the sorts of courses available by browsing prior terms using the following link to the Yonsei course  https://portal.yonsei.ac.kr/main/indexe.jsp

Yonsei University courses are taught in English and available to international students. The following is a sample of their extensive course offering: 

Korean Language Institute (Intensive 6-credit courses)
Beginning Korean Language I, II, III
Intermediate Korean Language I, II, III
Advanced Korean Language I, II

Architecture/Engineering/Computer
Building Design with Computer
Computer Architecture
Ecological Engineering
Electric Power Engineering
Geospatial Information Engineering
Business and Economics 
Note: Some business courses are only for business administration majors
Business and Society
Business and the Arts
Business Communication
Corporate Finance
Cost Accounting
Microeconomics
Theory of Economic Development

East Asian Studies
Cold War in East Asia
Philosophy of East Asian Literature
East Asian International Relations

Intercultural Education
International Conflict and Cooperation
International Political Economy
International Development and Cooperation
Economics of International Development

Korean Studies
Contemporary Korean Cinema and Society 
Korean Film Studies 
Korean Language and Society
Korean Traditional Music and Culture
Politics and Society of North Korea
International Politics of the Korean Peninsula
Korean Language (3-credit course)
Modern Korean History

Note: The Yonsei site is challenging to navigate without a guide. If you would like to browse with the help of a guide, please contact CIEE Customer Service to be connected with the CIEE Study Abroad Advisor for Korea Semester programs.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-week orientation – an introduction to Korean culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 17 weeks Aug 23, 2018 Dec 22, 2018
$18,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,746 **

Housing = $2,520

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $117

Total Fees = $18,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,300

International Airfare = $1,230

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $300

Personal expenses = $2,200

Total Estimated Costs = $6,430

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring 2019 17 weeks Feb 21, 2019 Jun 22, 2019
$19,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $16,346 **

Housing = $2,520

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $117

Total Fees = $19,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,600

International Airfare = $1,230

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $300

Personal expenses = $2,200

Total Estimated Costs = $7,730

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Calendar year 2019 17 weeks Feb 21, 2019 TBD
$38,316
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $16,346 **

Educational Costs = $16,346 ***

Housing = $2,520

Housing = $2,520

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $117

Total Fees = $38,316

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,600

International Airfare = $1,230

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $300

Personal expenses = $2,200

Total Estimated Costs = $7,730

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Academic year 2018-2019 43 weeks Aug 23, 2018 Jun 22, 2019
$36,385
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $30,761 **

Housing = $5,040

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $117

Total Fees = $36,385

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $4,600

International Airfare = $1,230

Local Transportation = $550

Books & Supplies = $600

Personal expenses = $4,400

Expenses during break = $2,700 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $14,080

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

Fall 2019 17 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Aug 22, 2019* Dec 21, 2019*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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